EXES A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel

EXES                                                                 ARIA HAWTHORNE

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…

Please note that all of Ms. Hawthorne's billionaire romances are stand-alone novels set in Chicago with minor subplots and secondary characters that intersect, but each book can be read and enjoyed in any order.

PAT'S REVIEW

This is the second book in the author series and I found this one to be just as entertaining as the first. The book opens with the two lead characters texting one another. Harvey Zale is a self-made blue collar billionaire who wants to build two giant towers in Singapore. This part of the is a carryover from the first part. Alma Castillo is an expert in glass and antiques. When Harvey is getting ready to knock down an old building along the Chicago River she is called in because of the old windows appear to be stained glass and there is a question of maybe they are made by Tiffany. This is when you still see the passion they have for one another even though it is put into arguing. Harvey is still in love with her and throughout the story begins to talk to older men who have been married for over twenty years in how they make it work. This for me is where the story changes because Harvey decides to change. Yes it turns out they are actually texting each other but even when they get past that they both share a part of themselves that they hadn’t done when they were married. For me the best part of the story is when they find what she has been looking for in the hospital and the way Harvey is quiet and lets her enjoy the moment. That is growth for him and their relationship. Yes their some very hot sex scenes, but this story is more than just two people getting back together. It is about them finally becoming one as a couple. A very good story. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

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