I am going to start out by highlighting the couple little things., I did not like about Exes – starting with the ending. While it was sort of a closing, it was not exactly a direct answer to his question, and I am going to leave it at that because I don’t want to spoil the book. A different ending would have been more satisfying.
What I also did not like was that Alma Castillo was too hard on her ex, Harvey Zale. Okay, I do not like books that showcase women who jump right into a relationship or the physical, but she could have given him a little bit more of a break. It seemed a little one sided to me – yes both of them needed to work on whatever went wrong in their relationship, but while he grew up, for the most part, it seemed that she did not need to do any growing up – which in my opinion was wrong. It would have been more believable if she would have learned a few lessons along the way too.
What I did like about this book was, that the story was well plotted, and very detailed in her quest. I never thought this much about stain glass windows before, but I can understand Alma’s fascination with the subject matter. I believed her passion for this art form, just as much as I believed his passion for making money.
Should these two characters receive a second chance? Absolutely. Despite their issues, unresolved or not, they are a fit, and Aria Hawthorne did a real good job conveying that. I also loved the side characters, especially Alma’s father who is absolutely a man of integrity. Well developed, and nicely done.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Title: Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel
Author: Aria Hawthorne
Publisher: French Kiss Press LLC
Publication Date: December 30th, 2016
Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)
Warning: This is not a clean novel!
When Chicago real estate tycoon Harvey Zale pings a “friend of a friend” with a flirtatious text, he never expects to start an addictive sexting affair with a complete stranger. He’s a billionaire who can get any woman he wants, but he can’t have her—his mysterious, sultry Contessa, who inspires his nightly confessions and soothes more than just his conscience from the consequences of his own shallow ambitions.
He’s determined to build the tallest towers in the world and he needs to sell his Chicago riverfront property to finance it. But when Alma Castillo, the Lara Croft of antique hunters, shows up on his land, claiming the existence of a priceless Tiffany stained-glass window and doing everything in her power to muck up his deal, he knows he’s got more than a stray cat to collar and tame. She’s not only on a mission to save long-lost antiques; she’s also on a personal crusade to hate his guts.
He would know. She served him divorce papers a year ago, just to prove it.
And he’d care a helluva lot more if his ex-wife’s sassy tongue and wicked intelligence didn’t turn him on every time she called him “a**hole” and if she didn’t look so damn cute in those baggy overalls, disguising her affinity for being naughty as much as being nice.
Perhaps even as naughty as his Contessa, who unlike Alma, doesn’t know anything about his real identity or flawed, billionaire reputation, which flames his desires to escalate their fantasy relationship into the reality of one scorching night of mindblowing…
If he could just get his mind off his ex-wife—the only woman he’s ever truly loved. God, woman…if she would just let him pleasure her scornful frown and turn it oh, oh, oooohhhh so upside down, maybe he could convince her to marry him again.
But no one ever said it was easy being a greedy opportunistic billionaire bastard, especially one who happens to know there’s nothing better than make-up sex with an ex…