“What she protected was lost, which made her so sad that she was unable ot say anything in her heart. Her marked body made her eyes sting. It made her think of the gentle and handsome faces that had haunted her brain for years. She could not remember what she had given William George after drinking too much…Lucy sneered. There was no use remembering him, because he was just a worthless man.” (Marked By The Billionaire, Chapter One)
“He had left his phone number at the hotel, but she had not called. William was not stupid, and he knew the woman did not leave her numbers. She ignored him, which made him angry. In the elevator, she had tempted him, and in the examination room, she had hit him in the forehead with her bag. The meat to his mouth had escaped again and again, which had never happened in his life.” (Marked By The Billionaire, Chapter Nine)
Lucy wakes up in a gorgeous apartment, her body littered with hickeys and her virginity lost. While she enjoyed her one-night stand, she must now go to the hospital at the request of her nagging mother to meet with a famed oncologist. When she gets stuck in a hospital elevator with a handsome man, she has no idea that he is the same man she had slept with the night before. The man in the elevator, George William, intimately touches Lucy and continues his attempts at seduction, though she believes that he is a pervert.
Under the guise of a medical exam, George sexually assaults Lucy. He knows that he is untouchable while in New York and does not care about Lucy’s threats of violence. With such a rocky start to their relationship, will Lucy and George fall in love?
This has to be one of the world’s most confusing, convoluted, and insulting romances I have ever read. Honestly, half the time I didn’t know who was speaking. When I did have my bearings within the story, the plot quickly became complicated in the worst way. This novel is a mess and it is difficult to ignore the issues that it presents.
Lucy seems to fluctuate between self-confidence and crippling anxiety. When entering an elevator with another man, she is immediately worried that he may mean her harm, going so far as to speculate that he could rape and rob her. While every woman is aware of a man’s presence and potential danger when she is alone, having this much fear in a hospital elevator feels unfounded.
This story contradicts itself time and time again. Lucy assumes that the doctor in the elevator may rob, rape, or attack her, so she is careful to keep her distance. In the next chapter, once he has made his sexual attentions clear, she thinks that “Never in her wildest dreams did she think he’d be a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. She is terrified when George William begins to touch her in the elevator, but is also aroused by the man before her. Lucy says she lost her virginity, but George remembers Lucy throwing up on him before falling asleep. Lucy is a sexy vamp who fondly remembers her wild night of passion; Lucy is a shy and naïve young woman who has never been touched. The writing is full of frustrating contradictions that take away from the story itself.
For a romance with a female lead, the story does not have a very high opinion of women. Lucy’s lack of career drive is not the issue with the novel. The real problem is phrases like “What’s more, all of them were women, so you can imagine how many unpleasant words were spoken behind her back” when discussing work place gossip. Lucy cannot decide whether she is being attacked or seduced during her encounters with George. The novel also condemns Lucy’s mother for having a child when she was over the age of thirty and seems to think that two hours in labor is an incredibly long time. This is a romance novel that seems to know little about women, let alone possessing respect for its female characters and readers
The writing in this novel would be laughable if it did not take itself so seriously. When I read “They kissed passionately with their tongues and mouths” I had to wonder if the author likes to kiss with their elbows. Marked By The Billionaire is in no way a study of seduction.
Lucy’s mother is an exhausting and irritating character that should not be given so much attention within the plot. The novel wants us to blame Lucy for her mother’s health conditions and hypochondria. Her obsession with her daughter’s health feels more emotionally abusive than caring, as she believes that her conditions steam from her daughter. Though her health deteriorated after she gave birth to Lucy, it is incredible that the novel supports this woman’s sickly obsession with health and places blame on the once infant Lucy.
The love interest of this novel sexually assaults the female lead under the guise of a medical examination. What kind of hospital would make someone undress completely and wear a blindfold for a breast exam? Lucy doesn’t even question why a blindfold might be necessary. When she realizes that she does not need to undress fully for the exam, she does not put her bottoms back on. George takes advantage of his power and influence to abuse Lucy and gaslights her when she tries to seek justice.
There are too many issues in this work to discuss them all in detail. From weird sexual encounters to people calling George “master”, Marked By The Billionaire fails to entertain its readers. I would not recommend this novel anyone until it has the benefit of both content and copy editors and a very serious overhaul.
Authors Note: I was truly baffled by this novel and its presentation on Dreame. The novel’s over five hundred and fifty thousand reads are juxtaposed with its entreatingly horrendous writing and plot. The truly suspicious part of this mystery is not the large readership (everyone is entitled to read what they enjoy) but the lack of comments on the website. With a readership of this side, there should be hundreds, if not thousands of comments for each chapter. However, some chapters in Marked By The Billionaire have no comments, while others have only two or three. These numbers don’t make sense, though I do not know if it is the fault of the novel itself or the Dreame website. My further investigation will be the only reason I continue to think about the thoroughly unimpressive Marked By The Billionaire.