Going Down Hard - Carly Phillips

Going Down Hard

By Carly Phillips

  • Release Date: 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 621 Ratings


Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storms, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.

She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.

His plan? To seduce her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.

*All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone.


  • Fell Hard for Derek!

    By Cali Jewel
    Sexy, hot, sweet and entertaining second chance romance complicated by family discord. Includes a shared past growing up together in two very different families. Derek West is a sweet, sexy and wicked smart alpha tech god. He grew up the son of the maid and gardener for the Storms and struggles with how they treated his parents. Cassie Storms is all grown up now and working for her grandfathers company trying her hardest to save it for the memory of the one family member that it seamed understood and accepted her. Loved this emotional and sweet romance.
  • Going Down Hard

    By Fongoul
    I absolutely loved this story. The love this couple found with each other in spite of family history and the way you tell it is beautiful. I have read all of your books and multi-book series and loved them all. You are my favorite author. Best wishes, Christine
  • Super sexy!!!

    By Cheryl SDS
    4.5 Stars This is book 3 in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it features Derek West and Cassie Storms. Teenage peer pressure, family pressure, love, loyalty, family and puppy love (literally) make up this fantastic story. The attraction between these two was off the charts HOT! Cassie's family is intentionally and at the same time unintentionally scandalous! The only thing I was left wanting was…MORE! I can't wait for Kendall's story.
  • Another Great Book in the Series

    By Athena Squirrel
    If I could have given Going Down Hard more than five stars, I would have! I loved, loved, loved Going Down Hard so much! I was hooked within the first few pages; the plot mesmerized me and kept me reading straight through to the end in one day! And I fell as completely for Derek as Cassie did. This is the one of the best books I've read in a while, and I highly recommend it to everyone! The characters were complex, believable, and likable. Derek is a billionaire businessman with a past that haunts him, a rags to riches story of sorts. Cassie is a journalist who knew Derek in the past. It seems as if they have a second chance to explore the attraction they felt as teenagers. But can they overlook their pasts and trust each other? Can their families accept them if they do? This is the third book in the Billionaire Bad Boy series, and I can't wait to read the next one! Despite being part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I was already a big Carly Phillips fan, but she has really outdone herself with this series!
  • Falling

    By 2kasmom
    This is book #3, in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Derek and Cassie have a kind of awkward history. While their families can be a touchy subject, they are getting to know one another again. Derek is ll grown up and hot enough to set Cassie aflame. Cassie has enough problems on her plate by her own family right now. Derek is just an added element that may or may not ruin her plans. Now if they can compromise, there just might be a future ahead. I know I always love books by this author, she is on my go to purchase list. This story however, I was just not feeling it. The banter almost felt forced. The chemistry is obvious but there was so much that distracted.... I don't know. This is just my humble opinion. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
  • Wow I love this series!

    By JenniVange
    Wow do I love this series!!! The stories keep getting better and better! Derek and Cassie knew each other growing up...he was the housekeepers kid, she the rich daughter of the family his parents worked for. While they connected one night at the pool, the two went their separate ways during college, not seeing each other again until Derek was a successful tech guy and Cassie was the Editor of a tech magazine in her family's company. Cassie wants to interview Derek and shadow him for an article, but Derek is reluctant to give her full access, not only to his life but to his heart. But once they start spending time together it's easy to see that they need to be together! Go out and grab this book today. You won't be disappointed!
  • Going, Going..

    By KellyMcClure
    So, I’ve been reading Carly Phillips since Serendipity in paperback. Loved through the Chandlers, the Perfect’s, the Dares...I can go on and on. Billionaire Bad Boy Derek West just falls right in line!!!! Derek and Cassie rock! Everyone has a past and most people have a “WHY did I do that?” moment. For Cassie Storms, it was all about Derek, the guy from the other side of the garden! She grew up, made something of herself in spite of her family and found a second chance! Derek wanted payback. Maybe not anything too extreme but he could do with some emotional toying around with the princess...Let her see what she missed.. What starts as a possible business relationship in spite of their history turns personal pretty quick. I love the fact that neither one of them resorts to emotional immaturity. They are two adults who start a relationship, deal with the drama and determine to get past it. Daddy and Mommy Dearest aren’t beyond redemption. No monsters under the bed. Just a good, honest and sometimes steamy storyline that makes cold winter days a little easier to get through. I love reading series, especially from authors who I know are going to do justice to their earlier books. Carly never fails to keep the continual flow from book to book and make us all highlight the release date on our Outlook calendars for the next story....May 9 in case you wondered...
  • Loved it!

    By Crystal Singer
    Ohhhhh Carly Phillips! This was my favorite yet in the Billionaire Bad Boys series!!! What can I say about Derek West other than WOW!!!!!!! He rocked my socks. Totally and completely had me hooked on him. He was intense, sexy, alpha, sexy, awesome, did I say sexy? HOT! ;) And I adored Cassie. The fact that she didn't let her family shape her future self. She was independent, head strong, determined and loyal to her grandfather. I really loved all that about her. Their chemistry was totally off the charts. Their connection since they were just teenagers never dimished and in fact only got stronger after years of not seeing each other. This was a great, quick, sexy, intriguing read that will leave you feeling great! Happy reading!!!
  • Going Down Hard by Carly Phillips

    By Jen G F
    ARC for honest review with no compensation, What an awesome and well written book in the Billionaire Bad Boy series by Carly Phillips. Derek West, the son of servants for the Storm family was never ashamed of his life until Cassie Storm let him know that they are from two different worlds and could never belong in the same circles. Little does she know but her words will come back to bite her…..Fast forward to years later, Derek with two of his friends from college now have a company called Blink which has made them billions and are about to go public with the company. Cassie Storm the beautiful, smart and still wealthy wants to take the family business to a whole new level and must land they interview of a lifetime in order for her to make that happen. The person she needs to interview is none other than Derek West the son of her parents former servants. She has one regret and that was when she was eighteen she let peer pressure get the best of her and now she needs to show Derek she is not the person she was all those years ago. Will Derek do the interview with Cassie?? Will Derek trust her with his heart and a second chance at love??? From the first page until the last….it’s a perfect combination of romance, sexy times, heart and having a second chance at love and maybe their HEA….
  • Fabulous story!!!

    By Mslizalou
    As soon as a book by Carly Phillips hits my kindle, I know I'll stop reading any other books until I've devoured her new book. Going Down Hard was no different. I literally stopped reading everything else to read Cassie and Derek's story and I'm so glad I did. Derek and Cassie knew each other as teens, as Derek's parents worked for Cassie's parents. I'll be honest and say after an interaction between Cassie and her friends when she was in high school; I was a little worried about liking her. I didn't like how she acted when talking with her rich friends about Derek. However, my fears were quickly dispelled when Cassie was absolutely up front with Derek and apologized the very first time they saw each other again for how she acted. Her actions showed me Cassie was truly sorry for her actions all those years ago and gave me hope Derek and Cassie could have a real relationship. I did worry some about Derek letting go of some of the past regarding Cassie's parents and his parents. Honestly I completely understood his anger at Cassie's dad, but worried in the long run it would be too big of an obstacle for them to have in their relationship. I loved that there was amazing chemistry between Derek and Cassie from the moment they saw one another again. Seriously their lovemaking steamed up the screen on my kindle it was so hot. I found myself loving how protective Derek was of Cassie and actually felt like she was pretty protective of him as well as she continued to learn more and more about his past. I love that Derek stepped up to help Cassie out each time her dad and brother were totally tools. I seriously hated both Cassie's dad and her brother so much as I saw how they both treated Cassie much of the time. I will say I felt like her father finally stepped up for his daughter by the end of the book. Derek and Cassie both had to work to get past everything that had happened in the past. I loved that Cassie wasn't willing to accept the story she had always been told about Derek's parents leaving once she heard his side of the story. Honestly, I figured out what had really happened long before it was discovered, but have to say I loved how Cassie's parent responded to the truth. I think their response was part of why I knew that Derek and Cassie could make it despite their past. I found myself loving them more and more as a couple as they dealt with all that had happened in the past and move forward with their future. While I feel like Going Down Hard can completely be read as a stand alone book, as it focuses on Cassie and Derek's story, I did love we got to spend time with all the characters from the first two books. I believe you understand the dynamics of all the characters better by reading all the books in order. I love we will finally get Kendall and Julian's story with Going In Deep. I've loved the first 3 books in the series and have a feeling that Kendall and Julian's story will destroy me in the best way possible. Rating: 5 Stars (A) Review copy provided by publisher