Title: The Billionaire Beast
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Series: Billionaire Fairy Tales, #2
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
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.
I actually didn't read the synopsis for The Billionaire Beast, but nevertheless, I was excited to read it! I was because one of my best book friends loved the first book, The Billionaire's Virgin, and couldn't wait to read this one, so I knew it had to be good, but even without my friend's eagerness, I still would have wanted to read it as I'm always up for a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And what a retelling it was! It was absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to read not only the next book, but also the first one.
Phoebe is all calm, cool, and collected for the most part, but Nero sure knows how to bring out her fiery, passionate, wild side out too. I loved seeing her fire, but I loved her soft, sweet, compassionate side more. Phoebe is just the kind of person who you would want to be your friend. She's nice, supportive, and she will always be there for you when you need her and help you however she can. Phoebe is truly a gem and I just positively loved her.
Wow - Nero, is a lot to take in at first. I mean, he's an a*shole, a real grade A one too and yeah, you're going to want to probably slap or shake him, but I promise you, he does get better. His gruffiness is not all bad though, he's determined and he makes Phoebe face things she doesn't necessarily want to and he makes it okay for her to allow herself to open up. Nero listens to her, he comforts her, and he sees her and that's what I loved most about him. It was a rocky start, but I definitely fell for this Billionaire Beast!
The Billionaire Beast was one tale that kept me on my toes and on the edge of my seat. It made me gasp in shock, disbelief, and outrage, it got my blood boiling a few times, it brought tears to my eyes and quite a lot of smiles to my face. It was heartbreaking, heart stopping, and heartwarming - The Billionaire Beast was just all heart and I completely, totally loved it!
The Billionaire Beast is the second book in the Billionaire Fairy Tales series, but it can be read as a standalone. It's told from Nero and Phoebe's POV and the ending will leave you feeling all warm and gooey inside.
~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars
About the Author:
She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). 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.