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The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy

By Christina Tetreault

 The Teacher’s Billionaire and The Billionaire Playboy are the first two books in the Sherbrooke’s of Newport Series by Christina Tetreault are two excellent books!  The Teacher’s Billionaire begins with Callie, an elementary school teacher from Slatersville, Massachusetts, whose life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother.  Not only is her father alive, but he’s none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke.

Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family.  When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious.  In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren’s political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation.

Despite Callie’s fears and Dylan’s vow to never fall in love, the two of them can’t resist the feelings that blossom between them.  However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.

This story is like a modern day fairy tale and I loved it.  The royalty is this Kennedy-esque family. The lonely princess is a school teacher. I love this story in so many ways. First of all, I grew up in New England and even though it’s beautiful there, I barely have missed it.  But Christina’s words transported me back to all the places I loved to visit as a child. Her characters are real. You feel for Callie, you understand all side of Dylan.  Like any love story, you want to see these two together and the end does not disappoint.  We even get to see our “prince and commoner” at a “ball” together.

The other aspect of the book is Callie’s relationship with her father and stepmother. I was so afraid Warren wouldn’t accept her and even more afraid Elizabeth, his wife wouldn’t either, but both turn out to be realistic characters with real feelings which was perfect. The one minor complaint is that I wanted more. But isn’t that true with all good stories.

Which is why bought The Billionaire Playboy seconds after finishing The Teacher’s Billionaire. Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O’Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future.  But Mother Nature has other plans as a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke, Dylan Talbot’s stepbrother and Callie Taylor’s half-brother from the first book in the Sherbrooke’s of Newport series, in Charlie’s path. Initially Charlie believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.

Jake Sherbrooke has never been one to follow the path laid out by his parents. That is why he started the Falmouth Foundation, a non-profit disaster relief organization rather than enter politics. When he learns of the destruction in North Salem, he immediately travels there to offer aid and meets Charlie O’Brien. Charlie is unlike any woman he has ever meet and he cannot help but be drawn to her.

But a good old-fashioned tabloid scandal slaps Jake in the face, threatening his relationship with the down-to-earth Charlie.

Whenever I start a new book, I feel a touch of angst about it, merely because I don’t want to be disloyal to the book I just finished and loved.  But once I started The Billionaire Playboy, I couldn’t put it down!  I had this book loaded on my iPad, iPod and cellphone and any chance I could I read it.  I loved it.  Charlie is strong-willed, feisty young woman, who deep down inside has insecurities just like any other person out there. She gets dirty, doesn’t think twice about taking care of others and has family problems complicating her life.  She was so real, it felt like she could be me or my best friend for that matter.

Jake, on the other hand, just wanted to be known for something he did worthwhile. He was portrayed by the media as being this playboy and flagrant heartbreaker, yet the person he was inside was nothing like the image.  He has a good heart and wants to make a name for himself, not glorify his family’s money or connections. Jake feels like he finally has it all with Charlie.  She makes him want to be the man he’s always wanted to be.

Christina Tetreault did it again and did it better than the first time with this book, which I never thought could be possible.  I loved her words, her characters and I cannot wait to read what story she writes next. Christina, you have a forever fan! Thank you for your stories.

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The Teacher’s Billionaire  FREE at Amazon  FREE at Apple FREE at KOBO

The Billionaire Playboy Amazon iTunes KOBO


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