THE BILLIONAIRE'S LEGACY - Reece Ryan
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: After ten years, Benjamin “Benji” Bennett is reunited with his childhood crush, Sloane Sutton, at his cousin’s wedding. The five-year difference in their ages doesn’t mean anything to Benji, but Sloane is very apprehensive about being with her best friend’s “little” brother who has grown into quite a hunk. Author Reese Ryan skillfully utilizes some familiar tropes to write an entertaining story: older woman-younger man, accidental pregnancy, and friends-to-lovers. The story is set in the fictional town of Magnolia Lake, Tennessee, and it’s a spin-off from the author’s Bourbon Brothers series.
Benjamin Bennett might be younger than Sloane Sutton, but he could care less. He has loved Sloane since he was a boy. Now he’s a man (a very rich man), he seizes the opportunity to let Sloane know exactly how he feels. Sloane likes the grown-up Benji, but she is also aware of small-town gossip, and her family’s status in that town. Yet, Benji is hard to resist. Yet, Benji is hard to resist. On a scale of one to ten, the chemistry between them is twenty. When they are alone, as the saying goes, “one thing leads to another”. You can almost hear the Luther Vandross song, If Only For One Night, playing in the background. However, the chemistry is not enough to sustain the relationship. The lovers go their separate ways, and they do not see each other for six months. When you read the story, you will find out why, and you will find out what happened in those six months.
I liked this story, and I liked Benjamin’s character because of his sincerity. After he and Sloane are reunited, he remained by her side. No spoilers. Without revealing too much, Benji and Sloane agree to certain financial and living arrangements. However, just as Sloane thought, innuendos and gossip about her motives for being with Benji cause tongues to wag. Even Delia, her best friend (and Benji’s sister), has doubts about the relationship. Benji’s mother takes things a step farther and all but calls her a ‘gold digger’ resulting in a rift between Benji and his family. In spite of these issues and more, the HEA comes through with a very satisfying outcome.
I liked the author’s style, and the story is well-written and engaging. I recommend THE BILLIONAIRE’S LEGACY for your reading pleasure.
15th October 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org