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The Billionaire Beast

(Billionaire Fairy Tales #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  149 reviews

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.

Nero de Santis: Damaged. Bastard. Beast.

Nero hasn’t left his house in

Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Swerve
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ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say that I wasn't expecting the story to turn out the way it did. At first I wasn't sure I'd like the story, since Nero came off as an A rate jerk but he grew on me really fast and in the end I really felt for him. His past nearly destroyed his future. He lived in terrible conditions as a child and was abused, so that left him with deep scars and with the fear to leave his comfort places. It's been years since he stepped out of his house, s
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it

A high 3.5*

After reading 'The Billionaire's Virgin' I was intrigued by Nero the mysterious half brother to Xavier and Lorenzo and I was looking forward to his book.
Several pages in and I wasn't sure I was going to like this, Nero was cold, harsh and unapproachable which honestly from the title and blurb wasn't unexpected and Phoebe was engaged and apparently in love with her fiancé.
Now I knew from the blurb she was engaged but I'd kind of assumed her fiancé had been cheating or something, some
The Billionaire Beast was my first book by Jackie Ashenden and I was actually really excited about it. A beastly Billionaire is something that's right up my alley and I usually always fall for these types of Heroes. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for me with this book, though.

I found the story to be well written and I did like the authors style of storytelling. What I couldn't get on board with were the characters. Nero was an unlikable asshole this whole entire book and I never once saw a
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it


descriptionThis cover is fairly nice. The red is a bit harsh in my opinion, but the composition is nicely done. The typography is lovely and has good placement. I would probably have made the author's name smaller to line up with the title. I'm of the opinion that the title of a book should be the largest and most prominent text on the cover. Because the author's name extends almost the entire width of the cover it draws the eye away from the title.description

descriptionI REALLY enjoyed this one. This is the second book by this
Liv ☾
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

☾If I'm being completely honest I'm not sure this is the book for me. When I read the summary I was intrigued about how the main character, Nero, never left his house. His troubles reminded me somewhat of the Fifty Shades trilogy and Phoebe being the only one who could help him.

☾I loved Phoebe's character and how she cared for her fiancé even though it was clear he probably would never wake up from his coma. Taking care of him
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
This story was more heartbreaking than I was expecting. We got a glimpse of Nero in the first book and I was really looking forward to his story. He came off as a moody, dominant man that was a bit mysterious. I wasn't really expecting him to be such a jerk. All he cared about was what he wanted and he expects everyone around him to comply. He's been through so many assistants that word has spread and no one wants to work for him despite the generous salary. Except Phoebe.

Phoebe has a fiancé th
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
An erotic Beauty and the Beast, The Billionaire Beast is the story of Phoebe, Londonite relocating to America, to be with her finance who is put in a coma by an auto accident and Nero, a billionaire recluse, locked in his home by a phobia that he just can’t beat.

Nero is known as a brutal and ruthless employer but Phoebe need money to keep her comatosed finance up with the best of care. She will do anything and Nero is the man that will ask it.

This was a tough story. First you have Nero, who was
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

I can never resist a good version of Beauty and the Beast so I doubt there is much to explain about the plot of this book. What made this book a little differnt was that I actually really did not like our Beast and while reading I was wondering how the author would manage to change my mind.

Well suffice to say ... I changed it and I actually had a little silent laught when I realized why the name Nero fits this Beast so well and why if felt so familar with the setting. Anybody here that grew up
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
Phobe doesn't deserve happiness. Okay maybe that's too harsh but I think she would have cheated on her fiancee (who was in a coma) even if Nero wasn't in the picture. Nero just gave her the excuse to do so.


Like... she just wants to get laid. I would have liked it better if she'd just have sex with the guy without using her fiancee's shortcomings as an e
***4 ‘Give Me the Words’ Stars***

I decided to give this one a go simple because of the fact that it was based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, which hands down is my favorite of them all. I hadn’t read the first book in the series, nor anything by the author, so I went in blind and was hooked from the first page and found that I had very difficult time putting it down. I was absolutely intrigued by both Nero and Phoebe and enjoyed watching as they got under each others skins, stripped e
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"
This book is so amazing in terms of the hero’s characterization - indirect, coherent, cohesive, with plenty of showing – that I’ve delayed the reading, instead of reading it in one sitting.
It’s not that I love the hero – billionaire alphas are not my type – but Jackie Ashenden does a great job showing us why he is such a cold and insensitive jerk. What I found most compelling was watching the hero’s always genuine perplexity and lack
Rating 4.5/5

What a brilliant, very adult, remake of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale this turned out to be - I loved it! It has all the elements of the classic tale but brought up to date with plenty of contemporary twists to keep the reader enthralled. It is the second book in the series but I haven’t read the first one - though I intend doing so asap - so I can confidently say that it works well as a standalone for anyone else who hasn’t read the earlier story. (I found out it is ‘T
Sandy S
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 7, 2017

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.

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 hap
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Billionaire Beast' by Jackie Ashenden is book Two in the "Billionaire Fairytales" series. This is the story of Nero and Phoebe. This is easily a standalone book. Phoebe has moved to America from London to be with the man she planed to marry. But he was in a car accident that left him in a coma and with no family she is the one taking care of the hospital bills. Which has taken all of her savings and now she has taken a job with Nero who is know as the 'Beast". Because no one stays long that ...more
Chitra *CJ*
Liked it!
Since I absolutely adored the first book in this series, I was super excited for this. And it wasn't disappointing.
This is the story of Nero and Phoebe.
Nero, the extremely recluse billionaire who is trapped in his own walls thanks to his past.
When he ends up losing 10 assistants in a month, he is surprised when the prim and proper Phoebe applies for it. He is instantly intrigued by her.
Phoebe on the other hands needs the job to pay bills for a fiancée who's been in coma for two years.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG MS Ashenden has done it again what a fabulous story so powerfully emotional beautifully written and a must read, to see this “Damaged Bastard Beast” Nero de Santis come to life at the hands of and with the help of the prim and proper British assistant Phoebe Taylor was a real page turner.

Phoebe needs this job badly and the huge salary that comes with it you see she has been caring for her fiancé who is in a coma for the last two years and her savings are running out but when she arrives for
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is an erotic take on Beauty and the Beast. Although, in the beginning Nero came off as a major bully then a tortured soul. In fact, it got to a point that I could not stand Nero and almost stopped reading. Yet, the story did steam up between Nero and Phoebe. This passion was enough for me to stick it out a while longer. Again, however, the first sex scene with Phoebe and Nero did not come off as sexy to me because Nero was still being rude. Phoebe was the saving grace for me. It was be ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

Swerve titles are some of my favorite of all of the erotic books available. They are fun, they are well written, and most of all they are always really, really hot.

This was no exception. This is the second in the series, and it is also a fairy tale. But, an erotic retelling of one (seriously, does it get better than this?). Add in the Beauty and the Beast, and, well, this is pretty much as good as it gets.

The writing was strong, and Jackie Ashende
Nadine Bookaholic
I have to start out by say that this story killed me, What Nero went through as a child....well lets just say that it's not surprising that he turned out the way he has. Phoebe....well at first I didn't really like her and I'm not sure why but then something happened and my feelings towards her softened.

You can see my full review here: https://nadineisobsessedwithbooks.blo...
Ivy Deluca

-Follow up to first book is pretty polar opposite. I definitely enjoyed the first book in this series, and Ms. Ashenden is an author whose work I like to pick up when I can, since she really has a way with her prose. She takes things down a darker path with this book which intrigued me. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, so here goes.

-Nero is an a-hole of biblical proportions at first. His complete and utter disregard for anyone’s feelings other than himself is tough to take. Like, I considered just put
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Stacy Reid
I enjoyed this more than I expected. The first chapter warned me I wasn’t going to like Nero at all, but he pleasantly surprised me. I actually loved him, he was a complex man struggling to understand the ranges of human emotions, the visceral and unusual feelings Phoebe roused in his heart, and the outside world. I appreciated his growth and struggles, though I did want more depth to him. Phoebe wasn’t bad. Though at times she seemed a bit soft, she really had a core of strength to be able to d ...more
Juletta Gilge
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This one was quick and easy, and I surprisingly enjoyed it. The characters were well written with a somewhat shocking amount of backstory to add to the story. This one can be read as a standalone. Reading the first one in the series isn't necessary. It was full of angst and frustration but a sweet and sappy ending.
This book was ok. I had higher hopes for it after reading the description. I felt like it was missing something. I was hoping for a more domineering alpha male. I liked that the heroine didn't shirk away from him & she had a bit of a backbone. This book was a quick, ok read.
Lynsey A
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Well, despite a rocky beginning and an a-hole of a hero, the story improved along the way. By the end I really enjoyed the story and for me our hero ended up really redeeming himself. After the way he was in the very beginning and throughout a majority of the story, by the end he came to see how love can change a person. Quite good.

Definitely enjoyed this one much better than the first book in this series.
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 15, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
I'm 33% into this book and I can't handle the hero. I love a jerky hero who is redeemed - and he very may well be redeemed by the end of this book. But this guy is too much. The line of - forcing himself on the heroine is crossed in my opinion and I don't like it. It's making me feel icky instead of intrigued.

Bette Hansen
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a steamy, twisted take on The Beauty and the Beast and I loved it. Nero De Santis is truly beastly and a character that is difficult to like. That is until you hear his story. Never leaving his home he needs a personal assistant willing to live in his home and handle every request he has. Phoebe Taylor is efficient, appears cold, and desperate. Her fiance has been in a coma for two years and to continue his care she needs the outrageous salary Nero is offering for a personal assistant. D ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ashenden
This review is based on the ARC received from the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


This started out very slow. I wasn't too awful appreciative in his choice of dialogue. He was a downright jerk. It ended up being a very nice story.
Donna Repsher
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I generally avoid retold fairy tales, I decided to make an exception for this one, primarily because I missed reading its predecessor novel and because I think so highly of Jackie Ashenden's novels. I'm more than glad I didn't pass this one by, because it most definitely earned a 5-star rating.

Yes, this story is based on Beauty and the Beast, but you'd be hard pressed to identify it as such without the word "beast" in the title, since, in the fairy tale, the Beast is actually a beast, a
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hands down my favorite Jackie Ashenden book! I loved it!

This is the first time I have read this series although I have read all of the authors “Sin City Royals” and “Texas Bounty” books. In fact, the book I read and reviewed before this one was from one of those series. In the review for that I made a comment that Ashenden’s books are hit or miss for me as sometimes it seems her male characters move from general assholeness to just downright cruel and for no reason. I have real issues with those
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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romanc ...more

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Billionaire Fairy Tales (4 books)
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