Million Dollar Devil by Katy Evans
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Million Dollar Devil, a devilish contemporary romance where big-city sophistication meets carnal hunger from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.
Heir apparent to her father’s company, Lizzy Banks needs a man. The perfect man. But when the rich “fundbabies” she usually rubs shoulders with prove impossible to hire, she takes a chance on a raw beast of a man salvaged from the wreckage of a bar brawl.
James Rowan earns a modest income as a YouTube daredevil, but he can’t refuse Lizzy’s million dollar deal. As she polishes his rough edges, creating a sophisticated gentleman fit for the highest circles of society, not only does she bring out the perfect man—it’s like she’s making the man of her dreams. How can she resist?
Though Lizzy loves seeing James in his clothes—and out of them—he isn’t the kind of man you bring home to Daddy. Her father’s disapproval and the pressure of the campaign have her eyeing the straight and narrow, but Lizzy’s finding it awfully hard to resist the devil on her shoulder…
A stand-alone, contemporary romance.
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After I read the synopsis of Million Dollar Devil, I knew it was a book I wanted to review, not only because Katy Evans is one of my go to authors, but also because I love the fact that the story’s heroine, Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Banks is the one who comes from money and is the woman in charge/soon-to-be in charge of a lucrative business in a male dominated field.
It’s clear that Lizzy will stop at nothing to prove herself to her father and acquire his approval, something that doesn’t seem to occur easily or often, which means that she’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means selling her soul to the devil and turning a sexy and daring man into her vision of male perfection, even if it’s only for the sake of appearance and Lizzy’s desperate need to make her father believe in her.
The fact that Lizzy wants to change James into the perfect model for her company’s new men’s line, polishing his rough edges so he fits the image she needs and then falls for the perfect package he becomes was a bit problematic for me simply because the main reason for her altering his outward persona is so she can prove to her father just how capable she is to run the company and dominate in an industry ruled by men. Also, because both Lizzy and James seem focused on superficial things – for her, it’s her desperate need of approval and for him, it’s to smooth talk his way into Lizzy’s pants.
Once Lizzy and James’ relationship starts to become about so much more than her career and his attraction to her, it was much easier to connect with the story and its characters, especially when readers found out about James’ past and why he chooses to live the way that he does. What also made things more tangible for me when it came to Lizzy and James’ burgeoning relationship is the fact that Evans started truly showing who her two characters are at their core. In my opinion, a story resonates with readers when they can relate to the hero and heroine and the struggles they face throughout the plot line, and while I didn’t feel like much of this was explored in the first half of the book, once I made into the middle of the text, I became much more invested and couldn’t wait to see when Lizzy and James finally gave into their desires for each other and what that meant for their respective future careers.
Despite the areas of the story line that I struggled with at times, I enjoyed seeing how everything played out with the consummate professional and the devilish beast she looks to transform a suave gentleman, but I do have to say that I quite liked James’ beastly side, especially when exuding sexuality and risking it all is exactly what he needs to do to claim the woman he wants.
4 Poison Apples
He has a face that—until now—only existed in my dreams. Hard jaw, chiseled to perfection. Firm, plush, kissable lips. Sharp, pristine blue eyes that feel like lasers zeroing in on me. He catches my gaze, and the devil’s smile suddenly playing on his lips is worth a million bucks.
That’s exactly how much it cost me. What this guy cost me. I would’ve paid so much more.
It’s like he’s the only man in the room. Like he belongs here. Confidence oozes out of his every pore. Masculinity envelops him as perfectly as his custom black suit. He walks like he owns the place. My heart beats harder and harder for him.
I can’t believe I got him to agree to this.
Women are vying for his attention. His moves are smooth. Sophisticated. Elegant.
“An autograph?” a young woman asks shyly.
He takes the notepad and pen she extends and scribbles his name, his voice low and rough. “There you go.” Beneath all that polish is his raw masculine energy. The determination that brought him here.
“James . . .” I halt him before we go any farther. “Whatever happens . . .”
He looks at me. A thousand words lingering in his look. “I know.”
But does he? I’ve fallen in love with my own creation. I polished a diamond, and now it’s flawless. Perfect. But it’s not mine to keep.
He is not mine to keep.
This elite world he’s about to join isn’t one he was born into. These fans only know him because of me. His place at the top? That’s not where I found him.
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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