A Week To Be Wild by JC Harroway

a week to be wild.jpgTitle: A Week To Be Wild

Author: J.C. Harroway

Mills & Boon imprint: Dare

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Marketing/PR business owner Olivia Noble

The hero: IT billionaire/Charity owner Alex Lancaster

The blurb: Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone — professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This is the second of the new Dare imprint books that I’ve read, and I have to be honest – I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one. The first half of the book annoyed me so much that I considered giving up, but I’m glad I didn’t – because the second half was much, much better, and I’m glad I stuck with it in the end.

Olivia Noble, who is strangely known as Libby (to me, Libby has always been short for Elizabeth – I’ve never heard it being short for Olivia before), is an American who co-owns her own marketing/PR firm. She’s asked to go to London to give a talk at some prestige function which could gain her a foot up in the business.

While there, she meets one of the other speakers – one sexy British billionaire called Alex Lancaster. Before I go on, I’m going to go off on a tangent for a moment: millionaires/billionaires/tycoons/magnates etc are probably one of my least favourite tropes in romance books. And why is it always the hero who has the money? Why can’t the heroine ever be the billionaire?

Anyway, Libby lays eyes on Alex and wants to do him in a heartbeat. However, she’s nursing a very deep scar; three years previously, she lost her fiancé in a motorcycle accident a week before their wedding. She came out relatively unscathed, he was killed instantly. So when she finds out her attraction to Alex is mutual, she decides to play a game with him: she’ll stay for a week and help him with his charity as he’s asked her to, they’ll have lots of sex, but she has all the control.

And here’s where it didn’t work for me. Libby continues to refer to Alex as arrogant, but I didn’t find him arrogant at all. I thought he was quite charming and patient, all things considered. She drags him to a room and plays with herself in front of him, not allowing him to touch her, but then he can’t resist and gets her permission to finish her off with his mouth. However, he then just gets up with an erection the size of Texas and walks away, because – wait for it – he failed her. Huh?

We hear from Alex’s point of view how much he likes her independence, her feistiness (I’m paraphrasing here), and I get that, because people with his kind of money would have a lot of yes men around. So Libby says what she thinks and doesn’t sugar coat it, which turns Alex on, but I found her behaviour and the way she treated him at first to be rather bitchy. The first time they have sex, she literally jumps out of bed, dresses, and legs it. She doesn’t seem to appreciate how hurtful her behaviour is and justifies it by continually referring to the game they’re apparently playing.

Alex likes to do adrenaline filled activities, and so did Libby’s ex. So she’s fearful of everything Alex suggests but won’t tell him why. To her credit, she goes ahead with them all in spite of her fears. When he invites her to his cousin’s wedding in Nice at the end of the week, she goes, and then realises when she sees him playing on a jet ski that she’s in love with him. So what does she do? Runs back to New York. Her business partner and best friend has just given birth, so she uses that as an excuse to run. Thankfully Alex, who has also realised that he’s in love with Libby, isn’t having any of it, so he trots off to New York after her.

It’s while talking with Sonya that Libby realises she can’t keep running, and that maybe what she has with Alex is something special, so she decides to head back to London to tell him… only to find him standing in her office. They declare their love for each other, he’s already bought a unit in NY, and all’s well that ends well.

There was one line at the beginning that made me chuckle: “A shiver originated in her ovaries and snaked south to join the wobble in her legs.” I’ve read similar lines before, and I’m starting to wonder if my ovaries are normal, because I’ve never had a shiver originate in them, ha ha!

I like that Mills and Boon have finally brought out a range that has this level of sex and swearing, because these books are for adults about adults, and adults engage in sex and swear a lot. It’s good to see such a big publisher like M&B step out of their comfort zone and bring out books adults will want to read.