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The Millionaire's Gamble
     

The Millionaire's Gamble

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by Sarah Ballance
 

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Wealth has a price. Everyone wants something from you. For one woman, that something was my DNA. One minute, she was kissing me like we were going to strip it down and go
at it. And the next, she was ripping out my hair for a paternity test—and
threatening to torpedo my latest deal. I don't play these kind of games. And that damnably

Overview

Wealth has a price. Everyone wants something from you. For one woman, that something was my DNA. One minute, she was kissing me like we were going to strip it down and go
at it. And the next, she was ripping out my hair for a paternity test—and
threatening to torpedo my latest deal. I don't play these kind of games. And that damnably sexy woman with the alluring eyes and mistaken agenda is about to learn that the hard way…

Millionaire scion Jagger Hamilton didn't father Kennedy Price's nephew.
That doesn't mean he can't use the situation to his advantage. She wants
him to take a paternity test. He wants her in his bed.

He shouldn't.

She's blackmailing him, and she's playing dirty. He could try to use the
famous Hamilton charm to turn her into a powerful ally… But she makes him feel… Way. Too. Much.

Kennedy Price isn't asking much. Just for the powerful, sinfully hot, and
notorious playboy to be a decent human being. But he's used to using that
filthy, sensual mouth for getting what he wants.

And he wants her.

She’s determined not to fall for him. But there's no avoiding his charisma,
or his bed, where she threatens to lose more than the standoff between them. She just might lose her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756755
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/11/2016
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
104,946
File size:
2 MB

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The Millionaire's Gamble

The Mad, Bad Hamiltons Series


By Sarah Ballance, Tracy Montoya

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Sarah Balance
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-675-5


CHAPTER 1

Seducing a notorious playboy shouldn't be this hard. But Kennedy Price felt none of the attraction she should for a man who was both smoking hot and filthy rich. It was a lethal combination by any other standards, but hers were set a little too high.

Mostly.

Because the playboy in question had left her sister pregnant and alone nearly three years ago.

Any minute now, Jagger Hamilton would walk onto the Lady Luck hotel casino floor. The place had the dubious honor of being one of Atlantic City's most run-down casinos — although it had a certain lovable, kitschy charm to it — but Jagger wanted to buy the hotel, which sat on a prime piece of beachfront real estate. So he'd been coming into town off and on to stay while he negotiated with the owner, a real estate mogul who owned several resort properties up and down the East Coast. Kennedy knew that, because she was said owner's personal assistant.

If Jagger's pattern held, he'd walk off the gaming floor with a one-night stand on his arm not long after he entered the casino. Fortunately for Kennedy, the Lady Luck was dead on a Monday night, which exponentially upped the chances that the woman on his arm might be her. But she wouldn't sleep with him. She just needed to get close enough to get a strand of hair with the root attached. With any luck, that would be enough for a DNA test to prove paternity of her nephew. If pretending she found Jagger intellectually, as well as physically, attractive was the price she had to pay, then she'd pay it. Gladly.

But the odds were against her.

She wasn't one of his usual knockout model types. The tabloids blasted photo after photo of him with blue-eyed blondes like her sister, while no one with Kennedy's boring brown hair and matching eyes was ever pictured by his side. Snagging his attention wouldn't be easy, but she'd done her research. She knew how to dress — tastefully revealing. Her black Dior mini sheath was worth a fortune, but it was on loan from one of those online rent-a-designer-dress places. She knew he had a tendency to prowl the blackjack tables when he couldn't sleep the night before a big business deal, so she'd spent weeks harassing her cousin Jim the casino dealer until he'd taught her to play — and play well. And she'd asked for a whiskey neat. That was a diversion from his usual type, but a well-calculated one. All of his model types drank frou-frou mixed drinks, according to the gossip site photos she'd scoured. She'd never pass for a model, so she might as well stand above. Since he himself preferred whiskey straight, she just had a gut feeling he'd respect her for feeling the same.

The jackass womanizer was about to meet his match.

Drink in hand, heart in throat, she wandered over to the gaming tables and took a spot at a near-dead game of blackjack. She had been surprised to learn Jagger seldom hit the high-roller tables — the ones secluded behind closed doors, where a single up of the ante would be enough to pay off her mortgage. Apparently, he liked to hit the tables on off-hours and act like a "regular" guy, as if the stupendously sexy multi-millionaire could ever pass for average.

God, every time she thought about coming face to face with him, tension threaded her limbs, and she had to fight the fantasy of throwing the drink in his face. She'd never get his attention like this. He'd come in there looking for a good time, and her vibe was anything but.

She eyed the whiskey. She normally avoided hard liquor, but she needed every advantage if she was going to pull this off. And she was so going to pull this off. Besides, however bad the drink tasted, it wouldn't be nearly as disgusting as Jagger. With that thought fueling her, she took a sip ... and nearly spit it out.

It was vile. How fitting that Hamilton favored it. She thought about setting it down, but she needed to own it as much as possible. Still, the next time she raised the glass to her lips, she only pretended to drink it as she watched a guy in a Hawaiian shirt ask for another card.

She slid into a vacant seat at the nearly empty table and waited for the dealer to deal her in.

Hawaiian shirt guy leered at her with a look that might have worked for him fifteen years and thirty pounds ago, but probably not anymore. "Come here often?" he said to her chest.

She rolled her eyes and tilted her body slightly away from him. "No," she said, putting all of her negative feelings about his pickup line, his ogling of her neckline, and his assumption that he still had any sort of game whatsoever into that one word. He shrugged and went back to his cards, muttering drunkenly to himself. She started when she heard a few of his insults directed at her, then began to have a fierce internal debate over the wisdom of giving him a piece of her mind versus ignoring him.

Then she caught a glimpse of him.

Jagger.

Standing less than a foot from her.

Holy shit, he was hot. No exaggeration, actual heat settled over her. It might have been the whiskey, but she doubted it. This kind of spontaneous combustion wouldn't be sold over a bar at a run-down casino in Atlantic City. Or, if it was, the place would have a line out the door. Instead they were practically alone, save for the folks at the blackjack table who hadn't even glanced their way, and she was impractically melting. In that one spectacularly disconcerting moment, Kennedy knew exactly why her sister had fallen for him. Square-jawed and gray-eyed, he wore the promise of sin like an expensive cologne, only he smelled enticingly of soap. Soap.

He took the seat next to her, his eyes on the table.

Time to go big or go home.

She split a pair of aces on the next hand, ending up with nineteen on one side and twenty-one on the other, winning twice against the dealer's seventeen. Hawaiian shirt guy busted hard with twenty-five and whined like a baby over it. She rolled her eyes and looked away, suddenly finding herself the center of Jagger's attention.

"Can't say I know many women who drink straight whiskey." His voice was rich with interest and perhaps a touch of admiration, and the smooth, husky tones lit fire to her everything. "You play well. Looks like you might be able to teach me a thing or two."

"Um." Instinct suggested she yank out a handful of his hair and hope she made it through the door before he notified security, but her fingers had gone numb along with the rest of her. So she just sat there, stupidly not wooing anyone. Unless um was some kind of turn-on in his world.

She doubted it.

She eased against her seat back, hoping oxygen would rush in. His eyes, the color of ice reflecting under a stormy sky, studied her with measured interest. The slightest upturn at the corner of his mouth incited a dimple, but it was his intensity that caught her. For a serial playboy, he didn't have much "play" in him. Just ... devastation. His suit looked like every stitch had been put there just for him, and with one hand resting on his thigh and the other on a drink that matched her own, he was deliciously casual. Not rumpled, but definitely bearing an invitation to go all places carnal. And God help her, she mentally did exactly that.

And then she did her best to reel it in. He got your sister pregnant and dumped her. Not exactly the buzzkill it should have been, but just because her body had a criminal response didn't mean she should throw herself on her back for him. That wasn't something she did for any man. That he tempted her at all was almost as disgusting as the amber liquid in her glass.

Upon learning Kennedy would be in Jagger's orbit, Jacie had begged her not to approach him. After being told of her pregnancy, Jagger had repeatedly refused to take responsibility and thereafter had denied her calls, she said, so there didn't seem to be much point in trying. Jacie just wanted to move on with her life.

But Jacie never really had been able to move on. Her sister, only nineteen at the time of her one-nighter with Jagger, worked full-time at a day care while trying to put herself through school and raise a son. His son. After tuition, her salary barely bought groceries, so Kennedy let them move in with her to help them out. But while she and Jacie struggled to support Owen, Jagger Hamilton of the über-wealthy New England political and shipping Hamilton dynasty had money to burn and a severe lack of personal responsibility. It was well past time for that to change.

She forced a smile that came a little easier now that the alcohol had dulled her defenses. She'd still love to jab him between the eyes with the force of her resentment, but that would come later. First she had to play his game ... and win. She had him hooked, so she left the table, shooting him a casual invitation to follow. Hawaiian shirt guy scowled. She felt like doing the same — at both of them — but she was this close, and the hard part was over. She could put up with Jagger for a few more minutes.

Predictably, he left the table with her. With a faint nod in the direction of the drink in her hand that had spurred him to comment, she said, "Why play around when you know what you want?" Let him take it any way he wanted. She wouldn't have to live it down. She'd never be in this situation again. Not. Ever.

A slow smile shaped utterly sensual lips. "A woman who knows what she wants. Just happens to be my favorite kind. What's your name?"

Cocky bastard. He probably assumed she knew his. But who didn't?

His gaze left goose bumps on her skin. She loathed her body's visceral reaction to the man who'd upended her sister's life. She hated the undeniable attraction, and the way her blood heated while he helped himself to a visual tour of her body. His attention lingered on her legs, then again on her breasts. They weren't big enough to spill out of her top like he probably wanted, so she'd had to make do with a push-up bra. It didn't matter. He wouldn't have to shoulder any disappointment. He'd never seduce her. She just needed to get close enough to get what she wanted.

"Your name, sweetheart?"

Though she casually lifted her gaze to meet his, panic iced her veins. He still had eyes only for her, but he was drawing whispers and garnering looks from a small group of women near the bar they'd walked toward. She needed to play ball, and fast.

To buy time, she dropped her gaze to the sensual, sexy line of his jaw and traversed the tanned, exposed skin of his throat before taking a lingering tour of his chest. For good measure, she dipped below the belt, then inched her way back up. Not him. Never him. It's just pretend.

When she again met his eyes, the hunger she saw there sent a terribly forbidden thrill through her. "Who wants to know?"

Surprise blanketed his expression but quickly faded. "Clearly we need to spend some time getting to know each other."

Like hell they did.

She had to fight the urge to retreat. She was supposed to be falling all over him, like most women would. Not resisting the urge to kick him and snatch out a handful of hair by the root. Only ... no one should smell so good. Pretty much everyone had soap. There was no reason he should smell so amazing. And absolutely no reason she should be swooning. To the contrary, there was one big reason she shouldn't. And if fathering her nephew wasn't reason enough, there was always that playboy reputation to fall back on. Kennedy may have had zero luck when it came to finding her one and only, but that didn't mean she was ready to join a lineup.

Hawaiian shirt blackjack guy let loose with a loud whoop. In the time it took her to glance in that direction, Jagger managed to put a hand on her arm and steer her away from the outburst. She was too stunned by the sparks flying from the point of contact to say anything, at least until she realized where they were headed. The dance floor situated at one corner of the casino was almost empty, but the music thudded as if the place were at capacity.

Jagger ditched his drink on the tray of a passing cocktail waitress without glancing once at what Kennedy had to admit was an awesome figure.

He let his fingertips linger on her hip, just enough contact to draw her in. More than enough space to flee.

So she tipped back her own glass and let the disgusting liquid fuel her. Tomorrow she'd blame the whiskey.

Tonight, she'd handle her shit.

She followed his lead and handed off the rest of the drink, then looped her arm around his neck. The anticipated revulsion didn't happen. He'd probably shot it all to hell by firming that feather-light touch on her hip into something a bit more demanding. In heels, her height nearly matched his, which left everything else perfectly, sinfully lined up. Through two layers of clothing, she became brutally aware of the most vitally thick and hard part of him. Or maybe he had a banana in his pocket. A phallic, steel-plated banana.

"We need to get to know each other? Is that your version of a pickup line?" she asked him, grinding lightly against him for context.

He cocked a brow, exhibiting a nuance of surprise. She suspected the thinly veiled come on didn't typically elicit resistance, although her words could just as easily be interpreted as coy. She hated playing that part, like he could reel her in so easily. "Would it work?" he asked.

"Is that the best you've got?"

Amusement teased his lips. They appeared ridiculously soft amid that hint of a five-o'clock shadow. He pressed his mouth to her ear and whispered, "I thought I'd be decent."

"That was your first mistake," she said. The first of many. Funny he'd try to sell decency, after giving up his drink to grope her with two hands, only the slightest pretense of dancing happening with slow moves to a much faster beat. She wondered if he knew he was failing so hard on decency. Making her want indecent.

His eyes darkened, making all kinds of promises he'd never have the chance to fulfill. "I don't make mistakes, sweetheart."

That explained a lot of his attitude toward her nephew. "How do you know you're not making one right now?" If he only knew.

He grinned, his gaze briefly skating to her cleavage, or what little she'd manage to summon on a push-up bra and a prayer. "Do your nipples beg like that for just anyone?"

Oh. God. So much for playing it cool, dignity intact. Her nipples were indeed begging. She and Jagger were as close as two people could be with clothes between them, but fluid. With one hand on her hip and the other cradling the small of her back, he wasn't doing anything to draw her in, but her body clamored anyway. It was all too easy to imagine this going horizontal, his sensual lips touching every forbidden place they could find. He was unmistakably dangerous, wickedly sexy, and she was in way too deep.

Time to get out.

In lieu of an answer, she wound her fingers through his hair and kissed him hard. Hard enough to distract from her attempt to steal his DNA. For a split second, she felt like she had regained control, but then he recovered from whatever shock she'd dealt him by dragging him into an openmouthed kiss, and he retaliated.

Harder.

His touch was every bit as soft as she'd imagined, and tender. But commanding. He immediately took charge, and he annihilated her with a seductive dance she felt from her mouth to her toes.

It hit her, stupidly, belatedly, that by comparison, she'd never been kissed before him. Not like that. He devoured her, leaving her hungry and achy and ... distracted. Shit. She wound her fingers tighter, managing to isolate a few strands of hair despite her spinning head, and yanked.

The kiss halted. She'd expected as much, but the sudden shift left her dazed. She blinked, finding his slate-gray gaze full of questions.

"Sorry," she said, entirely too breathlessly. "Must have caught you with my ring. Thanks for the, uh, dance." Five more minutes and she would have been thanking him for an orgasm, right there on the dance floor. She took a few backward steps, nearly running into another waitress. She swiped a full glass from the tray and nodded her thanks, then turned and headed for the elevator. She realized belatedly that the creepy guy from the casino was standing nearby, watching. Hopefully he'd seen her with Jagger and would consider her taken.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance, Tracy Montoya. Copyright © 2016 Sarah Balance. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com.

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BookSnuggleKC More than 1 year ago
This is another great read by Sarah Ballance. This story was funny, sweet, and hot! I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. "The 48-Hour Hookup" by Sarah Ballance is book number four in the "Chase Brothers" series. This can also be read as a standalone too. This is Liam Chase and Claire Stevens' story. Liam and Claire have things that they both are working through. Their first time meeting was so funny. Will they take a chance on love? One thing for sure is there is amazing chemistry between them. Get cozy and sit back and enjoy Liam and Claire's story. You will enjoy the addition of Stanley too. FYI, includes mature content. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggleKC More than 1 year ago
This is another great read by Sarah Ballance. This story was funny, sweet, and hot! I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. "The 48-Hour Hookup" by Sarah Ballance is book number four in the "Chase Brothers" series. This can also be read as a standalone too. This is Liam Chase and Claire Stevens' story. Liam and Claire have things that they both are working through. Their first time meeting was so funny. Will they take a chance on love? One thing for sure is there is amazing chemistry between them. Get cozy and sit back and enjoy Liam and Claire's story. You will enjoy the addition of Stanley too. FYI, includes mature content. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BookSnuggleKC More than 1 year ago
This is another great read by Sarah Ballance. This story was funny, sweet, and hot! I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. "The 48-Hour Hookup" by Sarah Ballance is book number four in the "Chase Brothers" series. This can also be read as a standalone too. This is Liam Chase and Claire Stevens' story. Liam and Claire have things that they both are working through. Their first time meeting was so funny. Will they take a chance on love? One thing for sure is there is amazing chemistry between them. Get cozy and sit back and enjoy Liam and Claire's story. You will enjoy the addition of Stanley too. FYI, includes mature content. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
I love a good millionaire romance novel and Sarah Balance’s The Millionaire Gamble is a perfect example of this. Kennedy Price is seeking justice for her sister and nephew after her sister had a one night stand with millionaire mogul Jagger Hamilton. Kennedy’s sister has told her that Jagger knows he has a son but refuses to acknowledge or support her and the child leaving that burden upon Kennedy. When Kennedy discovers Jagger will be at her bosses casino she plots to find a way to get a sample of his DNA and force him to take responsibility. After doing her research, she presents herself as the illusion of Jagger’s perfect woman in order to get closer to him. When a scorching hot kiss leaves her trembling in his arms, Kenney snags some of his hair and makes a break to get the DNA results. When an incident leaves her in danger before she can get back to her room it is Jagger who sweeps in to save the day. Once she confronts him with about his son Jagger claim innocence and denies having slept with her sister or even knowing about a child. Jagger is blown away from the beauty that just tried to take a piece of his scalp during their kiss. When he sees a man slip a drug in her drink he goes running to her rescue. He was not expecting that rescue to turn into accusations of him being a father and leaving a child and mother without means to take care of themselves. To prove his innocence he agrees to go back home with Kennedy and have a paternity test performed on the condition that when it comes back negative that he is the father then she must help convince her boss to sell his casino to Jagger. The longer these two are around each other the harder it is for them to deny their mutual attraction. What started out a blackmail may just turn into the love neither one of them was looking for. This was a thoroughly entertaining and sexy book and I would highly recommend to everyone. 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.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I have read over 130 books this year and this book is one that stands out for me. Sarah Ballance has a unique way of pulling you in and it is an amazing ride! "The Millionaire's Gamble" by Sarah Ballance is the story of Jagger Hamilton and Kennedy Price. This book is hot, steamy, funny, and emotional with some surprises along the way. Kennedy believes that Jagger Hamilton fathered her nephew. She will do whatever it takes to make sure that he takes responsibility for the child. Jagger didn't father the child but he can use this situation to get what he wants. What he wants is Kennedy in his bed and Jagger always gets what he wants. This time Jagger may get more than he bargained for. This is one book that you must read. You will not regret it! I absolutely loved, loved this book. I recommend that you check out Sarah Ballance's other books too. This book is another winner! FYI, included mature content. I received a copy from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Millionaire's Gamble was a fun and entertaining read. I'm a fan of Sarah Ballance's writing and once again she's given us readers a great read with The Millionaire's Gamble. From the first page I was drawn in, I loved both Kennedy and Jagger. They were likable characters with a strong attraction and amazing chemistry. This was a quick, entertaining and enjoyable read, perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend The Millionaire's Gamble.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jagger Hamilton is a ruthless businessman who always gets what he wants. That is until he meets Kennedy Price. She demands that he take a paternity test to confirm that he's her nephew's father. He knows that he's not but he needs her help to obtain a property he wants to buy. What happens next is a romantic story that kept me reading until the last page. Jagger and Kennedy are two very intense and determined people. When they engage in a battle of wills, they pull out all the stops. With such intense chemistry their relationship is amazing. I liked that Jagger is a caring man even though he tries to hide it. I knew that he was a keeper. Kennedy helps her sister and her nephew in every way she can. It makes her sad that Owen will never know his father. She decided to blackmail Jagger and let me say that when these two tangle, sparks fly. Atlantic City and the Lady Luck Casino make a great backdrop for this intense romance. The Millionaire's Gamble is a quick, entertaining read that left me smiling. The Mad, Bad Hamiltons is a great series. I enjoy the writing of Sarah Balance. Her characters are charming and gutsy, the dialogue is smart and sassy and the romance left me breathless. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
This is clearly one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” scenarios. While I loved the idea behind The Millionaire’s Gamble, the fact the characters spent 75% of the time lost in their own heads didn’t work for me at all I’m not saying this wasn’t a good book, it just didn’t entertain “me”. I can’t relate to a person who is constantly changing their minds on whether they should or should not sleep with someone. It just didn’t make sense to me which meant I skimmed so much I probably missed some of the good parts. Kennedy was hard-working, loyal and devoted to helping her sister and nephew get the life they deserved. She believed Jagger was the irresponsible git who had knocked her sister up and then refused to be held accountable. Jagger can’t believe he’s being played by the PA of the guy he’s trying to finish up a business deal with. Not only is it inconvenient, but now she has information that could kill the deal, plus he has the hots for her. Jagger had a clear case of self-fulfilling-prophecy-itis. Raised in a less than stellar environment, he was completely closed off to any kind of relationship. He was all business all the time because everyone always wanted something from him and he could never trust anyone to want him for himself. The characters spent more time denying their feelings and convincing themselves they didn’t want to get involved than actually interacting with one another, well, except for when they were getting it on. I’ve come to the conclusion that long paragraphs of inner monologue is a writing style that’s just not my thing. I don’t hate inner musings per se, but if the majority of the story is spent inside the characters heads, especially if it’s not even the funny kind of inner musings, I get bored out of my mind. The overall plot of the story was interesting, I actually liked both Kennedy and Jagger, and the ending was really sweet but the execution just didn’t work for me. If you don’t mind lots of mental musings, you will probably love The Millionaire’s Gamble. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
When I want a getaway from a tough day or a heavy book, I love to pick up a quick romance and the millionaire/billionaire genre fits just right. This book was nothing heavy. Just a fun, sassy read with plenty of steam, anticipation, and hot sex. Fun characters and an interesting plot kept me happy. Sarah Ballance is a talented author that adds in a few twists to keep you on your toes and a delicious ending that makes you sigh with the HEA. Enjoyable and easy to read for a delightful getaway from the world. * copy rec'd for review purposes
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
It's not often that you come across a story with this particular setup, so it was fun to read something a little bit different but with a whole lot of sexy romance! Kennedy believes that Jagger is the father of her nephew and even though her sister told her not to pursue it, when she's given the chance to negotiate - take a paternity test or she'll find a way to spoil his plans to purchase the casino her boss is selling - she takes it. Jagger goes one better, taking Kennedy on his private jet to her sister's to confront the situation in person. At that point Kennedy realizes she's really put her foot in it, as her sister was obviously lying and Jagger isn't really the father. But Jagger is intrigued by this woman who shows such loyalty to her family - and greatly attracted to her. He'd made a deal with her that if he wasn't the father, she'd have to negotiate with him - and it soon becomes apparent that the attraction is mutual. But Jagger's playboy reputation makes Kennedy hesitate. Can the man he appears to be really be a front for a decent gentleman underneath? I really enjoyed this sexy romance, and Kennedy is a big part of the reason for it. She doesn't take any nonsense from Jagger, and their banter is definitely part of the fun of this story. She stands up to him constantly, challenging him in all areas. And in the bedroom, she gives as good as she gets. Kennedy knows that Jagger's out of her league but that doesn't stop her from falling for him, especially when he goes out of his way to take her advice to heart. Jagger shows he's really a good guy by rescuing Kennedy when she's put in a somewhat dangerous situation at the casino and by immediately being willing to go out of his way to prove he's not her nephew's father. Plus he's got some bedroom skills that put other men to shame (especially Kennedy's past lovers). Overall it was a highly entertaining story, with some laughs and some great steamy scenes. Kennedy and Jagger make a great match. 4 stars.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'The Millionaire's Gamble' by Sarah Ballance. Is the story of Jagger Hamilton and Kennedy Price. Kennedy is wanting to help her sister with money issue she is having...not to mention that she feels a father should take care of their child. So Kennedy is out to get a DNA sample from Jagger who her sister said is the father of her baby. But things don't go so easy. First her sister didn't know she was doing this. Kennedy also got slipped a Micky the night she tries to get Jagger's hair for DNA. Jagger knows he can't be the father but he is attracted to Kennedy. Kennedy too is finding Jagger hard to resist. This was a nice read that hooked you in pretty fast! I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance....Oh my goodness, Sarah has done it again with this fun, sexy, hot entertaining story. Jagger a hot millionaire and let me tell you Sarah writes the best book boyfriends ever. Kennedy a strong beautiful woman trying to help her sister and nephew by make the baby daddy pay. This is one of the best books I have read this year. I received a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Blackmail never felt so good in The Millionaire’s Gamble by Sarah Ballance. Kennedy Price is out to expose millionaire Jagger Hamilton for the deadbeat he is…or might be. Her sister claims that Jagger is the one that got her pregnant and fathered her son and Kennedy is out to make sure Jagger does the right thing. The first step is getting his DNA, but that proves to be a little difficult once she meets him in person. Jagger is not the father, no matter what Kennedy says. He’ll provide the proof as long as Kennedy helps him a business deal and sleeps in his bed. Jagger gets any woman he wants and he wants Kennedy. She’s not like the other women that throw themselves at him and he’s finding out that it’s not easily to discard like the others. As they get to know each other better, boundaries are crossed and feelings surface. I really enjoyed the heroine of this story. She’s strong, quick witted, and is not afraid to go toe to toe with Jagger. Just because he’s sexy and wealthy, doesn’t mean he can play around with her, she’s out to change his way of thinking. Highly recommended!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED!!! Once I started this one there was no way I was putting it down. From the cute meeting of Jagger and Kennedy to the sizzling chemistry between them, everything about them worked. While this is a light, fun read it also hits a lot of emotion along the way. Kennedy just wants to help her sister and have her nephew taken care of and she'll do whatever it takes to get Jagger Hamilton to take his responsibilities seriously. Jagger doesn't know what's up with the beautiful woman who just ripped a handful of hair from his head but he's about to find out! As these two go back and forth getting to the truth the attraction between them flares to life. Will they walk away untouched?? You don't want to miss this one. I highly recommend it.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Another superb read from this highly talented author! This is another brilliant millionaire romance from a highly talented author, Sarah Ballance. Her stories (or all that I’ve read, so far!) are always delightful to escape into, with brilliant characters, an intriguing plot and enough twists to keep you enthralled together with a style which keeps you turning pages – and this is no exception! Kennedy Price wants to get her sister and nephew the support they deserve from the child’s absentee father. She’s using unconventional tactics to achieve this, endeavouring to obtain hair samples for a paternity test by getting up close to the millionaire she believes is the man in question, Jagger Hamilton. Little did she consider there would be mutual attraction between them – or that he might come to her rescue! Get ready for deals being sought, blackmail used, red hot action and their parent/child experiences making relationships difficult for both of them. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts? Will business get in the way? Will time enable their attraction grown into love? This is a roller coaster story, action packed with lots of contrasts throughout it – the expectations and lifestyles of the main characters are significantly different, the Grand Atlantis hotel is an up market, sleek, establishment, contrasting dramatically with the shabby Lady Luck which Jagger is trying to purchase. I really enjoyed how the characters mature and grow as they get to know each other and interact – and the ending is simply superb! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys escaping into a well written, delectable contemporary romance with plenty of angst and turmoil along the way. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Kennedy was willing to put everything on the line for the love of her family. Not having all the facts proves a road block but she has a few ideas that ultimately get her into hot water with the big bad wolf. Jagger is no pushover. Kennedy may be crazy and manipulative but she has his hormones in overdrive. What starts out as a little creative detective work ends up quickly becoming a battle of wills, with high stakes. I received an ARC of The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance in exchange for an honest review. Just seeing a Sarah Ballance novel makes me smile. Her stories consist of people that love quickly, hard and completely. They go somewhat crazy along the way but that makes them all the more endearing.
CherubsLibrary More than 1 year ago
Another hit for Ms. Ballance! The Millionaire’s Gamble is a fun, easy read and still manages to provide steamy romance and plot twists to keep your attention. I love snarky dialogue and this author is a master. Do yourself a favor. This read is a sure bet!