Any Time, Any Place (Billionaire Builders Series #2)

Any Time, Any Place (Billionaire Builders Series #2)

by Jennifer Probst


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HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501124266
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Series: Billionaire Builders Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 345,263
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a Master’s degree in English literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain spent twenty-six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She makes her home in upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

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Any Time, Any Place

  • Dalton looked at the table in front of him and frowned.

    It was all wrong.

    Frustration nipped at his nerves. Sweat dripped down his chest, and the familiar scents of varnish and sawdust rose to his nostrils. He rubbed his head, staring at the sharp curves and clawed feet of the dining room table he was restoring for the Ryans. The lines were right. His hands trailed lightly and lovingly over the top and down each leg, sensing the quality wasn’t the problem. Dropping to his knees, he crawled underneath to check further, but there were no skips and the grains were full and smooth. The shape was perfect. Then what was niggling at his gut that something was completely off?

    He rolled to his feet, backed up, and looked at the table in the light.

    Too dark. The Brazilian walnut finish blended into blackish tones.

    All wrong.

    The voice whispered from within, and as usual, he didn’t question where the answers came from. He just followed where they led. His clients had insisted on the darkest finish possible for their new antique find, and if he rebelled against those instructions he’d be taking some heat.

    From both the Ryans and his brothers.

    And as usual, he ignored the warning, choosing to follow his gut.

    It needed a softer finish. Brazilian chestnut would work. The color was fuller, which would round out the angles to illuminate the gorgeous curves and elegant dignity of the antique. They’d chosen wrong, but if he did it the right way, they’d agree.


    He pushed away the doubt, grabbing the towel to wipe his stained hands and guzzle some water. The low hum of the central air wrapped him in the perfect temperature. He didn’t mind the cloying humidity outside, since he was used to some sticky Northeast summers. But his precious wood needed care, and it did best under steady conditions. Humidity was known to warp grains. Sometimes he needed to protect the raw materials from Mother Nature’s occasional temper, and he had no problem embracing artificial environments.

    His brothers would make fun of him for that thought, so he’d never shared it. Just like he’d be taking their shit when he called the Ryans to tack on an extra day to deliver the table. Too often they perceived him as flighty and irresponsible. The three of them might co-own Pierce Brothers Construction, but it was obvious Caleb and Tristan still didn’t believe Dalton could handle his part in the business. The past year had been rough, and they’d all grown much closer, yet Dalton noticed Cal and Tristan still treated him like an annoying younger brother. Sure, they respected his talent with woodworking, but they still refused to acknowledge his contribution to the bottom line.

    They drove him batshit crazy.

    He shook his head and trudged over to the workbench. He began cleaning up his tools, kicking up another cloud of sawdust. Dalton thought over the past year and how far they’d all come. When he’d first learned of his father’s death and the will that forced him to move back to Harrington, Connecticut, to run the family business with his two older brothers, he’d been pissed off and betrayed. He’d been happy in California, starting up his own business and free from his father’s brutal ways. Christian Pierce had ruled his family like an old Roman king—his way or no way at all. He’d refused to allow any changes in the business, and the only softness in the boys’ lives had been their beloved mother, who’d kept the family together.

    Until the fatal car crash that not only took her life, but broke Dalton’s heart and shattered his hope that anything would ever be okay again.

    Everything he’d believed in crumbled and left him in ruins. Diane Pierce had been the force that made them whole. Learning she’d run away with a strange man, leaving her family behind, crippled them all. The two one-way tickets to Paris confirmed the betrayal. The only way to get through it was to imagine she’d been conned by the man who’d burned in the car beside her. Of course, he’d never get the answers he sought. They had all died with her, as had everything good and gentle and pure in his life.

    After that, a perfect storm of horrific events tore them all at the seams until there was nothing left but anger and pain between them. Dalton fled to California, Tristan settled in New York, and Caleb remained behind to work with their father.

    He tightened his grip on his saw. Five years and they’d barely spoken. Once so close to them, Dalton had lived in a void, as if he didn’t have a family, until he got the news that Christian Pierce had died of a heart attack. When he’d returned for his father’s funeral, the will had made fools of them all. Christian’s will decreed all three of them needed to run Pierce Brothers at a profit for one year, or the business would be sold off. When Cal begged Dalton and Tristan to help, they reluctantly agreed, but it was a rough year, full of painful revelations and lingering resentment. They’d somehow managed to slowly rebuild until they’d become a family again.

    When the year was up, Dalton made his choice to stay. His vision of running Pierce Brothers as a full partner filled him with pride and ambition. Now he was able to stand proudly next to Caleb and Tristan and call it a real family business. Caleb oversaw the new builds as the main contractor. Tristan dealt with real estate, design, and flipping houses. And Dalton was lucky enough to do what his life calling had always been: work with wood. Building pieces from scratch into treasured and beautiful objects soothed something within his soul. His hands were an extension of creativity and nurturing, and each piece was unique and special, as if he’d just stepped away from the wood to allow it to reveal the heart. The brothers had finally found their rhythm, and Pierce Brothers Construction had leapt to stellar status once again.

    He just wished his brothers would stop shutting him out of the big decisions.

    Dalton stored his tools carefully and straightened up his workshop. The large shedlike structure looked plain on the outside, but inside, it was his own personal paradise. Set back by the woods on the family mansion’s property, it was completely private, surrounded by thick brush like a hidden fairy-tale house no one could find. Shelves covered the walls and were filled with various tools and scrap pieces. Each piece told a particular story Dalton treasured. His saw collection was legendary, and if anyone got too close, he actually felt a growl rumble from his chest. He might not be possessive of women, but grubby fingers better stay the hell away from his power tools.

    Band saws, circular saws, and panel saws were his livelihood. Over the years, he’d added to his collection of lathes, planers, sanders, jointers, and routers. His machines were top-of-the-line and lovingly cared for. An extension of his fingers, the right tool could make or break a job. A large multifunction worktable sat at the center of the room, with numerous drawers neatly labeled and tagged. He knew exactly how many drill bits lay within each compartment, and their sizes.

    Cal had once “borrowed” a bit and forgotten to return it. After Dalton “mistakenly” shipped all the wood for a project to the wrong place in retaliation, his precious shed had never been touched again.

    His favorite music was always at hand with his Amazon Echo; its digital voice assistant, Alexa, had lately become his favorite girlfriend of all time.

    Dalton finished clearing his work space and glanced at his phone. He thought of his plans for the evening, which included picking up the new varnish for the Ryans and little else. Caleb and Morgan were going out. Tristan was away for a few days on a business trip. Maybe he’d call that pretty little blonde, Avery, and take her to dinner? His lackluster response told him it wouldn’t be a good move. On their last date, he’d noticed she’d gotten that moony look in her blue eyes and had casually mentioned her sister coming to visit. Like she wanted him to meet her.

    He fought back a shudder. Meeting any type of family was a danger. Connections were made, and women got false ideas of where a couple of nights out could lead. Dalton hated hurting anyone, so he made sure the rules were laid out plainly for the women he dated so they knew where he stood. Unfortunately, too much time together equaled greater expectations.

    That’s when it was time to move on.

    His gut burned with a strange hollowness that had never been there before. What he needed was a project all for himself. Too often he was doing cabinetry and decks for the specific houses being built, but they weren’t his choices. Back in California, he’d been able to pick and choose the jobs he was passionate about. He was starting to feel like a factory worker rather than a woodworking artist. Sure, he knew it was part of being in the family business, and he prided himself on delivering pristine work. Though his brothers bitched about him not meeting his clients’ demands, they grudgingly admitted that 99 percent of the time, the clients agreed Dalton was right and loved the outcome.

    Yes, that was it. He’d keep his attention cocked for a special project that really meant something to him. That would take care of the itch and soothe the restless beast within.

    He grabbed his shirt, took one last look around, and shut the door behind him.

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    Any Time, Any Place (Billionaire Builders Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
    gaele More than 1 year ago
    AudoBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4 Dalton Pierce is the youngest, but far from the last brother you’d notice, with a way of working the word, the element or the metaphor wood into many of his conversations. He’s adorable and charming, perhaps a bit too, as he also seems to run through women pretty quickly. But, since the first book, he’s had his eye on the new bartender/owner of the town’s bar, Raven. Raven left town when her Father died in an automobile crash with his (unknown to the family) lover, suitcases and tickets to Paris.. Totally devastated and angry – she isn’t really over the event, although she’s tried to put all thoughts of her family in the past. Now working the bar and making her own way in the world, and trying to ignore the attraction she has to Dalton, a daily customer at the bar. These two are adorable together: banter and sparks fly everywhere, and you wonder just how badly the secrets of the past will haunt them. Both Raven and Dalton need to grow up a bit; which will involve their sharing their pasts and actually making the effort to trust in one another. While you can’t help but see that they are wonderful together, and laugh at their banter, there are some points of the story that make you want to bounce their heads together. But, it’s worth the journey…trust me on this. Secondary characters add light, laughter and some much needed common sense interventions, and continue to see the strength of community in the story, even as hints are dropped for the next. Narration for this story is provided by Madeline Maby and Sebastian York. And, I’ll admit that I’m not a particular fan of Maby’s work, in this story, she does capture the voice of Raven fairly well, but the emotional context and rapid-fire one-liners seemed to escape her. Contrast this with Sebastian York, whose performance was stellar, never missing an inflection, a moment to expand the emotion and modulate for quiet moments or laughs, there was an unevenness in the performances that was definitely noticeable, and occasionally distracting. Still, I enjoyed the story and the characters, and found that even with the story not being as “HGTV” as the first, it was intriguing and engaging. I received an AudioBook Copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am a fan of Jennifer Probst but found myself struggling with this story. No real chemistry between the main characters and a story line that seemed to drag on. I only worked to finish it because book #2 in the series looked more interesting.
    MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
    Book two in the series was a great build on from the first in the series. The relationship between the brothers continues to build and it was great to see their camaraderie. Raven’s father was killed in a car crash when she was younger. It appears that he was leaving with Diana Pierce, a betrayal that Raven has never gotten over. Raven owns and runs the local bar; Dalton Pierce has returned to help run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers. What happens when fate brings these two together? When Dalton goes to the bar with his brothers, he is immediately attracted to the sexy bartender and asks her out; she however is not interested. Dalton offers to restore the bar back to it’s original glory in an attempt to win Raven over. Dalton finally wears Raven down, but can their fledgling relationship survive the ultimate test when the past comes back to haunt them? Or will they be destroyed? Not only was there smoking hot scenes, but the emotions running deep certainly touched a chord. The chemistry between Dalton and Raven sizzled, their banter at times humourous but underneath it all lies a level of hurt and pain that is simply hard to ignore. Raven wants forever and is convinced that Dalton is not what she is looking for. Can Dalton convince Raven to take a chance? Any Time Any Place was extremely well written, the characters were believable (not perfect) as were the circumstances they all found themselves in at times. I cannot wait to read Tristan’s book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    If you prefer a deep, intense and believable storyline with characters that are very relatable, this is not for you. HOWEVER, this is a good book for when you want a lighter/less intense read that still has likable characters. Strong, funny, independent female protagonist in Raven and a stubborn, sometimes clueless, male protagonist in Dalton. Not a believable couple, unfortunately.
    MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
    It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Probst. Her writing never fails to make me feel... everything. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE was wonderful. Ms. Probst works her magic and makes an impossible couple, not only possible, but perfect for one another. But it's a tough journey and I'll admit I struggled with about the first third of the journey. Then again, I have no idea why I ever doubted. There are emotional highs and lows, but the ending is glorious. I loved both Dalton and Raven. So happy they found their way and their healing together. 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another fun story.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed the build up of Dalton and Raven. Very HOT! Add in some heartache and it makes for a very, very good book! Throw in a few cocktails too.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
    Dalton Pierce was known as a playboy who never wanted to settle down. When he met Raven Hawthorne, the sexy bartender, he was determined to get to know her better. She had met his kind many times before and was determined to brush him off. He did some work in her bar and they were together daily. Their friendship soon blossomed into something else. The more they were together, the more they fell in love. Raven had something she needed to tell Dalton but was afraid that he would leave once he learned her secret. How can she tell him that her father was the man who was in the car crash with his mother? He was the man she was running away with and leaving her sons behind. I thought this was a great love story between Dalton and Raven. He was a ladies man who only thought of a good time. He never intended to fall in love with a particular woman until he met and fell for Raven. His feelings scared him and he did not know how to react. She held herself aloof and only wanted revenge on the Pierce brothers for the way they had blamed her father for their mother leaving. Dalton and Raven both learned that they had to forgive their parents in order to have a future together.
    Elik More than 1 year ago
    Great read! Nice story
    IreneC More than 1 year ago
    4 stars Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst was a beautifully written and heartwarming read. I really enjoyed Any Time, Any Place, it was one of those books you didn't want to put down. Watching the relationship develop between Raven and Dalton kept me turning the pages late into the night. They were likable, relatable characters and the chemistry between was smoking! I'm a big fan of Jennifer Probst writing and Any Time, Any Place is another great read by this talented author. Any Time, Any Place is a great addition to the Billionaire Builders series and I highly recommend it.
    KatsNook More than 1 year ago
    Any Time, Any Place is the second book in Jennifer Probst’s Billionaire Builders series and I’ve fallen in love with this series. I loved Dalton and Raven’s story! 5 words for Any Time, Any Place: funny, romance, family, justice, healing What did I like? • I really liked Raven. She is a beautiful, intelligent and strong businesswoman. After the death of her father she made some mistakes but she now has a bright future with her bar, My Place. She has a sassy and tough attitude but she cares about the people she loves. • Dalton is sexy and charming. He’s knowns as a womanizer but we get a glimpse of who he really is. Of all the brothers Dalton was the closest to his mother, so her death was a painful loss. That loss is the source of the walls he put up, but once he opens up I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. • Dalton and Raven’s connection goes beyond physical. Because of their loss for a parent they have an emotional connection. But they also have so much more (which I don’t want to spoil). I also loved the banter between them – it was sexy and funny. • This series is about family and healing. It was good to see that the brother’s relationship is stronger. With siblings there will always be arguments but we see more playful teasing. I suggest you read the first book Everywhere and Every Way to get an understanding of the brothers and appreciate the character growth (also you will have fun meeting Morgan!). • I love the references to HGTV shows. This made it a fun read combining the renovations and romance. What didn’t I like? • The pace was slow in some parts of the story. Raven is trying to fight off her feelings for Dalton, which is understandable. But I think this became repetitive at times. Overall I liked this book. The characters are fun, the romance is steamy and the tender moments touched my heart. I can’t wait to read the next book about Tristan and Sydney.
    Aurora-Bs-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
    The sexual tension was practically oozing off the pages! The chemistry was out of this world mixed with an incredibly sweet romance. This is the second book in the Billionaire Builder Series revolving around the youngest brother Dalton and the sassy Raven. Raven has been self-destructive but now she’s working hard to put the pieces of her life back together. She becomes the owner of an antique bar called “My Place” that’s become wildly popular. Then one night, to her shock and dismay the Pierce brothers walk into her bar. One of whom is the sexy lovable Dalton and sparks ignite! I loved how feisty, stubborn and determined she was to move forward with her life. Dalton is one of the owners of Pierce Construction and his passion is working with wood; particularly antiques. He first sets eyes on Raven when he visits her bar and he becomes obsessed; both with her and the bar! For months he tries to break down her wall even though she continually shoots him down. In Raven’s mind Dalton is the enemy by virtue of being the son of the women she feels took away her father and ruined his reputation. Then Raven gets a call from a prominent magazine asking for an interview that could take her bar to the next level. Now she’s desperate to restore her bar before the interview. But to her great irritation she’s forced to approach Pierce Construction which means having to deal with Dalton in close quarters on a regular basis. Dalton is ecstatic when he finds out. He can’t wait to get his hands on her bar and hopefully her. LOVED. IT. Dalton’s gentle good humored charm was constantly bringing a smile to my face… Raven too even though she didn’t want to admit it! LOL As the story unfolds it’s impossible not to become wholly invested in their characters. Raven and Dalton are forced to face their own demons as they get to know each other. By doing so they are helping each other push forward to a happier future simply by existing in the same space and finding love. It was gradual and believable. One of the things I love about Jennifer Probst is how much depth she’s able to give her characters. Their relationships seamlessly flow and change to reflect each individual’s growth throughout the story. While I’ll have to admit this book was a bit slower paced, I don’t think the story could have been pulled off realistically any other way. It was a pleasure to read and I’d recommend it to anyone:)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Teewee125 More than 1 year ago
    Dalton and Raven each feel betrayed by their parent. Each left them to be with the other and leave their children behind. Raven always felt that Dalton's mother forced her father to leave. She decided to get close to Dalton and his brothers in order to find out the truth. She could not believe that her father would leave her and never return. Only the more time she spent with Dalton the more she understood that his mother was not what she thought, and maybe her father and Dalton's mother loved each other and did plan to return if not for the accident that took their lives. Raven also never thought she would feel anything for Dalton. But also the more time she spent with him her feelings started to change. They became stronger but she didn't want to acknowledge them because she felt she was betraying her father. Dalton was a playboy who never saw himself settling down with one woman but the more time he spent with Raven he too started to change. But what would happen to those feelings once he found out who Raven was. Would he ever forgive her for her lies. Raven and Dalton have a special connection that neither has ever experienced. But is it strong enough once the truth comes out.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Well done!
    mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
    Dalton Pierce left behind the new life that he'd created for himself in California to return to a place he hoped he'd never have to come back to, but when your family needs you it's hard to say no. In order for the family business to stay afloat he, along with his two brothers, must run the company for a year, then they can go their separate ways if they so choose. He decided to stay, for the time being anyway, and continue to do what he loves, create beautiful furniture with his hands, and give his clients pieces they can cherish for years. Normally he lets his brothers handle all of the business details, but their newest client sparked something in him that has him wanting to deal with her one on one, she however would prefer to keep things just business. She has heard the rumors about him, witnessed him putting his moves on women, and she has no intention being the next one in line. Now he is left trying to figure out how to sway her decision, and convince to her that the sparks arching between them are worth exploring. Raven Hawthorne has good reason to dislike the Pierce brothers, their mother after all took her father from her, and she has no intention of making nice with them. When their parents were killed in an accident, and it was discovered they were having an affair, Raven and her fathers memory took the brunt of the blame, and her feelings about the whole situation are still a little raw. But when a prestigious magazine wants to run an article about her unique little bar, she decides it needs some work done to it in order to make it magazine worthy, which leads to her to the doorstep of Pierce Brothers Construction. The last thing she wants to do is let them into her life, but she doesn't really have any other choice, so she puts her feelings towards them aside for the sake of her bar, and is pleasantly surprised with what she finds.. Having been a while since my last story by Ms. Probst, I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed reading her stories, but after reading the first chapter of this book I was quickly reminded of the literary treat her books provide! No matter how much Raven tried to deny it, the chemistry between her and Dalton was quite evident, they had a hurtful history, and she wasn't ready to let him in... but little by little he convinced her to let him in, and when she did things got really hot, really fast!! I loved everything about this story, it is one of those reads that stirs your emotions, and lingers with you long after the last page is turned... and in my book it doesn't get much better than that!! Highly recommend this one!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
    MJSanders1021 More than 1 year ago
    I didn't just read a book I was watching a movie or a pilot of a hopeful sitcom. I got lost and did not want to come back. The synopsis of Any Time, Any Place pulled me in but the story told by Dalton and Racen is was kept me there. Revenge, love, confusion, and lost played a major part in the love story. Two broken souls clouded by a question of why. If their love was so strong, why was the ticket a one way? This was deep and heart-warming and I just have to read it again to cleanse a soul that was dark for eight long years. Truths inly known by angels on a journey to find true love.
    JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
    Dalton and Raven have a way of making everything seem sexual. Their chemistry sizzles off the page, it's a miracle they managed to keep their hands off each other for so long. I loved the build up though. Raven tried really hard because Dalton is supposed to be the enemy, but eventually she gives in to his charming and persuasive ways. I knew it was going to get bad when he found out the truth, but there was a part of his reaction I did not expect. I'm loving this series, can't wait for Tristan's book! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really appreciate that she takes time to lay the characters out and work on the tension between them. It makes the steamy scenes better. Great job on the book. Now to wait another year (?) for the next one.
    Dalitza More than 1 year ago
    Irresistibly sexy and touching. A story about letting go of the past and embracing the possibilities that life presents no matter if it comes with a man you swore to hate. Raven Stratton’s father died in a tragic car accident when she was a teenager leaving her alone to deal with the fact that he was heading to Paris with Diana Pierce, married to another man with three sons. Not only shocked by her father’s secret but also having the Pierce family taint his memory with claims of being a money chasing home wrecker sent Raven into a downward spiral. Getting her life back together was not easy but using her father’s insurance money she now has a home, runs a successful bar and wants to find her forever man. She only has two problems. The man she’s attracted to recoils from long term relationships. He’s also the youngest Pierce brother and doesn’t know how their pasts are connected. After his mother’s accident, Dalton Pierce left his home and family to prove himself. After his father’s death a year ago, he came back to help his brothers run Pierce Construction loving his part with woodwork. Everything is right as rain except for the fact that he can’t get a certain sassy bar owner to give him a chance. All his attempts at charming her seem to have the opposite effect and he can’t understand why. Until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, to restore her bar before an important interview. As the two of them get to know each other their attraction morphs to something bigger, but will it be enough to help them overcome their past once their secret connection surfaces? Jennifer Probst has a knack for combining the right amount of humor, steaminess and angst. An emotional combination that kept me charmed while flipping pages hoping that a tragic past will intensify the love and connection between the main characters and help them navigate through the difficult path of trust and understanding. Both Dalton and Rayven are well developed characters whose connection is more than physical, it has to be since Dalton is perceived by most as womanizer but has been relentlessly pursuing Raven for months even though he’s only looking “for now” while Raven tries to stay away at all costs from the man she believes helped ruin her father’s reputation. The relationship between the two builds slowly and everything from the desire, happiness, desire and heartbreak felt real and Probst’s ardent descriptions including Dalton’s love for woodworking helped visualize the story almost as if a fav rom-com movie was playing out before me. Even though I haven’t read book #1 in the series I appreciated having the past characters included, especially Morgan, Dalton’s almost sister-in-law who befriended Raven. I’m very excited to read her story (Everywhere and Every Way, book #1) and eagerly await the next book in the series which is about Tristan Pierce. Any Time Any Place is book #2 in the Billionaire Builders series by Jennifer Probst. It is a standalone contemporary romance with lots of wit and sexiness, a perfect rom-com fix. Told in first person from both points of view and has a happy ending.
    Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
    ANY TIME, ANY PLACE is the second installment in Jennifer Probst’s contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE BUILDERS romance series focusing on the Pierce Brothers-Caleb, Dalton and Tristan Pierce- of Pierce Construction, Harrington Connecticut. This is youngest brother and carpenter Dalton Pierce, and bar owner Raven Stratton’s story line. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. We were first introduced to Raven in book one EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY. SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately five years earlier the Pierce brothers lost their beloved mother to a car accident only to discover she was heading off to Paris with another man, leaving their father and the brothers behind. Four years later, their embittered father would succumb to a heart attack leaving Pierce Construction to his sons under a series of conditions wherein the now adult men must work and live together for one year before they can call the business their own. Following their mother’s death five years earlier, each brother went their separate ways but not before hurtful words, and accusations ripped them apart. The brother’s fractured dynamic will slowly heal as each man finds the woman that calls to his heart. Told from dual third person perspectives (Dalton and Raven) ANY TIME, ANY PLACE focuses on the building relationship between carpenter Dalton Pierce and bar owner Raven Stratton. Raven has detested the Pierce brothers since discovering their mother was the woman in the car in which her father had died. Never knowing the extent or the basis of Raven’s anger Dalton Pierce has tried desperately to woo the woman that calls to his heart but a chance to remodel Raven’s bar-My Place- finds our hero working diligently to win over the feisty Raven Stratton. What ensues is the building romance, and the fall out when the truth is finally revealed. Dalton Pierce is unaware of Raven’s connection to his past. His mother’s death has haunted our story line hero to the point of obsession, and Raven’s eventual revelations will throw Dalton into a spiral from which he may never return. Raven Stratton has struggled with her attraction to a man she hates with all of her heart-a misdirected hatred against a man who lost the mother that he loved. Revenge is the name of the game as Raven begins to weave around our hero’s heart but a heart Raven will learn is broken and lost. The relationship is slow to build as Raven keeps her distance from the man she is hoping to destroy. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top graphic sexual language and text. Tristan and Caleb Pierce, along with Tristan’s fiancée Morgan Raines (Everywhere and Every Way #1) play secondary and supporting characters, as well as Pierce Construction executive assistant Sydney Green who may or may not have had a prior relationship with Tristan Pierce. We are introduced to Raven’s CIA trained chef Al who struggles with his need to protect the woman who game him a chance; and Brady Heart, Pierce Construction company architect. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE is an emotional story line of betrayal, revenge, grief and loss. There is no time on grief but a loss compounded by secrets and lies is a bitter grief from which to return. The premise is entertaining and encouraging; the characters are realistic and passionate; the romance is heartbreaking and intense. ANY TIME, ANY PLACE is an intense story
    AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
    I love a good enemies to lovers story. The animosity between the characters, the playful sparing and the sparks that fly as the chemistry builds. I love the chase of it all as the story develops. It hooks me every time. Any Time, Any Place totally hooked me. Great read! I thought Raven and Dalton were fantastic characters, they had serious chemistry and I loved their banter and flirting. They were both fighting with past demons and I loved how those pasts intersected. I liked all the details, the tension and heat, and I loved their building passion. I thought Dalton was so sweet, having these little moments with Raven, confused by his feelings. I felt like he went through a really big transformation of forgiveness. I liked Raven a lot. She was a strong, independent woman who can definitely hold her own. I loved how she came to terms with her past and connected with Dalton. There were a lot of great moments of emotion and vulnerability between the two. There were some heart wrenching moments towards the end that had me focusing on holding it together, I was definitely teary eyed. It had a bit of everything: fun, heat, and drama. There are a couple of things going on with this story I really liked. Dalton and Raven of course, but I really liked the growth of Dalton's relationship with his brothers. It could be fun but it also had a lot of underlying emotion and tension. I loved the growth that happens throughout as both Cal and Tristan really start to see Dalton for who he is. It gave me such a warm feeling. I love how far they've come as brothers, as a family, and the closure that came. It was really heartfelt. The writing was really good, I liked all the details. I did think the front half was a bit slow and but the second half had a great pace and build. I loved the foreshadowing with Tristan and Sydney. Sign me up for their story now. I've been curious about those two since book one, Everywhere and Every Way. I loved Raven and Dalton’s very sexy and animosity filled relationship. The end was great and had me filled with hope. Love the message of forgiveness and moving on. Awesome addition to the series. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
    ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
    Any Time, Any Place, is the second book from Jennifer Probst's latest series, The Billionaire Builders. This is a nicely written story and the genuine characters are well-conceived. This book is all about Dalton, the youngest of the three Pierce brothers. Reading the first book in the series does provide a ton of background about the happenings in the small town of Harrington. Dalton is finally finding success with his woodworking expertise, since moving back home to partner in his family's construction business. He is known as the "wood whisperer" because he can create beauty out of any kind of wood. His reputation as a womanizer is legendary, so when he meets the woman he believes to be his soulmate, he realizes that convincing her to go out with him will be difficult. Little does he know that her secret may also be a barrier to his success. Raven Stratton, a successful bar owner and mixologist, lost her father in a car accident. She blames Dalton's mother for the tragedy, since she was in the car with her father, escaping to the airport. As a result, Raven does not like the Pierce brothers. However, when she needs her bar redone and time is of the essence, she hires Dalton, because he is available and the very best in the business. Dalton is mesmerized by Raven's exotic looks and brassiness, so he makes it his mission to seduce her. Overtime, Raven can't help but give in to Dalton's advances, however, his shortcomings and her secret may prevent any future they may share. This is both a fun and emotional read. The plot is chock full of twists and turns, which kept me engaged from start to finish. If you are looking for a solid romance that is replete with interesting characters and a refreshing story-line, give this novel a shout. This book can be enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
    KaliMcQuillen More than 1 year ago
    My first novel by this author and I absolutely loved it! What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive popped into my head when I was reading this. Raven owns her own bar and it's been neglected and Dalton who loves wood and has a special knack for it wants to restore it for her. Dalton wants to get to know Raven for more than just her bar but he see's this as an in. He's hit on her just about every time he's there and she always shoots him down. She shoots all the men down and it's became a thing for the bar. Friends bring their friends in to see if she'll go out with them. The one liners that she has cracked me up, you had to laugh. Holy crap this book will make you fall in love with the characters, laugh with them, cry with them. My heart hurt for both Raven and Dalton, both of them feeling betrayed by their parents but learning things that they never knew sheds a new light on everything. Unfortunately things don't go as planned, will they be able to get over their hurt that the other has caused? It's not just about what the parents did but what the other did. Will they be able to forgive and love each other 100% or will this always be between them. I definitely need to read the first book in this series just because I loved the brothers and want to learn each of their stories.