The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) J.S. Scott. 2013. 286 pages. Golden Unicorn Enterprises Inc. [Source: Personal copy]
I’m reviewing this boxed set as a whole because it’s a serial novel. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of serial novels at all. Cliffhangers are best left for chapters where the resolution doesn’t string you along to purchase another book.
Having said that … the best (and kindest) way I can describe this is as a lite version of the 50 Shades trilogy. As much as I hate comparing one book to another, it’s really hard to ignore with this serial. In The Billionaire’s Obsession, you get a condensed version of the same conflicts in works that just about equal 50 Shades of Grey. From character background, dialogue, and plot, I found myself getting lost between the details of this series and the epics featuring Christian Grey. With that taken care of, I offer my review.
I picked this series up because a friend read the first book, Make You Mine, and said “If you read 50 Shades, you have GOT to read this! I swear it’s Christian and Ana. It’s deja vu.” Really, you say?
Don’t be mistaken – The Billionaire’s Obsession stands strong on its own merits (plot similarities notwithstanding). Scott tells the story of billionaire Simon who has been secretly watching nursing student/waitress Kara, who works in his mother’s restaurant. When Kara finds herself pretty much at rock bottom, Simon swoops in to the save the day by allowing her to live in his condo until she finished school. Kara begrudgingly allows Simon to meet her financial needs, but it’s clear she won’t bend to his will in other areas. The result is a pretty interesting back and forth between two people who are clearly physically attracted to one another but viciously fighting the urge to give in emotionally. It’s made even more interesting by the fact that Simon is a COMPLETE control freak and Kara is fiercely independent. As a result, there’s a bit of bondage involved, but nowhere near as much BDSM as 50 Shades.
None of the plot of the series is particularly original, but I don’t hold that against it. I’ve found that many romance novels have certain themes that recur. In many ways, this is the classic “rich boy sees poor girl who has that je ne sais quoi that makes him change his philandering ways” tale. The books even have their share of loose, gold-digging women, drug addicts turned would-be kidnappers, crippling childhood secrets, and a doting mother who just wants to see everyone happy. Fortunately, Scott is able to weave these all together in a captivating way – I was sucked right in and finished the series in a matter of days.
Overall, The Billionaire’s Obsession is something you won’t regret reading. It’s a solid, interesting read that will make a good addition to your reading shelf.