An intensely sexy Billionaire Fairy Tales standalone novel by Jackie Ashenden that is billionaire romance meets Little Red Riding Hood with a happily ever after.
Wicked. Ruthless. Obsessed.
Sent away from his family as a boy because he couldn’t be controlled, Rafe DeSantis’s new guardian turned him into a monster. One who wants only two things out of life: To get revenge on the father who destroyed his life. And to possess the woman who was kept from him. Ella Hart has been his obsession for years, and now that he’s her guardian he’s finally in position to black mail her into his bed. And once he has her there? He’s going to eat her up.
Innocent. Alone. Hunted.
Ella has been living with her grandmother since the death of her parents when she was a child. She’s learned to pour her grief and pain into dance, and it’s become her escape. Her passion. Now she’s set her sights on a prestigious dance school in Paris. But there’s one problem. Ella was so young when her parents died, her money was left in the hands of the DeSantis family…and it’s now controlled by Rafe. A man she’s always found compelling and terrifying at the same time. Rafe offers her an ultimatum: Give herself to him, body and soul, and she’ll get the money she needs.
Ella isn’t in a position to refuse, though she tries to resist the sexy billionaire. It feels good, until her heart becomes involved. Does the big bad billionaire want to capture her heart? Or does he only want to own her body?
Don't miss these standalone Billionaire Fairy Tales:
The Billionaire's Virgin (Cinderella)
The Billionaire Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
The Billionaire's Intern (Sleeping Beauty)
Rafe and Ella's Story
As a child, Rafe DeSantis had anger issues. He scared most people, but not Ella. Ella was only two years old, but she liked Rafe for who he was. She always had a smile for him and always wanted to be around him, until Rafe lost his temper. Rafe would NEVER hurt Ella, but her family thought he had. So they kept Ella away from Rafe and spoke badly of him. Rafe's punishment....he was shipped off to live with his grandpa.
Under his grandpa's care, Rafe learned to control his anger, but it came at a cost. Rafe's grandpa was very abusive. He locked him in a dark cellar, didn't feed him for days, and scarred him with a belt and cigarette burns. Although Rafe attributes his control and success to his grandpa's "teachings", the abuse he suffered truly affected his relationships.
Ella, having lost her parents as a teen, also suffered greatly. The only family Ella had left was her grandma, only her grandma wasn't her guardian. Rafe blackmailed his way into Ella's life by becoming her guardian. When Rafe informs her of his new "role" in her life, she's outraged and scared. Her parent's past influence concerning Rafe is all she knows and remembers. So she's scared of him. Rafe realizes this, but vows to change her mind and make her his.
While I truly enjoyed this novel, it was a little hard to read topic wise. It's a wonderfully written story, but the abuse Rafe endured was almost too much for me. While I know child abuse occurs, I don't find it entertaining to read. That being said, I did enjoy the story. I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
A twisted and sexy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Rafe DeSantis is definitely a big bad wolf so when he goes to see Ella Hart she knows she should run far and fast. Rafe's obsession with Ella has been going on for years. Now he's in a position as her guardian to demand her attention and show her exactly how he feels about her. Will she see the good in him or will she she the bad he's always known he is??
This may be based on a Fairy Tale but Ella and Rafe's story is no childhood story. It's dark, obsessive, and dirty yet for these two a happily ever afteris within their reach.
Definitely a book I recommend.