He Wants Me: A Dark Billionaire Romance
by Julia Swift
A Contemporary Romance Serial
Released during August and September 2015
He was supposed to be a one-night fling. Landon Blake: hot tech billionaire, and the wildest sex of my life. Until I find him standing over my boss’s dead body–with a bloody knife in his hand.They say he’s dangerous. He swears he’s not to blame. Somebody’s setting him up, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. I don’t know who I can trust. I should stay away.
But he wants me.
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Part Two ~ Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Part Seven ~ Amazon US / Amazon UK
Part Eight ~ Amazon US / Amazon UK
After a brief encounter, Megan Clark and Landon Blake are thrown together into a web of lies, deceit and danger. Deciding to try their chance at solving the mystery behind her boss’ murder, Megan and Landon must trust each other to be able to survive. Evading danger, investigating leads and ultimately giving in into what draws them together, Megan and Landon embark on the ride of their lives.
Here’s a brief rundown of the ‘episodes’ and my impressions as my reading progressed.
As expected, the first installment has us meeting Megan and Landon and witnessing their instant attraction to one another. Megan is stuck in a job that although pays well has her in a constant state of frustration in regards to her boss’ arrogance and sense of entitlement. She meets Landon on a rare girls’ night out and she’s instantly drawn to him. Although hesitant to give into the intense attraction, she agrees to have dinner with Landon the next night.
Even with her boss being his insufferable self all day at work, Megan found time to think about Logan from time to time. Even though she’s nervous about what he invokes in her, she’s looking forward to dinner with him. Unfortunately, he’s a no show. But work comes calling providing Megan the perfect distraction–or so she thought.
The second installment picks up right where the first one left off. Megan is in her dead boss’ office, but so is Logan. To say that Megan is confused would be a huge understatement. Suddenly she’s unemployed yet infatuated with a murder suspect and feeling more than a little lost in the clusterf@ck that has become her life.
It is in this installment that Megan’s starts to lose some of my affection. Some of her behavior, thoughts and actions were hard for me to comprehend. Fortunately, I was intrigued with the murder so I kept on reading hoping she gained some maturity as the story progressed.
So by the end of the second installment, we have two individuals with a massive case of insta-lust, a murder, and sh!tload of unanswered questions.
I would like to say that the third installment brings some clues as to what it’s happening, but I would be lying. Landon and Megan continue having contact, even though they’ve been advised to keep their distance from one another. Their attraction gets the better of them when Landon visits Megan in her room. Yes, sparks were flying in this installment, but it was Landon asking Megan to retrieve an item he hid on her purse the night of the murder that capture my whole attention. Is he the murderer? What is he hiding? Was their meeting intentional?
If asked, I would say that this is my favorite installment so far. I enjoyed the twist and turns the author brought to the page, especially when you consider the story’s length. With 35+ pages of content, Julia Swift managed to bring the suspense up a notch or two, leaving me anticipating what is going to be happening next.
Landon’s in hiding and like Megan continues to gather evidence to clear his name. But danger comes at them from all sides. When Megan’s apartment is trashed she doesn’t know who to trust so she calls Landon who keeps his distance but provides her with the support she’s come to expect from him. But even with Landon trying to access the file in the USB Megan retrieved, they need to find more clues. Their only option– to run away together.
As expected, being in the run brings Landon and Megan closer together. Their trust in each other increases, but so does their attraction. Poor Landon hasn’t been able to seal the deal (sort of speak!) with Megan and that’s was a treat to read itself. In addition to enjoying this aspect of the story, I also enjoyed the additional twist the author threw into the mix. Believe me, the story continued to surprise me on that front with every tap to my tablet’s screen.
And tap, tap, tap I continued to do! Especially while reading the sixth installment. Megan and Landon continue to be on the run and gathering clues as they go. Unfortunately, with every step forward they gain, something comes up to bring them a step backwards too. But with every hit, we get to see Megan and Landon coming closer together, which was great to see since it was just what I needed to fully invest myself in their romance. But of course, Julia Swift had to throw me the mother of all curveballs!
When I started writing this review, I had not received book seven or eight so you can imagine in what state of mind I was while waiting their arrival. So of course, as soon as I received the next two books I devoured them instantly. Believe me when I say that they were worth the wait. All my theories were thrown out the window with every discovery leaving me excited and anticipating a resolution. And Julia Swift delivered in all counts. By the end of the eighth book I was both satisfied that everything came to a close and happy that Megan and Landon had come out of all this stronger than where they had started.
As with most serialized novels I’ve read in the past, He Wants Me keeps you in a constant state of intrigue, anticipation and frustration. But in the end most of it is worth the ride.
Ahh, you caught the ‘most’ of it part of it, right? Well, my only problem with this serial, was Megan. I understood her fascination with Landon but I would have thought she had enough on her plate to be distracted by him. I agree, he had that air of mystery–the quintessential tall, dark and handsome. But I would have appreciated a bit more time spent on development the connection between Megan and Landon and less time spent reading her rambling thoughts. But still, I was intrigued enough to stick it out until the end and it paid off nicely too. A win-win for me!
All in all, an exciting and intriguing serial that had me at the edge of my seat and cheering Megan and Landon to get through it all unharmed and in love.
*I received copies of the titles in exchange of my honest opinion.
“Excuse me!” I wave a twenty-dollar bill in the air. I may be single and here with my drunk friend who is spewing ex-boyfriend-related vitriol, but at least I’ve got the money to do it. I work for one of the biggest biotech conglomerates in the world, although unfortunately, being the executive assistant of Harley Royce is basically being a glorified secretary to the world’s biggest douchebag. Let’s be honest—in the corporate world, “billionaire” equals “bastard.” The money’s great, but the work sucks. I’m surprised I’m not a bigger drinker after all.
“Hey!” I yell out again, but no dice. This is what I get for wearing work gear to the bar—what twenty-two-year-old do you know decides to rock a black blazer to happy hour? I feel like my mother. Or my grandmother. Or both.
“Let me see if I can help.”
I turn at the sound of the voice but, when our eyes meet, I’m rendered momentarily stunned. Like elephant-dart-to-the-brain stunned.
The beefcake bartenders—sure, they’re hot in a conventional, Magic Mike sort of way. But this guy? He’s hot-hot. Universally hot. Ryan Gosling hot.
He’s wearing a dark suit—well-cut, grey wool, probably designer—and his dark-brown hair is neatly cropped, but he’s got a day or so of sexy scruff along his jawline. He looks like he just came in from a board meeting, but that he could have been rebuilding a carburetor yesterday. Put him in coveralls and he’d be your mechanic.
(Your sexy as hell mechanic who you’d want bending you over the hood of your car after he changed the oil…)
He calls out at one bartender who’s leaning halfway over the bar with his face an inch away from being buried in a blonde girl’s cleavage. Bradshaw’s head pops up, one eyebrow raised.
“Landon—dude. Sorry, I didn’t see you there.” He sidles down to our end of the bar. “What can I get you?”
Landon gestures to me. “Ladies first.”
I blink at him. The words won’t come. My mouth and lips feel parched and unable to ask for the one thing they want—a drink. Or Landon’s tongue in my mouth. Whichever comes first.
“Hmm.” He presses his index finger to his lips—his full, gorgeous, sensual lips. “You look like a martini drinker.”
Honestly, I’m not—martinis are more of my boss’s kind of cocktail—something with one hundred dollars’ worth of vodka and at least a dozen olives.
My eyes fly back up to his and his dark brow is cocked.
“Excuse me?” I manage to say. It’s more like a squeak.
“Dirty?” he repeats. “A dirty martini?”
Oh. Because that was totally what I was thinking when he said that word. Sure.“Um, yes. Please. Thank you.”
About the Author
Julia Swift is a New York native who loves sizzling, suspenseful stories and dangerously sexy men. She’s turned her love for reading into a new career as an author and insomniac. You can find her writing in her local Starbucks with an iced coffee and an ear for gossip!