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- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: Swerve (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072HSMLY6
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The Billionaire's Intern (The Billionaire Fairy Tales) Kindle Edition
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But what did I get from this one?
Well, this was a quick read - on my reading device it was 168 pages which was easily devoured in a day.
What's the breakdown though?
Lorenzo is a billionaire who works at the family company - DS Corps. where he is trying to bring his father down because allegedly he is stealing from the company - in comes a corporate spy who happens to be the daughter of one of the men who works in the company and is linked to Lorenzo's past. Kira is to be his intern - which is curious because he doesn't take them on.
Cue drama llama.
Right off the bat there seems to be some heat accumulating which seemed a little over the top for me, chemistry is one thing but it just seemed to be a little too much too soon. Kira has ADHD - which is mentioned quite frequently and it served as an annoying element which I'll get to later on.
As far as characters go I felt like Lorenzo had some potential for depth but it was skimmed over so he could take on the alpha male role. Kira was absent minded, fidgety [because of the ADHD...,] and I didn't take to her character so much, she didn't leap out or grab my attention in any fashion. Neither one of them experiences much character growth which was a little upsetting for me - because while I enjoy romance/smut I also enjoy good character development or if nothing else a good plot/story.
The ending seemed abrupt and rushed. As I said before I really did enjoy the other Ashenden book I read, but this one just felt rushed, not as tidy. Characters [for me,] weren't as likable.
For example, Lorenzo says to Kira not too far into the book, as he is forcing her to couple with him,
"Prove yourself and then I'll decide if I want you."
In regard to her internship at the company. He belittles her, controls her, strips rights away - dominating her without the perks of a submissive - safety, assurance, etc.
Along side that, the ADHD portion bugged me. It came across as Kira's ADHD could be cured by a dominant's willpower - which structure certainly does help, but saying "Still" is much like telling an Epileptic to stop seizing.
Overall, this was an "OK" read for me. It was quick, but those few issues are what made it just an okay read.
First, as part of the Billionaire Fairy Tales series, had I not read the blurb, I would have been unable to tell you on which fairy tale this novel was based, as I saw no connection to any fairy tale I've ever read, while in her previous novel, the fairy tale was easily identifiable in the title. Granted, it's a small point, but had it not been mentioned in the blurb, I'd have never guessed this novel had anything to do with Sleeping Beauty.
Lorenzo de Santis is CFO of this father's DS Corporation, America's biggest defense and protection company. He's described as driven, cold, ruthless and determined, and he's all of that. He believes that his father has been skimming off the company's profits and is determined to bring his father down and step into his father's position as CEO. As the novel opens, he's meeting, albeit unwillingly, with an old family friend who is also head of the company's accounts department, Ivan Constatin, who actually begs him to take on Ivan's daughter, Kira, as an intern. Lorenzo has known Kira since she was a child, a wild, overactive, temperamental, uncontrollable, child, yet he always had a soft spot for her, and eventually he agrees to take her on, planning to pawn her off on his secretary.
Kira Constantin, reminded me very much of Paris Hilton. the rich, underachieving wild child grew into a fast-living, no boundaries, no limits, uncontrollable adult. Her parents never did anything to rein her in as a child, or sought to understand her behavior, instead making her feel like a total failure. Her wild ways came to an end six months before the novel opens, when Kira was so eager to tell her father that she'd dropped out of college, that she was texting while driving around with some friends. That mistake caused the deaths of two of her friends, leaving a third friend in a coma she's been in since the accident occurred.
Blaming herself for the accident, Kira finally got some help and finally her lifelong problem with ADHD was identified. One of the things I love about Jackie Ashenden's novels is that she manages to shine a light on issues and problems that I've never seen another author even tackle, and in this novel that condition is ADHD. Kira has spent the past 6 months learning to focus on something small in order to tame her runaway thoughts and attain a level of stillness, but it's a constant struggle. Her father's reason for wanting her be Lorenzo's intern is so that she can spy on him. Ivan, ever loyal to Lorenzo's father, Cesare de Santis, suspects that Lorenzo is working against his own father, and wants Kira to spy on him and catch him in the act.
What Kira's father doesn't know is that she's harbored a secret crush on Lorenzo since she was a teenager, although the kind Lorenzo who had time to show young Kira kindness when she was just a child is nowhere to be found in Lorenzo the adult. He's become cold, angry, distant, dismissive, rude and demanding, and why Kira found him at all attractive was a mystery to this reader. But the meek, self-contained, adult Kira, grew into a beautiful woman, and the mystery of what happened to the vibrant little girl he once new becomes a puzzle that Lorenzo wants to solve. He also suspects her father's intentions on wanting her to be his intern are far from pure.
Another issue I had was the repetitive nature of Lorenzo and Kira's past history. Rather than informing us and adding depth to the main characters in the novel, it began to feel a lot like filler, mentioned again and again with no new insights offered.
In true Jackie Ashenden fashion, the emotions and sex in this novel are bare bones raw and hot, although in some instances I found that my dislike of the hero's personality colored my feelings enough that I didn't find their sexual relationship particularly appealing, but I was nevertheless drawn into the emotional aspects of this story--that of two broken and dysfunctional individuals burdened by guilt who form a bond to help heal one another.
Finally, yes, there is an HEA ending, but the entire motivation and the suspense behind this story was Lorenzo's attempt to take down his embezzling father, and Kira's father's attempts to take down Lorenzo, and all of that angst, anger and suspicion just went away. Yes, there was a short explanation of why it was dropped, but it left this reader feeling that this story, while well-told, was left unfinished and unsatisfying, and that's something I've never encountered in one of Ms. Ashenden's other novels, and I hope it's an anomaly.
I read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this novel and received no compensation for doing so. The opinions expressed are my own.
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I am huge Jackie Ashenden fan but I have to admit that this was not my favorite book in the series.Read more