Published March 7th 2017 by Swerve
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars
The Billionaire Beast is a modern-day retelling of a favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. It’s the second novel in Jackie Ashenden’s Billionaire Fairytales. The hero of this story, Nero de Santis, is definitely a beastly boss, difficult, demanding, arrogant and domineering. No one wants to work for this reclusive billionaire and computer genius. True to form, this character is intriguing, but his attitude is completely over-the-top.
Phoebe Taylor needs money and accepts the well-paid job of Nero’s personal assistant. Despite Nero’s tendency to push her and test her limits, Phoebe is a worthy opponent he can’t defeat. She is the calm behind Nero’s storm. Phoebe is sensitive to people who are broken and need help, and she sees through Nero’s mask. He is a prisoner in his own house, stuck in his painful past, insecure and vulnerable. He has no one but her and his butler.
Phoebe and Nero share the same loneliness and their chemistry was palpable. When he accepts to let his guard down, Nero has the ability to uncover the passionate woman hiding beneath her demure attitude. But to be worthy of Phoebe, he has to acknowledge his pain. His intense desire to change was touching and his healing journey was deeply emotional.
This story was pacy, addictive, sexy and well-written. If, like me, you’re a sucker for modern retellings of classic tales with a few new twists and turns and some dark elements, then this series is not to be missed. The Billionaire Beast can be read as a standalone and is told in dual point-of-view.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.