Review: ‘Going Down Easy’ by Carly Phillips
Going Down Easyby Carly Phillips
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1
Published by CP Publishing on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always gets his way. With his alpha male tendencies he's unable to keep a secretary for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business … she’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies … he may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.
I’ve always loved Carly Phillips’ books because she always writes amazing contemporary romance stories. Going Down Easy is the first book in Carly Phillips Billionaire Bad Boy series, and it was a quick book to read.
One of the many reasons why I love Carly Phillips books is due to the characters she always writes into her stories. Each character has traits that you either love or hate. In this case, though, I did enjoy Kaden (male character) and Lexie (female character) in the story. Kaden is the problematic guy in the story, where he can’t seem to keep an administrative assistant. He loves being in control and getting his way. In comes Lexie who is his admin assistant and wants to do a great job. She knows how to handle Kaden right away since she has been taking care of her sister who has bipolar disorder.
I enjoyed reading Going Down Easy because of Lexie’s character mostly. Here she was taking care of everyone but herself. She finally decided to do something for herself, and she ends up meeting Kaden who can be difficult. She knows how to handle him though, and I always love when the female characters can take control of the situations around them. Kaden is not as difficult as everyone assumes. He may have alpha-life qualities, but he’s not the typical alpha male that I read quite a bit in PNR stories.
Even though this book didn’t get a high rating, I still enjoyed reading it. I didn’t love it. I think the main reason why is due to the fact I’ve been reading quite a bit of Office Romance stories right now, and I may be getting burnt out from them. I did like the fact that Carly brings awareness to mental health in the story. There’s Lexie’s sister who has bipolar disorder and how it not only impacts the person that has the disease but the family members too. Lexie also has her mother that has severe depression.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Steaminess Rating: 3.5 stars
Standalone or part of series: Book is part of the Billionaire Bad Boy series, but can be read as a standalone.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, especially to Contemporary Romance readers and fans of Carly Phillips other books.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes, definitely.
Trope/Elements: Office Romance, Mental Health Awareness, Hero: CEO/Millionaire/Billionaire, Heroine: Admin Assistant
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