by Anne Marie Winston

January 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76413-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1413
Mass Market Paperback

Billionaire Bachelors: Ryan is a completely enjoyable read. The premise is millionaire Ryan Shaughnessy has been in love with his childhood friend Jessie Reilly for years but he's kept his feelings to himself. Jessie has always looked at Ryan as nothing more than a friend and has never entertained the idea of him being more. He's been the one consistently good thing in her life and she'd never want anything to change that.

But Ryan has other plans. Jessie, realizing she isn't getting any younger and badly desiring a child of her own to love, introduces the subject to Ryan. Her plans to go to a sperm bank are immediately foiled by Ryan; he instead comes up with another brilliant idea.

Ryan is ready for his relationship with Jessie to finally go to another level and he'd be damned if he encouraged her to have some anonymous man's baby when she has a ready, willing and able volunteer available. There are a few problems with his plan though. One is that Ryan doesn't just want a few nights of baby making passion with Jessie - he wants the whole enchilada: marriage. The other hurdle he has to jump is Jessie herself and her opinions about their relationship. She's a strong willed, independent woman and her plan was to have her baby on her own. Ryan, however, has a very different idea for Jessie.

Ryan is a dream. With the exception of one rather stupid and groundless assumption he made towards the end - that I personally felt was unnecessary - he's the perfect man. He loves Jessie and has all his life. He knows her and his feelings for her shine through.

Jessie is a well-developed character and although I didn't warm to her as much as I did to Ryan, she was still very easy to understand and the circumstances, in which she and Ryan found themselves in, were completely believable. Her feelings and actions made sense and it was a happy moment when she began to see Ryan as more than the boy she had grown up with.

Ryan's manservant Finn is the icing on the cake. His sparkling personality added the perfect touch of levity that this book needed. From his pink streaked hair to his over the top dramatics, he was a pleasure to read about, alongside the couple.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Reviewed in December 2001 by JaToya.

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