Going Down Easy

Going Down Easy

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by Carly Phillips

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Meet Kaden Barnes. Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants. Enigmatic and exacting, he's unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business... She's also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies. When their passion for each other reaches a


Meet Kaden Barnes. Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants. Enigmatic and exacting, he's unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business... She's also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies. When their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, Kaden may think he's calling the shots, but for this billionaire bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.

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Billionaire Bad Boys , #1
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Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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Going Down Easy (Billionaire Bad Boys, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Cheryl-S 3 months ago
Sacrifice. It's all about sacrifice for Lexi Parker. She's sacrificed her personal life and her professional one all in the name of love for her severely depressed twin sister. Lexi's life is difficult enough but when she starts her new job working for Kaden Barnes, software billionaire, it gets a tiny bit harder. It's especially difficult when sparks fly whenever they're in the same room. Great storyline! Fabulous and well developed characters. It's full of personal challenges, family hurdles and love. Fantastic as always from this amazing author! Received a copy via RockStarLit in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Anonymous 5 months ago
There wasn't much of a storyline for me.
Luckylady 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this story...people can overcome crazy problems and make it work. I love Kade and Lexie's story and how they over came the obstacles that they both had.
SaraBetty 6 months ago
Not an original story line... Millionaire boss can't keep an assistant because of his demanding ways but Carly Phillips writes a cute and fast moving story.. Lexie comes into a job with a mentally challenged mother and a bi polar twin sister and both provide twists to the story that make it unique... Her "at home" experiences suit her for her new boss and his temperament and make the story a quick read... Turns out he is really a great guy...
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was a cute story about some not so perfect characters and their quest for loving each other. Carly puts together the right mix of steamy romance and just enough trials the characters have to go through in order to find love. Great summer read!!
LynnB888 6 months ago
Carly Phillips is on fire with the start of this new Billionaire Bad Boys series! It’s super steamy, filled with drama, and just plain fun to read! Quirky and demanding, billionaire Kaden Barnes can’t keep a personal assistant … until Lexie Parker walks in the door. Organized, peppy and feisty enough to hold her own with a domineering boss, Lexie fits right in and has him organized in no time. Kaden can’t deny that Lexie is the best PA he’s ever had … but he also can’t deny that she has been starring in his dirty, sexy fantasies ever since he first laid eyes on her! When business, personal and family issues arise, will they be able to face them together and still be standing at the end of it?
Anonymous 6 months ago
Could've been longer.
2kasmom 6 months ago
Kaden is shocked to find his partners have hired him a new assistant, Lexie. She does not take anything from anyone. If only she didn't make him hot. Lexie is thrilled to have a new job. She just hopes her past and secrets stay there. In the past. Now if she could just forget how hot her boss looked today in a towel.... Either dropping wet or totally dry, these two are hot for each other. With flirty conversation or totally hot looks, this is a couple who are falling hard. I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what new stories are coming next! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
Majorly_Delicious 6 months ago
Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips is the first book in her new Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book is so different than your normal billionaire series and office romances which I think is one of the reasons I fell in love with it so much. Kaden Barnes is sexy, witty geeks who, along with his two best friends from college, have turned their love of technology into a billion dollar company. They are on their way to releasing the next new thing in cell phone apps and once their app goes public they will be worth billions. The only thing in their way is their ex-partner and friend who is suing them for a stake in the company. Kaden needs a personal assistant to help keep his office and life running smoothly while fighting the lawsuit and putting the finishing touches on the app. The only problem is Kaden’s moodiness and quirks have a tendency to run off every assistant they hire for him. That is until he meets his match both in and out of the office. Lexie Parker’s life is a chaotic mess. Being the caregiver to her twin sister that is bipolar has taken a huge toll on her emotionally and financially. She has found herself putting her whole life on hold until such a time her sister can be on her own. When she lands a new job as personal assistant Kaden Barnes she is excited and wanting to put her best foot forward. She has heard the rumors about him being difficult to work with and running through PA’s on a weekly basis but what she wasn’t prepared for is the gorgeous man with troubling green eyes. Kaden’s and Lexie’s office relationship is not your typical one. While he is her boss and is entitled to respect she will not let him intimidate her nor will she take any crap from him. Kaden loves how Lexie is unafraid to set him straight and the way she keep him organized and on track is something that makes him start seeing his beautiful new PA as something more than a co-worker. The closer these two get the more they have in common, most importantly mental illness. Overall, this book was a quick and easy read. Full of emotion and heart, this story will make us all want to find our very own Kaden to come in and sweep us off our feet. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance story. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Emily-SBDR 6 months ago
This book. This book. This book. GAH! This book has given me a book hangover. I can't exactly explain why. Carly Phillips always writes an outstanding novel. I am pretty sure I've read every book and novella she's ever published, but this one is just a little deeper and a little more fascinating. It was real. It was emotional. And it was everything I didn't know I needed to read to get out of my book funk. We've all read the alpha billionaire before, but Kade is different. He's hotter, he's sweeter, and down right delicious to read. Then you have Lexie, and I swear to high heavens she is a no BS kind of heroine that I LOVE to read. No push over here. Whatever Kade gives her she delivers right back in the ten-fold. And together their chemistry is more than explosive and their witty banter had me cry-laughing. Yet, to the antithesis of the eroticism and hilarity is a darker side to both of these characters. They both have families that failed to step up to the plate, and left Kade and Lexie holding a lot of baggage. However, true to both of their natures they made it work and fought the good fight. When Lexie comes to work for Kade they finally decide they both deserve to be selfish and give in to this powerful energy that's sparking between them. But nothing ever goes as planned and what commences is a wicked web of "I really didn't see that coming" and some great big emotional slaps to the face. Going Down Easy is an epically perfect blend of romance and gritty real-life. No punches were pulled and the world of these three billionaire bad boys made me gasp in anticipation for its continuance. It will be pretty hard to top Kade though. He pretty damn well set the bar immeasurably high, but I can't wait to see Lucas and Derek try. At the end of the day this book is a MUST READ for me! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Staci70 6 months ago
Kaden Barnes is one of the Billionaire Bad Boys. Lexie Parker is the latest in a long line of assistants. One of his friends and co-owners in his company sets the two of them up as boss and assistant. Sparks soon fly and these two are heating up the bedroom as well as the boardroom. There's one bump in their road to happily ever after and that is Lexie's bipolar sister Kendall. This is the first book in a new series, but a few of our old favorites also make an appearance. I can't wait to see how this series plays out with the other billionaire bad boys getting their happily ever afters as well.
mslizalou 6 months ago
Once again Carly Phillips has blown me away with one of her books. I fell in love with Kaden Barnes quirks and all pretty much from the moment he appeared on the page. I also think Lexie Parker is one of the strongest heroines Ms. Phillips has ever written. Lexie Parker is once again starting over in her career thanks to always stepping in to help take care of her twin sister, Kendall. When she is offered a job at Blink as Kaden Barnes assistant, she ever expected to be immediately attracted to her boss and completely get all his quirks. I think because Lexie had been there for her mom and her sister dealing with their problems, she understood Kade's anxiety issues and his OCD issues easier. I loved that where his issues had been problems for people in the past, yet Lexie just saw it as another part of who he was. I loved that Lexie and Kade were both instantly attracted to one another and their chemistry was off the charts hot. Seriously they had some smoking hot love scenes and I fell more in love with them as a couple to more time they spent together. I hated that parts of Kade's past kept popping up messing with his current happiness. However, he proved what an incredible guy he was by making sure he always took care of his friends, even when it kept him from being completely happy. Going Down Easy was an amazing start to the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I loved Kade and can't wait to read the next 2 books to find out more about his partners in Blink. Thank you Ms. Phillips for giving me a non-traditional hero to fall in love with. Review copy provided by publisher
ljtljtljt 6 months ago
I am always drawn to novels and novellas that have some form of the word "billionaire" on its cover. So after reading the clever book blurb, I just had to request Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips. It is the first book from her brand new series, Billionaire Bad Boys, and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Lexie Parker has always put the needs of others ahead of her own happiness. Because she looks after her identical twin that suffers from bipolar disorder, she has never held a steady job or been able to cultivate a romantic relationship since high school. With her sister on a new set of meds, Lexi begins a new job as a personal assistant to a very demanding software bigwig, Kaden Barnes. Kaden is a smart and gorgeous man with ADHD and anxiety. Lexie is able to handle all of his little quirks and keep him in line, both in and out of the bedroom. Overtime they fall in love, but in order to have a future together, they have to disclose their personal demons. This is a great story with incredibly hot love scenes. Lexie and Kaden share an instant chemistry and Ms. Phillips evolves their romance with heat, understanding and trust. All the characters are well-defined, interesting and intriguing. Ms. Phillips's ending is perfect for this story and I could not stop myself from smiling as I read the last chapter and epilogue. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Complimentary copy provided by RockStarLit PR.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 6 months ago
GOING DOWN EASY is the first installment in Carly Phillips’ contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS erotic, romance series-a spin off from her DARE TO LOVE SERIES. This is billionaire app developer Kaden Barnes, and PA Lexie Parker’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Kade and Lexie) GOING DOWN EASY follows the building but forbidden office romance between billionaire businessman Kaden Barnes, and his new PA Lexie Parker. Lexie is in desperate need of a job following her sister’s latest spiral out of control, and the position of PA to Kaden Barnes is perfect for our story line heroine until the sexual attraction becomes too hot to handle. Giving into their desires, Kaden and Lexie begin an office romance but personal issues in both of their lives bring the romance to an early end. Kaden is being sued by a former business partner, and Lexie’s sister’s bipolar disorder is dangerously out of control. The relationship between Lexie and Kaden begins professionally but Kaden soon discovers that his PA is a spitfire; a take charge woman he needs in both his professional and personal life.; and a woman who stands up to the man with whom she is falling in love. Lexie is a woman determined to keep her job and an office affair could mean a loss of income and respect. What ensues is a sexual relationship that is destroyed when a lack of trust and mistaken beliefs overpower feelings and emotions. The $ex scenes are erotic and provocative. We are introduced to Kaden’s business partners Derek West and Luke Monroe, as well as former friend Julian Dane- a man determined to destroy both Kaden’s personal and professional life. Wade Parker, Lexie’s long suffering father needs to step up and take responsibility for his family; and Lexie’s twin sister Kendall is a woman desperately searching for direction in her life. The world building focuses on the relationship between Lexie and Kade, business partnerships, as well as issues of mental illness, recovery and the affects on family and friends. GOING DOWN EASY is a relatable story on so many levels. The reality of mental illness is woven into the story as part of every day life. The premise is intelligent and encouraging; the characters are intimate and inspiring; the romance is passionate, sexual and intense. GOING DOWN EASY is a well written, evenly paced love story between two people whose lives are more similar than not.
PennieM 6 months ago
Oh Em Gee, this is the start of a new series and oh my are we going to have a rocking good time with this one! Kaden Barnes has his quirks and Lexie Parker knows how to manage them since she has been dealing with her twin sister and mother's issues her entire life. What they don't expect is the chemistry that is instantaneous but cannot deny. This is a well-written and well-researched book dealing with tech and mental health and rolling them together along with intricate family issues made this book a great read that once I picked it up I could not put it down. Now starts the wait for the second book in the series... **Received this book in exchange for an honest review**
EileenAW 6 months ago
Going Down Easy is the first book in Carly Phillips newest series, the Billionaire Bad Boys. In this story we meet Kaden Barnes, one of the creators of a new phone app called Blink. Kaden is as alpha as they come. He has trouble keeping an assistant for more than a day or two. That is until Lexie Parker takes on the job. Lexie is no nonsense, efficient, and all business. She is willing to stand up for herself and not take any gruff from Kaden. Lexie is one of the few who understands Kaden’s idiosyncrasies. This is due in part from her experience as caretaker for her twin sister who is bi-polar. In addition to be a wonderful assistant, Lexie is beautiful and modest, which attracts Kaden’s attention. This book is definitely hot and sexy with loveable characters that you want to support and cheer on hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written, believable, and complex. They shared more than just the chemistry between them. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book, until I realized the trouble that would break up the two main characters about three-quarters of the way through, before it actually occurred in the story. That doesn’t mean it was bad, it’s just I prefer to be a bit more surprised with the twists and turns. I didn’t anticipate the final journey for Kaden and Lexie, which increased my delight in the story. Despite these feelings, I do recommend this book to other readers. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
nku 6 months ago
Hated to finish Going Down Easy....Kade and Lexie are perfectly imperfect and so perfect for each other. Carly did a great job getting me hooked on the story and I was upset when ever I had to put it down. There are so many other interesting people in this story that will need stories of their own. Can't wait for Going Down Fast.... Lucas and Maxie's story.
tsmb02 6 months ago
Wow...normally I like to take my time reading a Carly Phillips book to enjoy the story longer, but I just couldn't put this book down....it was that good! Lexie Parker has been having to take care of her twin, Kendall for most of their life. Kendall is bi-polar. This wouldn't be so bad, but their mother also suffers from deep depression so Lexie's parents are no help. Lexie has put her life on hold because of Kendall. After losing her last job because of time spent away with Kendall, Lexie's dad gets her a job at Blink being the personal assistant to Kaden Barnes, one of the owners, and a general pain-in-the-butt, demanding man. Lexie is used to having to deal with demanding people because of Kendall and walks into the job taking over control. OMG, their first meeting was priceless! Lexie comes to realize that there are reasons why Kaden acts the way he does and she can deal with that, but she's having a harder time dealing with attraction to her new boss. As the two spend time together, their sexual chemistry is ready to explode! I just adored Lexi. She was a no-nonsense, straight shooter who gives as good as she gets and I just loved that! I also loved Kaden and how flawed he really was because of events from his past. These two characters really were made for each other. The entire story from their relationship, their families and work was wonderful. This story has a great twist that I didn't fully see coming. Awesome start to new a series and I can't wait for Lucas' story!
kgagnon 6 months ago
4.5 Stars! I love when an author writes about real people with real issues that affect their everyday decisions and lives. Ms. Phillips has done just that. She has created a story with interesting characters that are intelligent, loyal, charming and still have their quirks. Kaden is a financial guru and software billionaire who is extremely difficult to work for. He has control and trust issues so he drives everyone away on purpose. Lexie, for personal reasons, is desperate to be successful as Kades Personal Assistant. She is smart, organized, selfless, and patient. She is determined to not let Kade run her off with his demands or his gruff attitude. When Kade sees that Lexie isn't intimidated by him, he realizes he is attracted to her and wants to get to know her. Lexie is drawn to Kade as well. She sees a sexy, intelligent, unigue man and wants to give him everything. They find that they are alike in many ways. Both their unique backgrounds allow them to understand, and communicate to each other on a level that no one else can. They have great chemistry right from the start. Their background and personal responsibilities add suspense and intrigue, keeping me captivated from start to finish. This is the first book that I've read from Ms. Phillips and I loved it! I will definitely read more of her work.
heater_28 6 months ago
Going Down Easy is the first book in Carly Phillips Billionaire Bad Boys series and what a way to kick off this new series! I was engaged from the first few words! Lexie Parker has always been the responsible one in her family. Her twin, Kendall, is bi-polar and while she's getting treatment, she isn't taking it as seriously as she should and Lexie is left to be her full-time caregiver all while still trying to work and have some semblance of a life. When Lexie loses her job because of tardiness caused by caring for Kendall, her Dad helps to get her a job as a PA for a man who is known to be more than difficult to work for. Kaden Barnes is a billionaire tech entrepreneur who always gets what he wants, even if that means intimidating people in order to get his way. When his business partners hire Lexie as his new PA, needless to say he's surprised, but intrigued, which is a new feeling for him. When Lexie stands up to him in their first meeting, he realizes that this woman might just be the person that he needs in his life, both personally and professionally. She gets him in a way no one else in his life has or does. Will insecurities and poor decisions from the past emerge to derail this couple before they really get started? And, will Lexie finally realize that she needs to live life for herself and not for her family? I loved the characters in this book and the way that the entire story unfolded. Both Lexie and Kaden were both strong and vulnerable in their own ways and it gave the story so much depth as they both floundered and then found their way through the challenges they were facing. I am so excited by this new series and I can't wait for the next book to be released!
JenniVange 6 months ago
Great new series from Carly Phillips. Going Down Easy is the first book in the new Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book stars Kaden and Lexie. Lexie is a caregiver to her sister who is bi-polar and has been in and out of treatments. Kaden is part of a group of guys who launched an app that just took off and made them loads of money. Lexie gets a job as Kaden's new assistant...but it doesn't take long for Kaden to realize that he wants Lexie in other areas of his life as well. Going Down Easy is a great read. It's sexy and fun. I can't wait to read more from the Billionaire Bad Boys and Carly Phillips!
Crystal_Singer0305 6 months ago
Great start to Carly Phillips new series!!!!!! This book made me want to reach through the pages and give Kade a huge hug! Right after I smacked him and kissed him ;). Lexie had every reason to run after she met and dealt with the demands her new boss had. But boy did she stand her ground. She was used to difficult people in her life. There was no better match for Kade than Lexie. You could feel their chemistry from their first meeting and it only grew from that point. This was a fast paced and fun read! Can't wait for book 2!
Lashea677 6 months ago
Carly Phillips proves that she can create a deeply moving piece of literary magic. Going Down Easy may not have had the shock value that she normally delivers but her signature style of sensuality was interwoven with a wonderful cast of characters. I didn't expect to cry but I did. A lot. I received an ARC of Going Down Easy in exchange for an honest review. My first opinion of Kaden, a jerk with a chip on his shoulder was somewhat accurate but not completely true. He found it easiest to be an ogre than let any one particularly of the feminine persuasion close enough to hurt him. Lexie girds herself with a smile to hide the heartache and responsibility that has dogged her in her life. She doesn't let anyone close enough to witness the fear she holds deep inside. When a story tackles issues like mental illness which is a struggle that is dealt with on a global scale, I find it holds a deeper meaning within my life. My grandmothers both struggled with depression, dementia and Alzheimer's throughout their lives and so I know what it feels like to want to help someone and know that the issue is bigger than one person can handle. Ms. Phillips showed that in the darkest moments there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for bringing a hidden subject into the light Ms. Phillips.
Theresakerch-28 6 months ago
The beginning of another great series. This is the first book in a new series, but can also be read as a stand alone, by Carly Phillips. Lexie is the care taker of her twin sister so she ends up taking a position as the assistant to a quirky Kaden Barnes, billionaire tech ceo with a past. There is some suspicious activity and wonderful story telling. You just don't want to put this book down. This couple has great chemistry and respect for each other. Will they be able to work through their trust issues. Can't wait for the next book in this series to see what's going on.