I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Billion Dollar Bad Boy by Jackie Ashenden
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-03-11
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Romance
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The Billionaire’s Club: a fabulously sexy contemporary series about some of the world’s wealthiest, most powerful men and the women they claim…and keep. The face of the Morrow company, Donovan Morrow is the ultimate Trojan. But despite his entrepreneurial gifts—in the boardroom and the bedroom—he always comes in second to his big brother, Jax. Until Victoria de Winter, a beautiful and brilliant corporate rival, enters the picture…Victoria has enjoyed great success in her family’s business—and now that she’s engaged, she seems to have her future all figured out. But as soon as she meets Donovan, she is tormented by their mutual desire…and soon she is his to possess. But what is the price of surrendering to the Billion Dollar Bad Boy?Don’t miss Jax’s story in The Billion Dollar Bachelor, available now! And Sean’s story in The Billionaire Biker coming in April 2014.
While overall this was an enjoyable story I can see where there might be some issues for readers. The heroine is actually engaged at the start of the story and while you know upfront that the relationship is not one of love but convenience please don’t read this if any sort of infidelity bothers you. In this case I didn’t get too fixated on the engagement but I know many see this as unequivocal cheating and won’t look beyond that to the “arrangement” the two of them have.
Victoria has always wanted one single thing – her father to treat and consider her his own daughter not just the kid he adopted to make his wife happy. She’s lived most of her life (mom died at 8) wanting to matter to her father but knows that he just sees her as a burden. She’s desperate to get the land that Morrow is selling in order to maybe just maybe finally be seen as a de Winter and get a bit of her father’s attention/affection. As she works to get the deal she is forced to deal with Donovan Morrow who is adamant he will not sell the property but plays games with her and causes her to maybe want something real…. She’s so locked up and used to living behind a mask that the fire unleashed by her chemistry with Donovan throws her for a loop. I liked how she was honest with herself once the walls started to come down and that she stood up for herself in the end.
Donovan just wants to be a real Morrow. Sure he is related by blood to his family but his father never considered him worth anything, even when he did things that made him deeply ashamed in order to get information for his dad. He’s so good at putting on the mask everyone expects to see and when Victoria manages to get under his skin he just keeps lying and saying there is nothing there. I liked how he was so able to see behind the mask with Victoria but hated how he wasn’t willing to give her the chance to show him that her feelings were real. He needed to have a major wakeup call but I did get that his actions were a direct result of years of damage from his prior lifestyle and not a direct attack on Victoria.
The two of them have a chemistry that burns up the pages but there is a definite amount of heart and angst that play factors in the story. Donovan just needed someone to show him he was worth everything and Victoria needed someone to show her she belonged. They find this in one another and I am happy to have read the story.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I really did enjoy it!