THE BILLIONAIRE BEAST
by Jackie Ashenden
The Billionaire Beast is the first book by Jackie Ashenden that I’ve read, even though it’s 2nd in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone though, so I didn’t have issues following along. I feel like every romance that is getting tucked into my inbox is a Billionaire novel – and each one is getting more outlandish than the next. This one isn’t your typical billionaire in the setting, but it’s stereotypical in the composition. Ashenden set out to create more of a “bastard” billionaire than all the rest and she succeeded and then wrapped him in a mental illness so you’ll pity him. While I did enjoy the novel, when it ended I felt a bit let down, because it is a fairy tale novel – the happily-ever-after was too contrived.
The book is a spin on Beauty and the Beast, Nero is the beast, the surly hero, holed up in his house for the last ten years because of he has some issues. He’s gone through assistant after assistant because he’s a jerk. He has no line, no line at all – so you can’t say he crosses a line since it doesn’t exist for him. He gets what he wants if you don’t do it – you’re gone. The heroine comes in as an assistant that is desperate for money because she has a dying finance in a coma. Nero, will pay her big bucks to do exactly what he wants and she has to put up with it, so she’s stuck.
Through the process of the novel you hate Nero and then you come to pity him because you find out why he is the way he is. He realizes that he can’t live without his new “not pretty” assistant with the great hair and his love for her changes him. Which was a bit underwhelming, because I wanted more and 220 pages can’t cure a mental illness and have them fall in love and promote hate, love and everything else. The story had a good backbone but it was wrapped up too quickly.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It’s a stereotypical book. BIG hero, bulging muscles, total bastard – billionaire, falls for an unsuspecting, not really pretty, a little bit quirky heroine. Their love cures all their problems, or at least most of them. If you like these trite storylines, you’ll enjoy this book. I personally found the story a bit shallow, but that is usually the case with these books so I’m not complaining. I can see the gem within it, though – and wanted more. It was wrapped up too nicely in the end.
“’Tell me about you, Nero.’ The stroking thumb paused. ‘Tell me why you can’t walk down your hallway without breaking into a sweat. Tell me why you never leave your house.’”
The Billionaire Beast by Jackie AshendenSeries: Billionaire Fairytales #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on 07 Mar 2017
Dark, tortured, and intimidating, these dominant billionaires will steal their innocent heroines' breath away. Overwhelmed by their desire to control their world, they push their heroines to explore their deepest desires. But even the most unworldly of heroines can unlock these billionaires' secrets.
Nero de Santis: Damaged. Bastard. Beast.
Nero hasn’t left his house in ten years—he demands the world come to him, and the world is only too happy to bend to the strong-willed billionaire. Ruthless, cold, and selfish, Nero wants for nothing and takes care of no one but himself. His last handful of assistants have left his house in tears, but the prim redhead applying for the job looks up to the task. Nero has spent his life shut within the walls he built, with no care to have more than a window to the outside world. But the fiery passion he senses beneath his reserved assistant’s exterior makes him want to break down the barriers he lives behind, and unleash the beast within.
Phoebe Taylor: Uptight. Misunderstood. Engaged.
Phoebe needs the obscene amount of money that comes with being Nero’s personal assistant for one thing, and one thing only—to pay for the mounting hospital costs that her fiancee’s two-year coma continues to incur. She’s heard rumors that the de Santis beast is a force that cannot be tamed—but even she isn’t prepared to handle the smoldering intensity simmering beneath his hard shell of feral dominance. Nero is hiding something, something he is fighting with every step he takes. Yet he can’t help but stake his claim on this woman who has shaken up his life, and Phoebe can’t believe this animal of a man is the one person to ever look into her eyes and see her soul. Nero wants to keep her. He wants to devour her. And Phoebe just might let him.
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