The Billionaire Banker by Georgia Le Carre

The Description from Amazon:

Recommended for 18+ due to mature themes and sexual content

Beyond the seductive power of immense wealth lies... Dark Secrets

When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.
For young and Innocent Lana, The unthinkable is her only choice.
When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.
Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.
And now he wants her.
Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she?
When he has opened a door that cannot be closed...


I will give this book 3 1/2 stars. It ended with a cliffhanger leaving so many things unresolved which then forces you to read the next book to get answers.
I was intrigued with the idea that Lana, innocent and naïve would be so desperate that she would come up with the idea of selling her virtue to help her poor sick mother. Would I have come up with that idea in her place? Would I have been able to go against my ingrained sense of morality to follow through with it? I am not sure if it would take a strong or a weak person to finalize that deal - well, with slimy, offensive, and twisted Rupert anyway. Now, with Blake, it may not have been so hard for Lana to set aside her conscience.
I liked the idea behind the story, and the chemistry was proven between the main characters. It is definitely for mature audiences. The characters were developed, but Lana more than Blake. I especially liked Lana's best friend, kind of repulsive sometimes, but it makes her real. The differences in the views between the rich and poor were touched upon and debated, which gave an interesting sense of why Lana and Blake feel the way they do toward each other and the world in general. The intended fiancé threw a wrench in the mix, and you'd enjoy seeing her downfall, or hope to see her downfall in the next book.
I for one am cheering on Blake and Lana for the next book in the series, and hoping they work things out, but I am sure the author has placed many a hurdle in their paths.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.