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Katy Evans’ Million Dollar Devil ARC Review

I want to thank Katy Evans, SocialButterflyPR, and Netgalley for the advance review copy of Million Dollar Devil.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis below…

“Big-city sophistication meets carnal hunger in this devilish contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

Heir apparent to her father’s company, Lizzy Banks needs a man. The perfect man. But when the rich “fundbabies” she usually rubs shoulders with prove impossible to hire, she takes a chance on a raw beast of a man salvaged from the wreckage of a bar brawl.

James Rowan earns a modest income as a YouTube daredevil, but he can’t refuse Lizzy’s million dollar deal. As she polishes his rough edges, creating a sophisticated gentleman fit for the highest circles of society, not only does she bring out the perfect man—it’s like she’s making the man of her dreams. How can she resist?

Though Lizzy loves seeing James in his clothes—and out of them—he isn’t the kind of man you bring home to Daddy. Her father’s disapproval and the pressure of the campaign have her eyeing the straight and narrow, but Lizzy’s finding it awfully hard to resist the devil on her shoulder…”

Here are my more detailed thoughts…

  • Characters: Elizabeth “Lizzy” Banks and James “Jimmy” Rowan are the main characters of Katy’s latest release. Lizzy’s character is defined by the success she desires. She is a strong-willed, goes for what she wants, fighter type character who wants to win out in the fight for the title of future CEO of her father’s company. Jimmy is very multidimensional. He begins as this smooth talking, bruised knuckles solve problems type of guy. To what the story yields part way through, a man consumed by wealth and power. But really he has an emotional, sensitive side that comes through when dealing with his little brother.
  • Setting: Atlanta. A surprising one as most books about a cutthroat business world tends to take place in Los Angeles or New York City. It was refreshing to have the book take place in a different city.
  • Romance: This romance was ripe with sexual tension from the very beginning. It was an absolute joy to watch Lizzy crumble to her desires and ignore the voice in her head saying that James would not meet the approval of her father.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, check out this excerpt…

“He has a face that—until now—only existed in my dreams. Hard jaw, chiseled to perfection. Firm, plush, kissable lips. Sharp, pristine blue eyes that feel like lasers zeroing in on me. He catches my gaze, and the devil’s smile suddenly playing on his lips is worth a million bucks.

That’s exactly how much it cost me. What this guy cost me. I would’ve paid so much more.

It’s like he’s the only man in the room. Like he belongs here. Confidence oozes out of his every pore. Masculinity envelops him as perfectly as his custom black suit. He walks like he owns the place. My heart beats harder and harder for him.

I can’t believe I got him to agree to this.

Women are vying for his attention. His moves are smooth. Sophisticated. Elegant.

“An autograph?” a young woman asks shyly.

He takes the notepad and pen she extends and scribbles his name, his voice low and rough. “There you go.” Beneath all that polish is his raw masculine energy. The determination that brought him here.

“James . . .” I halt him before we go any farther. “Whatever happens . . .”

He looks at me. A thousand words lingering in his look. “I know.”

But does he? I’ve fallen in love with my own creation. I polished a diamond, and now it’s flawless. Perfect. But it’s not mine to keep.

He is not mine to keep.

This elite world he’s about to join isn’t one he was born into. These fans only know him because of me. His place at the top? That’s not where I found him.”

Million Dollar Devil receives four out of five stars.

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Thank you again to Katy Evans, SocialButterflyPR, and Netgalley. Thank you for reading my review.

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