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Breathless In Love: The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1

Breathless In Love: The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1

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by Bella Andre
Meet the Maverick Billionaires?sexy, self-made men from the wrong side of town who survived hell together and now have everything they ever wanted. But when each Maverick falls head-over-heels for an incredible woman he never saw coming, he will soon find that true love is the only thing he ever really needed...

An exciting and emotional new contemporary


Meet the Maverick Billionaires?sexy, self-made men from the wrong side of town who survived hell together and now have everything they ever wanted. But when each Maverick falls head-over-heels for an incredible woman he never saw coming, he will soon find that true love is the only thing he ever really needed...

An exciting and emotional new contemporary romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully!

Will Franconi has a dark past that he's kept a closely guarded secret?very few people have ever heard his real story and he plans to keep it that way. After surviving a hellish childhood, he's now living the dream life where everything he touches turns to gold. But something's missing. He doesn't quite know what until a simple letter from a teenage boy brings Harper Newman into his life. A woman who just might fill up the empty places inside him...if only he could ever be worthy of her love.

When a man has more money than he could possibly spend in five lifetimes, Harper has to ask herself what Will Franconi could possibly want from a woman like her? She's learned the hard way that rich men always get what they want no matter the cost. If it was just herself she had to worry about, Harper would manage, but she's guardian to her younger brother who depends on her for everything. After nearly losing his life in a car crash, she's vowed never to let anyone hurt him ever again.

Still, sometimes Harper can't help but long to change her story from one of an always-cautious woman to an adventurous tale of a heroine who's wild and free...especially when Will's kisses and caresses make her utterly breathless. And as he begins to reveal his story to her, she discovers that he's so much more than just another wealthy, privileged man. He's kind and giving, and he fills up all the spaces inside of her heart that have been empty for so long. Together, can they rewrite their stories into a happily-ever-after that neither of them had previously thought was possible?

Breathless In Love
Reckless In Love
Fearless In Love
~ More Maverick Billionaires are coming soon! ~

Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 5 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes is the author of classy romance, hilarious romantic mysteries, and the Max Starr paranormal suspense series. Her books have passion, heart, humor, and happy endings. Jennifer lives in the Redwoods of Northern California with her husband and their adorable nuisance of a cat, who obviously runs the household.

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Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and she has sold more than 5 million books so far! Known for "sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Reads" twice and have been translated into ten languages. She also writes "sweet" contemporary romances as Lucy Kevin. There are more than 50,000 5 star reviews for Bella Andre's books on Goodreads!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling Jennifer Skully/Jasmine Haynes is the author of classy romance, hilarious romantic mysteries, and the Max Starr paranormal suspense series. Her books have passion, heart, humor, and happy endings. Jennifer lives in the Redwoods of Northern California with her husband and their adorable nuisance of a cat, who obviously runs the household.

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Breathless In Love: The Maverick Billionaires, Book 1 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
What a great new series by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully! I loved the idea of Billionaires in Love as soon as they announced this series and the first book is a winner for sure. Will Franconi had a rough start to life and because of it, his past has always remained a tightly guarded secret. He and his group of friends, called The Mavericks, along with his foster parents, are all the family that Will has ever needed. That and making something of himself by becoming a wealthy man where everything is going his way. Or so he thought until he receives a letter from a teenaged boy who puts him on the path to meeting the boy and his sister. After losing her parents to a car accident several years ago, Harper Newman is the guardian of her teenaged brother who was also in an accident when he was seven and depends on her for everything. She has vowed never to let him be hurt again. Harper has made the decision to close herself off to love after the men she has dated previously have only wanted to get close to her due to what she could do for them monetarily...it was never about her. When Will and Harper meet due to the letter that her brother sent to Will, sparks fly immediately, however neither one of them wants to admit it. They both have their own hang-ups regarding why they shouldn't get involved, but they both realize early on that it's inevitable they are going to eventually come together. As Will builds a relationship with Harper's brother, Jeremy, she sees her brother blossoming like he never has before. Will genuinely cares, which is a new thing for Harper to experience. Can these two people that have demons in their pasts be able to get past them and give the magnetic pull they are feeling a chance? Will they trust one another enough to open up? Kudos to Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully for crafting a story where both the hero and the heroine learn some tough lessons about themselves throughout the course of the book. You could see both of them growing as the story went on because the other person was bringing things to the forefront that they had not realized. I really enjoyed the characters and I'm looking forward to the books of the other Mavericks still to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg perfection...will, will, will. Truly a must read, more please!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Bella and Jennifer.
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
Love the Book!
Cali-Jewel 4 months ago
Will Franconi is the most unexpected type of Billionaire, through his words and actions everyday he shows how much he cares for the world around him. Considering the life he came from this is really a refreshing personality to see. Harper Newman lives her life for her brother and is his only family. Thanks to a heart felt letter her brother writes to Will about his car collection Harper and Will meet and sparks fly. I loved the way these two seam to fill all the empty spaces in each-other without even trying. This was a great story of love and self discovery. Look forward to reading the rest of the Maverick's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet and simple
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow read and very predictable
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harper and Will help each other see their pasts and presents differently to have happy fufilling life together. Getting there was filled with doubts, fun and seduction. I did spend most of the book wanting to smack Harper and alternately wanting to shake then hug Will. The mark of a very good author. Thank you Bella Andre.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 3 Story: 4 The Mavericks are a group of five friends (Daniel. Sebastian, Evan, Matt and Will) who have been friends for years. Picking themselves up from neglect and abuse (and the resulting troubles) as children, they’ve moved on to more and better, never forgetting where they came from. First up is Will, who has spent the intervening years atoning, for his past, but never quite believing he is worthy of the good things that are coming from his new focus on life. His past is tortured and heartbreaking, not always the best choices were made, but completely understandable in the situation he was thrust into. But, his guilt, often overriding, and the lack of self-belief are incredibly sad: he’s changed and reinvented himself, if only he could see it. And then comes Harper, with her own set of overwhelming circumstances in the form of a younger (now 18 year old) brother who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and isn’t able to function completely on his own. Harper is bound and determined that she is meant to provide for Jeremy, and has done her level best to always provide and be the father and mother he needs. Until Will, she had no real thoughts of a relationship for herself. These three are wonderful together. Will, most probably because of the past experience he had with being unwanted, misjudged and essentially ignored is wonderful with Jeremy, engaged and engaging, and seeing things in the boy that only he could. The fact that Harper trusts him to spend time with Jeremy, despite his past, gives him moments of hope for brighter things on the horizon. And the connection between Harper and Will is well-written and all the more striking for Harper’s unwillingness to accept Will’s self-doubt and self-deprecation. Moments of steam add to build their connection, and this story shows a dubious trope (the Billionaire) as something worth reading, presenting real life difficulties and challenges without overwhelming or losing the romantic moments. Narration is provided by Eva Kaminsky for this story, and workmanlike or steady are the best descriptives. Slight variations in tone and delivery did highlight the different characters, but the long time spent in interior monologues did not give me the satisfaction of fast-paced one off the other dialogue that adds to the enjoyment of an audiobook. A decent listen which I would have liked to see in dual-narration. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Audible Customer Relations for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this new series cant wait for next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great collaboration and a Super new series I loved this concept, Maverick Billionaires who don't have perfect lives/backgrounds and strong women. Throw in some challenging family dynamics to tug your heart strings and you have a super read. Get this one, you’ll love it, I know I did :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovingthis new series. Really enjoyed
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I haven’t read anything by Jennifer Skully before but I’ve pretty much read every book Bella Andre has written so I was curious to see what this new series would be like. BREATHLESS IN LOVE is the first book in the Maverick Billionaire series. Now if you’ve read Andre’s Sullivans’ series then you are probably familiar with her overachieving fun-loving family. I strongly feel that this series will have the same tone and style. You can definitely see Andre’s touch with the heroes at least because WILL IS SO CHARMING AND SWOON-WORTHY!! Will Franconi not only has heavy pockets, but he is also a woman’s dream come true. He likes fast cars, is incredibly patient and considerate and he has no problem apologizing if he steps over a line. That man is hard to find and it’s probably what makes this book so good. I’m betting all the heroes in this series will be amazing and that is why I’m getting ahead of the game here and claiming them all. So back off, the Maverick Billionaires are mine! In addition to the great hero, this book also has a fantastic heroine. Harper has lived a very hard life. Her brother might be a teenage but after a car accident that caused some brain trauma, he still has the mind of a seven year old. Since her parents died, Harper has been taking care of him and is loving every minute of it. But that means, she doesn’t have much time for herself. So when Will comes into her life, charming her off her feet, their romance really feels like something out of a dream or a fantasy. It’s easy to get lost in books like these because I find them uplifting and fun, never dragging you down. That being said, this book is a quick read and is great for a weekend treat or something to take with you to the beach. I will definitely be interested to see what the other stories in the series will hold for us. *ARC provided by author
caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
This book is about Harper, Jeremy and Will. Harper is guardian to her brother Jeremy, who was hurt when he was knocked down and even though he is a teenager, he has the mental age of seven. Jeremy has a fascination with fast cars and writes to billionaire Will Franconi, asking him can he see his car collection. Will can tell how much Jeremy loves cars even as much as him and agrees to show Jeremy them. They agree to meet at an airport hanger where he keeps some of his collection, Harper and Jeremy arrive first and Harper thinks that Will will send an employee to show her brother the cars, so she is shocked when Will himself turns up. Will was expecting a younger child to be waiting with his guardian but when he sees a teenager and realises that something must have happened to Jeremy, he is also instantly attracted to Harper and earns brownie points when he treats him like the young man he is and shows him is cars. Will does not want to miss getting to know Harper too so he invites them to his home to see more of his car collection, then asks Harper out for a meal. Harper can not understand how a billionaire can be interested in her but allows him to take her out and she finds out what a genuine guy he is. There are ups and downs like in all relationships, this book made me laugh and brought me to tears but I loved it. This is a lovely romance story of love, pain, friendships and tight family ties (even though the people are not related), you get to meet the other Maverick Billionaires and I can not wait for their stories to be told now.
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
This series is off to a great start with Will and Harper. This book is emotional by many counts. It is more than a sweet romance. Besides love, it speaks of friendship, family, forgiveness and hope. I was saddened to read about Will's past and even more so as I read how he perceived himself even after the success he has and the changes he has made. Jeremy was just a sweetheart. Despite having brain damage from an accident years ago, he is a ball of inspiration with his positivity, his zest in life, his enthusiasm. Harper did not live an easy life especially since Jeremy became her responsibility with the death of their parents. (One gripe was I wish their deaths were put forth in a better manner.) Jeremy and her became a package deal since and Harper had to live her life revolving around Jeremy. She has had a couple of relationships but they never fully accepted Jeremy and Harper has since sworn off to dating or being with anyone. Meeting Will brought out fear as well as feelings that had been suppressed in Harper while Will gets cold and hot as he second-guessed Harper's feelings. It was a emotional ride in those scenes since both of them have their baggages. I thought this book was one of the more emotional books coming from Bella Andre. I do love all her books but this just goes deeper in my opinion. I definitely look forward to the rest in this series and having not read any books by Jennifer Skully, this was a good introduction and I'll also be checking her books out as well. I was gifted an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this book twenty stars. I loved this book so much I could not put it down. When I finished reading it I wanted to read Sebstain's, Matt's, Ethan's and Daniel's stroy. Can we please not have to wait so long for them to come out. I am jumping at the seams to read them now. I know I say this eveytime but Bella Andre this is your best yet. You are a authorthat never disappoints. You always keep me coming back for more...... Jennifer Skully I have never read any of your books but I do believe after reading this one I will try one of your books. Great job ladies. As I said earlier you deserve twenty stars for this one instead of 5 stars.... Don't be so long in publishing the next. I can not wait!!!!!
AngiMac1 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I've read everything by Bella Andre and absolutely fell in love with her books. To be honest, I've never read anything by Jennifer Skully, but I'll definitely be checking her out now! I fell in love with these characters and just wanted to reach into the pages and hug them. Seriously. I don't give recaps of books, because you can read the blurb to get that. I will say that Will.... whew.... delayed gratification and all that. But when things started heating up, they blew off the charts. I can't wait to read more of this series and the Maverick brothers. I really liked how they were introduced throughout the book, so there's already a little backstory waiting for me. I liked the twists and turns in the book and the action was constantly moving things forward. There was never a dull moment anywhere, when I wanted to put the book down, so don't start this one late at night. I loved Jeremy, Harper's little brother. Even he had growth in the story! Amazing!! Definite 5 star read! And the disclaimer: I was given an ARC for an honest review... and this is honest--I LOVED it!!
mslizalou More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Bella Andre and was super excited to see she had a new series coming out written with Jennifer Skully, who is a new-to-me author. I personally felt like Breathless in Love was a great start to an awesome new series. I really enjoyed this collaborative story by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully. Let's just say I totally fell in love with Will Franconi pretty much from the moment he appeared on the page. I loved how he showed Harper's brother Jeremy respect and didn't look at him as disabled. Honestly I think I fell in love with Will so quickly because of how he treated both Harper and Jeremy.  I also really liked Harper and totally understood her overprotective nature with her brother.  The chemistry between Will and Harper was there from the moment they first met. I loved that Harper has had to control her wilder side for so long to care and protect Jeremy, yet within hours of meeting Will, she starts to let that wilder side come out more and more. My only issue with the entire story was both Harper and Will clinging to their pasts to put up roadblocks to their future. I was so glad when Will finally gave Harper the true story about his past and honestly her reaction was so perfect and proved to me hands down that Will had finally found his happily ever after. I loved getting to meet the other Mavericks in Breathless in Love and especially their mom, Susan. Bella Andre has always written such amazing stories about family, and even though not all the Mavericks are related by blood, they are a family. I'm already counting down for the next book in this series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!  I am a big Bella Andre fan, and this book did not disappoint.  I loved the sweet story and can't wait until the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Breathless in Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully. This is the first book i have read by both authors and all i can say is wow i have been missing out on wonderful book. I am so hooked now i will read all there books. The Mavericks brothers are sweet and beautiful men. Will and Harper are both strong, hot and beautiful people. You have love, hot steamy passion and also sweet moments in this book. Jeremy is such a sweet boy...i loved him, he grew up so much in the book. I do not want to give to much of the book all i can say is read it for yourself...you will love it. I can not wait for the second book in this series.
DHITE1 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I’m a big Bella Andre fan. I love her writing style and how she makes each series and character fresh and new. I haven’t read Jennifer Skully before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect with the two authors writing together. I didn’t have anything to worry about. Breathless in Love was just as good as any other Bella Andre novel. I loved the characters! Will was both strong, but sweet. It was great that he could be both without losing his manliness. How he treated Jeremy made me swoon. Harper was a strong female character and her devotion to her brother really added a lot to the story. Jeremy was my favorite, though. His enthusiasm and the way he brought everyone together made me smile a lot. I also loved getting a glimpse at all of the other Mavericks. I can’t wait to read their stories! Overall, I really enjoyed Breathless in Love. It was fun, sexy and fast paced. Fans of Bella Andre’s will love this new series. I can’t wait to read more of it and to check out Jennifer Skully’s other writing!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Breathless In Love is a great start to The Maverick Billionaires series by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully, and it will leave you breathless! I really enjoyed this well written, well paced book and all the characters in it!  Will has done very well for himself, despite a difficult childhood that led him down some dark pathways.  As good as he's done though, he doesn't feel good about himself or where he came from, he doesn't feel good enough for anyone.  He hides his past well.  When he meets Harper, he is immediately drawn to her...enchanted.  Not just sexually, but in every way he didn't expect.  Harper is her younger brother's guardian.  She does her best (which is great!), she's very protective of him, and refuses to rely on or count on anyone.  After one too many bad relationships, she's determined to keep her heart safely locked away.  She didn't expect to meet someone like Will, and she has no idea what he sees in her that makes him want her so much. Will not only likes Harper, he is quite fond of her brother Jeremy, and soon their lives are intertwining.  Will pursues Harper, and he is so sweet and caring and real!  Harper tries to resist, but her heart and even her mind won't let her.  As the layers of Will are peeled away, how will Harper feel about him?  Will's biggest fear is that she will discover he can never be good enough for her.  Will Harper let Will in?  Her biggest fear is caring only to suffer heart break not only for herself, but for Jeremy also. I liked Will and Harper together.  They are different but have similarities, and they really work well together.  I could feel the connection, not to mention the heat!  I really hoped they'd both take a chance.  I loved the maturity of their characters and how the life experiences they've both had.  There was no unnecessary drama.  There is tension and inner turmoil, and this worked well with these characters.  Harper's brother Jeremy is a strong secondary character who was really endearing!   I liked meeting the Maverick brothers, they are a strong group of men who I really look forward to reading more about. I'd recommend Breathless In Love to any romance reader.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Breathless in Love, the first book in the Maverick Billionaires series. This is also the second book I've read recently that was co-written, and I think its a great concept and have enjoyed seeing a mix of styles when authors work together. In Breathless in Love, we meet two complicated characters in Harper and Will. Harper spends a lot of time worrying about station - hers, the men she's interested in, and others in her life. Meanwhile, Will has everything Harper thinks she despises, but doesn't act like he does. What's normal for him is so out of the realm of normal for her, its almost unreal. Despite his enormous wealth, Will seems very down to earth to me and I think that's due to his internalization of how he started in life and his insistence on not returning to that life.  I don't think he needs his tattoo to remind him of who is was and where he came from. His background drives his enormous need to protect everyone around him. QUOTE "In that moment, as he held her tight in her arms and she held him right back, Will vowed to do everything in his power to prove he could be good for her as well.  He wouldn't let her down." There are so many parallels in this book between Harper's life and speed, and cars. I believe she's feeling her life slipping away from her quickly, and her fears over speed brought on by her brother's accident have manifested themselves into slowing down her life - Jeremy's development, her relationships, everything.  Its like she wants to STOP time. Whereas, Will's life is always on fast forward. Its as if he's always running away from himself and he has to do it as quickly as possible. I think part of his fascination with cars is due to his history with stealing cars and ultimately the event that changed his life,which also involved a car. So, for both Harper and Will, speed plays an important part of their lives, but in opposite ways. You wouldn't think they'd be suited for each other as a result of that, but they are. I think Harper helps Will to slow down and see how he is NOW, not through the lens of his past; and Will helps Harper to see that "full speed ahead" shouldn't mean fear for her - but that she should embrace her and Jeremy's futures. Despite Will's need to run away from what he believes is is "true self", he feels nothing but confidence in his feelings for Harper. QUOTE: "I think I've been in love with her from the first moment I saw her standing outside my hangar with her brother, so protective, so beautiful, so strong." ~Will I really enjoyed the character development in Breathless in Love. Harper and Will have depth and Jeremy's character, mentally disabled from an accident, is so wonderfully depicted that I feel like I can SEE him waving hi with his entire body, and speaking entirely too loud at the wrong times. Bella and Jennifer do a wonderful job of weaving together a story that has you laughing and crying and fearful right along with the characters in the story. I also like that while there is angst at the climax of the story, this book doesn't follow the typical "break up", "reconsider", "get back together" scenario. Harper does take time to deal with what had happened to Jeremy, but she is quick to realize that Will wasn't to blame, and her own fears are creating an environment detrimental to her and Jeremy. She is quick to come to this realization and while Will expects for Harper to blame him, as he blames himself, she is quick to reaffirm her feelings for Will and how she wants a future with him. QUOTE: "You were once a little boy who didn't have anyone to take care of him, and now you're a man who always takes care of everyone around you. You make us all better people just by being in our lives." ~Harper  In typically Bella Andre fashion, the book gives us an Epilogue that brings closure to Harper and Will's story, but opens the door to the next story in the Maverick Billionaires series. I look forward to reading about the rest of the Mavericks, brothers of the heart and alpha men! Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.