He’s inherited billions, but he must leave his home and family to claim it.
She’s no longer a captive, yet will she ever be free?
Austin Bridger is struggling to keep his seaplane business afloat and help his ailing mother. When his father, who never acknowledged his existence, dies, he leaves his billions to Austin and his two half brothers. The catch? To receive the inheritance, they must all live on his father’s Montana ranch for a year. To Austin, the money’s tainted, but because he desperately needs every dime, he has no choice but to leave Seattle.
Carly Vance was a student in veterinary school when her dream was shattered. Abducted from a diner in her small town, she was held captive on a South Pacific island for three years. Now she’s home, but her scars run deep. Trying to reclaim her life, she bravely takes a job in Bridger Ranch’s stables.
Sparks fly when Carly crosses paths with Austin, but they both hold secrets—secrets that could keep them apart forever.
Title: Scarred (The Billion Heirs, #1)
Author: Helen Hardt & Vanessa Vale
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into with this book, but I’m glad I trusted it to take me along for the adventure. This book had three handsome, yet estranged brothers, a girl trying to move on with her life, and a town with too many secrets.
I was intrigued right off the bat by this plot. That could have to do with the fact that The Inheritance Games series just ended and I’m missing the whole ‘poor kid just inherited billions’ plot, but I’m okay with that. This book had a nice Cinderella moment, but it also had two flawed main characters trying to do whatever they could to take care of those around them. It had a bit of mystery and intrigue. And it had lots of romantic, spicy moments.
Austin and Carly’s relationship was really nice to begin this series with. I wouldn’t quite describe them as friends with benefits, but it was a beneficial relationship in the beginning. I did like that they were friends to lovers. I’ve been reading about so many broody men resisting the women they like so this was a nice change of pace. And Austin was just so likable that he made me root for him and Carly’s success.
I wish this book would have been longer because I felt like the book ended right when we were getting into the meat of the story and Austin and Carly’s relationship! That’s not an actual complaint I just didn’t want the story to end. It is nice that there is some mystery being carried over into the next book. I was left with lots of unanswered questions, but that just makes me excited for the next book!
Some dark topics were broached, but the book didn’t feel dark. The hope Carly had for her future and her desire to heal and move on, was inspiring. It gave the book a lighter mood despite everything being discussed.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be sticking around for book two. I can’t wait to learn more about the bad-boy brother from NYC!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt‘s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family.
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Vanessa Vale is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy romance novels, including her popular Bridgewater historical romance series and hot contemporary romances. With over one million books sold, Vanessa writes about unapologetic bad boys who don’t just fall in love, they fall hard. Her books are available worldwide in multiple languages in e-book, print, audio and even as an online game. When she’s not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys and figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker. While she’s not as skilled at social media as her kids, she loves to interact with readers.