The Billionaire's Private Scandal

The Billionaire's Private Scandal

by Jenna Bayley-Burke
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The Billionaire's Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Megan Carlton’s secret affair with financier Brandon Knight ended when he pulled off a hostile takeover of her family’s hotel empire and then kissed another woman. Broke and alone, Megan starts a new life and learns to stand on her own, then Brandon finds her serving coffee and surviving on tips and tries to pull her back into her old life and his arms. She thought she was over him, and she certainly can’t ever trust him again. But what her head knows and her heart feels are two different things.

Brandon was used to always getting what he wanted, then the woman he loves disappeared without a word. When he finds her months later working as a barista, he wonders if she’s suffering from amnesia. Getting a scalding Americano to the chest proves she recognizes him, but she’s got the situation—and him—all wrong. Now all he has to do is prove it.

Each book in the Invested in Love series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Billionaire’s Runaway Fiancée
Book #2 The Billionaire’s Private Scandal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640630413
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Series: Invested in Love Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 44,163
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.

By day, Jenna Bayley-Burke is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound...but by night, while the family sleeps, she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get Silly Putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply Band-Aids, clean up puke...wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous.

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The Billionaire's Private Scandal 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Too much drama! Meg goes on and on about really trivial stuff. S Some humor. Ok
Anonymous 3 months ago
Started out great, but dragged on and on. With an abrupt choppy ending.
nelriv 5 months ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. Let me tell you, that these to should not be together. He is a stalker, and she did have a little growing up to do, to get her life in order, but she was working towards that. However, that said, I did not think that Megan was wrong in leaving Brandon in the dust, first off even if the world did not know that they were together, he did,so him kissing someone else, was not o.k., and his lame excuse, whatever, aaaaand then for him to defend that person over the one he supposedly loves, hell to the no. He would have been left.
Rhianona 6 months ago
Megan Carlton thought her affair with Brandon Knight meant something until he performed a hostile takeover of her family’s hotels, leaving her destitute. Brandon has been looking for Megan since she disappeared from his life and once he finds her in a coffee shop, he doesn’t want to let her go again. Megan doesn’t want his help though and doesn’t trust him with her heart. I enjoy angst in my romance so was pretty excited to read this once I read the description. There was certainly a large amount of that,though most of it seems to have been brought about by the lack of true communication between Brandon and Megan. Pride is a constant: Brandon seems to proud to simply ask Megan why she left him and Megan is too proud to tell him or let him help her. I wanted to like Megan more than I did; she often seems to cut off her nose to spite her face. While she has a genuine reason to not trust Brandon, she also gives him so many mixed signals that it is no wonder he is confused. Brandon, on the other hand, spends a lot of time trying to figure out what is going on with Megan without actually asking her. There is a lot of hot and cold action between the two, which got a little old by the end. However, I did enjoy the self-reflection by both characters in the end and it became apparent that both needed to change if they wanted a happy ending. While there were definitely aspects of this that annoyed me, it was, overall a good read. 4 stars.
PrincessFiona 6 months ago
3.5 stars. This was a nice little reunion romance between Megan Carlton, former hotel heiress of the Paris Hilton type, and Financier Brandon Knight. A couple of months ago, Brandon took over Megan's family business in a rush of scandal when her father absconded with investors money and Megan and her sisters' trust accounts. Megan went to Brandon for help and found him liplocked with his BFF. So she left without a word. First thought...TSTL. But we find out that Megan's dad was also the kind of guy to dip his wick into more than other people's bank accounts. Megan even took advice from him on how to keep her man. Which sounds like a bad idea right from the start. Brandon is a sweetheart and apart from the whole takeover thing, he doesn't get why Megan is so angry with him. Not finding the whole liplocking episode to be memorable without Megan showing her face at the time. So, we have Megan being all independent and snarly working in below living standard jobs. Brandon is being all, thank god I found you but aren't you over reacting a teensy bit. Fortunately there is a doggy child of the relationship or we would never see Megan even talking to Brandon. Overall this was a nice reunion of the type I like. I did start to agree with Brandon that Megan tended to overreact, even with our inside knowledge of why she thought he was untrustworthy and just like her scumbag dad. Yes Megan, we did get that. All men are jerks like your dad and granddad and apparently Brandon. There was also this "meeting" thing near the end which seemed like a roll call of every other hero the author had presumably written about. I found it very distracting and as I hadn't read all the books (this series may have been on Samhain originally) the names of the heroes and their partners were so much meaningless hot air. Netgalley ARC requested for independent review.
MarikaTX 6 months ago
I know, I just read another story by Ms. Bayley-Burke and it was just okay for me. Not this one. I really loved this story about a second chance/childhood lovers romance. Plus, it is Indulgence, which is catnip to me. What really got me going was that Brandon really is a good guy. He’s not an **shole at all. In fact, the person that had to the groveling/growing up is Megan. She is the best-spoiled princess that I have read in a long time. Sure, after everything that happened, she pulled her boot straps up and did what she had to do but her treatment of Brandon at times was really unwarranted. She just DIDN’T want to hear Brandon. Which leads me to the why Brandon would put up with her treatment? He already knew everything but still kept coming back for more from her. Megan really needed to grow up in the book. She eventually did but her journey is still far off. Her treatment of Gemma and Danny is completely off the charts and if they never speak to her again, I would understand. Lashing out is one thing but what she said isn’t cool. I did, however, loved her interactions with her sisters, Briana and Ava. I can’t wait to read their stories, hopefully. The plot thread that is set up in this book about her dad, mom (wow, that was a doozy at the end) and the embezzled money is just awesome. Brandon and Megan had a lot to overcome in this story. Megan had the most to lose and that much more to gain. Brandon is a great hero and Megan is an awesome spoiled little rich girl that I wanted to see grow up and move on. I felt like she did but she still has ways to go. I received my copy through Netgalley for the purpose of my opinion. I was not paid for it.
Lori-Gonzo 6 months ago
This was a quick paced read that was really good. I enjoyed the sassiness and spitfire that Megan was. And it was even better with Brandon trying to control her. He didn't stand a chance. Almost made me feel for the guy, but he truly deserved it. I loved how he wanted to take care of her, protect her and be there for her, but I wanted him to know her and her heart. I think he finally got it. And he did good. I really want more from this family, her sisters and Danny especially, maybe even Gemma. I hope this is not the end for this family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lorizen 6 months ago
A little tough to review and just fell a little flat for me, Jenna is such a great writer and I've never been disappointed. I had a bit of trouble relating to the characters. I would still encourage you to read it. arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review
OpheliaOA 6 months ago
I was given this ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first book I've read from Jenna Bayle-Burke and I loved it. It has romance, comedy, secrets and misunderstandings. Megan might have thought that Brandon was playing with her and cheating on her with Gemma but underneath all that anger and betrayal she still in love with Brandon. Brandon might not know why Megan left him without a word but now that he has found her he is not letting her go. Brandon might have thought he was doing the right thing by keeping Megan in the dark but he couldn't have been more wrong. I'm glad that at the end they both got their HEA all they needed to do was just communicate and trust each other. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, I was expecting more. Overall The Billionaires Private Scandal was a fun read!
repsgoddess 6 months ago
Secrets, misunderstandings, and a fallout of mass proportions... This was a quick read with an interesting concept, however it just didn’t live up to expectations. First I didn’t overly like Megan and found her to be childish and a bit over the top at times which to some extent I did understand but only some of it. Brandon was likeable and I felt badly for him considering what he was up against. I honestly found their seven year secretive relationship, lack of communication, etc. a bit of a mind blower...add in the fact that Megan walked away from it all without even fighting for it really threw me for a loop. Meh read, 3 stars as it just didn’t do it for me...and the ending was lackluster. An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
BookReview4you 6 months ago
'The Billionaire's Private Scandal' by Jenna Bayley-Burke. Is the story of Megan and Brandon. Megan has come along way from her life as a Hotel Heiress. Now she is a regular hardworking person trying to survive. Megan blames Brandon for how her life is going now. Brandon and Megan had bee having a secret relationship which at the time suited them both. But when Brandon takeover of Megan father's business everything was lost to her. When she had head to him to speak to him she found him with another women.. so she left. Brandon has been wondering were Megan is and when he went to check out a Coffee house looking to go into a different direction he finds Megan working there. This causes them to confront what has happened and to start to correct the misunderstandings. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
ljtljtljt 6 months ago
The Billionaire's Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke, is a fun and sexy novel, which at times was quite sad. It is a fast-paced read, replete with an engaging plot, well-defined characters, and a very seductive romance. This is the third book from the author's Invested In Love series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Megan Carlton was a very happy socialite, until she became an outcast. Thanks to her father, the name Carlton is now synonymous with embezzlement, evading the law, and deceit. Her family's once thriving hotel conglomerate was purchased by her secret boyfriend of seven years, billionaire and financier Brandon Knight. While her two sisters escaped all the drama by moving out of state, Megan made a home for herself on the seedy side of Pasadena, in order to ensure that the charities her family once supported continued to help those in need. In addition to being homeless and penniless, she caught Brandon kissing another woman, which truly left her with nothing. Brandon has loved Megan since the moment they first met. He never meant to hurt Megan or her family, but Megan's father was embezzling money from his own company, in addition to stealing from his daughter's trust funds. The kiss Megan witnessed was truly nothing, but at that point her ability to trust was non-existent. Keeping their relationship a secret was always Megan's idea, and Brandon went along with it because he believed it made Megan happy. Finally locating her after months of searching, he only wants to keep her safe. Megan has a hard time trusting him, but their sexual pull is overwhelming, and she loves him as well. I enjoyed this book, even though the ending was disappointing and left me bereft. Megan and Brandon are a hot couple and their sexy times are very steamy. The love between them is executed beautifully, and their connection to each other is tangible. Ms. Burke is a passionate writer, and the love she feels for her characters is easy to experience from her expressive words. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Splashesintobooks1 6 months ago
Megan Carlton had a secret affair with billionaire Brandon Knight which she ended by disappearing after he took over her family’s chain of hotels and she then saw him kissing another woman. From being a trust fund, respected member of the wealthy community, Megan and her sisters suddenly came crashing down to earth, needing to support themselves after their parents disappeared without indicating where they were going or giving any explanation. The sisters have all taken on their changed circumstances in different ways. Megan is working two jobs - as a barista and in a bar - striving to get herself a firm financial base to build upon. The coffee shop is where Brandon comes face to face with her again. With a seven year secret relationship largely based on intimate encounters, they never went on dates together or anything that might let others realise they were together. This - and his takeover of her family’s hotels - has undermined the trust between them. This is the story of how he tries to prove he had good motives, ones that she would support if only she would listen to him whilst she strives to keep her independence and not let him hurt her again! This is a real emotional roller coaster, so packed with secrets and misunderstandings that overflow to drown their relationship.There are also elements of suspense and mystery, especially concerning Megan’s parents, which I can only hope will be answered in future stories in this series. There are also some very moving moments concerning the refuge homes Megan is involved with. I enjoyed reading this story - it is a quick read with a cliff hanger ending that left me wanting to know more so I can’t wait for the sequel to be published! I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Bette313 6 months ago
I really liked this one. Very interesting story. Rich girl and her family fall from grace now Meghan is working hard to stand on her. Unfortunately that's where my respect for her ended. To be honest she drove me a bit crazy and it's what kicked this down to a four star read. I found her immature and unreasonable. Now Brandon I loved. He was loving, understanding, and determined to get her back. Overall the story is very well done and definitely a book I would recommend.
Linda__ 6 months ago
This is a fun quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. In it, Megan has hit rock bottom after her father's embezzlement came to light and he flew the jurisdiction. She blames Brandon for her circumstances and the fact that she was left with nothing. Brandon doesn't know why Megan disappeared without a word and searched until finding her (months later). However, what Brandon viewed as a business decision, Megan viewed as a personal betrayal. Add in that she saw him kissing her nemesis and, to say the least, Megan is not happy to see him when he shows up. This led to a number of entertaining scenes that range from sad to amusing....I mean, really, who hasn't wanted to throw a cup of hot coffee at an ex? The difference is that Megan gets to actually do I loved the premise and the way the author told the story - it had me totally engaged from the very first page until the very last page. I took away a star because of the ending, while all the elements were resolved, it just felt a bit abrupt to me. Fans of the genre will enjoy this novel and I'm looking forward to reading more by the author
Lashea677 6 months ago
Pride, insecurities and betrayal set the stage for a complicated, frustrating and dramatic romance. Without trust there can never be love. Megan and Brandon built a relationship based on lust and confused it with love. When the storm came, their foundation wasn't strong enough to withstand the fall out. Self destructive behavior, misunderstandings and secrets toppled what was thought to be an everlasting love. Will regret and forgiveness offer up a second chance? The Billionaire's Private Scandal had a strong start but the race to the finish line stalled. The constant back and forth, gave me a touch of whiplash. I wish the main characters had worked things out sooner.