How to Blow It with a Billionaire

How to Blow It with a Billionaire

Be careful what you wish for . . .Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it's not a fairy tale, it's my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we're trying super hard to live happily ever after.He's everything I want, need, and can't resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Excep...

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Title:How to Blow It with a Billionaire
Author:Alexis Hall
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  • Gillian

    4.5 stars

    Reviewed for

    Here’s the thing – I think the title of the book is wrong.

    This really should be called How to Blow it with Arden St. Ives because if anyone blows it here, it’s Caspian Hart.

    Here’s the other thing – I can’t entirely blame Caspian for fucking things up.

    Look, I didn’t go into this expecting to feel something akin to sympathy for that inscrutable billionaire, but HTBIWAB made me do just that. It seems like the more we get to know Caspian, the less we really understand,

    4.5 stars

    Reviewed for

    Here’s the thing – I think the title of the book is wrong.

    This really should be called How to Blow it with Arden St. Ives because if anyone blows it here, it’s Caspian Hart.

    Here’s the other thing – I can’t entirely blame Caspian for fucking things up.

    Look, I didn’t go into this expecting to feel something akin to sympathy for that inscrutable billionaire, but HTBIWAB made me do just that. It seems like the more we get to know Caspian, the less we really understand, and that just makes him more intriguing. Bastard.

    But despite getting glimpses into Caspian’s messed up psyche, this is still Arden’s story and HTBIWAB sees Arden showing some real growth, both personally and professionally, as he explores a life of endless possibilities outside of Oxford. He’s still committed to Caspian, of course, but far less willing to accept the emotional crumbs Caspian has, up until now, been doling out.

    One of the things I loved about HTBIWAB is how Arden gets to live this full life outside of Caspian’s sphere. While there’s no doubt about his feelings for Caspian, he doesn’t let their relationship overshadow everything else in his life. Whether he’s hustling for work or spending time with Caspian’s sister, Ellery, he’s building this life for himself that exists outside of his and Caspian’s relationship.

    I know a few people who are holding back on reading this until book three is released, hoping not to prolong any heartache they’ll feel at the end of this book, but I have to say that, despite the title, HTBIWAB somehow manages to end on a hopeful note. You can’t keep a good man down (unless he fully consents to being held down, of course) and Arden is the best of men. His natural inclination to find light in the darkness serves him well here and quite frankly, I get the feeling that he’s going to be fine. Eventually. But he’ll get there.

    In the end, Caspian may be the one who needs our sympathy, not that he’d ever want it, mind you. He’d sooner throw it back in our faces. But the guy who really blew it here is going to need Arden’s help if he ever wants to overcome his demons. Now we’ll just need to wait and see if he’s brave enough to try.

  • Allison

    Okay, so I finally finished it. Because I was afraid of the Feelz I was kind of avoiding finishing.

    But.

    I'm good, I was a little torn up for Ardy but it's Ardy, Damnit, he's going to win.

    I have all the faith in him. I am aware this is romance and Alexis Hall, so HEA/HFN is going to happen, but my faith is in Ardy, not in the inevitable. I think Ardy may be my favorite of his characters. He is so purely himself, I just love him so much.

    And I love that Alexis Hall takes an old, overdone, somewh

    Okay, so I finally finished it. Because I was afraid of the Feelz I was kind of avoiding finishing.

    But.

    I'm good, I was a little torn up for Ardy but it's Ardy, Damnit, he's going to win.

    I have all the faith in him. I am aware this is romance and Alexis Hall, so HEA/HFN is going to happen, but my faith is in Ardy, not in the inevitable. I think Ardy may be my favorite of his characters. He is so purely himself, I just love him so much.

    And I love that Alexis Hall takes an old, overdone, somewhat empty trope and makes it so much more.

  • Alisa

    4.5 stars

    I was anxiously awaiting this second installment in the Arden St. Ives series and it was well worth the wait. This one picks up immediately after the first book ends and follows Arden and Caspian as they return to London and try to make a go of their relationship. It's a rocky road though as Arden tries to break down the many walls Caspian has put up.

    This story sucked me in from the very beginning The author has created a fabulous narrator in Arden. He's an absolute delight. He's funny,

    4.5 stars

    I was anxiously awaiting this second installment in the Arden St. Ives series and it was well worth the wait. This one picks up immediately after the first book ends and follows Arden and Caspian as they return to London and try to make a go of their relationship. It's a rocky road though as Arden tries to break down the many walls Caspian has put up.

    This story sucked me in from the very beginning The author has created a fabulous narrator in Arden. He's an absolute delight. He's funny, smart, introspective and insightful. Arden is also a really good guy. He's loves his friends and his devotion comes through in every interaction. When Adren focuses that devotion on Caspian we get to see Caspian taking steps to open up and return Arden's feelings. There are some very touching and romantic scenes in this book. Caspian may say he's not a romantic but indeed he is.

    As the story goes along both Arden and the reader learn there is a lot going on in Caspian's head and a lot of it is pretty ugly. He's struggling with some very serious issues and I'm quite curious to see how the author is going to end up addressing this in the next book.

    This book is also partly about Arden's journey to figure out what he wants to do with his life. There are quite a few scenes with Nik and Ellery and we get to meet the people in Caspian's life. (The good and the bad)

    The writing was top notch and this author thoroughly entertains me with his clever inclusion of both popular culture and literary references. He's a smart writer and I'm sure I miss half of the references I should, but the ones I do catch I love.

    There was a great deal of emotion in this book. I laughed out loud repeatedly, I felt a bit swoony in a few scenes and my heart broke just a bit for both of the protagonists in more than one place.

    I don't think this should be read as a standalone. You definitely need to read this in order to get the full emotional impact. The first book was also one of my favorite books this year and I highly recommend this series.

  • Line

    This second and third book in this series was a pre-order as

    as I finished the first one (how Mr. Hall got a pre-order that early will have to be

    or

    or some other form of

    !)

    I pressed the one-click-buy so fast that I cracked my keyboard (and then I poured in a cup of coffee, but you know... I was really excited:-)

    This book is everything it's

    , the genre

    is not.

    Ardy is not doormat-y, he

    strong and opinionated and interesti

    This second and third book in this series was a pre-order as

    as I finished the first one (how Mr. Hall got a pre-order that early will have to be

    or

    or some other form of

    !)

    I pressed the one-click-buy so fast that I cracked my keyboard (and then I poured in a cup of coffee, but you know... I was really excited:-)

    This book is everything it's

    , the genre

    is not.

    Ardy is not doormat-y, he

    strong and opinionated and interesting, though he is

    !

    So very

    .

    However I believe that Mr. Hall was true to the characters and their individual development (more Ardy's than Caspian's, because holy fuck that dude is slow on the uptake and quite idiotic!) and that Ardy grew up, slowly but steady

    .

    And can we just applaud that when Ardy baby is decribed as clumsy, it

    that he is clumsy!

    He stumbles and falls like a new-born giraffe and it made me happy that he is quite

    , and in line with his description and his personality throughout.

    I think I liked this book even better than the first, since the smexy times are getting

    , Ardy is more personable and getting to know what he wants, while Caspian's story is more fleshed out.

    It does not have a HEA or even a HFN as Mr. Hall has already put out there, so hopefully I am not spoiling anything!

    But even if I am, I think it's important that you know, so the ending will not come as a surprise.

    I was quite angry when I finished though...

    Like the

    , and I do hope that Caspian and his

    horrible decision-making

    step on ten thousand legos while their bacon is burning and they have an itch that they cannot reach!

    !

    But the discovery and the growing-up Ardy is experiencing, is necessary I think, since he is still quite

    Caspian also has a

    of things to figure out and work on, making me impatient for book 3; I really wanna see how this wraps up!

    And even though I did not care for the ending I think it was satisfying in that this

    Ardy's journey (also Caspian's but I hate him right now, so he doesn't get my optimism). And Ardy needs to stand on his own and grow up

    , while Caspian needs to forgive himself and come to terms with his history.

    I am still angry though, holy shit Caspian needs a wake-up-call or two!

    All in all this is pure

    , and I might be biased since it is no secret that he is one of my favourites.

    But I do think he took a 'tired' trope and made it his own; character-development, drama, humour and love galore<3

    I, for one, cannot wait for the last book!

    Hopefully Caspian has gotten the note that we need grovelling! Lots and

    of grovelling... And I might remove the Viking-witch-curse I have called upon him... Maybe...

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  • Truuss

    Part one ended quite satisfying, no cliff, I was so eager to know more because there is so much to discover.

    The prologue gave me instant an unsettled feeling. My God, what to expect....

    Told from the creative, overactive and responsive mind of Arden.

    Arden lives in one of Caspian's apartments. Their relation is complicated. Caspian's has issues and we still have to discover which... to guess is not an option because..if I had the imagination, I would be an author myself....

    It had a delicious humo

    Part one ended quite satisfying, no cliff, I was so eager to know more because there is so much to discover.

    The prologue gave me instant an unsettled feeling. My God, what to expect....

    Told from the creative, overactive and responsive mind of Arden.

    Arden lives in one of Caspian's apartments. Their relation is complicated. Caspian's has issues and we still have to discover which... to guess is not an option because..if I had the imagination, I would be an author myself....

    It had a delicious humor in it..I laughed out loud and sniggered a lot, it was so witty and close and at times sharp as a knife, sarcastic...like I said delicious.

    There are many many parts I want to highlight...

    The way Caspian owns Arden is mind-blowing. The way they both get exposed, unraveled layer by layer is disarming. The way they interact is whiplashing. The uncertainty killing....

    This whole story was one big adventure, in the meaning of.. every action was detailed and was described as an adventure with none dull moment.

    "A kiss to break the edges of skin itself and make you two, and one, and whole, and together, and everything between."

    It's an amazingly written, unpredictable passionate story. From angles so intense, with depth and width. Little details I wouldn't have notice myself even they were right under my nose. At points it was utterly endearing romantic, at moments so erotic and emotional i sniffled hard, but also with precarious feelings 'when will the train crash' The developing and progression is stunningly done. Delightful main personalities even they were at times hard to watch...

    A special lady who conquered my heart....Ellery. All the others were piece by piece well put down.

    I highly recommend to read this series yourself !! One of my highlights of 2017

    Book 3 will be released in 2018. I already pre-ordered it :)

  • Ariana

    First of all let me say that I was warned. Yes, I was.

    By the author himself. (which I am really grateful for, btw). It does say in the blurb that this ends on a cliffhanger. Which is something I usually try to avoid, cause I KNOW I am going to be awake at night time wondering .... a lot .... making up 1000 different endings, aching over every detail ....

    Needless to state the obvious, as I am here writing this review but ... I went for it anyway.

    I really loved book 1 and its whole set up. And o

    First of all let me say that I was warned. Yes, I was.

    By the author himself. (which I am really grateful for, btw). It does say in the blurb that this ends on a cliffhanger. Which is something I usually try to avoid, cause I KNOW I am going to be awake at night time wondering .... a lot .... making up 1000 different endings, aching over every detail ....

    Needless to state the obvious, as I am here writing this review but ... I went for it anyway.

    I really loved book 1 and its whole set up. And of course I bought the second book when it came out, and so it was just sitting there on my tbr, waiting and waiting until temptation got the better of me.

    Not sure how to describe the whole awesomeness of this.

    Arden is growing up - yes, he is still insecure , but he is improving, getting more confident and surer of himself. I LOVED that development. Don't get me wrong Arden will always be Arden: 'super' awkward and so funny and cute with it, with his huge heart wide open and willing to do anything to please Caspian.

    While he is moderately successful at trying to get Caspian to open up, he doesn't always go about it the right way (but good God, does he try!!!) Mind, Caspian certainly is a hard nut to crack. Just like in the first book the prologue hangs like a black cloud over everything that's happening.

    We KNOW something really bad and f***ed up happened in Caspian's past, and we finally find out some of it. And we get a lot more info why Caspian behaves the way he does. All I kept thinking was - somebody please help this guy. It is awful to go through life like this!

    I loved the progress these two made together, the little victories of tenderness and intimacy and the way their being together slowly heads towards something that vaguely looks like a relationship. But these boys are nowhere near the big R-word!

    Because Arden tries and fails. And things end. For a good reason. I was oddly ok with it because there is no other solution at the moment. Which doesn't mean that Arden has stopped loving Caspian (of course he hasn't) even if it seems (coming straight to the nitty gritty of that dastardly cliffie!!) that Caspian has put his feelings for Arden behind him.

    Sigh. I know I shouldn't have. I know this is nobody's fault but my own (I was well warned, blah blah blah ... ) BUT I do hope that Alexis Hall will take pity on us and put out book 3 right at the beginning of spring (which, incidentally is March 20th, mark your calender, Mr. Hall! ;)

    As always I just LOVE how Alexis Hall uses language. It really make my knees wobble. And he simply bawls me over with the sheer brilliance of his writing. Arden and Caspian are sweet and poignant, romantic and heartbreaking, funny and anguished (and very hot!) - all at the same time. We're talking of characters as deep as the Mariana trench here!

    All I can say is: yes, yes, yes!

    And please think of me during all those inevitably sleepless nights when my mind will unavoidably turn to Caspian and Arden and what will happen next....

  • Joyfully Jay

    How to Blow it with a Billionaire is the second story in Alexis Hall’s fabulous Arden St. Ives series and follows directly from the wonderful How to Bang a Billionaire. I really loved the first story and was super excited for the follow up and Hall really delivers with this second installment.

    I think Hall advances things between the men just the right amount here. As readers, we can really see how hard Caspian is trying and how much he clearly cares about Arden.

    How to Blow it with a Billionaire is the second story in Alexis Hall’s fabulous Arden St. Ives series and follows directly from the wonderful How to Bang a Billionaire. I really loved the first story and was super excited for the follow up and Hall really delivers with this second installment.

    I think Hall advances things between the men just the right amount here. As readers, we can really see how hard Caspian is trying and how much he clearly cares about Arden. And we can tell Arden sees it too. Caspian is more open, there is more tenderness between them and more ease. We can see their connection growing from more than just a sexual encounter where Caspian keeps himself at a distance, to something much closer to a real relationship. Now I say closer, because Caspian doesn’t change completely here, nor would I expect him to at this point in the series. But we can really see the growth here in their relationship, which I think is important in this middle book in the trilogy, especially given where things end in the previous story.

    What works here incredibly well is the way Hall strikes that perfect balance between the humor and fun of Arden as our narrator and the more poignant and intense moments in the story. That is something that I think is critical to making a series like this work, and Hall pulls it off so well. Yes, Arden is still a fabulous POV character. His self deprecation, his sense of humor, and his quirkiness make him such endearing and such a fun person to navigate the story.

  • Bev

    3.5 stars from me. I didn't enjoy this one as much as

    , and that rated nowhere near as highly with me as Alexis' other reads. I was hard pressed not to skip and that's NEVER happened with me and an Alexis story...cos he's my Wordsmith, and I've loved everything he's written within reason...most of which is on my Brilliant Writing/Creme de la Creme bookshelves.

    As far as the story is concerned, yet again I felt for Arden 💜💛💚💙. He's so lovely, so innocent in many ways, so e

    3.5 stars from me. I didn't enjoy this one as much as

    , and that rated nowhere near as highly with me as Alexis' other reads. I was hard pressed not to skip and that's NEVER happened with me and an Alexis story...cos he's my Wordsmith, and I've loved everything he's written within reason...most of which is on my Brilliant Writing/Creme de la Creme bookshelves.

    As far as the story is concerned, yet again I felt for Arden 💜💛💚💙. He's so lovely, so innocent in many ways, so empathetic towards Caspian's sister Ellery...who let's face it,

    needs a friend or just someone to love. Fortunately for Arden, some things are finally going his way [which I'll leave you to read about]

    other things...such as his complete infatuation with Caspian, are destined to hurt him...again!! After dashing to Kinlochbervie to get Arden back at the end of

    , Caspian comes to his senses and starts treating Arden as something precious [and you'll hopefully notice my choice of words there].

    When Arden eventually returns to the UK after flying to Boston to be there for his friend Nik who's been involved in an accident [thought all of this was very strange, but at least he gets to meet Nik's supermodel sister which will be helpful in future], Caspian starts to care for Arden as though he's finally accepted that the two of them are destined to be together. Unfortunately, this doesn't last for long, and when the two of them go to Ellery's birthday party, we at last get to 'meet' the muppet who has distorted Caspian's perception of a 'normal' relationship. I would've personally described him as a predator who made his move on Caspian when Caspian was just 14, but he has screwed with Caspian's mind and thoughts for so long, that Caspian believes everything was at his instigation and therefore his fault. That's as far as I'm going with this review....enjoy!!

    IMHO, this was an average read, which is

    not what I expect from Alexis. Yes, the series is published by a US publisher BUT as it's about Englishmen and England AND written by an Englishman, there are

    . We really and truly don't use the phrase 'a bunch of times' over here [which means what exactly anyway??] and we certainly don't use the word super in front of practically every adjective...super horny, really?? Nope...just no.

    Yes, I will read the final story just to make sure that Arden gets his HEA, as the Author has promised, but this is definitely not Alexis best work although I'm sure most US readers will love it, sorry.

  • Sofia Lazaridou

    How to Blow It with a Billionaire is the second book in the Arden St. Ives series and it's not really a stand-alone. As you can gather from the series title this is the story of Arden. Since Arden's name is the only one in the title, can I hope that he will choose not to have Caspian in his life and move on with another man? I don't know how many books I can handle. This one ended in a cliffy way btw. I hope to see a stronger Arden in the third book with another man and a life.

    I decided to sepa

    How to Blow It with a Billionaire is the second book in the Arden St. Ives series and it's not really a stand-alone. As you can gather from the series title this is the story of Arden. Since Arden's name is the only one in the title, can I hope that he will choose not to have Caspian in his life and move on with another man? I don't know how many books I can handle. This one ended in a cliffy way btw. I hope to see a stronger Arden in the third book with another man and a life.

    I decided to separate the next part of this review into two parts. The good and the bad stuff. I shall begin with the good stuff because there is only one. Arden was a better character. He didn't cry every two seconds. Also, he was tamer in this book and he actually made a couple of good choices. Should I consider a bonus the fact that I was actually able to finish this book? I DNF the first around 40%.

    Now the bad things: Caspian. Who is this dude? I don't know him at all. He is still a mystery and the lack of his point of view is starting to getting annoying. I didn't feel like this was a romance book. The thing between him and Arden felt cheap and almost non-existent. The next big thing that bothered me is spoiler-y so stop reading this paragraph if you don't want spoilers. Is Arden bi? I thought he was gay-gay. If he never mentions an attraction towards women why create drama? I hated the scene when Caspian found Arden and his sister in a bed and immediately assumed they had sex. This is a very suspicious behavior. I wonder what Caspian did while he was away... That happened after half the book was gone, so you can see why I don't believe in this relationship.

    I am still not invested in the series or the characters. I didn't like a single person in this book and the main couple is not even acting like one for most of the book. I wouldn't call this book a romance and I wouldn't recommend it.

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*

    Not liking the title of this one....sounds like a recipe for

    disaster.

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