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The Debt

(The Billionaires Club #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Ruthless billionaire Ash Evans finds the sexiest way to collect on a debt in the first installment in The Billionaire’s Club quartet!

Notoriously ruthless property developer Ash Evans never forgives a debt. And I have two days to convince the former street fighter not to pull his investment in my father’s company. Taking a job as his chauffeur in Paris is the only way to ge
Published September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Dare
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Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

3.5 stars

There was lots of steam coming from the chemistry sparks shooting between these two. Plus there was angst and pain to overcome. Their ending just lacked the fire that their relationship had. I don't really get the title with story cause the debt had to do with Ash's mom, not Ellie. I didn't like her Dad not even in the end. ... maybe it showed be 3 stars....
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Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Gah! If there is a new Jackie Ashenden story then I need to read it!! I am so obsessed with her books and The Debt was no exception. I loved Ash and Ellie and could not devour this story fast enough!

When Ellie Little asks Ash Evan's for a favor that will save her family's automotive business she had no idea that the brooding, growly former fighter would invoke such strong feelings in her. I loved how protective Ash was of Ellie and how he saw the vulnerable girl inside her looking for love and a
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Debt follows Ash (Sebastian’s brother from The Risk) and Ellie Little. I really liked this story and could have easily loved it except a few things (see Safety Info below).

Ellie has thought up the perfect plan to save her family’s company. Pose as the driver to Ash Evans, gain his trust and kindly ask that he extend his support and his investment money for a while longer, enough to give her family a chance to dig themselves out of the financial hole their in. Easy peasy
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The Debt is the first book in The Billionaire’s Club quartet and follows the story of Ash and Ellie. Ash Evans is a nortorious investor who is know for his brash attitude and being unforgiving when it comes to debts. But, Ellie needs a favor from him, so she takes a job as his chauffer in an effort to get closer to him. However, Ellie didn’t plan on Ash being so tempting. A price will need to be paid if Ellie expects Ash to agree to her favor. Pretending to be Ash’s girlfriend is easier said the ...more
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
"I like arrogant and bossy and grumpy. And I really like sexy and hot and tattooed."

Yeah, me too! Jackie Ashenden writes the best alpha a-holes. I can't get enough. All it took was seeing her name on the cover for me to want to read this story, she knows how to push all my buttons, every time.

Ash is not only a billionaire, but he's also broken. It was his pain that pushed him to succeed. To prove himself to all those that hurt him. He's convinced that he doesn't need anyone, at least not for a
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Eva Millien
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He’s a notoriously ruthless property developer who never forgives a debt. And Ellie Little has two days to convince Ash Evans not to pull his investment in her father’s company. The only way to get close to the bad-tempered billionaire is to pose as his chauffeur but Ash turns the table and soon Ellie is posing as his girlfriend.

The first book in this new billionaire romance series is an emotional, gripping and engaging read that stirs and delights the senses. The chemistry between these two str
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -
A quote (from ARC):
“With his height and his broad built, his scarred face and the electric blue of his eyes, the formality of the clothing seemed only to enhance the raw masculinity of him, a kind of untamed energy that had made my breath catch the moment I’d seen him in it.”

I usually don’t like instant attraction/love, but this was well written and intense, even if in a schematic, abbreviated way. Jackie Ashenden is so talented c
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book from this author and I really did enjoy it. Ash and Ellie had such good chemistry and I really enjoyed their story. Ellie decides to pose as his driver just so she can get close to him. He decides he wants her to be more: his girlfriend for the purpose of helping with a business deal. The problem is that the longer they stay together, the more real feelings will get involved. Can they fight them or will they give in? If you want a quick read then this is for you.

I receive
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellie lost her mother when she was young and has lived in the shadow of her brothers. In Australia their family owns an auto business that Ash Evans a billionaire has invested in. Because an assault on Ellie her father has paid the bad guy off and put the business in financial difficulty. To safe the company Ellie tracks down Ash to beg for more time to pay on his investments. Love Ashenden's way of linking these two for romance and healing of their past struggles. "A copy of this book was provi ...more
Peggy R
This author has been a hit or miss for me, but I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Ash and Ellie's story. This couple has good chemistry, and there is a lot of steam coming off the pages. Ash and Ellie both have a bit of baggage they carry, although I think between the two Ash has more. Both characters were appealing and I liked Ellie's optimism and how she looked at life. The story is nothing new or groundbreaking, but it was enjoyable reading how these two found their way to each and got past thei ...more
Up All Night With Books
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Reviewed by Allyson
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The Debt by Jackie Ashenden is a story to be devoured by anyone and everyone! For a new author, I was interested in trying fresh material and I am happy I did.

The Debt revolves a girl, looking to save her family's business and asks the one man she probably shouldn't. She has no choice but to ask the overbearing, arrogant ex-fighter for help, but who would have thought their chemistry would be red hot and wild?! Get ready for
Susan in Perthshire
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The debt has been quite a ride 🛫for me ..
I meet Ellie Little and Ash Evans ...
Ellie is a daughter of an Australian businessman who makes luxury cars .
Ash is a selfmade billionaire .
They met each other for the very first time in Paris and there and then they felt a jolt of electricity that confused them ..😜💥
Aah i love those sparks ....
Ellie and Ash both have certain common things like they were passionate , honest, were deprived of affection, and their feelings for each other ...
I completely ad
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review:

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have hit a bump on my reading journey lately. The last books I have picked are more in the forgettable side of the spectrum. I was aware that my quest to get rid of the NetGalley ARCs I requested would bring some less interesting stories, but the last one I reviewd totally killed my reading mood. I needed something unexpected and that is w
Donna Repsher
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here's to another night's sleep lost to yet another un-put-downable novel by Jackie Ashenden, who kept me reading her latest Dare novel until 5:00 a.m., and even made me cry. I loved this novel and it's characters and it gets 5+++++ stars from this reader.

Ellie Little, an Australian twenty-something, lost her mom at a young age, and with a distant and grieving, non-demonstrative father who hates the fact that his only daughter is the spitting image of his late wife simply ignores her, as do her
Sandy S
3.5 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK : RELEASE Date September 1, 2019

Notoriously ruthless property developer Ash Evans never forgives a debt. And I have two days to convince the former street fighter not to pull his investment in my father’s company. Taking a job as his chauffeur in Paris is the only way to get close enough to ask the bad-tempered billionaire for a favor.

With his sexy tattoo, scars and magnificently cut body, he’s as powerful, sleek and difficult to manage as the sports cars my family design
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

THE DEBT is part of The Billionaires Club quartet from Harlequin Dare™ with a couple that will melt your Kindle quite easily.

Ellie has the perfect plan to ask investor Ash Evans for more time to bring her family’s company out of financial troubles, to not pull his investment in them just yet. Unfortunately, plans on paper often work out quite differently in reality. She’s taken on the job as his chauffeur in order to get close enough for that conversation, yet she nev
Linda Walters
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a really emotional story. Intensely emotional when it came to both of the main characters.
It was also sensual, steamy and kind of erotic. Especially in the semi- voyeur scene, which I wasn't expecting.
I forgot that the "Dare" inclusion on the eBook cover was the remember that it was going to be of a higher sexual content. The information about this kind of series said that it had strong characters (it did) and highly explicit sexual encounters (it did). For me, I didn't enjoy that a
A Mind for Romance
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A woman determined to save her family business agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a notoriously ruthless billionaire and finds herself developing real feelings for him.

Ellie Little needs a favor from Ash Evans, so she takes a job as his chauffeur in order to get close to him. Ash Evans is a ruthless billionaire who revels in his reputation as a former streetfighter.
He makes no apologies for who he is or how he acts. Ash agrees, but demands a favor in return: Ellie must pose as his girlfriend
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow what a book!!!

This is a story of Ellie Little and Ash Evans.

Ellie has suppressed her feelings and girly nature her whole life surrounded only by men in her family. She walked a careful line trying not to cross in to and emotional zone and keep her fussing to a minimum for everyone around her.

Ash has built his whole life and business on anger and betrayal. He has not let go of things that happened to him from when he was a kid. Things he could of prevented and things it was impossible for h
Char (1RadReader59)
Ellie is a young woman who is out to help her dad. He has gotten their car design business which also races in financial trouble. Her father doesn’t want her four older brothers to know out of pride. So, he has asked Elle for her help.
She has taken on a second job in order to bring in cash but also to get near the subject she needs to sweet talk into giving her father extra time to make the business what it once was. But Ash Evan’s he holds all the cards. If he pulls all his funds and calls on
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, quick-read
I really enjoyed this book. I heart quick reads or as I call them 'quickies'!

I love the fake relationship troupe and grumpy (sort-of) antiheroes. The only thing that could have made this any better would be some good quality groveling. I really enjoyed the topic of a billionaire that didn't act like one per se and the exotic car aspect. I wish we had learned more about it and maybe more of a highlight on the electric car aspect. I also liked how there was eventually genuine feelings and not inst
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about a good romance is that even though you ultimately know where it's going to end up, it's the getting there that is so enjoyable. The Debt certainly was a good romance and I enjoyed every second of it.
I have to admit that I like a damaged hero and Ash is certainly damaged. Not only has he got a face marred by knife scars from his youth, streetfighting, but rejection from his father and a fallout with his half brother has left him emotionally damaged. Ellie has her own issues with t
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While not normally a reader of contemporary (romantic suspense preferred), I couldn't pass this up because Jackie Ashenden is a favorite of mine. Know going in that the grammar/spelling/etc are written from the Australian perspective, but it won't hinder your enjoyment at all. Eliie is a chauffeur, a first for any heroine I've ever read. She needs something from Ash, so getting a gig driving for him seems to be the only way to get in front of him. Ash is a self made billionaire with a huge chip ...more
Sandra R
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly, this is a very well written romance, as usual, by this author. There are a few erotic sex scenes described in detail - so be aware of that. I liked the connection between Ellie and Ash, as it literally sizzled at times. There was a bit of a back story (eg the reason for them getting together), but this was really about our couple and the romance. I mostly liked the characterizations, (especially that of Ash), but I wasn't convinced about Ellie's. She was written as an Australian, but to ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Debbie Caswell
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about two broken people who in one another find their wholes

Ash Evan may be a billionaire but it is the fact that he was broken that made him such it gave him the drive to struggle for years until he made it and now he gives no quarter to anyone. Ellie Little needs him to give them time so that she can save her fathers automotive business and she will do whatever she needs to get a chance to state her case So she takes a job as his chauffeur and drives him around Paris When he re
Angel Hatfield
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Notoriously ruthless property developer Ash Evans never forgives a debt. And I have two days to convince the former street fighter not to pull his investment in my father’s company. Taking a job as his chauffeur in Paris is the only way to get close enough to ask the bad-tempered billionaire for a favor. With his sexy tattoo, scars and magnificently cut body, he’s as powerful, sleek and difficult to manage as the sports cars my family designs. And after meeting his electric-blue eyes in the rear ...more
Christina Montminy
Wow!!! This book grabbed me right form the first chapter & didn't let go. Ash & Ellie were explosive, their chemistry was so far off the charts. Author Jackie Ashden had me wondering if there were any redeeming qualities in Ash, as his fierce, angry attitude seemed to be all he was for so long. Ellie was a conundrum of sorts as I first thought her shy, but she's also a strong willed, not afraid of much, always in the drivers seat woman as well. A favour asked after a night neither will f ...more
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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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