Review: The Fireside Inn (The Billionaire Bachelors #1) by Lily Everett

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
They’re single, they’re rich, and now these billionaire bachelors are heading to Sanctuary Island in a new e-original novella series from Lily Everett! Fall in love with the island’s latest catch.

Leo, Zane, and Cooper made a pact to stay bachelors and enjoy the single life forever, and when they receive an invitation to their friend Miles’ wedding, they head down to Sanctuary Island determined to talk some sense into the errant groom before he makes a life-changing mistake. But Miles knows his own mind, and he makes a vow of his own: before he walks down the aisle, he’ll have Leo, Zane, and Cooper changing their tune about matrimony. Because Miles knows, better than anyone, that all it takes is a little Sanctuary Island magic to turn romantic cynics into true believers.

The Honorable Lord Leo Strathairn inherited his family’s money, his title, and his position in London society. When he meets Sanctuary Island’s funky young librarian, Serena Lightfoot, he’s determined to get a lot closer. Despite the simmering attraction between them, Serena isn’t at all interested in putting up with a pampered playboy. But as Leo ramps up his seduction attempts, Serena sees that he’s nothing like the empty-headed aristocrat she’d assumed.
It is time to face the truth, short stories are not my thing. Simply because, well, they are too short and everything always feels rushed.

Now I very much liked the characters, mostly Serena really. It's not often a librarian is able to catch the eye of a British Earl, but it seems miracles are happening on Sanctuary Islands.

There were other parts that were a bit too farfetched. Leo's secret is very much possible, though considering he is thirty-something that makes it impossible to have kept it a secret for so long. I mean, it really makes me wonder what he does all day.

If we skip that whole explanation and Leo's reasoning, we luckily still have the romance between our two lovebirds. I liked how Serena didn't let herself get too impressed with our billionaire and treated him like every other, except for the fact that she wants to rip his clothes off.

Like I said everything felt rushed, which happens very often with novellas and short stories. This all makes it less believable. Don't get me wrong. The Fireside Inn is very well written, the story just didn't really work for me.

I do like the author's other works as Louisa Edwards (love those foodie books). So I think I will give the Sanctuary Islands another chance with the full length novel Sanctuary Island.

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