The second book in the Silicon Valley Billionaires series…

I’m going to start by saying that I haven’t read the first book in the Silicon Valley Billionaires series (Lauren), to be brutally honest I haven’t read anything by Leigh James before. I wish I had read Lauren before Gabe, simply because the story in Gabe is a direct consequence of the story in Lauren. It can be read as a standalone, but I found that I felt a little awkward at first – as though I should know the characters a lot better. That is my fault primarily, however the tone of this book gives it a feel as though you are part of the inner circle – so, if you haven’t read Lauren, feel prepared to feel a little out of sync at times. In my opinion this doesn’t reflect poorly on Leigh James, quite frankly I found that she referenced the past clearly so that you got the gist of how the events in Gabe have come about.

I thought that the plot was fast paced and exciting, however there were a few things that I feel came about unrealistically. Particularly with some of the logistics and how certain events played out. It was all too neat, the fall out and ramifications were minimal in situations that would have a broader and infinitely dire consequences. The mess was too contained for it to be realistic and to make an impact. Saying that I really liked the plot, were it better executed toward the climax, I would’ve said that it was brilliant. In my opinion it feels a little rushed toward the end. The story has so so much potential that it’s actually a bummer that the execution wasn’t bang on the money. 

I liked the main characters – Gabe and Lauren. Although, I felt that had I read the first book in the series, I would have felt closer to them. As I hadn’t it took me a while to really be able to empathise with them. Li Na Zhao I found was a good character, but needed a little more wickedness in order to be a really convincing nefarious villain. There were times that she felt inconsequential, her threats at some points were a bit meh. In all honesty, this book could’ve done with a smaller cast of characters. There were just too many secondary characters, and I’m still unsure whether Hannah is meant to be a secondary character or not… Given the title, I thought that this story would centre around Gabe, but it really didn’t – had his brothers not been introduced in this book I wouldn’t have really learned a lot about him. Quite frankly to me the story centred around Lauren, her company and her sister and so I’m confused as to where Gabe really fits, with the exception of their relationship and the snippets from his POV. OK, so he has a big hands on involvement in the plot, but the story isn’t about his character.

I didn’t dislike this book, but in my opinion it has so much more potential. I would really love to see more of Gabe. He has quite a strong sex appeal, and there are some VERY mild elements of BDSM. Mainly some spanking and mild bondage. The sex was erotic and intimate, it also fit into the story very well – it wasn’t sex for the sake of sex. That I loved. I actually think that you saw a lot more of Gabe as a character in those scenes and I found that you got a real glimpse into his psyche and of him. All in all, I did enjoy the story and had the finer details been tweaked and sharpened it would be verging on outstanding. However as it is, it is just good. Also, this is NOT a standalone in my opinion- or at least it shouldn’t be.

About the Book

His Woman. His Family. His Company.
When the going gets tough, the tough get Alpha.

Silicon Valley billionaire CEO Gabriel Betts has finally found the happiness he’s been searching for—in gorgeous, brilliant fellow billionaire Lauren Taylor, the so-called reigning queen of the biotech industry. But when Chinese healthcare mogul Li Na Zhao kidnaps Lauren’s sister in a high-stakes game of corporate espionage, the world they’ve worked so hard to protect comes crashing down. Li Na agrees to trade Hannah for Lauren’s Paragon Laboratories and her help—onsite and in person. In an attempt to keep Lauren safe, Gabe calls in his security-industry professional brothers to help get Hannah back. But when the rescue effort stumbles, Gabe must pick up the pieces to protect the woman he loves…before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.

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About the Author

Leigh James is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a vocal lover of strapping alpha males in movies, books and real life, which makes her three kids roll their eyes and makes her husband feel appreciated.

When she’s not writing, you can usually find her reading or watching Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Vikings (see penchant for alpha males, above). She has a degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire, which is good for deadlines and word counts, and a law degree from Suffolk University with a Concentration in High Technology Law, which is helpful when writing about sexy tech billionaires with legal woes.

For more information about Leigh, please visit her website, “Like” Leigh on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Leigh’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at leighjames@leighjamesbooks.com.

 

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Marta Aguiar
Written by Marta Aguiar
I'm a mid twenties mummy living in North London, a graduate in English literature and creative writing from the university of Aberyswyth in Wales. I love to bake, cook, read and watch films, and love spending time with my little toddler, Jasper, and our new addition, Mylo. I blog about our family life and my general interests, with the odd guest blog from my partner, Kayne.