The Last Eligible Billionaire By Pippa Grant
Book/Novel Author: Pippa Grant
Book/Novel Title: The Last Eligible Billionaire
He’s a billionaire heir. A grump supreme. Hater of people. Bigger hater of peopling with people. And my new fake boyfriend.Emotionally unavailable doesn’t even begin to describe Hayes Rutherford. He’s cold. He’s distant. He has more defenses than a nuclear missile silo. And he’s the ultimate catch of the century. At least, according to his bank statement.My job’s simple: Keep Hayes’s matchmaking relatives and all interested ladies away from the cranky, grumpy, walled-off heir to my favorite movie empire by pretending to be his one true love, and in return, he won’t ruin my life over a teensy, tiny little misunderstanding.But the more I sneak past his walls and fences, the more I realize that while we might be from different worlds, we have more in common than either of us expected. The man under all the glitz, glamour, and dollar signs could be the real love of my life.But you know what they say about fake dating a billionaire—it’s all fun and games until the scandals start.The Last Eligible Billionaire is a swoony, laugh-out-loud romance featuring a botched wax job, a woman in over her head, a man in over his heart, and the sweetest misguided dog to ever play matchmaker…or at least make sure these two anti-love birds never have clothes when they get out of the shower. It stands alone and comes complete with grand romantic gestures.
Begonia is girl goals. She is great positive person who sees the best in others and loves to make others happy just because she enjoys seeing people happy.Hayes is a grumpy CFO of his family’s movie empire who doesn’t believe in love despite his family’s movies all being cheesy romantic movies.The two meet in the last place either would expect to meet anyone… Throw in a misguided support dog named, Marshmallow and the fun keeps going.It’s a given we get a happily ever after but it is Pippa Grant so the characters will have to suffer some but we get to laugh and cry along the way too.But I still want to know the giraffe story…
I admit I judged this by the title and cover art, but when my book club talked about a zany dog named Marshmallow, I figured I’d give it a go. While his many antics made me laugh, this book wasn’t just a fluff piece.Hayes, the title figure, wasn’t a rich grump without reason. His wealth caused so many betrayals in his life since he was a child that he no longer was able to trust anyone he came across. In addition, his younger brother was a teen idol with a winning personality and the ability to handle all the sycophants that came his way. Hayes was the introvert, and his friend’s vicious betrayal saw labeled him “weird” from an early age. His aptitude with math and scholastics earned him the CFO position at his family’s many, extensive corporations (think Disney mated with Hallmark).Begonia is a recently divorced high school art teacher, who rented a beautiful mansion on the Maine coast for a two-week getaway. Yup, it was an illegal rental, and it was HIS house. Hayes then takes advantage by having her pose as his fiancée to help him ward off his mother’s matrimonial goals and the ever-present gold diggers hunting him down.Begonia’s personality is as bright and glorious as the summer sunshine, and her attitude and caring for others in her radius, plus her incredibly goofy dog, bring Hayes into a world he’s never conceived of.This was a really fun read, and I bought it after reading it for free, so, yes, I recommend this highly!
Right out of the gate the woman in this book has no respect for other people. At. All. Trashing someone else’s property? Leaving a fridge open? Letting your dog leave muddy footprints everywhere? No. I don’t need to know anything else. I will never like this woman and I will subsequently have no respect for the moron who falls for her.
Hayes Rutherford, “like the president only backwards.” Grumpy. Joyless. Really, too young for the grumpy old man part, but he does it well. Begonia, don’t you love that name? So much more unique than the usual Daisy, Lily, Rose, or even Pansy. She has a twin named Hyacinth. Anyway, Begonia is the complete opposite of the grumpy old man! Perfect set up for romantic comedy. Totally delightful! Right up until I cried. I even had to set the book aside for a bit while I processed. It wasn’t A tragedy or anything, just what Begonia wants in a relationship. That speech said it all, for anyone. It was beautiful! We all want to be seen and loved for who and what we are. Begonia knowing this and not settling, well, it was inspirational! You need to read this!
I absolutely loved the plot- what sold me the most was of course the dog Marshmallow. I caught myself laughing multiple times at him. I also just loved the grumpy/sunshine trope. Truly melted my heart
So much fun! Sometimes zany and over the top, but I loved the characters. I also decided that I would make an excellent heroine for the “I’m not impressed by your money” trope.