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Ruined Castle #.5

The Scottish Billionaire

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From the moment we meet, I look in his eyes and feel a magnetic pull.

He's Lord Keiran Greyrose. Wealthy, handsome, with a dazzling smirk and a devilishly sharp tongue.

Renowned for his temper, people call him The Beast.

His caresses make me shiver. I agree to leave for some place more discreet.

He whispers in my ear that he's looking for an au pair to tame his wild daughter.

Keir's rough touches, roguish charm, and slick accent captivate me.

I know that he is older than me and richer than god.

But the moment he kisses me, all my sense of propriety flies right out the window.

He doesn't know the burning secrets I hold.

If he did, he'd want nothing to do with me.

Being his for just one night makes me a sinner, but it feels so very right.

…just as long as we aren't caught.

The Scottish Billionaire is part of a contemporary billionaire romance series from Wall Street Journal Bestseller Vivian Wood. It's the prequel novella to three full-length books in the gritty, raw, passionate Ruined Castles Series.

80 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 27, 2022

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Profile Image for Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb".
1,346 reviews17 followers
March 21, 2023
Lord Keiran Grayrose, and His brother Lord James Grayrose sons of the Scottish Duke Grayrose. Keiran is a Billionaire and his brother James is running for Prime Minister of the UK. On a visit to New York. They attend the Patrons Ball for the New York City Ballet Company. He meets Ella a premiere Ballerina who has been injured and is now looking for a different type of work. The sparks fly between them.

This is a very short novella and introduction to The Beast which is I guess the real story of Keiran and Ella.
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4,707 reviews26 followers
July 9, 2022
A truly exciting taste of what is to come, awesome prequel to this series. Sweetly sexy, emotional and entertaining journey that will leave you breathlessly wanting more. Such a great read and I am so looking forward to reading this new series.
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255 reviews4 followers
November 7, 2022
Short little novella

The novella, The Scottish Billionaire, was definitely short. Overall, I liked the protagonists but I didn’t like how Ella was so easily swayed by her father. I forsee a whole mess building up around her in the next books.
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1,071 reviews18 followers
June 29, 2022
Great Prequel to capture your interest!

Author Vivian Wood never ceases to catch my attention with every release and The Sinner was no different. Hot and sexy was mixed with dry and witty, all of which made for great reading entertainment, this prequel to her Ruined Castles series was a great quick read and has me looking forward to more of Kieran and Ella’s romance. Kier is also a single father, and there is nothing I love more, especially with one hell of an errant child who drives her care-givers crazy.

Billionaire and Peer, Lord Kieran Grayrose controls his staff with a rod of iron, yet he can’t even control his bounce-off-the-wall-drive-'em-to-quit 6-year-old daughter. He’s after another nanny, and he’s friends with Callum and Kaia from Ms Wood’s Broken Slipper series. See the connection?? No? Then that is a series you need to be checking out as well.

Young Ella Washington only envisaged ballet in her future until an injury side-lined her. Luckily for her, best friend Kaia thinks she has just the job for her – with the handsome broody Kier Grayrose. His business is media and entertainment, and often interacts with the sleazy side of reporting. It’s all sun and roses until blackmail happens and someone gets killed, and that’s your introduction to Ms Wood’s new Ruined Castles series.

High on romance paired with suspense, I suggested you check it all out. 4.5 Stars. 🌹🩰

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1,036 reviews42 followers
June 28, 2022
Kier & Ella have instant fire, & then the drama really starts!!

Ella thought her future was ballet. Unfortunately, the injury to her knee has cut her promising future short. Now her future is unclear and into this comes a surprise visit from her beloved sister and not so adored parents. Her father expects something of her. He wants her to meet someone at a ballet gala that tends to be be known among the dancers as the 'Patrons Gala' for them to find sugar daddies. What?!

At the gala she is thrilled to see her best friend and someone we already know, Kaia (and her hubby, Calum). Kaia introduces her to the very man her father wants her to meet, Lord Greyrose
Or Kier...since not only is he close friends with her bestie's husband, but she gets to know him very well.

And then the games really begin.

I can't wait until August for the next book!! This one whetted my appetite... Passion, intrigue, danger... what happens next?!

I received a review copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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1,426 reviews23 followers
June 30, 2022
I have come across some good reads lately, Just added this one to my list.
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2022
So I have been reading some good books lately, some not. This book has made my list.

Vivian has once again created a new series that will definitely reach out and grab you and drag you back to this amazing story.

Who does not like some drama with their story? How about a side of some sexual chemistry? Like hot super sexual chemistry.

Yeah I totally fell for it, and loved this read. This is just a glimpse of what we can expect of Ella, Keiran. There are some twists and turns in there to be watchful for.

Excellent read and I need more of these two.
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10.8k reviews118 followers
June 26, 2022
This book delivers a very tempting taste that has me hungry for more!! Kieran and Ella definitely caught my attention with their smoky chemistry and incandescent sparks. If this enticing prequal is any indication, this new series is going to be tantalizingly juicy, sinfully steamy, richly decadent and utterly delicious!!
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2,867 reviews38 followers
June 25, 2022
Loving this new series
Love Keir and Ella
Ready for the Beast
Need more
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2,147 reviews
June 29, 2022
Great way to set up a new series. Keiran and Ella's prequel definitely has me excited to see what is coming next
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225 reviews3 followers
April 2, 2023

You can read my novella review of The Scottish Billionaire on my blog, here: https://thepaperworlds.blogspot.com/2....

This is a spoiler-free review! The Scottish Billionaire is currently available for free on iBooks and Kindle.

Oh no, another billionaire romance in the free section, whatever will I do! Download it immediately. If there is one thing in my corner at all times, it is the romance section on iBooks -- I could check it every single day and find something new to download. I already had The Beast downloaded before I found out about The Scottish Billionaire, and I am a sucker for reading things in order, so here we are.

Ella is an injured ballerina basically being strong-armed by her parents into working for billionaire Keiran Greyrose as an au pair while she is on the bench until she is recovered. Her parents are absolute nightmares and basically she her as a pawn in a game rather than a human being with free will. She meets Keiran along with his brother at a gala, and right from the start you can see the tension between them, at lease from Keiran's point of view.

His brother James is insufferable, and ruining for primer minister, so it definitely checks out. We get a pretty good couple chapters of a big ensemble interaction that really nails each character and their personality right off the bat. Then we are thrown right into Keir and Ella's attraction and the smut scenes are well done and just a tiny bit unrealistic, but that is what makes it great to read. Ella is a virgin and is putting on an entire Cirque du Soleil performance for Keir approximately ten minutes after they have known each other.

The way that they argue with one another had me cracking up -- you could clearly tell that they have such big personalities and that it would prove be a problem for them as they find themselves in a major situation. We see them being confronted with multiple issues that will definitely be driving the plot forward in the full-length first installment, which I am excited to see played out.

You can see how much of a problem Ella's father is going to be in their story, especially coupled with the information you learn about his past and what he has done now. Along with the number of other issues Keir and Ella are facing, he may be the least of their worries for now.

If you are looking for an age-gap romance with a touch of action, this is certainly an excellent way to dive in, with similar attributes to Fifty Shades of Grey that readers will appreciate. You can read the novella to get a feel for the series, or go right into The Beast, as it includes this novella in the book.

You can catch up with me and my current reads by friending me on Goodreads (maddymartinelli), Instagram (@thepaperworlds), Twitter (@thepaperworlds), and following this blog in order to stay up-to-date with any reviews, blog tours, and more!

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652 reviews41 followers
July 1, 2022
Lord Kieran ‘Kier’ Grayrose and Ella Washington were first introduced to us as characters in Broken Slipper Trilogy. But now they are back with their own story to tell with Ruined Castle Trilogy series by Vivian Wood, starting with the prequel that is The Sinner.

This prequel is a great start to setting up Kier and Ella's full story to come. Vivian captures your attention from the get go, not only allowing us to get a more closer look into their individual lives. Being able to get to know them a little more, given the dual perspective the story is told through.
But also showing how Kier and Ella come together and become entangled into each other's lives with one another.

Although it was a short, Vivian still delivered in giving a story that had many elements including drama surrounding blackmail and betrayal from lies being told, creating suspenseful build up that kept you gripped on. Particularly when it came to the mystery surrounding the secrets being kept, paving the way for deep emotions to be explored, especially given the situations and events that risen because of it.
But also showcasing the explosive sparks flying from the chemistry that was shared between Kier and Ella, leading to some very Hot, Wild and Spicy steam!

With a cliffhanger ending like that, The Sinner definitely has me wanting more and excited to see what’s to come in the series. And how Kier and Ella's story will continue to play out.
Definitely recommend checking The Sinner out, especially if you read and enjoyed Vivian Wood’s Broken Slipper Trilogy.
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487 reviews
February 17, 2023
This is the first book for the beast.
you have to read this to know what's going on in the beast. Good thing its combined into one. At least on the download I have.

I went into this book feeling really good about it. But by the time I got towards the end, when the smut started, I wasn't enjoying it. There is no connection, it felt emotionless. Like how things were worded were off, didn't seem real, and I didn't see a connection between these two.

Then for the actual sex scene, which is why we read this ish...
She said she was a virgin. Kay. Cool.
They get started and he makes it out like he's only going to be going down on her all night giving her multiple O's on his tongue. She even said she was disappointed about that. There was no more mention of them ever having sex. You think there would've been a scene where he figured it out or she told him - and a descriptive scene about the sex, but no. All we got was the head then its the next morning.

The next mention of sex is from the reporter (how did the video even get taken?!?)
Then again when they are on the way to the air port he asked her about it getting out that she fucked him .... BUT IT NEVER MENTIONED THEM HAVING SEX!

I was thinking it was just head that happened and she left after a night full of Os on his tongue and fingers still a virgin. IDK maybe I got bored and glossed over that part? Doubtful - but I mean shit happens...

I'm just not feeling it. I'm going to continue though, hoping I can get more into it. Hopefully feel a connection between the characters.

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1,102 reviews32 followers
September 27, 2022
This short novella, it is a prequel to The Beast - Book 1.
Lord Greyrose - Kier, is from Scotland, where he runs a multi-billion dollar Media company, aka Media Mogul of the world it seems.However, he has a young daughter, who was never told no, has no manners, does what she wants, keeps getting kicked out of school after school. 

 Ella has always been in Ballet. That has always been her dream, to be on stage in NYC. However, an injury has put her on the sidelines and now a year after her surgery, she is still in recovery, but healing nicely. The Dr's don't think she'll ever be able to be a prima ballerina ever. Her dreams have been crushed. One night she is at a ballet gala with her father and friends. She meets Lord Greyrose, and she and he hit it off nicely. Ella's father seems to be up to something. It seems he might be trying to trick Ella into 'landing' a wealthy man to benefit him, not his daughter / family. 

Will Lord Greyrose be able to keep Ella for himself or an au pair for his daughter? Will she even want that position? 

Tons of sexual tension in this book. 

I did receive a free ARC Book copy of this book. I am freely leaving an honest review. 

1,849 reviews10 followers
July 18, 2022
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of "THE SINNER"
This is the prequel to the new Ruined Castle Series its full of mystery, secrets, danger, angst, passion, intense drama, intrigue, deep emotions, twists that have you turning the pages.
Keiran Greyrose is the HEIR to the Duke of Greystone a Media Mogul in Scotland is headed to NYC to set up publicity for his brother James who is wanting to run for Prime Minister in Scotland.
Kieran sees Elka Washington a beautify ballerina who's been injured at a gala he's intrigued by her he needs a nanny for his daughter her being injured she will need work.
Kieran & Ella spend a passionate night together he can't afford any scandal it wouldn't be great for the family or James so her becoming nanny for his daughter would work perfectly.
I definitely recommend to get this amazing story following Kieran & Ella's journey you can't put this down until finished so much happens setting up for the "BEAST" the next book in "RUINED CASTLE" series I'm so looking forward to reading.
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1,042 reviews3 followers
June 27, 2022
Wow! This prequel THE SINNER is another amazing work by Vivian Wood! What a teaser this is! The Sinner is Lord Kieran Greyrose and Ella Washington’s story, and if this is any indication to what their story will be, it definitely sets the tone for a mystery, suspense that is gritty and raw, and lots of tension that I definitely can’t wait to read! This short story will grab your attention from the start. This is going to be a hot, intense, and volatile story. I was captivated from start to finish—giving you just enough to draw your attention in for the upcoming books. But believe me, this will be one awesome series! If you read any of Vivian Wood’s books, you know she is giving you just enough intrigue and salaciousness, and I can’t wait to read the next book. You don’t want to miss this series—get this prequel now, and see for yourself!! I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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504 reviews16 followers
July 4, 2022
✅Age gap

My review:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat factor:🔥🔥🔥🔥

This novella is an introduction into the Ruined Castle trilogy by Vivian Wood. All indications show it’s going to be a scorcher of a story and I really loved the characters.

Keir Grayrose (whom we met in the Broken Slipper series) is a billionaire with a title and influence from Scotland. While visiting New York for work, he meets the young Ella.

Ella is ballerina at the end of her career and is looking for what she needs to do next. When these two are pushed together and it’s suggested that Ella become the nanny for Keir’s daughter, curiosity and sparks fly.

However, after a very steamy night together, things take a suspenseful and unexpected turn. Someone is trying to blackmail Keir and now Ella is caught in the middle.

I can’t wait to read more about these two and learn all the secrets to the mystery!
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1,451 reviews36 followers
October 18, 2022
KC Rating: 4🍁 /🌶

This was a fun read, and it's such a shame that it was so short. But the good news is that there are 3 more books telling us the story of Keir and Ella. Though that's where the bad news comes in. Not all books are released, and I'm in a dilemma, should I start now? The first book is already out, and the second one comes out in a few days, but the 3rd book won't be out until 2023.

We get to meet Ella and Keir, two very interesting characters. Keir is your typical grumpy a-hole, while Ella I hope will prove to be an amazing female lead, so I can't wait to read the next books where their relationship will be more detailed. And I honestly can't wait to meet Isla, and just what kind of havoc will she bring!

And if the spice is any indication from this short novella, it's going to be explosive!



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Profile Image for Debbie Brown.
1,534 reviews15 followers
June 27, 2022
Wow this prequel packs quite the punch and definitely wets our appetite for the new series by Vivian Wood. Media mogul Keiran Greyrose, heir to the Duke of Greystone in Scotland is traveling to New York to set up publicity for his brother James who’s planning on running for prime mister in their homeland. Keiran sees the sexy and beautiful Ella Washington walking across the room and knows quite intrigued by the injured ballerina for the New York ballet at a gala. Keiran needs another nanny for his young daughter Isla and it seems Ella will fill the position and they head home to Scotland. There’s so much going on in the prequel blackmail, secrets, lies and betrayal I can’t wait for the Beast release to see where this steamy story between Keir and Ella. I voluntarily read and reviewed the excellent book.
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1,448 reviews8 followers
August 27, 2022
We are back with the NY Ballet Company owned by Calum Fordham. His pregnant wife, Kaia, is best friends with the ballerina Ella who is about to lose her job with the NYB because she has ruined her knee. Ella's parents and younger sister come from Atlanta surprising her. Her father has tickets to take her to the NYB gala with the hidden intention of putting her in a position to get a job with Lord Kieran Greyrose, who happens to be friends with Calum. Makes a perfect setup for Kaia to introduce the two and then these four (that we know from previous books) leave the gala for the bar next to the Calum's hotel. When Ella accompanies him to his room with the intention of losing her V card, things go from bad, to discouraging, to infuriating blackmail! Want details? Read this fun, but thrilling lead-in novella to The Beast (Ruined Castle, #1).
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409 reviews8 followers
June 26, 2022
I received a copy of this arc in exchange for my honest review. This book is the prequel to the new upcoming series, Ruined Castles. We meet Kieran and Ella in this short intro into this upcoming series.
These two have instant chemistry from the first moment they meet. Kieran needs a new nanny for his young daughter, and with Ella being injured and not able to dance, she needs to find a job, quickly. This prequel definitely did it’s job! I am hooked and can’t wait for Beast to release, because now that I know how it begins, I want all of it ! I just love these two. Ella is sassy, and as arrogant as Kieran is, I see a soft side coming from him in the future. I can’t wait to see what is in store for these two ! I am ready !
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1,428 reviews
June 28, 2022
Whoa!! Keir and Ella are characters in the Broken Slipper series and I'm so psyched they get their own story! Ella is trying to come to terms with never dancing with the ballet again, finding a job all while dealing with her overbearing, scheming father. Keir is in NY on business when he finds out his daughter has driven away another nanny and has been expelled again. He knows everything he and his family does could appear in the media and he can't have any scandals, but for the first time in a long time he throws caution to the wind for a night with Ella. Now that a scandal looms, his need of a nanny is the prefect cover for them. This begins their story that is sure to be packed with drama, secrets, intrigue and passion....I can't wait for the next book!!
270 reviews1 follower
June 29, 2022
A prequel to the new Ruined Castle Series and already my mind is making assumptions, so many directions the story can branch off to. We have Kieran Greyrose, gorgeous millionaire who has his eyes firmly set on seducing Ella Washington, but he is hiding secrets, and then we have Ella’s heartless, manipulative bully of a father who has no shame in using his daughter to get what he wants, poor Ella her head is certainly in a spin!! I can’t wait for the Beast to be released to see what the author has install for us, I’m sure there will be plenty of secrets, lies, betrayals and steamy moments to come. I was given this as an ARC by the author in exchange for a voluntary honest review which I was totally happy to provide.
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1,415 reviews25 followers
July 5, 2022
I can't wait for more!!!!

The Sinner is a prequel to The Ruined Castles series. Its a forbidden, billionaire/nanny romance.

This series is gonna be EPIC!!!!

We first met Ella Washington and Lord Kieran (Keir) Grayrose in the Broken Slipper trilogy and I am so excited for their story!!!

Ella has always wanted to be a ballet star. Then, she gets a knee injury that crushes her dreams. When her family comes to visit, her father tells her she has to go to the Patrons Gala and met a man.

At the Gala, she is introduced to Lord Grayrose by her best friend Kaia, (who is married to Callum) and holy crap do these 2 have a connection!!

I loved this prequel so very much and I cant wait for the rest of this series!!!
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490 reviews1 follower
July 30, 2022
A little taste of Kier and Ella that ended with quite a bang.

Ella Washington hoped she would have a future with the New York Ballet but an injury spoils that dream and instead she is left with an uncertainty of what her future will hold.
In comes her dad who seems to have that figured out for her, as he insists she accompnay him to a meet and greet where she meets Kier Greyrose.
These two are pushed together and what ensues is one steamy night that leads to blackmail, danger and suspense.
That leaves us wondering what will happen next.

I like that this series is linked to the Broken Slipper series - which is where we are first introduced to Kier and Ella - as that series had me hooked, so far this one does too.
9 reviews
September 22, 2022
I was a little disappointed with this book. The story was good, but it was incomplete. Add to that incompleteness several instances where the writing was not as well crafted as I'd expect from a published author: poorly mixed metaphors, word repetition, and proofreading errors. Some of the character interactions didn't fully make sense to me. Perhaps this was done on purpose as a means of enticing readers to get more of the story in the next book. Unfortunately, the contradictions in the characters' behavior took me out of the story rather than drawing me. Certainly, this was not the worst book I've read this year, and I did manage to finish it. However, I will not be investing more time into this series.
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185 reviews2 followers
March 21, 2023
Interesting tease to the real story...

Not sure why this wasn't just added to the real story as a long (several chapter) sort of prologue.

and the cliffhanger drops as this entire novella is just the prologue to the real story.

R for explicit sexual content and graphic hit and run. Themes include blackmail and murder.
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1,442 reviews12 followers
June 25, 2022
Keiran and Ella seem like a perfect match in terms of their personalities, and might even top Kaia and Calum from the Broken Slipper series (both of which I really loved and who have a cameo appearance) ...

This is one hϧ!l of a kick-off to the new Ruined Castle series, possibly both the steamiest and most suspenseful I've ever read, so sensual, so hot with so much chemistry that on the one hand I almost got dizzy and felt like I was standing too close to the fire and burning up, and on the other hand I'm so excited that curiosity is almost killing me. I absolutely can't wait to read more of them!
June 26, 2022
Short, but oh so sweet!!! In this prequel to the Ruined Castle series Kieran and Ella have instant heat that will make you feel scorched. They were introduced to each other by friends and another steamy couple Kaia and Calum of Vivian's Broken Slipper Series. Ella's looking for her next step after a injury sidelines her successful ballet career. Calum is in need of a au pair for his daughter, but one look at Ella and he has other ideas. This is a quick burn tale with strong personalities, and a struggle between right and wrong. She has quick wit, and he is a arrogant Lord. This taste wasn't enough I'm ready to devour the next book in the series The Beast!
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861 reviews10 followers
June 27, 2022
“You know what they say about forbidden fruit, though…it always tastes the sweetest."

The Sinner is the prequel to the Ruined Castle series featuring Kier and Ella. This short and steamy story definitely whets your appetite for what’s to come. Kier is arrogant, quick to anger, bossy, guarded and impulsive while Ella is feisty and full of sass. Attraction flares instantly between these two and Kier knows Ella should be off limits but he’s unable to resist. Once lines are crossed, they find themselves in a situation full of lies, secrets, and danger. I’m excited to see where their story leads.
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