Review: The Billionaire’s Virgin (Billionaire Fairytales #1) by Jackie Ashenden
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.
Xavier De Santis: Disgraced. Ruinous. Playboy.
The headlines are always shouting about Xavier’s various excesses, and he’s everything they say he is. But now he’s gone too far, and the black sheep of the De Santis family has been ordered to clean up his image. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, he sees a bright light amidst all the bleakness. An angel whose luminous face and tragic beauty call to him in ways he can’t explain.
Mia: Vulnerable. Homeless. Virgin.
When the shelter Mia calls home closes, she is left with nowhere to go – nowhere except for the luxurious, glorious palace of a home that Xavier De Santis has invited her to stay. This too-handsome billionaire is dark, dangerous – and also too good to be true. But surely Mia can indulge in her fantasies and escape the drudges of her daily life for just one night?
As one night turns into two, Mia knows that eventually, the magic will end and she will have to return to her life of hardship. She can’t keep the beautiful clothes. She can’t keep the soft bed. And most of all, she can’t keep the hard, handsome, brutal man who makes her crave his touch with every breath she takes. Mia doesn’t belong in his world. But as Xavier tempts his rags-to-riches heroine with exquisite pleasure and heady desire, Mia doesn’t stand a chance but to surrender completely to him.
The Billionaire’s Virgin is the first installment in Jackie Ashenden’s Billionaire Fairytale series. This is my first time reading a book by the author.
Taking into consideration the name of the series, the novel isn’t as tacky as the title suggest. You must not question the level of veracity in order to enjoy it (which can easily be done).
I would describe this story as “a knight in shining armor who swoops in modern-day cinderella to save the day and have a HEA”. It’s very unlikely that a romance between a billionaire hero and a homeless heroine would work, but the author did a good job with that.
I liked the heroine at first but I had some doubts about her behavior as the story developed. The problem is that I couldn’t connect to the hero. Both of them lacked depth, and the conflict was very cliché and predictable.
It’s a romantic story with a steady pace and a good idea, but had problems with the execution. I lost interest and in the end I found myself skimming the last couple of chapters.