The Billionaire's Bargain

The Billionaire's Bargain

by Naima Simone

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In the dark, he kisses her…

Not knowing who she really is….

When a blackout hits Chicago, billionaire Darius King makes the most of it with an irresistible stranger. But then the lights reveal the woman in his arms is the woman he hates—his best friend’s widow! His new plan: entice her into marriage to protect his friend’s legacy. But wild attraction and explosive secrets could make that arrangement very inconvenient…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335603708
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Blackout Billionaires , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 338,060
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone's love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Nora Roberts years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen...ish. Published since 2009, she spends her days writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern US.

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The Billionaire's Bargain 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadYourWrites 10 months ago
Naima Simone’s The Billionaire’s Bargain is an enemies-to-lovers, fake engagement, forced proximity romance. The blurb intrigued me. The fact that Naima is an incredible author had me grabbing this book. For me, part of the magic of this story was that I had no idea what to expect from this 218 page book. I’ve read Naima before so I knew I was going to have a very strong-willed heroine, with an alpha hero who thinks he knows everything and wants to be constantly in control. I got that. But also got family drama, secrets, a story of friendship, and redemption, but most of all a romance for the ages. Darius King was an only child born into privilege. When his parents died, his best friend Gage Wells and the Wells family became his family. The Wells took him into their home and treated him as a son. Isobel Hughes was a young, naive, twenty-year-old when she met Gage Wells, the son of one of Chicago’s oldest and wealthiest families. Their love affair was fast and hot. They married within months after meeting and within a year welcomed a son. But things weren’t perfect. Gage’s parents didn’t like her from the start. They assumed she was only with him for money, after all she certainly didn’t have any. By the time the marriage finally fell apart, Gage had branded Isobel as a cheater and someone who wanted to climb the social ladder. He even said he didn’t believe their son Aiden was actually his. With the passing of Gage, everyone’s life has been put in a talespin. Things have not been good for Isobel, Aiden, or the Wells family. It’s been two years and Isobel finds herself crashing an ultra exclusive invitation-only gala, with the hopes of finally talking to the Wells in order to help her son have a better life. But before that can happen, there's an entire city blackout. With the lights out, Isobel and Darius seek comfort in each other, not knowing who the other person is. The next morning, Isobel is appalled to wake up in Darius’s arms and he is just as upset at revealing his secrets and betraying his best friend. Darius knows Isobel was only at the gala to make trouble for the Wells and he isn't about to let her hurt his family once again. Darius proposes a marriage of convenience, in that he will give Aiden a safe and secure home and make sure he never wants for anything. But he makes it clear that he doesn't trust her and that the Wells will be a part of Aiden's life. This is only the start of an incredible story. I can’t say more because I loved that I was surprised by what I found on the pages. Naima Simone is captivating. I love how she immediately drew me into the story. I felt for these two scared characters immediately. Their coupling was magnetic. I loved that the ending wasn't all rainbows, sunshine, and hearts. The ending was real and it truly made sense. The Billionaire’s Bargain was the perfect book. **Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed. Also purchased a paperback copy personally.**
moonfox1234 12 months ago
This was a very enjoyable enemies to lovers romance. The chemistry between Darius and Isobel is off the charts! Their story is filled with drama, emotional turmoil, secrets and lies. I felt so bad for Isobel and I liked Darius but I do wish he had done some things differently. All together though, I thought it was a really good read.
Kindle_Loving_Mom 12 months ago
I haven't read a Harlequin Desire in quite some time, but I knew I had to see how this author would do it. I'm so glad I read it! Isobel Hughes has had a very rough go. She fell in love at 20, to one of Chicago's most eligible sons of the elite. Though his family never thought she was good enough, and cut them off, she was happy. For a while at least. But, her husband Gage was a spoiled boy who wasn't prepared to be cut off from his family, and their money, and he came to resent her. He became her jailer. He was emotionally and verbally abusive, and he made up horrible lies about her to his family. He told them she was unfaithful, and was keeping him from them. They felt bad and snuck money to him, even though Isobel was the one working, and he was doing NOTHING. After their son Aiden came, she decided she wanted a divorce, but before they could get one, Gage died in a car accident. Isobel took her baby and fled to live with her aunt in California. But, after 2 years, she's back in Chicago, and she needs help with funds. She would never ask anything of these people for herself, but for Aiden, she'll do anything. Darius King runs a successful corporation, and he doesn't want for much. He was burned badly by his ex-wife, and he doesn't have trust for many people. But his family died when he was a teenager, and his best friend Gage Wells' family took him in as their own. He's very protective of them, especially since Gage's death 2 years ago. So, when at an exclusive party, he spies Gage's widow, Isobel Hughes, he knows he needs to get rid of her before she can try to con them into anything. But, during a blackout at the mansion, Darius begins to have a panic attack, and a sweet angel helps him, and keeps him occupied the rest of the evening. They're so attracted to each other, though they met in the pitch black, and when morning finally comes and they wake up to recognize each other, each of them are shocked and appalled. Who is Isobel really? His sweet angel in the dark? Or his dead best friend's conniving gold-digger of a wife? Darius and Isobel had massive chemistry, which was quite inconvenient for both of them. Neither was interested in having anything to do with the other, until they both realized they didn't really have a choice. Darius feels a responsibility once he realizes that Aiden is actually Gage's son. He wants to take care of him and insure he has a relationship with Gage's parents and sister, even if it means marrying Isobel. Isobel is afraid that the Wellses will try to take Aiden from her, with Darius' help, if she doesn't agree to this sham marriage. It would solve all her financial problems, and Aiden would always be safe, but Isobel isn't sure how she'll fight her massive attraction to Darius, especially once they're living together. This reminded me of an old school contemporary in so many ways, but the sexy times were hotter. There are massive lies, manipulations, and misunderstandings between the main characters. There's heartbreaking angst, and emotional turmoil, along with moments of such sweetness, and joy. You really felt so bad for everything Isobel had been through, and how thoroughly she was mistreated and abused. Gage's family was a NIGHTMARE, and Darius didn't do much of anything to shield Isobel from that at first, even though he claimed he would. He really screws up so badly, and I would've liked to see more groveling on his part. There is some, and what's there is great.
Hnobbs825 12 months ago
This was a great enemies to lovers romance and I love that type of storyline. I was hooked from the beginning on this book. Isobel is the widow of Darius’s best friend and he can’t stand her. He blames her for his friend dying and everything that went wrong in his friend’s life and how it affected his friend’s family. Of course there is an attraction between Darius and Isobel but they fight it because they can’t stand to be around each other. During a blackout Darius has a panic attack caused by a traumatic childhood event and Isobel comes across him in the dark and is able to help calm him down. Of course they don’t know who the stranger in the dark is and they don’t find out right away. Darius decides to help his friend’s family get close to their grandchild by basically giving Isobel and ultimatum- marry him and he will take care of her and her son. Isobel only wants what is best for her son so she agrees although begrudgingly. Darius soon learns things about Isobel that is at odds of what he was told about her from her deceased husband and his friend. During all of this they are becoming closer and starting to be a real family. I loved how Isobel always kept her son’s best interest at the top of her priorities even if it wasn’t what she necessarily wanted. Isobel was always herself and never played games. Darius was confused by his feelings because they seemed to contradict what he thought he should feel. Basically this book was fabulous and everything I expected from Naima Simone. This book was sexy and a great enemies to lovers story. Definitely would recommend this book.
Timitra 12 months ago
Rated 4.5 Stars I loved The Billionaire's Bargain, the forbidden element to it, the secrets, lies, betrayal and the smoking hot sex scenes. I adored the premise of it also and the main characters, Isobel and Darius even though he annoyed me at times I still loved their journey. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
LynnB888 12 months ago
Forbidden passion ignites under the guise of darkness! Naima Simone did NOT disappoint in her Harlequin Desire debut! With an exciting start to the story, she quickly reveals enough past drama to catch the reader's attention from the very beginning, and holds it throughout with the relationship brewing between Darius and Isobel and also with the back story hanging over their head that we are dying to hear all about. The story was fast paced and packed with steam. Looking forward to more in the series! Billionaire Darius King is less than pleased when a blackout hits Chicago and has him stuck in darkness in the middle of a party. When a delightful stranger takes his mind off of the discomfort, he doesn't even try to fight the attraction that is flaring red hot between them. They might as well enjoys themselves while they pass the time right? Only when the lights come back on and he realizes just who it was that he was getting hot and heavy with, let's just say he's far from pleased! When Isobel Hughes realizes it was her late husband's best friend that enchanted her during the blackout, she knows he's going to pitch a fit. He hates her and wants her far, far away from him and Gage's family. When he verifies that she still has something that would benefit Gage's family, he sets out to finagle his way under her skin so she'll agree to marry him and let him control the access to her prized possession.