Review: The Last Eligible Billionaire by Pippa Grant
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
"This is you," I whisper, touching the crinkles at the edge of his eye.
"This is me with you," he whispers back. "Only with you."
Oh. My. Heart! I've loved and enjoyed quite a few of Pippa Grant's romantic comedies, but this new standalone? It did a Marshmallow and ran off with my heart and handed it over to Hayes Rutherford (not to be confused with Rutherford Hayes, 19th president of the United States of America) and Begonia Fairchild. Who, you may ask, are Hayes and Begonia, and how the heck does something like a marshmallow become a thief of hearts? Welp, if you don't know the answer to either of that, then that tells me that you've yet to read The Last Eligible Billionaire. That leads me to a question of my own: What's wrong with you? Clearly something is amiss because this book MUST either already be sitting on your bookshelf OR added to your to-be-read list.
The Last Eligible Billionaire is a fake relationship romance, and I haven't made a secret of my muted enthusiasm for this particular trope because it tends to play out the same way. But then, this is a Pippa Grant-penned novel, and if anyone was going to be able to make me fall in love with the trope and be a smitten kitten and happy puppy mash-up of a reader, it would be her. Her main characters are the epitome of grumpy and sunshine. Hayes is almost forty and being considered the last eligible billionaire in the country has become the bane of his existence. He blackmails Begonia into agreeing to be his girlfriend for two weeks in order to stave off his family's matchmaking, but who would've thought being personally and purposely mismatched with the thirty-two-year-old teacher would be so life-changing?
This book. THIS. BOOK!!! We're only in the first quarter of the year, but I'm already putting it out there: This book is one of the best romance reads for 2022. It's got that patented Pippa Grant rom-com magic that I've come to expect from this author, but it also has a sprinkling of angst to it, enough to put a smile on the face of an angst addict like me. Ironic, I know. But this smile was different, and by "different" I mean basking in the swoon of it all. I adored Begonia, and I was captivated by Hayes. At the onset, these two were more nonsensical as a couple than an actual love match, but they simply clicked and were wonderfully extraordinary. They had a memorable cast of supporting characters, but the one who took the cake was Marshmallow, scene-stealer of the highest furry calibre. The Last Eligible Billionaire has stolen my heart, and in return, I'm handing it all of the le-sigh-worthy stars.
Release Date: 03 March 2022
Date Read: 02 March 2022
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