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Feature book: One in a Billion

7 September 2022

One in a Billion by Belinda Williams

Series: Pierce Brothers #3
Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 20 Jun 2022
Publisher: ‎ self-published
Format: ebook
Length: 266 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook)

I was a bit concerned with the way this book started (bear with me …). Journalist Victoria Verity’s been trying to get an interview with reclusive tech billionaire Seth Pierce. She wants to write a killer article about him that will gain her a promotion at SheReports. If not, she’s decided to resign. It’s been seven long years at the publication with not enough recognition for her liking, and she’s turning thirty soon. A good time to refresh her goals in the industry.

Seth has resisted all interviews with journalists. He is not exactly reclusive, but he’s fiercely private. He does what he has to for the business, and has a Contacts List that includes the rich, powerful and famous. In his mind he doesn’t need journalists, despite his partners, old university friends Byron and Pippa, suggesting it’s good for business to develop a ‘brand’.

When ‘Tori’ Verity invades his office, briefly masquerading as some other woman interviewing for a job as media adviser, Seth’s impressed by her. This is where I had visions of him employing her without knowing she was a journalist, and her writing some big expose on him and dashing all hopes for trust between them. One of my pet peeves has to be when a story starts with a Big Misunderstanding and goes downhill from there.

Thankfully, I was wrong, wrong, wrong! ‘Tori’ immediately confesses why she’s invaded Seth’s office and naturally he turns her down. He considers the interest in his private life invasive. His relationships start out reasonably, but over time become just about the money, power and fame by association with him. He’s been burnt in the past, he won’t talk about it, and he’s stopped dating. Also, he and Pippa have a unique relationship he can’t and won’t break.

But he is intrigued by Victoria. He investigates her, scooping out her background and reading all her stories. He decides she would actually be the perfect person as his media advisor. What better person than a journalist to work/wrangle with other journalists? So, he offers her the job.

Victoria’s completely flummoxed, torn between the chance to work with Seth but still angling for her promotion. How can she do both? And how can she manage the forbidden attraction that springs up between Seth and herself, especially with Pippa hovering?

I’m loving the Pierce brothers more and more. They’re down-to-earth, lovable, protective, and when they fall for someone, they fall hard. Everything to enjoy here.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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