The Billion Dollar Bachelor (Billionaire’s Club)
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin
Date of Publication: February 11, 2014
Jax Morrow is a dangerously handsome, spectacularly wealthy entrepreneur whose world is turned upside down when Pandora Garret walks into a dark, smoky bar one night—a stunning combination of sex and innocence. He knows she’s trouble at first sight, but Jax can’t let her leave…unless she’s leaving with him.
Pandora has had enough. Kept under lock and key by her powerful, controlling father, she aches for freedom. When she briefly escapes and meets Jax she knows he is just what she has been looking for: forbidden, unforgettable passion. After one night in Jax’s arms, Pandora knows she can never go back to living under one man’s domination. Determined to control her own life she tries to resist Jax, but a dangerous desire rises between them—one that threatens to destroy them. But both Pandora and Jax discover that they just can’t be pulled away…
I’ve never read a book by Jackie Ashenden and it’s books like hers that make me so glad I do the whole NetGalley thing. I’ve been introduced to so many books/authors that I never would have read otherwise. So yay!
Pandora – an interesting character, to say the least. She’s been kept cloistered away by her mobster/gangster father her entire life (supposedly “for her own protection”) and has realized she is about to be married off to a vile man, Sergie, who serves as one of her father’s flunkies. Desperate to avoid that fate, she takes advantage of a momentary distraction in her guards’ attention and runs…straight into the bar where Jax is having a drink, trying to forget the impending doom hanging over his and his company’s head.
Jax’s family business, Morrow, has a reputation for being honest, upstanding, and a generally good company. Unfortunately, a few decades back, the family wasn’t quite so honest and upstanding, having been paired with (as it turns out) Pandora’s family. Unfortunately, that past is about to come to light and Jax is trying to avert disaster. Then this bombshell woman walks into a bar and he wants her. Bad.
Unfortunately, Pandora’s father finds them after they’ve had their night of passion and they find themselves pushed into a fake engagement (well, it’s supposedly real, but Jax promises Pandora it’s just fake while he tries to get the goods on Pandora’s father to get him to stop blackmailing Jax). There’s a lot of interesting push and pull between Pandora and Jax.
Jax fights his attraction to Pandora every inch of the way because he’s afraid of the fact that she makes him want to lose control. Control to him is everything, because he’s convinced if he loses it, people get hurt (he’s got a very scarred past at least when it comes to the control thing, thanks to the lens of a child’s perspective on events). Pandora on the other hand, is completely honest and makes no bones that she wants Jax and tries to tempt him into losing control with her again.
I like how the author chose to end it, using little details about Pandora’s character that had been sprinkled in so it didn’t just come out of left field. These two deserved their HEA ending and I can’t wait to read Donovan’s story (which better be coming soon!).
Four stars all the way and thank you, Ms. Ashenden!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.