Unlucky in love, Becca Smith always preferred getting her romance fix by following the private lives of the rich and famous in her favorite tabloids. After her most recent breakup, Becca locked her heart away and retreated into the safe distance that following other people’s relationships afforded her. Then, at her best friend’s wedding, she meets Tristan Blackwell. A tabloid fixture for his bad boy ways, Becca thinks she knows all about him, but after one perfect night together, she realizes there might be more to him than meets the camera’s eye. Can she trust her heart with the one person who seems most likely to break it?
Tristan Blackwell has a long-standing reputation for being a hard-partying, irresponsible, fun-loving playboy. His life is pretty great, and he doesn’t see the point in trying to fix something that isn’t broken. But the weight of his family’s legacy is weighing on him, and he’s getting pressure from his family to get serious with his life and settle down into a job and a relationship. Uninterested in more than a one-night stand with the socialites he meets at nightclubs and parties, meeting Becca Smith is like a breath of fresh air. She sees the parts of him that no one else has bothered to look at, and it scares the hell out of him.
When Tristan’s well-meaning, meddling mother invites Becca for a weekend at the family home in Connecticut, Tristan nervously agrees. He finds himself falling deeper for Becca and wondering if the life he’s living is enough anymore when the unimaginable happens. Will the prospect of losing everything they never knew they wanted finally push Tristan and Becca to take a chance on love and each other?
*Note: Reading The Billionaire’s Desire: The Complete Series prior to reading this book is recommended.*
Becca Smith has a lifetime of ridiculous experiences under her belt to know when she’s being ridiculous, and she’s definitely being ridiculous. No doubt about it.
Here are the facts:
1. She’s at a black-tie gala that most people in this city would kill to attend, wearing a designer gown that most women would kill to wear.
2. There’s a ballroom right down the hall where waiters are serving high-quality champagne off of shiny silver trays, and members of the New York Philharmonic are playing one of the most elegant concertos she’s ever heard. So elegant, in fact, that it sounds beautiful despite the toilet she hears flushing in the stall next to her.
3. In that very same ballroom, there’s caviar that costs as much as she makes in amonth just sitting out on trays for the taking.
4. This twelve carat diamond necklace she’s wearing? The one that’s so valuable that it should probably only be allowed out of its case when it’s accompanied by armed guards? Her best friend loaned it to her; her best friend trusts her enough to walk around in the thing.
5. There are gorgeous women in even more gorgeous dresses on the arms of gorgeous men milling around outside, writing checks to charities from their absurdly large bank accounts. People are out there doing good.
This next fact is most important, because despite facts 1 through 5?
6. Becca is hiding out in the ladies’ room.
Well, she’s hiding out in a stall in the ladies’ room to be exact. It’s nice, as far as bathroom stalls go. She’s definitely never been in one quite like it, with marble walls that stretch from floor to ceiling, and a door that’s an actual door—knob and everything. Actually, if she thinks about the fact that this stall is an actual room, she’s going to trigger some kind of claustrophobic panic attack, so…she’s definitely going to stop thinking about that.
Becca is just a girl who grew up in a farm town outside of Columbus, Ohio. Back then, she was the kind of girl who thought she was at the height of fashion in her polo shirt and (yes, she’s embarrassed to admit this) denim overalls. She hadn’t even stepped foot on an airplane until after she graduated college.
Point is, she’s well aware of how lucky she is to be here, and how completely ridiculous it is that she walked into the benefit, saw him, and promptly exited stage left, right into the bathroom. She’s a grown woman, and he’s just some guy, and she should be able to handle being in the same room with him, right?