Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino
Series: Romancelandia, Book 2
Published by: Riptide Publishing on October 18, 2014
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)
Tierney Terrebonne lives by the Terrebonne rules set down by his grandfather. There are things that Terrebonnes just don’t do. And being gay is on that list. So there’s no way he can be gay. Yes, he makes use of the restroom glory hole. And yes, he has a major crush on his best friend, Ian. But it’s just Ian, right? Because Tierney can’t be gay. And Ian’s not gay, so even if Tierney wanted to act on it, he couldn’t. Right?
So when Ian comes out, Tierney’s world comes crashing down. How can Ian be gay? And what does that mean for Tierney? He’s still not gay, right? But maybe he could have been with Ian this whole time. Except…Terrebonnes can’t be gay. But when Grandpa Terrebonne dies suddenly, Tierney wonders if maybe the Terrebonne rules don’t really apply anymore. But a lifetime of repressing one’s self can’t be undone overnight. Especially when years of damage have been done…
But Tierney wonders if it might all be worth it for Dalton. Dalton is Ian’s assistant and one of the only people who has shown Tierney kindness despite his status as a perpetual jackass. Tierney may not deserve someone like Dalton, that’s for sure. But Dalton likes to help people. There’s something about broken men who need him that draws him in. And he knows that there’s something underneath the shell that Tierney presents to the world.
But can they work through the baggage that they both bring to the relationship? Can they both get past their issues and find a way to be exactly what the other needs? It won’t be easy, that’s for sure.
Another angst-filled book from Anne Tenino. Don’t get me wrong–it’s an interesting read. But I always know there will be angst in the things she writes. And there were certainly moments when I did think we were getting really close to the “enough already” point. And when you consider this clocks in at 415 pages, it probably could be shored up and paced just a bit better.
But Dalton makes it worth reading. Even though I think he should have turned and ran at first glance, he’s still a great character. It’s difficult not to feel for him and let you draw him into the book.
So this gets a recommendation from me. But be prepared for a book that drips with more angst than a room full of emo teenagers…