Sent away from his family as a boy because he couldn’t be controlled, Rafe DeSantis’s new guardian turned him into a monster. One who wants only two things out of life: To get revenge on the father who destroyed his life. And to possess the woman who was kept from him. Ella Hart has been his obsession for years, and now that he’s her guardian he’s finally in position to black mail her into his bed. And once he has her there? He’s going to eat her up.
Innocent. Alone. Hunted.
Ella has been living with her grandmother since the death of her parents when she was a child. She’s learned to pour her grief and pain into dance, and it’s become her escape. Her passion. Now she’s set her sights on a prestigious dance school in Paris. But there’s one problem. Ella was so young when her parents died, her money was left in the hands of the DeSantis family…and it’s now controlled by Rafe. A man she’s always found compelling and terrifying at the same time. Rafe offers her an ultimatum: Give herself to him, body and soul, and she’ll get the money she needs.
Ella isn’t in a position to refuse, though she tries to resist the sexy billionaire. It feels good, until her heart becomes involved. Does the big bad billionaire want to capture her heart? Or does he only want to own her body?
Titles in the A Billionaire Fairy Tale series include: The Billionaire’s Virgin – The Billionaire Beast – The Billionaire’s Intern – The Big, Bad Billionaire
Title: The Big, Bad Billionaire
Series: A Billionaire Fairy Tale #4
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 21, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – Swerve
My Rating: 4 stars
I’m very … conflicted … over how I feel about The Big, Bad Billionaire. At times, I would have told you I was reading two separate books, one the first half and one the second half of this romance. Because of my reaction to this romance I’m going to keep the review brief so that I don’t unintentionally let spoilers fly while trying to explain myself.
Rafe is a difficult man to get a feel for at first. Part of that is his personality from birth, part is also how he’s been raised away from his parents so that now he only shows the world what he wants to be seen and not one thing more. He is hard, dominating, arrogant and in control, even if that control is held by the slimmest margin. Revenge has been his life’s plan – and having the woman who has had the ability to understand him, calm him from a very young age as his own. Two goals, one reached the other almost within his grasp.
Ella and Rafe are two people who will butt heads, argue with each other and perhaps even fear each other on some levels. Yet, they are also the only people who can calm fears, temper rage and complete each other in ways they never imagined. Their romance will be fiery, intense, filled with the push and pull of dominance and submission emotionally. The road to a happy future will not be easy by any means – but in the end, it will be so worth the journey.
Don’t misunderstand when I say I’m conflicted – I enjoyed The Big, Bad Billionaire very much. It is intense. It is sexy. And it is often harsh. I believe this is a story that needs to be experienced for it’s impossible to convey the emotions that ran through my mind while reading Rafe and Ella’s love story. I would recommend this story with the opinion that you should expect dark and deep with this one, the only thing sweet here is Ella.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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