How to Bang a Billionaire (Arden St. Ives #1)

Title: How to Bang a Billionaire (Arden St. Ives #1)
Author: Alexis Hall and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: January 16th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Length: 11 hrs
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Rules are made to be broken…

If England had yearbooks, I’d probably be “Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire.” So far, I haven’t. I’ve no idea what I’m doing at Oxford, no idea what I’m going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he’s brilliant, beautiful…oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It’s impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he’ll be through with me.

I’m good at doing what I’m told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian’s shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it’s him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn’t have the power to give me.

This is the story of funny but flailing Oxford student, Arden St. Ives, and the enigmatic billionaire he falls in love with…but will closed off Caspian Hart be able to return Arden’s love? With some (I think) tongue in cheek nods to Fifty Shades of Grey, although thankfully much better written, this has plenty of laughs, mostly at Arden’s expense, without becoming silly about it.

While I found it funny, and I appreciated even though Arden was head over heels with Caspian he didn’t just let Caspian walk all over him, I struggled to get through the story. Because it’s told entirely from Arden’s POV it unfortunately provided little insight into Caspian’s mind or motivations.Also, the tentative HFN ending about killed me.

The real gem I found here is Joel Leslie’s narration. He perfectly captures how out-of-his-depth Arden is, how Arden grows, and conveys the brilliant-yet-tragic tones of Caspian beautifully. Leslie’s voice was so rife with humor and emotion…he just keeps getting better in his character voices and performances.

Truthfully, the story wasn’t for me but the audio kept me going throughout and I found it to be a delightful listen.

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Audio copy of How to Bang a Billionaire (Arden St. Ives #1) provided in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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