Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Blog Barrage and Review: Money Didn't Buy Her Love by June Kramin...

Money Didn't Buy Her Love
by June Kramin
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: TBA
Heat Level: Sensual
Length: 344 pages

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Trying to get his bearings on an unfamiliar street and not paying attention, Jeremy slams his breaks to avoid hitting the most beautiful bride he has ever seen. When Danielle climbs in his truck, he assumes she’s in a hurry to get to her wedding; he didn’t realize she was escaping one. He agrees to let her return to his apartment so she can call for help, only she refuses to leave.

As the days pass, Jeremy finds it harder to fight off her passes and claims of falling in love with him. Besides having almost ten years on her, Jeremy discovers the family secret she had been trying to hide. How could the daughter of a billionaire settle for a plumber living paycheck to paycheck?

Despite every tactic her father throws at her and an ex-fiancé who refuses to let her go, Dani stakes her claim to the only thing she has ever truly wanted in her life and fights to make Jeremy hers.


“Exactly who the hell are you, Dani? Paris Hilton?”

She walked to a bench then sat down. “We’re doing this sooner than I hoped.”

“What’s your last name?”

Again she sighed. “Houseman.”

“You’re shitting me.”

“I wish I was.”

Jeremy sat down, afraid his knees would give away. “You’re… your dad is… Dani that’s…” He couldn’t form a proper sentence and opted to shut up.

“That’s pretty much how everyone reacts. It was nice while it lasted.” She went to stand up, but he held her hand and pulled her back down.

“First of all, nothing about this was nice, so cut the crap. You pretty much kidnapped and raped me… twice on that second one.”

She managed a giggle.

“I’m sorry I was a stammering idiot. I guess I’ve never been in the presence of a billionairess before. My humble plumbing and heating ass feels a little put to shame.”

She rested her cheek to his chest; he wrapped an arm around her. “I liked that you liked me for me, not who I was.”

“I don’t like you. What are you talking about?”

She gave him a playful slap on his chest. “You were starting to like me. Admit it.”

“Maybe I finally got to where I could tolerate your two a.m. jumpings.”

Again she laughed. “What Blake and I had was practically a medieval arranged marriage. His family is even more loaded than mine. I didn’t date much before him because I was always under lock and key. I was damn lucky I didn’t have a chastity belt put on me. If I was out with family without him, everyone swooned over me like a trophy. They wanted to date me because of who I was.”

“Don’t sell yourself short. You’re gorgeous.”

“You never said you like the way I look.”

“Am I dead? Come on, Dani. You have to know how beautiful you are.”

“I don’t think anyone has told me that – not anyone who didn’t want something from me, anyway.”

“Well then, I guess you can take my compliment off your list of firsts.”

“Why? You don’t want anything from me.”

“I wouldn’t go that far.” He moved her off his chest and stood up.

She followed him up. “You do like me. I knew it!”

“You are certifiable – a total nut job, one of the pickiest eaters I have ever known… but you drive me crazy.” She tiptoed up to wrap her arms around his neck, but he stopped her and held her by the wrists. “Nothing has changed, Dani. No, wait. In fact is has. It’s worse. We are even more of a mismatch than we’ve ever been. I’m still too old for you and you still need to wake up and quit your pouting. I knew I should have stuck to my guns about us. Nothing good is going to come to me for falling for you. There’s no way your family will tolerate anything less than this Blake.”

My Review

This is an absolutely wonderful read. You will simply fall in love with the many characters in this book and quickly find yourself both laughing and crying along with them as well as rooting for them in their times of need. There are so many great things going on in this book all at once, or at any given time, that it simply seems to hard to pinpoint what to include or not to include in this review. I am going to try and sum it up the best I can.

Jeremy and Danielle meet when he almost hits her in the street while she is trying to escape from her wedding. He thinks the exact opposite, that she is late to her wedding. When she tells him the truth and asks to go back to his house for a little while so she can think things through, he knows he shouldn't agree, but he does anyways. Right away, Jeremy is attracted to Dani, but won't give in to her overt advances because she is both distraught and partially drunk. When she asks if she can stay the night, he knows he shouldn't let her, but somehow he finds himself giving in to her. She continues make passes at him the entire night and finally passes out later that night after quite a few drinks.

When the next day comes and she still doesn't want to leave, Jeremy isn't quite sure what to do about it. But, the next thing you know, yet another day has passed and somehow Dani has talked Jeremy into going on her honeymoon trip with her since he has the week off for vacation anyways. Jeremy is pretty sure that they will most likely run Dani's ex, Blake at the airport, and he is exactly right. After Dani agrees to talk to Blake at the gate, she does some quick talking and secures them two tickets to Maui instead. She does indeed talk to Blake, which doesn't go well, as she expects, but she seems committed to not letting it bother her, and continuing on with her trip.

Once in Maui, Jeremy wonders how they found a place to stay at such late notice, but goes along with what Dani tells him. While on the island, they are confronted by her parents, not only doesn't this meeting go so well, but here Jeremy finds out exactly who Dani is. Her father is a very famous billionaire. He tells Jeremy to stay away from his daughter, but is not surprised when Jeremy says that he won't follow his wishes. When she tells her father that she actually loves Jeremy, her father decides to cut her off from her trust fund immediately. 

Once back home again at Jeremy's, Dani actually gives an honest effort at becoming domesticated. This really made me start to like her character a lot more than I actually did in the beginning of the story. As the story moves on, she quickly becomes even more and more likable. She is betrayed by an awfully lot of people in this book, it makes you really feel for her as a person. One night after a birthday party Dani's mother has thrown for her. Jeremy and Dani get into a fight and he tells her to spend the night somewhere else. That night, someone kidnaps Dani. Jeremy learns of this and goes to save her. He makes it to her just minutes before the police do. But after she is safe and her father shows up and tells her that she is going home with him, Dani is surprised when Jeremy agrees with him. He feels he can't keep her safe and that he'll never be good enough for her.

The story moves fast from here. It will keep you on your toes guessing what will happen next, as ex's come in and out of play, and Dani's father simply wont let his daughter just be happy for once. He always keeps his nose in every detail, or at least tries to. But the real question in the end, is can and will everyone ever just step back and let Jeremy and Dani be happy together, regardless of how much money they do or don't have??

I feel like I'm selling this review short, however I also didn't feel as if I should just go on and on! This truly is a remarkable contemporary romance novel. I highly recommend it to you. 

About the Author


Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order.

"There is a fine line between genius and crazy... I like to use that line as a jump rope!"

June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her “Prince Charming” on Kauai and is currently living “Happily Ever After” on a hobby farm in a small town in Southern Minnesota.

She enjoys riding her Paint horse, Ringo, around the small ghost town they are playfully reestablishing with the neighbors and playing in Photoshop. Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.

Being hopelessly addicted to 80's music is her super power.

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