New Release: The Billionaire Beast by Jackie Ashenden (ARC Review + Buy Links)


The Billionaire Beast

Jackie Ashenden

Billionaire Fairytales #2

212 Pages

Contemporary Romance

SMP Swerve

Releasing March 7th 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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The Billionaire Beast

The second novel in Jackie Ashenden’s Billionaire Fairytales series, The Billionaire Beast is a fast-paced, beauty-and-the-beast style story with a hero whose past could’ve been ripped from the headlines. Heartbreaking in its complexity, The Billionaire Beast tells the tale of dark, tortured hero, Nero De Santis, and innocent, misunderstood heroine, Phoebe Taylor. On the surface, these two people never should’ve worked together, but because of the author’s skill with characterization, innocent Phoebe has a bit of steel running through her core and Nero possesses a bit more feeling than he realizes.

This book is unlike anything I’ve read in recent years and for that reason alone, I loved it. The hero was a fascinating man to read about because of how his past shaped him into the man he’s become and in the strength he had to find to work his way through it. I also loved that the heroine was able to work through her own issues and finally find the parts of herself she’s been missing all along.

Great story, with unique characters who will break your heart and take you through a gamut of emotions. Anger, confusion, sorrow, love, and even a bit pride. A surprising and wonderful mix of hurt, comfort, sorrow, and sweetness, The Billionaire Beast is a special kind of romance that dark romance fans won’t want to miss.

4.5 Stars

*ARC provided by Publisher*


About Jackie Ashenden

Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr. Jax, and their two kids and two cats. When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband. Jackie writes dark, sexy contemporary romance for St Martin’s Press, including the New York Billionaires Club series of novellas.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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