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1.0 out of 5 starsCliffhanger
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
I hate cliffhangers. Its very welcome that the threads they give in the first installment is good enough to make me want to read more. This seems like it could have been a good book but knowing that it is going to be dragged out in several short books makes me gage weather its good enough to go through that..I don't think so.
1.0 out of 5 starsDon't waste your time on this partial story.
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2016
The idea is funny but the execution was not. I like fast dialogue and screwball comedies as much as the next girl, but this didn't work at all. Of course, you have to consider that this is only 1 in a series of 8 (!?!) books. The dialogue is actually pretty limited because the heroine tells the story in first person narrative most of the time; unfortunately, her thought process is scattered and repetitive and so we get a lot of her thoughts mixed in with the actual conversations. I'm not sure if I liked the hero or not. The whole story takes place in one day so there's not really that much interaction with him other than a bathroom introduction scene that would traumatize Mr. Monk, a 5 minute conversation and a dinner interrupted by her ex and his new lady. Maybe reading all of the other entries in this series would make a difference in my opinion, but I'm not spending $23 to find out.
3.0 out of 5 starsHow many jokes can you crack about secret shoppers? You may learn a few more here (more comedy than romance)
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
"Shopping for a Billionaire" is an episodic novelette that's less than 150 pages, and it ended up a dubious note, not exactly a cliffhanger, but not resolved either. It's more rom-com than pure romance.
Shannon is a secret shopper that had to rate the men's room at a cafe, so she headed in, and made the evals. When a guy came in she had to hide, realized her feet's showing, squatted on the toilet, slipped, her phone fell in, and she was in the process of fishing it out when Declan opened the stall door trying to rescue her. Forever since, he's her "hot guy", and she's his "toilet girl". Ouch.
The story continues for about 100 pages, episodic. It seems way more comedic than romance, in a non-stop-jokes sort of way. Not that romantic.
A quick read, but a disappointing one for me. The story was a bit jumbled. A little weird even. Crude, almost. And frankly, I didn’t like Shannon, and for me, it’s so all-important to like the MC! She’s too negative, too sarcastic, and believe me, I love a bit of sarcasm! But this wasn’t in a funny way, it was in a negative way. And I couldn’t connect to Declan either. That made it hard to get into. I guess it just wasn’t my style, but I had totally thought it would be! I normally LOVE romcoms! But it was too overdone, Shannon is too not-put-together, Declan is too hot, it was all too too too, and for me, the result was that everything felt unrealistic. And that prevented me from really feeling the story, which I was hoping for. And who in the world shakes hands with a toilet-contaminated hand? If you’re thinking, hey, that’s funny, then by all means give this book a try. The story was not to my liking, but it might be to yours.
4.0 out of 5 starsAmusing, if a bit rambling -- good distraction for a bad mood.
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018
So, I picked up this book because of the blitz post yesterday. I figured with it being free and the addition of the audible for 1.99, why not? Turns out, during part of the insane amount of driving I did this last weekend, this book was just what I needed.
The narrative is kind of rambling. It's almost stream-of-consciousness. However, with it being first person present, it works well. You definitely get a feel for Shannon as a person, and her minor forays into lala land regarding Mr. Sex-in-a-suit are relatable and realistic. I know I've had those wandering thoughts. I am very thankful that the comedic events are not as relatable for myself, but they're still amusing and despite my overall mood, the audio book was able to pull me out of my funk regularly. I found myself laughing out loud at the one-liners.
The narrator does a good job of differentiating various voices, though Shannon and her friend frequently sound close. The mood of the scenes is well-conveyed, but I kind of wish there were a second, male actor for the male voices to help with the slide from voice to voice.
I did go ahead and grab book 2 (also free at the time of this posting -- 3/19/2018, with the audio added at 1.99). I figure it will help with the drive next week...though I may have to wait if it gets too racy. Little ears and all that.
I love this book. It is super hilarious. Julia Kent’s humor reminds me of Dane Cook’s. It had me laughing so hard my sides hurt. I can’t wait to read what happens next with Shannon and Declan. Shannon and Declan meet in the most terribly embarrassing way. He finds her in the bathroom stall with her hand down the toilet trying to fish out her phone. Mortified by the whole experience and unable to tell the truth about why he found her there Shannon escapes as quickly as possible. Declan is left standing there wondering about the beautiful and mysterious toilet girl. Chance has them meeting again in another awkward encounter and Declan decides he’s not going to let Shannon get away. It’ll be tricky but he’ll find a way to persuade her to have dinner with him.
*This story does end in cliffhanger but you don’t have to wait for the next books to come out and there is also a boxset available for books 1-5.
Shopping for a Billionaire #1 by Julia Kent is a contemporary, romantic comedy serial told in first person, single POV. As part one in a four-part serial, it does not contain a full story and it ends with a cliffhanger of sorts.
The story was light and fun with some humorous moments. The witty banter and comedic situations made for an entertaining read. I'm not a fan of serials and probably wouldn't have completed the story if I hadn't received the first two parts for free. I purchased parts three and four for $2.99 each. So all together, I got the complete story, books 1-4, 650 pages total, for $5.98.
I was interested enough to read all four parts to find out how it ended but didn't see the need to spread it out over four books. I feel the story would have been better served as a two-part duet. Overall, I'd give the series (books 1-4) three stars.
This is quite a fun read along the lines of a chick lit novel. However, what spoilt it for me is what is spoiling a lot of novels nowadays and that is this habit authors have of dragging stories out over a series of continuation books. My question is why? This story consists of:
Shopping for a Billionaire 1: FREE Shopping for a Billionaire 2: 77p (110 pages) Shopping for a Billionaire 3: £1.79 (181 pages) Shopping for a Billionaire 4: £1.84 (224 pages) Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire (in the LOL Romantic Comedy boxed set): 77p
Some may not mind paying the above prices to continue the story but I won't. I'm hoping authors who write this way start paying attention to reviews that complain about it and that they stop doing it! Also I have noticed a lot of authors will then release a bundle with all the books in offered for say 77p which is annoying for anyone who pays the original release prices.
5.0 out of 5 starsYou will never look at a toilet in the same way again
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2019
This is a brilliant start to a wonderful series. Shannon and Declan are wonderful and the supporting cast amazing. i laughed, i cried and got emotionally attached to the characters. Shannon is a secret shopper. so when Declan catches her in the mens bathroom with her had down the toilet she cannot tell him the truth or or her review will be contaminated. she takes this aspect of the job seriously and it has interesting consequences throughout the series. The characters are so well written, the depth of feeling and emotion expressed on the page is outstanding. Shannon is enigmatic and funny. What she puts herself through for her job is hilarious. Declan is smooth and sexy, a great foil for Shannons antics. I definitely recommend this book and will be reading it again when i need to laugh out loud and pee my pants
5.0 out of 5 starsI laughed so much I nearly pee'd my pants
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2016
I have recently discovered the work of Julia Kent and she has me smiling all day. I just love the humour and wit. This book came as a free download, but of course I was hooked and then bought the series 1-5 for a bundle price. As some of the books in this series are only a few chapters long and finish mid conversation, to label and sell them as separate books is a total rip off. I'd love to own the later ones in the series but my strict "no kindle downloads over £3" rule, an already crazy monthly kindle bill and the brevity of many of Julia Kent's books means they have been overpriced for her market.
If you like wit, humour and a little bit of slapstick this writer is for you. I got some very strange looks on the tube as I was chortling, but then normality on the London Underground is a very fluid benchmark. I loved the main characters, Shannon, who works as a Secret Shopper, and her wacky family and gorgeous Declan, who may not be a billionaire in his own right, but is still seriously minted.
This book is really only a taster and the next few books are more like a serial than a whole book. I see another reviewer has mentioned the books aren't really stand alone, so be prepared for spending more to get the whole story. The prices have risen considerably in the last two years. What was 77p in 2014 has gone up to £2.99 in 2016, which even with Brexit and the devalued £ is a huge percentage increase. I look in envy at people who get ARCs for a review, but as ever, I'm too late to the party. Maybe I'll just have to hope that Santa overlooks the fact that I plan to be a lot more naughty than nice between now and Christmas and slides a Kindle gift card into my stocking. On second thoughts Santa, slip in a living, breathing Declan McCormick and I'll be too busy to read.
Anyhow this first book is free, and although it's a ploy to hook you into the series, it is still a great read. Some readers might have found it a bit slow in the beginning, but not me, and I think it is well worth hanging in there as it is a very funny book. There are quite a few American references and colloquialisms which were new to me so the easy links from Kindle (I read on the Kindle app for ipad) to Wikipedia and dictionaries were really handy.
If you enjoyed reading Janet Evanovich before her Stephanie Plum series was just them phoned in or if you enjoy Willee Amsden's Annie McCauley series, you'll probably love this series too. There is slapstick, some of the situations stretch credulity, and you just want to shake some of the characters at times, but if laughter is the best medicine, you're getting a mega dose.
This book is hilarious! We meet Shannon while she's undercover as a mystery shopper. As she takes her job very seriously, she's willing to do everything on the checklist! Even put her hand down the mens toliet while balancing on the rim of the toliet to retrieve her phone and to remain undercover and out of sight. Doesn't really work out though when she bumps into Declan, a tall sexy billionaire. Word of warning don't read this book in public! I laughed out loud so many times people were genuinely giving me concerned looks 😂
2.0 out of 5 starsPoorly written and executed story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 4, 2020
I had high hopes for this little novella, as the premise had great potential. However it was poorly written, almost as though the author was trying too hard to be someone like Sophie Kinsella, but failing to pull it off. In places there was too much posturing from the female lead which led to me skipping parts of paragraphs. In others, the humour fell a bit flat. There was a lack of character development and the relationship went from zero to something in seconds, which i think spoilt the book as a lot could have been made of their getting to know each other.