Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: The Millionaire's Deception (Men of the Zodiak #2) by Wendy Byrne

Title: The Millionaire's Deception (Men of the Zodiak #2)
Author: Wendy Byrne
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

He always wins. And she never gives up...

Rafe McCall has a reputation as the Closer. He rakes in serious cash to make deals happen. Convincing small restaurant owner Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for property development should have been a piece of cake. So Rafe blows into Wilcox, Iowa on his Harley, convinced the deal is all but done. But he is so, so wrong...

For starters, “Frankie” is a woman. A stunning, stubborn woman who wants to preserve her idyllic small town. The Crossroads Café is a family legacy Frankie plans to leave to her future children, and there is no way she's selling—even to a sexy millionaire who makes her heart race. But her café is in serious trouble, and Rafe must decide if he can close the deal...or if he's found the deal breaker of a lifetime.
This book was a mixed bag for me.  I really loved Frankie.  She was fun and had an amazing personality.  The way she related to the "old folk" and "ex-fiances" was so much fun to experience.  Frankie is the big backer behind the campaign to keep the town from being bought up by a nasty developer.  She's fighting hard, but the developer fights dirty.

They send in Rafe.  I didn't like Rafe.  I really wanted Frankie to kick him in the balls and laugh at him for a good chunk of the story.  He shows up in town to try and convince her to sell her business - not realizing the Frankie is a girl and that she also has some amazing legs.  Ok - I can see how the name could throw you, but didn't you do just a little research?  You oh so awesome skills are flaunted several times and this was a serious oversight.  He also continues to try and "do his job" of getting her to sell while falling in love with her and having sex with her.  Such a jerk!!!

In the end he finds a way back into her good graces - but it seemed a little cheap to me.  This book had sooo much going for it outside of Rafe,  Even the old lady's book club was hilarious and just the right amount of random humor.  I just had such a hard time rooting for Rafe to get the girl.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


  1. This sounds like a series that might not be for me. I get frustrated easily with romances. It's too bad that Rafe kind of ruins it, the rest sounds good!

  2. Great review. Its not very often that the hero doesn't match up. I am not sure I will try this one out, but the setting sounds interesting though. Wish it could have been more enjoyable for you though. Happy Reading.

  3. I wouldn't rule out the whole series based on this one. The first book was very good. It's a series based on concept as opposed to a continuing story or characters so they are easily read alone.

  4. I really wanted to like him and several other reviewers did. He just wasn't for me. The rest of the characters were a total blast!!


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