Jenna and I have been friends since college.
Not besties or anything. Just the kind of friend you hit up when you want to go to a party but don’t want the pressure of a date.
She’s fun. Independent. And she gets me.
Which is probably why we dated for a while – more for fun than anything..
The kiss was completely out of left field. And so was the ridiculous pact to get married if we were still single in our thirties.
Neither of us have ever mentioned that pact again.
But man, a lot of years have passed and I can sometimes still feel her lips on mine. Now that she’s going to be renovating my house, it could definitely be a problem.
The whole pact thing might have been dumb, but would it really be such a bad idea for us to get together?
I enjoyed reading The Billionaire’s Backup, book 4 in Elizabeth Maddrey’s Billionaire’s Next Door series set in historic Old Town in the DC Metro Area. Noah briefly dated Jenna in college, and they made a love pact where they’d marry each other if they were both single at 33. Their 33rd birthdays are on the horizon. Noah is definitely single, and Jenna has Mitch.
Jenna is casually dating Mitch, who is an awful, horrible person. He calls what they have a situationship, and she knows that he dates other girls. I hated Mitch when he first appeared on the page, which assured me that the story wasn’t a love triangle. Mitch made Noah looked so good by comparison.
Noah is a fabulous hero, and a gentleman who hasn’t let his recent billionaire status change him. He has secretly wanted to date Jenna for years, but they’ve been stuck in a friend zone where they’re both convinced the other person isn’t interested in them. They are each other’s backup plan when the other person needs a plus-one for a function or event.
Noah is restoring a historic home in Old Town, and Jenna is an architect by day and home renovator at night. Jenna stays in Noah’s future home to do the renovations. A sweet romance unfolds as circumstances force them to reconsider their feelings for each other.
I loved how their individual faith journeys were an important part of the story. I recommend The Billionaire’s Backup to contemporary romance readers who like friends-to-more billionaire romances with a strong faith element in the story.