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Series: Billionaire Fairytales #2
Title: The Billionaire Beast
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Publisher: St Martin’s Press, Swerve
Published: March 7th, 2017
What a brilliant, very adult, remake of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale this turned out to be – I loved it! It has all the elements of the classic tale but brought up to date with plenty of contemporary twists to keep the reader enthralled. It is the second book in the series but I haven’t read the first one – though I intend doing so asap – so I can confidently say that it works well as a standalone for anyone else who hasn’t read the earlier story. (I found out it is ‘The Billionaire’s Virgin’, just in case you’d also like to know).
The Beast in the story is the reclusive billionaire Nero de Santis. He rules his home – which he never leaves – controlling, domineering, selfish, forthright and obstinate. What he says, goes. What he wants, he expects to get. Everything needs to be done his way or you’re out. He’s a very difficult employer for all these reasons and he’s quick to fire anyone who doesn’t meet his exacting expectations. He fired ten PAs in less than a month…..
Phoebe is brilliant at appearing cool, calm and collected, regardless of what is said to her and what she is really feeling. She originally travelled from her home in London to be with her fiancee, Charles, but two years ago he was seriously injured in a car crash and has been in a coma ever since. She’s prepared to take on the impossible task of PA to Nero because of the high rate of pay – she needs all the money to help pay Charles’ medical bills.
It is an enthralling story, one where the very caring nature of Phoebe has an impact on the traumatised Nero. As secrets from the past are revealed, both have experienced tragedies in their lives which impact on their attitudes and behaviour. It is not a typical romance but is a delightful story that I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into and have no hesitation in highly recommending!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Book #2 in the intensely sexy Billionaire Fairytales by Jackie Ashenden where sometimes dark and tortured, sometimes bad boy and charming, but always dominant and sexy billionaires steal their heroines’ breath away.
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.
Jackie Ashenden’s novels have been described as “Dark, explosive, and gritty, with a splash of dominance.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review on In Bed with the Billionaire) and The Billionaire Beast is the ultimate combination of those unforgettable qualities.
Don’t miss the other novel in this series: The Billionaire’s Virgin.