In The Billionaire Heartbreaker by Mandy Baxter, Travis Christensen’s life is one big party. He only has two concerns: being a star goalkeeper on the ice for the Dallas Stars, and keeping a revolving door of women at his beck and call. But when a feisty, fiery PR rep comes to tone down his image before the coach benches him, Travis has got a whole new mess on his hands…and he can’t help but want more.
Reily Martin never met an image she couldn’t make squeaky clean. So when the coach of the Dallas Stars hires her to reform their bad-boy goalie, Reily is more than up to the challenge. But dealing with the arrogant-and incredibly sexy-Travis Christensen proves to be more than she bargained for. She knows she shouldn’t fall for hockey’s most notorious playboy-but as the heat blazes between them, it gets harder and harder to say no.
I’m not sure why, but I didn’t enjoy The Billionaire Heartbreaker quite as much as the previous books in this series. Maybe with Travis being a hockey player, I was hoping for a little more of the sport to be worked into the book, but instead we got very little ice time. Considering that Reily was hired to help clean-up Travis’s off-the-ice image, I suppose I should have expected that the book would focus more on his public persona than his sports performance. That said, I still enjoyed the heck out of the book because much like his brothers and their adventures with the women in their lives, the chemistry between Travis and Reily was undeniable.
Travis is one of the best goalies in the league, perhaps the best, and he feels that his performance on the ice should speak for itself. Considering all the he and his brothers endured upon his father’s death, I found this to be rather short-sighted and naïve of him. He’d already seen just how intrusive the media could get after his father’s death and the sudden fame his oldest brother had to endure because of it. Knowing that professional athletes live their life in the public eye, he should have been far more cognizant of the reputation he was gaining in the media and I found it rather odd that this seemingly intelligent man was surprised when his coach and the team’s owner let him know that he better shape up or he’d be shipped out. But his attitude toward Reily being hired to help him shape up wasn’t shocking. Despite being short-sighted and naïve about the media, Travis figured out rather quickly how to push Reily’s buttons and took quite a bit of glee in doing so and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it either. The flirty banter between the two kept the book entertaining even when I was frustrated by Travis’s antics.
As for Reily, I understood her insecurities and her need for professionalism. Travis and his brothers may have grown up without anything and may have done what they could to distance themselves from their father’s money and company upon his passing, but Travis was set financially while Reily was rebuilding her professional reputation through no fault of her own. Did she make mistakes? Absolutely. Not everything fell on Travis’s shoulders. But her tendency to fall for the media’s lines, the very things she was hired to help Travis overcome, baffled me at times as well. Fortunately, Travis shares very important traits with his brothers – the ability to recognize the women meant for him and the willingness to do what it takes to make her his. There was plenty of angst, drama, sexy fun times, and romance to keep me flipping the pages to find out just what plays Travis was willing to make to insure he won the game. The Billionaire Heartbreaker was a great addition to the The Billionaire’s Club: Texas Heartthrobs series and I look forward to reading more of Baxter’s books.