Author: Jackie Ashenden
Publisher: St Martin’s Swerve
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: 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.
Review: The premise of this book sounded really great and Jackie delivered with a bang. I really felt for these two characters, who’d each felt unloved and unaccepted by those around them. Setting them both struggle to get past these feelings was hard.
Phoebe had always felt like the fill-in for her older deceased sister. Her parents had always made her feel that way. Luckily meeting Charles had given her the chance to start anew, on her own. Charles never made her feel unwanted, but he’d never seemed too intensely interested in her feelings, either. Now she’s stuck, sitting beside his hospital bed watching him the last two years while he was in a coma.
Nero is doing what he does best–bossing people around and being the all around jerk so people would never realize he was terrified to leave the four rooms he inhabited in his huge mansion. Ten years of his life had been spent in a small, solitary existence and he’d never gotten past it. Meeting Phoebe and interviewing her for the job of his assistant was wildly exciting mainly because of his extreme attraction to her.
Will Phoebe get past her reclusive nature and the fact her fiance has been in a coma for two years and start a relationship with Nero? Let’s hope, because Nero isn’t used to waiting and he’s got his eye on her.
Steamy and confusing, these two are an unlikely pair but the author made me believe in them. Thanks!