Lexxie Couper does not disappoint with The Stubborn Billionaire. She has taken a controversial trope, an angry and revenge driven alpha male, and turned into into a romantic love story which thrilled my heart. And I confess I approached this book with much trepidation because it revolves around a trope that's not a favorite of mine - the revenge trope. However, because this is written by Lexxie Couper and I'm a fan of her writing, I decided to give it a shot.
The book starts with James wanting revenge on Sienna for his brother's death. I didn't think I would like James but James turns out to be very lovable. As I got to know him, I discovered funny, charming, sexy and adorable in his confusion over Sienna. Underneath all his bluster, he seems to be a really caring and compassionate man. Ms Couper also handles his need for revenge very deftly and for those of you who are not a fan of this trope (I'm definitely not!) don't be put off by it. Ms Couper deals with it brilliantly.
Sienna on the other hand, I was predisposed to like what with her being an artist and all that. I expected her to be quirky and fun, but she's also responsible, genuine and trying really hard to build a stable home for a surprise teenage brother who has invaded her life. She has so much heart and so much kindness in her. I loved her warmth too. Surprisingly, I did not expect her to be as sexy as she was and that was just an added bonus because she was as natural and uninhibited as she was sexy, and all without any artifice.
Kudos to Ms Couper for handling one of my least favorite tropes so well. Usually, I'd stay away from the revenge trope but Ms Couper has managed to make me love this story. This story is incredibly well written, and while it's different from Ms Couper's usual works (for those of you who have read her work), this will not disappoint. It's hugely sexy and the sexual tension between James and Sienna will knock your socks off.
Finally, special shout out to Zach, Sienna's teenage stepbrother. What an awesome kid! I want to hug him to bits.
I can't wait for the next book, which I think is going to be Thomas' story and I loved Thomas in this book.
* Teaser images courtesty of Lexxie Couper.
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