REVIEW – ANY TIME, ANY PLACE (Billionaire Builders #2) by Jennifer Probst

 

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SYNOPSIS

HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 She’s The One Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

 

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Dalton Pierce felt broken after his mother passed away. He moved to California to put some distance between himself and the rest of his complicated family. After his father dies he moves back home to run the family business, Pierce Brother’s Construction with his two older brothers Caleb & Tristan. Over time Dalton & his brothers rebuild their relationship and become a real family again. He now is happy living in Harrington, Connecticut spending most of his time getting paid to do what he loves. His passion is woodworking & Pierce Construction keeps him very busy.

On his down time, Dalton is known as quite the ladies man, often frequenting the main hangout in town called My Place. It’s a restaurant/ bar he enjoys going with his brothers to relax. It’s owned by a gorgeous woman named Raven Hawthorne. Dalton is intrigued by Raven & has been trying for months to get her attention with no success. He can’t figure her out, but for some reason, she doesn’t seem to like him. Her attitudes even almost seems personal & he wonders what exactly she has against him. He’s never had trouble picking up women till now.

 

Raven Hawthorne’s father was killed in a horrible car crash when she was a teenager. Her father had been her entire world. When she found out he was on his way out of town leaving for Paris with Diane Pierce, she was devastated. She wanted someone to be angry at, and she decided to hate the Pierce brothers. For years she wanted revenge. She blamed their family for taking her father away & ruining his reputation with their lies. She painted a picture in her mind of the Pierce brothers & then she had to see them all face to face when they started showing up in her bar. Luckily they had no clue who she really was.

Dalton Pierce, the youngest of the brothers was the most beautiful. He was cocky, charming & women everywhere loved him. He didn’t waver in his pursuing of Raven. He made multiple advances, & Raven rejected him every time. She didn’t want to like him, or find him attractive and hated that she did. The more she was around him she saw he was funny and sweet. He begins restoring her antique bar, & they end up spending more time together. She was focused so long on payback, she never thought about how the Pierce brothers were also left behind, Dalton surprises her with his thoughtfulness & kindness, and eventually a connection forms. They had more in common than she realized & share a chemistry that’s extremely intense. He’s a complication she doesn’t need, but slowly she’s beginning to care for this persistent beautiful man.

 

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-Dalton Pierce was sexy as hell.

-The oddest shimmer of connection always sparked to life when they were close. As if the universe was playing the ultimate joke, forcing her to be attracted to the one man she could never be with.

-The real problem lay in the treacherous weakness of her body. Somehow, some way, he lit her up from the inside out.

 

Dalton & Raven finally give in to their attraction and the closer they get, the more conflicted Raven feels. Can she bury the past & move on to have a future with Dalton? He broke down all her barriers and had the potential to destroy her if she fell for him.

Dalton didn’t really believe in love before Raven. He’s never felt this strongly about a woman & wanted to explore what was between them. For the first time he wanted more than just something casual, but when all Ravens secrets are revealed will it bring them closer together or tear them apart?

I loved the delicious, bearded, man bun wearing Dalton Pierce! This youngest Pierce brother totally stole my heart! He had such a kindness about him, & his sense of humor was sexy as hell. So far he’s my favorite of the Pierce brothers, but I can’t wait for the hot suit wearing Tristan up next! :))

 

 

-He wanted her to want him as crazily as he did her.

-There’s something between us, Raven. Something bigger than us.

-“You’re so fucking beautiful my heart hurts.”

-“When you smile, you pretty much wreck me.”

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Sexy Stars****

(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley)

Seductive and highly romantic, Any Place, Any Time is the story of millionaire builder Dalton Pierce; the youngest of the Pierce brothers. He is sexy and very talented with his hands. He is very skilled when it comes to working with wood, and an even more talented lover.

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Raven Stratton lost her father in a terrible car accident when she was only a teen. Sent to live with her aunt, she still remembers the bad rep surrounding her father after he died, leaving her in deep despair and shame. She grew up angry and lost, wanting nothing more than to get revenge against the family that destroyed hers.

Dalton Pierce is at peace only when he is working at restoring wood. He gets lost in the feeling of bringing timbers back to life. After losing his mother, he also lost faith in marriage. He loves women and is very appreciative of their attention, but he can’t see himself tied down to anybody long term.

Dalton has been visiting the town’s bar a lot more lately than usual because he is after two very beautiful things. One, restoring the stunning woodwork underneath the bar and also the gorgeous and spicy bartender/owner. Even though she turns him down every time Dalton tries to flirt with her, he can’t get her out of his mind.

There is a very complicated past that links Dalton and Raven, a pain that has altered both their lives and might even destroy their future.

Read this wonderful story and find out how a sizzling attraction will blossom into a beautiful love that might just be the thing that saves both Dalton and Raven from being lost forever.

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”We want each other. We want to figure out what this thing is between us that’s haunting me day and night. You’re in every breath I take Raven. It’s driving me mad.”

 

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ANY TIME, ANY PLACE is the second installment of the Billionaire Builders series that centers around the three brothers who make up Pierce Brothers Construction based out of Harrington, Connecticut. This time the focus is on the youngest brother, Dalton, who is described as the brother who is seriously blessed in the looks department. Dalton is a master craftsman and can create the most beautiful furniture pieces. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all different types of wood and raw materials and what would look aesthetically pleasing in their client’s homes. He’s well known for being a player but has such an easy going charm about him and a deep-rooted appreciation for women which always results in leaving on good terms with anyone he becomes involved with. Dalton had a very special bond with his mother. Her untimely death and the circumstances surrounding it has left a very big hole in his heart. It is also why he holds himself back from getting involved in a serious relationship with any woman. But there is one woman who has grabbed his attention and her standoffish attitude only further sparks his interest in her.

 

 

 

Raven Hawthorne is the owner of ”My Place”, a local bar/restaurant that the Pierce brothers and friends visit frequently. We learned at the end of the first book that Raven has a vendetta against the Pierce family. Their mother was in the car accident with her father that ended up taking both their lives. They were on their way to the airport in order to catch a flight to France. Raven’s father and Dalton’s mother were having an affair and when the news came out after their deaths, the Pierce family dragged Raven’s father’s name through the mud. She blames their mother and the brothers for all of the misery she suffered through after her father died. However hard she tries to push Dalton away, she is no match for his tenacity. When she is approached by a high profile magazine to do an interview about her bar, she is forced to turn to the Pierce brothers for some much-needed improvements to her establishment. There is no one better qualified than Dalton to bring her antique bar and eating area booths back to life. Much to her disdain, she is forced to spend quite a bit of time with the man who she despises but also can’t help but feel strongly attracted to as well.

Raven planned to use the time with Dalton to hopefully learn more about the circumstances regarding their parents’ affair, but she never expected to fall for the man whom she had sworn off as her enemy. Now that real feelings are starting to develop, will the truth come crashing down on the couple causing them to go their separate ways? Or will love heal the wounds from a painful past?

ANY TIME, ANY PLACE releases on January 24th!

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