Series: Modern Love #3
on April 5, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Who knew my brother’s friend could be Mr. Right, and not just Mr. Right Now?
My brother refused to introduce me, so I blame him. If he’d just caved, and introduced me to Jasper, I wouldn’t be in this mess. I mean, really, what’s the big deal? I’m not interested in the guy’s looks.
Oh no, I want his cold hard cash. (Be honest, you were expecting that other four letter ‘c’ word weren’t you?)
Now, before you go getting all judgy, I’m not a gold digger. I have a legitimate business opportunity for Jasper to invest in. The problem is that my stick-up-his-ass brother is embarrassed that his twin sister invents kick ass sex toys. His problem, not mine.
So, I took matters into my own hands. Defeat isn’t a word in Lennon Hart’s dictionary.
Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business.
It wasn’t until I sat down across from the gorgeous panty soaking man in front of me, that I realized I wanted so much more than just his money. I could very well want his heart if I wasn’t careful.
Apparently my P.I. skills aren’t as stellar as I thought because Jasper had his own secret—and it changed EVERYTHING.
Note To Readers: The Banker concludes the Modern Love series. Each book can be read as a standalone.
The Banker is another full length novel that delivers exactly what we’ve come to know and love from Piper Rayne. It’s fun, flirty and laugh out loud funny all the while mixing together quick wit and sizzling intimacy.
“Pompous control freak or not, Jasper Banks better watch out, because he’s never seen the likes of Lennon Hart.”
The connection between these two was so instantaneous, I knew that we’d be in for a wild ride! This author duo has a knack for coming up with sweet, charming and/or irresistible first encounters between their main characters. It’s downright addictive! This chemistry was great, though I do feel that it fizzled quite a bit when the ‘big twist’ was revealed. Even moving in from there, it was cutesy, an adorable story, but the characters felt so far removed from how they were at the beginning, it was like they were different people.
I loved the underlying theme of uncertainty and judgements. Based on Lennon’s attitude and appearance, she’s been judged her entire life and it was quite interesting to see the ways in which this has affected her and how she’s grown to overcome these obstacles. This element and the fact that it’s constant throughout was extremely well done.
“I push back the feeling that I’m not good enough, not strait-laced enough, not in the box enough. It’s a feeling I’ve worn like a second skin my entire life.”
Based on the beginning of this story and how these characters met the first time, I fully expected this to be my favourite story out of the series, but by the end it just didn’t turn out that way. This mostly has to do with one major issue that I found to be annoying: predictability. I predicted absolutely everything that would happen here. There were so many different directions that the story could have taken or that the conflict could revolve around, but it was the most basic and obvious one chosen which was kind of aggravating. When it’s so predictable and following a similar plot (with minor character detail changes) to so many stories before it, I lose interest and fast. It’s a good read and well done, but I can only claim it as average, considering that’s the route that the authors chose.
There was however a bit of extra drama nearing the end that didn’t have to do specifically with the conflict. This, I loved. I thought that finally the story was taking a different direction and I wanted to know how each character would handle the situation. No direction changes, but I still enjoyed seeing the play out.
“I’m not usually a hand-holder, more of an ass-grabber. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like being led anywhere. I’m in charge of my own life. But with Jasper, it somehow feels right that he leads me.”
Overall, The Banker is a solid ending to the series and I feel like Lennon’s story did her character justice. I wasn’t her biggest fan during Whitney’s story but glad she got her chance to shine. The character dynamic between this group is fantastic and they have great chemistry as a whole, so that was a nice touch to help tie everything together and help send off everyone at once.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.