The Millionaire Affair

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LOVE IS A DEAL BREAKER . . .

Millionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he's saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn't think twice about asking Kimber Reynolds to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn't expect is the undeniable attraction to the woman he hasn't seen since they were kids. And not only does she like him back-she suggests they work their way down a list of ...

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Overview

LOVE IS A DEAL BREAKER . . .

Millionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he's saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn't think twice about asking Kimber Reynolds to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn't expect is the undeniable attraction to the woman he hasn't seen since they were kids. And not only does she like him back-she suggests they work their way down a list of extracurricular activities in the bedroom. How can he resist?

Kimber wants to prove once and for all that she can love 'em and leave 'em with the best of them. All she has to do is keep her sixteen-year crush on Landon out of the equation. No problem . . . until she realizes she may not be the only one whose heart has gotten completely tangled up in their no-strings agreement.

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Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
Lemmon offers a surprisingly frumpy romance between Landon Downey, a man comfortable only when he’s in control, and Kimber Reynolds, a live-in-the-moment woman, in the third Love in the Balance contemporary (after Hard to Handle). They become friends after meeting on vacation, and reunite when Landon needs an emergency nanny for his nephew. Kimber couldn’t be less qualified or Landon more desperate. A premise suited for hijinks and hilarity is overwhelmed by a tepid arrangement between the two, hinging on the notion of completing a list of sexual activities. Instead of a delightful romp with these personable characters, Lemmon delivers a series of clichés while avoiding erotic interactions. When the relationship becomes complicated, the author takes a scolding and disapproving tone while describing normal frictions in a budding romance. This would be forgivable with the couple’s potential for passion, but the intimacies and strength of affection are skipped over, inadequately replaced with fond recollections of happier days. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455584260
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Series: Love in the Balance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 146,286
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

Jessica is an ex-meat-eater, writer, artist, dreamer, wife, and den mother to two dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Super

    Loved this one the most i do believe!!!im so glad to have found her work thru lori foster ! I really loved their chemistry!!! Cant wait for mire!!
    Traci
    South fl

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Love love love this book.. It was so very hard to put down and I

    Love love love this book.. It was so very hard to put down and I didn't want it to end.  
    What a fabulous love story!  I caught myself giggling out loud several times.. 

    Jessica Lemmon's Love in the Balance series is a must read!!.. and I have recommended to all of my friends.
    She is a great author!
    I can't wait for the next series to start in January 2015!!

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    The Millionaire Affair isn't the standard mega-rich dominant alp

    The Millionaire Affair isn't the standard mega-rich dominant alphahole story. So if you tend to be wary of that sub-genre, don't let this one scare you off.


    The Millionaire Affair is the classic, falling-for-little sister's-best friend trope, made even better by the fact that Kimber had an epic crush of Landon sixteen years ago. And boy, did that old spark flare back to life when they reconnect. Especially when Landon gets a load of Kimber now. The years have treated her well, turning her from a frizzy-haired teen with a mouthful of braces to a thirty-two-year old redhead bombshell with a flair for vintage clothing. Kimber is a heroine most readers will like, I believe. She's has little worries about herself that made her relatable, not so overcome by inferiority that she's annoying. She has a big heart that's been mistreated by the men she too easily falls for, which just made her more endearing to me. She was funny and a little goofy, which is always a plus in my book. I just really liked her.




    Our hero Landon Downey happens to be super wealthy, but he's also a relatively well-adjusted, hard-working man from a happy, supportive family. That's not to say he doesn't have an issue or two, particularly when it comes to emotions and intimacy. At times I felt like he was just emotionally-stunted rather than "damaged" , and I wanted to tell him to grow up and move onward and upward and all that. Looking back, I got it, and as far as issues go, it made sense. So yeah, his reasons for being the Tin Man -to reference the book- we're actually valid, if not a little frustrating. But honestly, Landon was a very likeable hero, particularly when he lets himself feel, and when he stops denying that he's fallen hard for Kimber. He was patient with her issues, selfless to his own detriment at some points. I like that he realized he needed to rein in his compulsion to give her what he believed she needed. Landon wasn't a man who wanted to take over Kimber's life, he only wants to be a part of it.


    So as you might have deduced, Kimber and Landon have a crazy chemistry that they agree to indulge, for a limited time. Kimber's best friend urges her to have a fling, just to prove she can. Kimber's mom has taught her to never commit her life to a man. Can I just say that the people on Kimber's life give the worst advice. Poor girl. So Landon is on board with this plan because he doesn't want love or a family but he does want Kimber. I mean, we all know these book flings turn out just as expected, yes? No. No, they never ever do, guys. But that's okay because it makes for a fun read.



    Of course Kimber and Landon fall for each other. Add in a major turn of events, and you have a fling-turn-forever type of situation here. Naturally, these two won't go down the road to true love without a fight. They're opposites in most ways, which does scare Kimber off. I got it, even when her stubbornness at keeping her emotional distance from Landon made me a little crazy. And Landon, he's emotionally-stunted, remember? This leads to angst and heartbreak and tough realizations, and I ate it up! The Millionaire Affair gave me the same feelings I used to get when reading one of those really good harlequin category romances I used to sneak from my aunts as a teen. Super romantic and emotional and really, really yummy.


    The Millionaire Affair was so good. It made me happy and content and really pleased I'd chosen it to enjoy on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Ever since college, Landon has been obsessed with his career and

    Ever since college, Landon has been obsessed with his career and doesn't have any time for romance. Now that he's left to care for  his nephew, he needs a little help. His always helpful sister recommends her friend from way back, Kimber, to be his live-in nanny. He hasn't seen her in years, but readily agrees to ask Kimber. Even though she's had a crush on him for years, Kimber agrees to be the live-in nanny for Landon's nephew, but knows she has to keep her crush out of things. When their attraction begins to heat up, they both agree to a no-strings affair with a time limit and a  "to be accomplished" bedroom list. Who could say no to that?
    Ooh, yeah! The Millionaire Affair is simply scrumptious! The hero and heroine are each insecure in their feelings and the push/pull in their relationship is so much fun. They want each other but they know they shouldn't. The condom incident was a turning point in their relationship and absolutely perfect for this particular hero and heroine. It brought the story to life and gave the reader the demanding urge to keep reading to see what happens. I loved the interaction between Landon and Kimber and the supporting characters added some fun issues for them to overcome. I love Ms. Lemmon's style of writing, her in-depth storyline, and the laughs she incorporates into the story. The Millionaire Affair is definitely a keeper!

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

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    Faced paced, interesting and keeps you reading. Another winner

    Faced paced, interesting and keeps you reading. Another winner by Jessica Lemmon

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    I love millionaires and billionaires. Landon...gotta love a man

    I love millionaires and billionaires. Landon...gotta love a man who has no clue about children but wants to do the very best he can for his relatives. I love that about him, that he was able and willing to take on his nephew without even thinking twice. Kimber was fantastic, the old crush on Landon finally getting a chance to blossom. I was happy to see these two get their happily ever after.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    Amazing read!  The author really gets romance.  I loved the chem

    Amazing read!  The author really gets romance.  I loved the chemistry between Kimber and Landon and loved that their relationship seemed real.  (Everyone has problems, right?!)  Great book!  Can't wait to read her next!

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    You need to read about Landon! I've read the other books in thi

    You need to read about Landon!
    I've read the other books in this series by Jessica Lemmon before, and I have definitely enjoyed them. My thoughts on The Millionaire Affair though, it is a step above the others. I fell for the characters right off the bat, I adore Kimber and Landon, and even though they had their share of ups and downs, I was rooting for them. They have both been in numerous relationships their entire lives, Kimber tends to fall hard and fast, and Landon tends to keep his relationships as arrangements. When fate makes them live together for a week, the tables are turned, and they begin an extremely sexy liaison.
    I loved seeing Landon's brothers and cousin in this story, it brought them to life. Jessica Lemmon has hit her stride with this series, and I am so excited for more to come. The Millionaire Affair was undeniably sincere and honest and steamy. I felt that Kimber and Landon were my own family. I definitely wanted to slap them upside the head once or twice, but the chemistry between them was undeniable. This is a great, feel-good read.
    I received a copy from the publishers through NetGalley on this book.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

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    Landon Downey finds himself in need of a babysitter to help with

    Landon Downey finds himself in need of a babysitter to help with his 6-year old nephew while he's staying with him for a few weeks.  Kimber Reynolds in is desperate need of cash to help her get out of a business deal she made with her ex-boyfriend.  Landon's sister Angel, who also happens to be Kimber's close friend is more than happy to arrange a deal that will benefit both Landon and Kimber.  Landon agrees, because the geeky little girl from 16 years ago won't pose a problem, or so he thinks.  Kimber agrees because she still doesn't have that crush she had on Landon 16 years ago, or does she?  Well........when Landon opens the door to find Kimber, he is awestruck by the beautiful and feisty redhead staring back at him, while Kimber's butterflies that have been dormant for years begin to flutter once again.  Needless to say, the next week proves to be quite interesting all the way around, but when it's all said and done...will Landon AKA "The Tin Man" finally get a heart, and will Dorothy make it back to Kansas with her heart still intact?




     I really liked Kimber's character.  She not only was feisty and stubborn, she was funny and easy to connect with. The chemisty between Kimber and Landon is hot, and there are some steamy scenes that will have you fanning your face.  Landon isn't the typical type of book boyfriend I fall for, but between the steamy scenes and what takes place over the course of the novel, he had totally won me over by the end.  This is my first novel by Jessica Lemmon, and the third in this series, which can easily be read as a standalone companion novel.  The Millionaire Affair is a fun, sexy, romantic novel that is filled with humor, hotness, and drama.  If you are looking for an enjoyable novel that will make you smile, then you've found it.  Check it out.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Awesome Read

    Wow! I absolutely loved this story. Both characters had issues recognizing their true feelings. Kimber always falls in love too quickly; therefore she doesn't feel she can trust her heart. Then there's Landon who was so hurt in the past, he won't let anyone in. This author was able to make you feel what the characters were feeling. What an emotional roller coaster. Definitely one of my top 10's for the year! My favorite out of the series so far!

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    First off let me say I ama huge Jessica Lemmon fan, as with all

    First off let me say I ama huge Jessica Lemmon fan, as with all her other books in this series it follows basically the same story line.
    Broken rich guy and a broken girl. That being said I enjoyed the banter between Landon and Kimber. I especially liked the unteraction between him and his nephew Lyon.
    Ths book was way sexier than the other books in this series. Can't wait to resd Evans story. All in all this was a great easy summer read, and I definetely recommend it even if you haven't read any others in the series.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    The Millionaire Affair, Jessica Lemmon Review from Jeannie Zelos

    The Millionaire Affair, Jessica Lemmon
    Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
    Enjoyed this read, but its light and fluffy, a typical easy to read standard romance, no big surprises. Sometimes that's what we need, and some readers want this all the while. Personally I prefer a bit more drama and depth but this was sweet, and well written.
    Landon, typical type A businessman, has everything tightly controlled then into that life comes looking after his nephew...six year old Lyon. He was a great kid. Any parent will recognise that moment of quietness, when you know something not good is about to happen. For Landon it was the death of his huge TV! That prompts a search for someone to be with him for the week, while Landon working. Lyon's dad usually had care of him, but he was busy finishing artworks for a project so their sister ropes in her long time best friend, Kimber. They have known her since she was a teen, what they don't know is she had a huge crush on Landon. Once they get together its clear she still has....but Landon is gob-smacked, gone is the fuzzy haired teen with braces he remembered, and in her place is a beauty who he's instantly attracted to....all parts of him including one very hard place :-)
    Kimber has recently broken up with yet another boyfriend, her friend suggests taking Landon as a controlled fling, someone with whom to have fun for a short time. Kimber has a history of seeing a man as her future, and they think this will help. Its suits Landon too – he doesn't want long term, but is desperate to get Kimber out of his system. They have some hot, erotic moments and then plans go astray – as they do....
    Its a fun read, predictable once you get into it but good none the less. Well written, likeable characters ( that's really important to me ) and a plot that's realistic with settings that feel genuine.
    Stars: Four, its a good read but a one off for me.
    ARC supplied via Netgalley.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    I have not noticed this series before now and I wonder why? I al

    I have not noticed this series before now and I wonder why? I always love to read about millionaires that think they don't want love but in the end it is what they need. Landon Downey is keeping his nephew Lyon while his day is pursuing a job. When Landon realizes he will not get any work done, his sister Angel tells him to get a nanny. But who do you trust to watch over your only nephew? Angel suggests he call Kimber. Angel's childhood friend that Landon hasn't seen for 16 years. Kimber Reynolds has loved Landon since she was 16 years old. So what will happen when she shows up at Landon's penthouse and spends the week looking after Lyon. And don't forget, she doesn't know anything about kids. Can Kimber stick to the list and not lose her heart? Will Landon see that Kimber is what he needs? A great story about love, lust, hot millionaires, friends and family. This is a first for me by Jessica Lemmon and I loved it, can't wait to read more from this series.
    **Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley**

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Good Book! I'm always drawn to books and novellas that have som

    Good Book!

    I'm always drawn to books and novellas that have some form of the word "millionaire" in their title. So after reading the book blurb, I just had to check out The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Lemmon and it certainly won't be the last. To begin with, the cover is alluring, which instantly caused me to be interested in the book's content. The writing is well-paced, descriptive and brings out the true emotions of the characters. This is a hot, well-written book that is worth reading.

    Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    I really liked this book a lot. This is the third book in the ¿L

    I really liked this book a lot. This is the third book in the “Love in the Balance” series. Don’t worry about it being part of a series, though. I hadn’t read any of the other books and didn’t feel I had missed anything at all. I liked this book enough, however, that I would like to go back and read the first two stories (actually three if you count the novella prequel that comes before book 2). This book is a complete story and has an HEA.

    Like most romance stories there is conflict and angst for our H/Landon and h/Kimber; they don’t get to the HEA easily – but that’s part of what makes for an interesting story. This isn’t exactly a friends-to lovers-story (one of my favorite tropes) but Kimber is friends with Landon’s sister, Angel, and spent time with their family when she was 16.

    I don’t believe in restating the synopsis of the book provided so the only other things I will say is that the writing and story kept me interested and reading quickly because I couldn’t wait to get to the HEA. There were also interesting secondary characters (a few who were the subjects of the first two books in the series) and I look forward to reading additional books in this series and from Ms. Lemmon.

    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    YAY finally a new Love in the Balance book to read and what an a

    YAY finally a new Love in the Balance book to read and what an amazing one it is!! Kimber is the perfect woman to get Landon Downey out of his stoic controlled ways. I loved this story! With it's humor, great pace, and all the great characters it is one that will go right along side the first two in the series on my re-read shelf! I definitely recommend this to everyone.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    his is a really cute story full of emotion, confusion and stubbo

    his is a really cute story full of emotion, confusion and stubborness. Landon and Kimber have a strong attraction to each other, he is her employer, she had a crush on him as a teenager. A no string, no commitment affair is their answer. Things are never that simple! This is a great story full of very likable characters with wonderful interactions. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.

    Received copy from Net Galley for review

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    Posted July 15, 2014

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