• How to Belong with a Billionaire

  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (316 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Don't miss the epic conclusion to Caspian Hart and Arden St. Ives' love story!
If you love someone, set them free...

I thought I'd be okay when Caspian Hart left. He was a brilliant, beautiful billionaire with a past he couldn't escape. And I was...just me: an ordinary man lost in his own life. It would never have lasted. It should never have happened. Not outside a fairytale.

And I am okay. I've got my job, my family, my friends, and everything Caspian taught me. Except it turns out he's going to marry his ex-boyfriend. A man who doesn't understand him. A man who almost broke him. And I've finally realized it's not enough for me to be happy. I need Caspian to be happy, too.

Problem is, I've already done all I can to help him. I've followed his rules and broken his rules and learned his secrets. And he still won't believe I can love him. So now it's his turn. His turn to fight, and trust, and hope. It's time for Caspian Hart to choose me.

The Arden St. Ives Series:
How to Bang a Billionaire
How to Blow It with a Billionaire
How to Belong with a Billionaire

©2019 Alexis Hall (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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The Best Love Rollercoaster ❤️🎢

Alexis Hall continues to create an amazing story that had me feeling all of the feels. One moment I am ready to cry for poor Arden and the next I am ready to shake him. It is impossible to skip ahead because you will absolutely miss some moment in Arden’s travails. Joel Leslie gives an amazing performance and had me laughing, crying, and yelling at different turns. In this third installment, the reader is given an opportunity to see the full gamut of emotions that Arden has regarding Caspian. His love is steadfast, but battered and rejected at almost every turn. Some moments are hard to watch, so to speak, but the highs and lows of Arden are so genuine and earnest it is impossible to look away. This book does not end on a cliffhanger but it did leave me wanting to see a final epilogue HEA several years into the future between Arden and Caspian.

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Could it be any longer.....?

THERE ARE SPOILERS...BE WARNED.....
To start Joel Leslie did fantastic and is the only reason this review got as many stars as it did. His performance carried me to the end of this one. Without him I probably would have stopped after the first couple of chapters and gave up.
OMG! Could this book be any longer. Someone should have edited the content of this one. I loved the series. The story between Caspian and Arden is wonderful, however this book did not live up to the expectations the first two set. It was waaaayyyy too long. There are too many things that happen to Arden that have nothing to do with the plot line between him and Caspian. I understand that it is to show Arden growing as a person, however it could have been done a better and shorter way. Yes, I love his experiences with Elery and some of the things he goes through, however his entire relationship with George is completely pointless and unnecessary to the story. In the end, we didn't even really get a HEA, we got a HFN with a reference to what their lives could be like in the future. With everything that happened between them and everything they went through to get to that point, there could have been at least a little bit of a focus on their happiness. For the title to be about belonging with a billionaire, we never really get to experience them truly together. For listening to this for 13+ hours, then ending was severely lacking.

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So good. Words fail. Buy this book.


I do not write reviews as often as I should. I feel guilty about my laziness, considering how much creative energy so many of my favorite authors put into building the stories I compulsively consume like so many chips. In my defense, I read so much that a great proportion of what passes before my eyes (or through my ears) fails to leave a lasting impression, especially with genre fiction which is often so trope-laden and formulaic that it all blurs together with little to distinguish it.

Not so the Arden St. Ives series. Ever since Glitterland, Alexis Hall has been one of favorite authors, whose every release is an auto-buy. But even among all the superlative novels I've enjoyed from this source, these three stand out.

I've been waiting to pounce on this final installment ever since the end of the second book, "How to Blow It With a Billionaire." So much so that when I woke up at 3:00 a.m. on release day, I had to get up and download the new book and start listening right away (which pretty much put paid to any more sleep.) With so much anticipation on my part, one might predict that the reality would be disappointing in some aspect or another. Seriously, though -- the only complaint I can come up with was that it was not nearly long enough!

This series keeps the reader engaged in every way. The language alone is enough to make me swoon. I want to roll wantonly around in the rich and sensuous vocabulary. The characters are so well-drawn that it is hard to believe they are constructed rather than birthed. The plotting deftly avoids the usual cliches, and I was delighted not to be able to predict the ways in which the story unfolded. The emotional dynamics had me snorting with laughter one minute, only to tear up at a poignant moment later in the very same scene. The themes of shame and identity (among many others) added multiple layers to one's experience of the story. It might be easy to look at a plot synopsis of this series and dismiss it as just another porny gay romance. As someone who once earned an English degree, I would be happy to classify it as literature. It just happens to be literature which explores complex aspects of the human condition through kinky sex. (And hot kinky sex, at that!)

When the book ended, I found myself sitting listening to the silence through my earbuds for a while, vainly wishing for more. While the HEA was very satisfying indeed on the main character front, I would have very much enjoyed seeing some additional scenes with all the other key players. I can't help but hope for an Ardy Aftermath that would distribute measures of deliverance and retribution, as deserved. (Even if it might be a little predictable.) It is just hard to say goodbye without knowing the actual details of what happens next. However, even if no more of the Arden St. Ives story is forthcoming, I can at least appreciate my imperfect memory in that I can look forward to many enjoyable re-reads. Thank you, Mr. Hall, for the many hours of reading pleasure you have delivered to this very grateful reader!

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Destructive AF

Someone help me finish this book! I have never grown to hate a protagonist this much in my life. Arden is so wonderful with other people, that I literally can't believe how helpless, whiny, helpless, destructive, self- contradictory, and hypocritical he is in his relationship with Caspian. I just keep going hoping that someone will have to put in some real effort or face a real consequence and both of them continue to be destructive after literally pledging never to be that horrible again sometimes MINUTES before. I'm 3 quarters through the book and I'm so angry I'm shaking. I need a good resolution somehow that will be more than the bare minimum effort, but I don't want to be more angry than I am. Someone just tell me it's safe to finish this book or not.

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Fantastic

This entire series is fantastic. I highly recommend it. Alexis Hall is a fabulous author and Joel Leslie is phenomenal.

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Hard to review, not a standalone, non-traditional romance

Other possible review titles:
There’s a duvet for that
AITA? YTA
A deliciously hot mess
A trainwreck I can’t quit reading
I can’t quit you
Battle of the puppetmasters
I like him cuz he’s pretty
Money won’t buy love, but it buys lawyers
Dangling participants
Consent really isn’t that hard to get right.
(It’s lovely to get books modeling healthy boundaries and clear consent.)

First, anyone who hasn’t read the first 2 novels and comes into this one expecting a standard romance will be thrown for a loop. The predestined OTP characters freely have sex with other people. I’m ok with romance characters dating around pre-commitment, but am aware some readers aren’t. There is also cheating and an attempted rape, and unabashed illegal drug use, so again, content warning.

Arden is a crying, snot producing, raggedy hot mess who spends most of this book being The Worst (TM) in a spurned princess way. He is also sufficiently compelling and good about issues of consent that I stuck out the whole messy book.

After Arden, Caspian takes a turn at being the worst. Then Ellory is the worst. Then Arden is the worst again. Then another several characters find new ways of being The Most Worst and some of those veer so hard into unforgivable territory that the difference in kinds of Worst is highlighted. Our main characters being the worst is still not great i& s likely to be dicey for some romance fans.

George is the real star, or rather, the magical fairy godmother of kink and friendship. And she is also the most consistent secondary character. Despite Arden being a drama llama, Caspian being in denial of emotions, and both doing some not nice things to other people WHILE being ¡Apart And Pining!, my worst criticism of this installment is how completely the secondary characters entirely vanish from the narrative when not directly in a scene. They pop in and out, and Arden is so focused on forgetting Caspian, that he sees only Caspian. The Woe, The Tragedy!

Arden spends most of his time with other characters thinking about Caspian and almost no time alone or with Caspian thinking of other characters. His much beloved mother doesn’t even get a speaking role. It’s odd. A lot goes on but anything non-Caspian gets dropped from the consciousness as they exit stage right. The imbalance annoyed me.

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I’m torn by the romance itself. The guys are kind of good for each other but kind of terrible for those in their orbit. And there is a lot of under developed connection. We see over and over how physically attractive Crispin is, though. Eventually more positives are innumerated but some are a stretch or mere projection on Arden’s part. Arden also constantly thinks and asserts that Caspian won’t hurt him in a bad way but Caspian emotionally eviscerates Arden at will. It’s kind of addressed but Caspian really is lousy for a while. Both guys are terrible to Nathan, who initially doesn’t deserve what comes his way, then willfully steps straight into a reddit classic AITA scenario and goes full YTA. What does Arden tell his boss about the interview after the breakup? I don’t need 30 pages, just some notion that this big feature needs some in world updating

Spoilers continue. Ellory is not bathed in glory either. If she wants to be first in a guy’s life, she has to stop picking best friends from her brother’s lovers. Giving an exhausted, jet lagged friend an intense drug, and dragging friend to a New Year party isn’t ideal. Flipping out over a new year kiss given by someone who is exhausted, lonely, wrung out, and high as a kite is also inappropriate and overreacting. But she does some nice stuff too. Ultimately, she is not Arden’s #1 concern and never will be. Although I think she’ll move into the guest suite at A& C’s new place. We somehow lose track of Ellory’s band too.

George, again, is fantastic. A little magical almost. I am convinced she is the primary puppet master engineering the desired outcome for Arden and Caspian: to be together. That she trains up Arden in kinky sex knowledge is a fun bonus. That other guy overplays his hand right after Arden gets a morality tale experience in not trusting bad dads so he’s inoculated against that manipulative pustule at least.

If you’re in for Arden going on various standard &/or kinky quests while spending most of the book having a no strings kink fest with a colleague and responding to all emotions with tears or witty observations, go ahead, read this. If you want coherence from secondary characters, and no cheating, maybe this book won’t suit. It breaks a lot of rules but makes up for it by being interesting, and in crucial moments, kind & loving.

Steam: High/low. Starts with a kinky bang, but it’s not our main couple. It’s good rebound fodder though. Then there’s the least sexy sex party, and our main M/M protags barely see each other let alone develop their physical relationship. Cue Marie Kondo “I love mess!“ .gif.

Narration: Really carried it for me. I might have been tempted to set the text down, but Joel Leslie as Arden the catastrotwink is sublime here. There are worse ways to use your ears for 11 hours, but it would be hard to find messier ways. None of the mess comes from the narration. Well done.

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Disappointed . . . skip this one

I was so excited to get the final Arden St. Ives story. I feel like after I was introduced to Arden, I just had to know where his and Caspian's story goes. Book 1, amazing. Joel Leslie had me with tears in my eyes laughing so hard. Book 2, getting to know Ellory more and how Caspian and Arden's relationship is changing Caspian, interesting. This book . . . so disappointing. After waiting for almost a year, I will say this was like pulling teeth to get me to finish this. The author let me down. They spent more time on the outside conflict, so when it was time for the MCs to get back together, there was pretty much no time left in the book. The only saving grace is Joel Leslie is amazing and I love when he is the narrator. This is disappointing in general, because I know Alexis Hall is an amazing author. I feel maybe they didn't know where they were going with the story and after having the publish date pushed back so much, they may not have had the muse to write their wanted story. I still recommend the author and definitely book 1 of the Arden St. Ives books. But I'd say skip this one.

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Arden is just too precious

I loved this book perfect end to the trilogy. Arden is just a wonderful character. I loved the way his friendships with George and Ellory were portrayed. He really did come into his own in many ways, which was something he needed to do for himself and his perspective on Caspian is much clearer moving forward for the two of them. Beautifully narrated, made me feel all the feels from start to finish, loved it.

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A review of the three book series

The overall series was incredible! I liked the first two books better than the last one. There was an element of cheating in the third book that put me off. I loved Arden for the most part. There were times when a head slap might have helped straighten both of the main characters out, but on the whole I fell in love with bothering of them. Joel Leslie’s performance was spectacular!

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Best of All

Another stellar performance, of an amazing storey. Beyond 5 stars, more a galaxy of stars

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  • 05-16-22

Didn't want the story to end

Really loved all three of these books and have promised myself a revisit in a while. Will miss Arden and Caspian!

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  • Antony Jones
  • 04-29-20

Absolutely love these books.

An awful lot went on in this book, but it kept you on your toes.
I would expect with the way the book has ended that this has been done so, if the author wanted to, in the future they would be able to continue this story.
There are a number of areas that could be made into another 3 books at least.
Hint hint keep writing :)

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  • 09-21-19

Good - but oh so much drama

The level of drama kicked up a notch in this book compared to the previous two. It was still well written and engaging, great to see characters developing ...but WOW the angst and push and pull got ridiculous. Some might not like the fact that there are relationships outside of the main couple too. I did still enjoy the book though.

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  • 04-03-22

Perfection!

This series was amazing. So emotional, angsty and yet perfectly balanced with humour. I loved every moment. The narration could not have been more perfect

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  • Luke
  • 01-20-22

What an amazing love story 🥰

The way Alexis Hall brings his characters to life in your mind makes you feel as though you have a new friend!
Each time you continue listening, it’s like having a phone call with your best friend, listening to the tales of their life and the wonderful realistic experiences they have!