NOTE: This review is for a book with mature content and sexy times!
The Billionaire’s Obsession by J.S. Scott is a collection of four novellas telling the complete story of Kara Foster and Simon Hudson. Kara is a woman struggling her way through nursing school while working a full-time waitressing job. Simon is an emotionally insecure billionaire who built up his game design company from scratch. Ever since first seeing Kara, he’s taken on her safety as a personal responsibility, and when her exhaustion finally catches up with her, he’s there to help her get back on track.
I enjoyed this book for what it was, a wonderfully fluffy romance full of sexy times. Here are my slightly disjointed thoughts:
This is not a BDSM book, as I’ve seen it referenced here and there. While it does have two sexy scenes involving handcuffs, they are not about BDSM, they are about Simon being afraid to trust.
This is also primarily not a geeky book, despite the fact that Simon is a computer game designer and coding genius. That being said, Simon’s work does enter the story here and there. This is perfect for those of you who fantasize about a hot, alpha billionaire who is also a little bit of a computer nerd…
I’m going to call this an Erotic Romance book given the abundance of sexy times. And boy, holy sexy times! By my observationally biased estimate, approximately 40-50% of this book takes place during candid foreplay or sexy times. Talk about a beach book 😉
“I didn’t know that I was yours.” Was she?
“You are now.”
“Probably since the first moment I saw you. Definitely since the moment I touched you. And absolutely since last night.”
I’ve seen a lot of reviewers comparing this to Fifty Shades of Grey, and there are a fair number of similarities: Simon is a billionaire “alpha,” he has a sexual history that has greatly influenced his emotional well-being, and he is possessive of his lady.
Without having read Fifty Shades, myself, I can’t go into too much comparison detail, but here are some things I know about The Billionaire’s Obsession that helped balance out the nature of Simon’s character: Kara is very willful and never intimidated into backing down, Simon’s primary focus is making sure that Kara is comfortable and healthy, consent is clear in each sexual encounter (of many!), neither character dominates the relationship, and they have equal degrees of influence on each other as a couple.
This really is a lighthearted book – there is never any doubt that Kara and Simon will work through each conflict and live happily every after. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need in a romance novel. One day, when I’m ready for that again, I will pick up the second book in this series, Heart of the Billionaire, featuring Kara’s friend, Maddie, and Simon’s brother, Sam.