This morning Avery Flynn discusses the appeal of the billionaire hero and gives us a look at her new book, Betting the Billionaire, featuring her sexy billionaire hero, Gabe. And along the way we also get a peek at Ros Clarke’s yummy hero, Emile (oh, what a perfectly sexy name for a French soccer player!) … You definitely don’t want to miss either of these two!
According to Forbes magazine there are more than 1,600 billionaires in the world today. Let that sink in for a moment.
*imagines winning the lottery*
Is your mind blown or what? That’s a lot of billionaires. I always figured most billionaires lived in the pages of romance novels but no, there are more than 1,600 of them. That’s a lot of book fodder right there.
The United States alone has 56 female billionaires—including the eighth richest woman (Christy Walton). I’m trying to remember the last romance book I read with a female billionaire heroine. Anyone? Put it in the comments, I want to go read that story.
The youngest billionaire in the U.S.? It’s a tie between 29 year olds Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz—both Facebook billionaires. The oldest? David Rockefeller Sr. at the ripe old age of 98. The hottest imaginary billionaire? That would have to be Gabe Campos from Betting the Billionaire. 🙂
Forbes has a list of the worlds billionaires (http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#tab:overall) that you can peruse. They update it on a daily basis and rearrange the list as needed because of market fluctuations. How nuts is that? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be so into having the world know whenever I bounced a check. It’s got to be awkward at their billionaire club meetings. Do you offer condolences when someone drops five percent or just pretend you didn’t notice?
All the billionaire Googling got me curious. What is it about billionaires that fascinates us as romance readers? Sure the money is awesome, but as Biggie said so succinctly, “More money, more problems.”
For me, I love a billionaire hero (or heroine!) because I like brains. Smart people are sexy and in most billionaire romance books, it’s either a self-made billionaire or someone who inherited but is determined to prove their worth without the family funds. I like that. What can I say, brains and gumption are a deadly combination. Add in six pack abs (come on, it’s my romance fantasy here) and I’m all aflutter.
How about you? What is it about the billionaire hero or heroine that makes you grab a book off the shelf?
Indulgence Unexpected Love Blog Tour with Ros Clarke and Avery Flynn
An Unsuitable Husband
by Ros Clarke
Theresa Chartley has no time for marriage, and no room for disappointment–especially with French soccer player Emile Renaud. Sure, he’s gorgeous, but he’s wrong for a career woman like Theresa. If only her mother would stop pressuring her to get married and let her live her own life. Finding a very unsuitable husband to shock her parents into silence and put an end to the marriage campaign is the only answer. Emile will do just fine.
Theresa’s outrageous proposal is the answer to Emile’s problem. They’re complete opposites living in different worlds, but a fake marriage will let him ditch his clingy ex once and for all. Then he’ll be free of commitment and free to live his life the way he wants to.
A contract. Twelve months. And they walk away scot-free. But a year of marriage tests them both in unimaginable ways. Maybe Emile isn’t unsuitable after all, but how can Theresa let herself love him when she signed a contract to let him go?
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Ros is a writer, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She lives in a sixteenth century shed in England and is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life. Ros has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, never dreaming that other people would be interested in reading them. A few years ago, she discovered a writing forum on the internet, and has never looked back. Her head, and her hard drive,are full of ideas for fresh, fun, contemporary romances that she hopes you’ll love as much as she does.
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Betting the Billionaire
by Avery Flynn
If that man calls her one more time… So what if Gabe Campos is a model-dating billionaire who gets Keisha Jacobs hotter than a Ferrari’s engine on the straightaway? He keeps pushing her to sell her family’s furniture business, but she’ll never give in—not unless she wants to give her father a second heart attack.
All Gabe should be thinking about is how he’ll finally get revenge on the man who killed his father. But when he meets the man’s daughter, Keisha, instead of focusing on destroying Jacobs Fine Furnishings, he can’t get her warm-whisky voice out of his mind.
Forced by a snow storm to spend the night together, their passion ignites. The next day, however, it’s back to business. The only way Keisha can save her family is to win a bet with the billionaire. But neither realized their hearts are part of the bargain…
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Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
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