This pair of stepbrothers have their sights set on just one woman…
Scarlet Drake is an insurance fraud investigator hot on the heels of the thief who stole a multimillion-dollar art collection from tycoon Michael Vandenberg’s Hamptons estate. Unfortunately, the sexy Wolf of Wall Street is also her prime suspectalong with his equally mouthwatering stepbrother, Montana rancher Sam Reed. Scarlet quickly finds herself tangled up in the two devilishly handsome men, and ensnared in a web of family lies.
Michael is used to getting what he wantsand he wants Scarlet in his bed. Sam had no intention of getting emotionally or romantically involved with a woman again, but he can’t deny the sizzling chemistry with Scarlet. And when the three of them cave to one sinfully delicious night of sheer decadence, their sexy ménage becomes a fiery affair of the heart. But they don’t stand a chance at a happily ever after unless all of the absolute truths are finally revealed…
This is a standalone ménage romance with an HEA.
Don’t miss these other two standalone ménage romances THE BILLIONAIRES and THE BILLIONAIRES: THE BOSSES.
About the Author
CALISTA FOX is a former PR professional, now writing fast-paced, steamy books to set your pulse racing! Her debut St. Martin’s Press trilogy opens with BURNED DEEP and concludes with a new book four, starring the trilogy’s secondary hero! She has won many Reviewer’s and Reader’s Choice Awards, as well as Best Book Awards and other competitions with publication as first prize. Calista is a Past President/Advisor of the Phoenix chapter of the Romance Writers of America national organization.
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"I don't appreciate being stood up." Scarlet Drake dropped her small clutch on the table of a semi-circular booth tucked into a corner of the lounge in San Francisco's newly opened Crestmont Hotel in the Financial District, showcasing the Bay Bridge and glittery skyline through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The man occupying the booth had agreed to meet with her two nights ago in Chicago and had never shown up. He'd never even checked into the suite that had been booked for him.
Now he slowly lifted his gaze from his iPhone and let it linger — mostly on her breasts.
Scarlet's agitation would have flared, except that Michael Vandenberg was hotter than hell. Rich as sin. A wolf of Wall Street, though he wasn't a stockbroker. He was a real estate mogul who also dominated the commodities market.
And was, quite possibly, a brilliant art thief.
Which made her pulse race a bit faster. Not exactly a sensible reaction, because she could very well be staring danger in the face. A face that boasted prominent angles that had her internal temperature rising in a heartbeat.
Jesus, why does he have to be so damn good-looking?
Scarlet bit back a lustful sigh. This evening — this meeting — was mission critical. Therefore, Michael Vandenberg's chiseled-to-perfection appearance needed to be the absolute last thing on her mind.
"You must be Miss Drake," he ventured, breaking into her errant thoughts.
She gave a slight nod, hoping to remain neutral, indifferent. Not so innately affected by him — all tall, dark, and devilishly handsome, with smoky gray-blue eyes and thick, lush obsidian hair.
"You are impressively persistent," he told her. "Tenacious, even."
His gaze unabashedly raked over her, from her sleek dark-auburn strands, along the curve-hugging one-shouldered red minidress she wore, to her five-inch black stilettos — and moved just as slowly back up.
Flashing a pearly grin that dripped wickedness, he added, "I'm flattered that you've followed me from coast to coast. Had you thought to email me a photo when you first contacted me for a meeting, I likely wouldn't have evaded you these past few months."
His tone was rich and sensual. The kind of arousing bedroom voice that would remain ingrained on her brain, to be called upon in the future when she indulged in midnight fantasies with her fancy seven-speed-plus-thrusting-action vibrator. The kind of intimate voice that seeped deep into a woman's soul. Made heat rush through her veins.
Scarlet tried to calm her raging pulse as she hitched her chin and said, "I'm not here for you to ogle, Mr. Vandenberg."
So why were her nipples tightening and her clit tingling?
Setting aside his phone, Vandenberg reached for his cocktail and took a sip. Scarlet slid into the booth, uninvited, and crossed her legs. The lounge was dimly lit, upscale, crawling with people. But there were plenty of nooks and crannies for privacy, this being one of them.
He told her, "You're much too beautiful to be an insurance fraud investigator."
"Thank you, though that sentiment won't make up for you ditching me in about ten different cities." It was impossible to contain her excitement. Despite the runaround she'd gotten from Vandenberg and his people, she'd remained in hot pursuit of him. And had finally caught up with him.
Admittedly, Scarlet loved the thrill of the chase. Her doggedness had paid off in spades tonight.
Yet she strove for a professional air as she inquired, "What were you expecting, anyway?"
His daring gaze eased over her again like a warm caress. He said, "Someone all buttoned up and stuffy, who looks like they work for the IRS."
She couldn't help but smile. "So I've disappointed you."
"Indeed. It'd be much easier to tell you to go the hell away if you looked like you were from the IRS."
"My apologies. Now ... I have questions for you that —"
A server suddenly appeared at Scarlet's elbow and cleared her throat to announce her arrival, the intrusion cutting Scarlet off.
The young, attractive blonde smiled suggestively at Vandenberg as though Scarlet didn't even exist. "May I bring you another Bombay Sapphire martini, sir?"
Several seconds ticked by before the other woman dragged her gaze from the handsome billionaire to ask Scarlet, with decidedly less enthusiasm, "And for you?"
"Grey Goose martini, extra olives."
"Excellent." Her eyes snapped back to Vandenberg. Scarlet resisted the urge to roll hers. The man did not lack for female attention; that was for damn sure.
"Put it on my tab," he amiably said.
"Of course, Mr. Vandenberg." The blonde gave him a flirty look and then flounced off.
He took note of the deliberate sway to her hips, but only briefly. Then his smoldering gaze was on Scarlet again. "Where were we, Miss Drake?"
"I have questions that —"
"Ah, yes. Right." He sat back in the seat and rested his arm along the top of the booth, his long, tapered fingers mere centimeters away from brushing against her skin. Bizarrely tempting her to slide a half inch his way to make physical contact.
Was that his intention? To distract Scarlet from her grilling? Perhaps that was how he'd gotten away with such a light interrogation and minimal testimony when the FBI had quizzed him. After all, the agent had been female, Scarlet had learned. Vandenberg had probably drawn her into his sticky web from the get-go and she'd taken his "Scout's honor" without a dubious thought.
Scarlet couldn't fault the agent. Even she felt the intrinsic pull. She tried to convince herself that it had little to do with the enigmatic man himself, was more likely the result of having gone so long without a quick romp to curb some hormonal tendencies.
Scarlet really did work too much.
But her seemingly never-ending dry spell needed to take a back burner to her investigation. Easily would, if Michael Vandenberg didn't spark all kinds of riotous emotions within her. So effortlessly. So quickly. And she had a feeling he sensed her ardent response to him, hence the reason he'd gone straight for the jugular, knowing exactly why she was interested in speaking with him and countering it by taking advantage of the instant and obvious sexual chemistry between them.
With a mischievous crook of his brow, he said, "You finally have me where you want me."
Hardly. But the two of them naked and tangled in rumpled sheets was not a notion she could afford to entertain at the moment.
Regardless, a shiver cascaded down her spine and she squirmed uncomfortably in her seat.
His voice was still low and sexy as he added, "For a few minutes, anyway."
Scarlet's body betrayed her further. Her stomach fluttered and the throbbing between her legs radiated deep in her core.
This mysterious man possessed a magnetic, potent presence that kept her charged and breathless. She'd seen enough photos of him during her initial research phase to know he was gorgeous, broad shouldered, powerful. A force to be reckoned with in business ... and, without doubt, pleasure.
She should have been well prepared for the full impact of him. But clearly was not.
Yes, Scarlet was a thrill seeker. One of the reasons she was so good at her job. But the sort of buzz that hummed through her because of Vandenberg's penetrating gaze was the most enticing thrill of all. Causing her usual tunnel-vision concentration to wane.
Eye on the ball, Scarlet.
Eye. On. The. Ball.
"So you'll answer my questions?" she asked.
"Singular — just one. After you answer mine."
"You want to know why I'm investigating a cold case," she mused.
"No." His smoky eyes held her captive. "I want to know if you always wear short, tight dresses when you confront potential criminals."
Not missing a beat, she told him, "Well, potential is the operative word here, correct? And besides, the venue warrants the attire."
"Hmm. Does it?" He leaned in and boldly rested his free hand on her bare thigh, while his arm remained draped along the back of the booth, keeping them in cozy proximity to each other. "This particular dress does everything to evoke a man's desire. Are you sure your plan isn't to seduce a confession out of me for a crime I didn't commit?"
"An arrogant assumption. And that's two questions," she said, her chest rising and falling faster than normal as her heart rate accelerated with the tantalizing sensation of his thumb absently sweeping over her skin.
"I figure I'm entitled," he told her. "You've placed dozens of calls to my office, trying to track me down. Why are you so fixated on an art collection that disappeared over five years ago? The statute of limitations for prosecution has run out."
"There's still time to file a civil suit."
"Only if you can prove the collection wasn't stolen and that my family fraudulently reported the theft to the insurance company."
The adrenaline pumped as they got down to business.
Well, almost down to business.
There was the matter of his palm on her thigh. This time, she was convinced it was on purpose, to sidetrack her.
It was too damn bad his gaze was so sizzling, his touch so electrifying.
But she had something much more important to focus on. And she needed him to back off so she could do her job.
She waited for the server to deliver their cocktails. Then Scarlet said, "I carry a gun, Mr. Vandenberg. I'm also a certified Krav Maga instructor. I can break your hand without even breaking a sweat. And what I can do to your balls will put you in traction for a week. You're playing a very risky game with me right now."
His wicked grin returned. "Feisty and fiery. You live up to the traits associated with your hair color and your name." He reached for his drink. Took a sip.
Despite her hands-off warning, she instantly missed the heat of flesh on flesh, his smooth, supple skin, the strength in his fingers. The nearness of him.
She groaned inwardly. Scarlet was typically a much more controlled person, solely engrossed in her work as an independent investigator. She had a stellar reputation in the insurance industry and a phenomenal success rate. She'd recovered numerous stolen items that in most cases helped companies to recover erroneous claims paid to clients — and send thieves to jail.
But her attention was definitely divided this evening.
So, too, was Vandenberg's. Only he seemed a tad annoyed by the new development as three men in suits walked into the lounge.
He took another long drink from his glass before telling Scarlet, "I'd love to continue sitting here with you, staring into those beautiful green eyes of yours —"
"This isn't a date, Mr. Vandenberg."
"However, my associates have just arrived," he said, ignoring her comment. "I have a dinner meeting."
"It's a little late for dinner."
"I'm sure I can persuade the kitchen to whip something up. I'd invite you to join us, but we're plotting our next big coup."
"Of course you are."
"So what do you want to know, Miss Drake? Aside from the obvious — did I do it? To which I vehemently reply no. I did not steal eighteen million dollars' worth of artwork."
"I wouldn't expect you to simply say yes. What I want is for you to tell me what you were doing at eleven o'clock that night, which is the point of time identified by the FBI that the collection was reported as missing from the mansion."
"I already gave my alibi to the FBI. Nearly six years ago."
"I'm asking you to provide it to me. Tonight."
She held his now-steely gaze, not cowering in the least. Though her heart continued with its staccato beat and she wondered if he could hear the erratic cadence.
Vandenberg leaned close again, his palm flattening once more on her thigh.
Her breath caught — over the searing touch and his audaciousness.
In a deep, measured tone, he murmured, "My father and his new wife were throwing a party on the south lawn of their Hamptons estate. At eleven that evening, I was in the guesthouse with a wildly passionate brunette and a luscious Scandinavian blonde, both of whom were enjoying multiple orgasms while, unbeknownst to me, someone was robbing the gallery."
One corner of the rogue's mouth lifted. He moved away from Scarlet and scooted out of the booth. Snatched his black suit jacket that lay neatly across the top and slipped into the garment.
"I didn't have anything to do with the theft. Stop chasing your own tail, Miss Drake."
He turned away, but Scarlet didn't give up. She asked, "What about the five mil that was deposited into one of your accounts right around the time the insurance company released a check on the claim? That wasn't your cut of the heist?"
Vandenberg glanced at her over his shoulder, his expression an ominous one. She'd struck a nerve. He slowly faced her, lifted his cocktail from the table, and drained the glass. Seemingly refraining from slamming it back down, he set the crystal tumbler aside and told her, "It was an inheritance, Miss Drake. And I'd appreciate it if you kept that pretty nose of yours out of my finances."
She mustered a polite tone — somehow keeping a provocative one at bay as her body burned — and said, "Not until I discover exactly what happened to those paintings, where they are today, and whether your family falsified the claim."
"That's a very risky game for you to play, Miss Drake." He gave her a pointed look. Then stalked off.
Leaving exhilaration and a hint of foreboding thrumming in her veins.
An oh-so-scintillating combination for an adrenaline junkie such as herself.
And equally dangerous ...
* * *
Michael couldn't get the feisty redhead out of his mind, despite how brief and rapid-fire their encounter had been. Even as his chief operating officer, chief general counsel, and chief financial officer discussed the various impediments inherent to the multibillion-dollar deal he was this close to signing, Michael continued to peer into the lounge, toward that dark corner where he'd left Scarlet Drake.
He couldn't actually see her from his spot in the empty dining room, but he could envision her sipping her martini, sliding the toothpick into her tempting mouth, and sucking off a fat olive.
His groin tightened at the thought of her sucking him off.
Damn, she was sexy. Drop-dead gorgeous, with long, sculpted legs and a curvy hourglass figure. She'd sent his pulse into the red zone with her beautiful face, shimmering emerald irises, and those full, plump, crimson-colored lips he desperately wanted to feel wrapped around his cock.
He hadn't been kidding when he'd told her that if he'd known what she looked like, how sultry and sassy she was, he wouldn't have led Scarlet on a wild-goose chase. He hadn't wanted to deal with her at all when he'd learned she was an insurance fraud investigator — and had known instinctively the exact case she was probing into.
But he really didn't give a damn now about her profession or her cause. Now all that registered was her silky skin, the soft hitches of her breath, and the tremors along her spine when he touched her.
The woman had him hot and bothered — from the moment he'd glanced up from his phone and found her standing defiantly in front of his table. He wanted her, plain and simple.
And Michael Vandenberg was a man who always got what he wanted.
So while his COO, CGC, and CFO hashed out details of this next investment, debated contract terms and conditions, and each gave their two cents' worth on the pros and cons of the latest acquisition, Michael let all the background noise and advice simmer in his head as he typed out an e-mail message to his personal butler at the Crestmont and shot it off, wondering if Scarlet Drake would take the bait he'd intrepidly offered. ...
Scarlet had just walked into her hotel room at the St. Francis and was slipping off her high heels when there was a soft knock on the door.
"Delivery for Miss Drake," came a male voice from the other side.
At nearly twelve o'clock at night?
She frowned. But her inquisitive nature couldn't resist. She peered through the peephole to find a uniformed employee patiently waiting for her — cap, gloves, name tag, and all. Official looking enough, yet she kept her purse in hand, where her 9mm was concealed, as she pulled back the security latch, flipped the lock, and opened the door.
"My apologies for disturbing you," he said. "The front desk alerted me that you'd arrived back at the hotel." He handed over a formal white envelope and added, "This is for you. Have a nice evening."
He turned to go, but she hastily said, "Wait." And tucked the packet under her arm so that she could retrieve a tip from her clutch.
"Thank you, but that's not necessary," the deliveryman told her as she fished out the cash. "The gratuity has been taken care of." He whirled around in his polished shoes and marched down the hallway toward the bank of elevators.
Scarlet closed the door and engaged the dead bolt. She set her handbag on the entryway table and then eyed the envelope with her name elegantly scrawled across it in thick black ink.
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Stepbrothers....yummy, yummy, step brothers! Stepbrothers are my "own personal brand of heroin" (yes, I stole that quote from a book made famous by a movie...) The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers is a naughty trek into the world of fraud...and menage. It has an intriguing story line that will keep you entertained with a surprising twist.
I loved reading the amazing and awesome third book in the Lover's Triangle series. Scarlet is an insurance fraud investigator. Through her investigation, she meets Michael and his stepbrother, Sam, and spends magical, passionate evenings with them, but she doesn't know if their relationship can continue when she uncovers the real culprits behind the crime. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, full of romance, mystery, and intrigue with captivating characters, and a must read love story.
4 1/2 STARS! A sizzling connection takes us on a decadent ride in Calista Fox's latest Lover's Triangle installment! We've previously met Scarlet in her two best friend's stories, so we're not surprised to see her tough persona as an insurance fraud investigator. We get to enjoy her surprise at meeting not one, but TWO men who get her motor running with almost instantaneous combustion! The characters each have an interesting story all on their own that makes the plot thick with intrigue, and watching them all interact is super sexy! Really enjoyed the 3rd book in the series! Scarlet Drake is dotting her i's and crossing her t's as she follows up on a decade old insurance payout in a stolen art case. She isn't taking no for an answer when it comes to re-interviewing all of the key players involved, she just doesn't expect to feel an instant attraction to not one, but two of the suspects! Step-brothers Michael Vandenberg and Sam Reed don't want any part of talking to an investigator and they both are dead set on ignoring her until she makes it impossible by showing up directly in front of each of them and making them tell their side. She ends up believing them ... and gives in to mouth-watering desire to share in an unforgettable night of menage in their bed! When secrets are exposed will they be able to forgive the part she plays in ruining their fairytale family?
This pair of stepbrothers have their sights set on just one woman... Scarlet Drake is an insurance fraud investigator hot on the heels of the thief who stole a multimillion-dollar art collection from tycoon Michael Vandenberg's Hamptons estate. Unfortunately, the sexy Wolf of Wall Street is also her prime suspect--along with his equally mouthwatering stepbrother, Montana rancher Sam Reed. Scarlet quickly finds herself tangled up in the two devilishly handsome men, and ensnared in a web of family lies. Michael is used to getting what he wants--and he wants Scarlet in his bed. Sam had no intention of getting emotionally or romantically involved with a woman again, but he can't deny the sizzling chemistry with Scarlet. And when the three of them cave to one sinfully delicious night of sheer decadence, their sexy menage becomes a fiery affair of the heart. But they don't stand a chance at a happily ever after unless all of the absolute truths are finally revealed... Review; This is the third book in the Lover's Triangle series. This series so far has featured three friends (Jewel, Bayli and Scarlet) and their unconventional love arrangement's. This series and this book features/mentions many of the people, places and happenings from the Bayfront series. Though you do not have needed to read those to enjoy this book. This is the story of Scarlet and the stepbrothers; Michael and Sam. Scarlet is investigating an insurance fraud claim having to do with Michael and Sam's family. Scarlet hounds Michael's every step until they finally meet and sparks fly from there. When she does not get the answers she needs from Michael she seeks out Sam and more sparks fly. This was an excellent story! From the other series and books, it felt as though I already knew this trio and had a vested interest in them. It is intensely sexy, but really has a lot of heart to the story. There is a little mystery and suspense, as Scarlet comes to learn the truth about Sam's father and her safety is threatened. There are some surprises and twists in this story. This like the other books in the series is about a ménage relationship if this is not your thing, then this may not be the book for you. I am not sure if there are any more books in this series coming, as the three friends have each had their story, but I hope it does continue. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Fox's Lover's Triangle Series has nothing to do with geometry and everything to do with affection. The concept of Billionaires is like a paranormal read for me; a fantasy that is unbelievable. Scarlet is a women whose life has been shaped by the tragedy of loosing her parents at a young age. She lives her life on the edge because death is nothing else but a goal towards being reunited with them. Meeting two extraordinary men and their family derails her. Sam is a rancher who spends each day struggling over the death of his fiance. Michael is driven with only business and success on his agenda. This is not only a erotic story but also includes a crime to unravel. Quick read that is a stand-alone. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion."
The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers is another fabulous book by Calista Fox. This is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. Ms Fox has delivered a well-written book and filled it with amazing characters. Scarlet is an insurance fraud investigator and she has Michael and Sam's family in her crosshairs. Michael, Scarlet and Sam's story is loaded with drama, action, humor and sizzle. Warning, this is a M/F/M menage book, so it may not be for everyone. I think of the 3 books in this series, this one is my favorite. The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers is book 3 of the Lover's Triangle Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
Lovers Triangle series by Calista Fox brings up the heat when it comes to ménage relationships. I have been reading this series and was excited to dive into this book! Scarlet is perfect as the heroine of this book. She is strong and independent just like the other woman in the previous books of this series. She has a big job to finish, but gets captured by two hot stepbrothers, Michael and Sam. Physically she comes and goes as she pleases, but her heart strings tug towards these men. Before she knows it she is tangled with the two and is trying so hard to read in between the blurred lines. I enjoyed reading The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers and knew you would get nothing but yummy sexy times and hot as hell romance. But are the two stepbrothers in it for love? Or are they using the lust to keep Scarlet away from the truth? A little drama in the mix makes it the perfect chemistry with these books! Believe me, you want to read this book!
If you want a book with a lot of sex scenes then you will enjoy this book. Scarlet is an insurance fraud investigator on a cold case regarding the 20 million dollar art theft from the Vandenburg estate. After 2 months of trying to interview Michael she discovers upon their meeting, that they share an amazing chemistry. That's a problem since Scarlett needs to keep her focus on this investigation and not on Michael. Michael answers questions that he never thought he would discuss with anyone because he can't stay away from Scarlet. Sam, Michael's stepbrother, is a rancher in Wyoming, far from New York.. When he ends up rescuing Scarlett from her crashed SUV, they end up snowed in for a while and, Sam is also fascinated by Scarlett. He also finds himself answering questions he never thought he would answer. This is a complex case, as is the relationship between Scarlett, Michael and Sam. I really liked that Ms. Fox established the relationships between Scarlett, Sam, and Michael individually before they come together. This story is a suspenseful, sexy romance with quite a few twists and turns around the mystery that Scarlett is trying to solve. Plus there are definitely lots of hot sexy times as well as intimate moments that help the reader fall for and understand these characters. I recommend this book to other readers and am looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers is book three in the Lover’s Triangle series by Calista Fox. I read and loved the second book in this series so couldn’t wait for this one and I was not disappointed. I definitely need to go back and read the first book in the series. This book has a little bit of everything, red hot sexy times, some sigh worthy sweet times, and a mystery to solve which includes some suspenseful times. We met Scarlet Drake who is best friends with Jewel and Bayli from the two previous books. Scarlet is an insurance fraud investigator and has been trying to investigate stolen artwork from the Vandenberg estate. An eighteen million dollar check was paid for the theft of the paintings and the insurance company wants one more chance at making sure that the robbery was legitimate and not an insurance scam. When Scarlet takes a job, she takes it seriously and doesn’t leave any avenue unchecked. At the top of her suspect list are the two step brothers, Michael Vandenberg, and Sam Reed, who both have large sums of money that showed up in their bank accounts around the time of the robbery. Michael has been very elusive but she has finally cornered him. What she didn’t prepare for was the immediate electrical attraction between them. Michael Vandenberg is otherwise known as the Wolf of Wall Street. He has no time for emotional connections but when Scarlet appeared in front of him, all he could think about was how much he wanted her. And he would have her. He knows something is there between them and without fully understanding what it is, is willing to explore it. “This woman was a drug, and he was instantly addicted.” When Scarlet accepts that Michael is innocent, next on the list is Sam. Sam runs a horse ranch in Montana. This man will definitely melt your heart. Sam lost his fiancé and unborn child in a car accident and has never recovered from the loss. He has no interest in connecting emotionally with any woman. This man saves abandoned and abused puppies from the side of the road for crying out loud. I swooned over him. When Scarlet comes into his life, though, just like Michael, he is bowled over by the attraction. Michael and Sam have a history of sharing women and it doesn’t take long before they decide that they would like to share this experience with Scarlet. Scarlet has watched her two best friends flourish in their triad relationships and is completely open to the idea for herself. She also wants to explore this emotional connection she is feeling with both men. But, even though she believes both men are innocent of any involvement in the disappearance of the artwork, their family is still suspect. Does she dare move forward with this relationship before her investigation is complete? As I said, though, Scarlet is like a dog with a bone when she is on a case. And she uncovers some facts that perhaps should have been left alone. Now she has to further torment this family by uncovering secrets long buried. Will Sam ever forgive her for what she is about to do? This was a sweet story of an attraction that took all three of these people by surprise. Scarlet is one tough cookie but has a soft side as well. I do admit that she was a bit brash or forward at times and for me, this can sometimes be a little off putting. She was right on the border, though, so it didn’t turn me off completely. And the case she was working on kept me guessing right up to the end.
Scarlet Drake has been hired to either catch an art thief, or prove that the art work wasn't stolen at all, and the owner chose to hide it momentarily to cash in on a big payday. The owner of the artwork is playing hard to get though, and has been dogging Scarlet at every turn, and she is beginning to wonder if his hiding out is a way of showing his guilt...but then she meets the handsome billionaire and quickly decides Michael is not her guy. That of course not long after she shares a heated night with him, and figures out that he just isn't that kind of man... so that means it's off to her next lead! Which takes her to Montana to meet his step-brother Sam, whom also seems to have just pocketed a healthy sum of money... but after spending a little time with him she quickly decides it doesn't fit the bill either. He does however stir up some serious heat between them, and they quickly fall into bed... and Sam makes it known that he isn't ready to let her walk away. Both men are so different, and have so much to offer her, and it is nearly impossible for her to choose one over the other. Maybe she doesn't have to though... maybe they would be willing to share... This enticing little story is full of intensity, mystery, drama, and some seriously hot sexy times that will have you needing a cold shower just to recover!! This is my second visit to this series and I have to say I really enjoyed this trip, Sam and Michael were quite the charmers, they had me swooning throughout. I also really enjoyed the suspenseful plot, it kept engaged and teetering on the edge of my seat, it was such a well rounded and satisfying read. I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, these two sexy alphas are sure to keep you entertained from start to finish! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Rating 4.5 I have been a fan of Calista Fox's The Billionaires series from the get-go and I have to say each book is better than the last. The Stepbrothers has it all - romance, suspense, and a great mystery all this is driven by solid main characters who I fell in love with. The story is told from Scarlett's POV - an insurance fraud investigator who is looking into a multi-millionaire dollar settlement that was awarded to the Vanderburg family. As part of her investigation, she needs to interview Michael Vanderburg and his stepbrother Sam Reed both irresistible handsome that stirs something in Scarlett that she has never felt before. The bigger question is how does she separate her feelings from doing her job especially when she and the men embark on a relationship together. We do get great cameos of Bayli and Jewel which is great for the readers and perfect people to help Scarlett navigate what it means to be in a menage relationship. What I really loved about Stepbrothers is the time Ms Fox takes to establish the relationships between Scarlett, Sam, and Michael individually before they come together. The story is great with quite a few twists and turns around the mystery that Scarlett is trying to solve. Of course, this being a Calista Fox book the sexy times are hot but there are a lot of intimate moments that help the reader care for these characters. If I had one complaint it would be I would have liked a little more at the end on what compromises this trio will make to move their relationship move forward, I just wanted to know a little more. All in all, this is a fantastic ending to a great trilogy, I cant wait to see what Ms Fox has coming up next.
Scarlet is a smart, strong, determined investigator. When she sets out to uncover what happened to her clients 18 million dollars, she never expected to become attracted to two very sexy men. Michael, the Wolf of Wall Street and the Huntsman, his sexy step brother Sam, have nothing to hide and everything to gain when they both want Scarlet in their bed. But as she digs deeper into this mystery, questioning them and their family, her life becomes in danger. Can Scarlet trust these sexy men who bring her the most pleasure she has ever had, or will the investigation cause her to lose not only them but her life as well? This suspenseful, sexy romance has several twists and turns that will have you guessing to the end. I really liked Scarlet, Michael, and Sam, they had their own distinctive personalities that blended perfectly together making them a perfect match. I really enjoyed this well crafted, sexy romance and the mystery that kept me engaged from start to finish.
This book didn't work all the way for me, I liked the sex scenes and the suspense element but everything else was a miss for me. Some of the word choices and there positions in sentences is what ultimately killed this book for me. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers by Calista Fox Lover’s Triangle #3 Scarlet Drake is an insurance fraud investigator and her gut feeling is that there is something very wrong with the disappearance of the Vandenberg art collection. She sets off to find out who might have been involved and begins by interviewing first the son and step-son of the paintings owner and ends up with more than she bargained for. She is drawn to both Michael Vandenberg, wealthy stockbroker, and his step brother Sam Reed. With a couple of her best friends in ménage relationships she is contemplating just what that might be like when she is presented the opportunity to give it a try. As with most of these books, the pleasure is intense and consensual and leads to a relationship – a relationship that might be long term. Scarlet does unearth some secrets and solve the case but it did not play out the way she thought it would. My main question at the end was where the three would live since Sam has a ranch in Montana, Michael is based in New York and Scarlet’s business is located in California. It won’t be the typical happy families, that’s for sure! I enjoyed the book and would like to thank St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars