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The Billionaire's Virgin: A Billionaire Romance
     

The Billionaire's Virgin: A Billionaire Romance

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by Jackie Ashenden
 

An intensely sexy Billionaire Fairy Tales standalone romance by Jackie Ashenden where a billionaire, bad boy Prince Charming meets the woman who will rock his world.

Xavier De Santis: Charming. Disgraced. Playboy.

The headlines are always shouting about the excesses of the so-called Prince Charming of the De Santis family. Problem is,

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An intensely sexy Billionaire Fairy Tales standalone romance by Jackie Ashenden where a billionaire, bad boy Prince Charming meets the woman who will rock his world.

Xavier De Santis: Charming. Disgraced. Playboy.

The headlines are always shouting about the excesses of the so-called Prince Charming of the De Santis family. Problem is, Xavier is everything they say he is.

But now he’s gone too far, and he has has been ordered to clean up his image. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, Xavier sees a bright light amidst all the bleakness. An angel whose luminous face and tragic beauty call to him in ways he can’t explain.

Mia: Homeless. Vulnerable. Virgin.

When the shelter Mia calls home closes, she is left with nowhere to go. Nowhere except the luxurious, glorious palace of a home where Xavier De Santis has invited her to stay. This too-handsome billionaire is dark, dangerous…and also too good to be true.

Surely Mia can indulge in her fantasies and escape the hardness of her daily life for just one night?

As one night turns into two, Mia knows that eventually, the magic will end. She can't keep the beautiful clothes. She can't keep the soft bed. And most of all, she can't keep the hard, handsome man who makes her crave his touch with every breath she takes.

Mia doesn't belong in his world. But as Xavier tempts his rags-to-riches heroine with exquisite pleasure and heady desire, Mia may have no choice but to surrender to him completely.

Jackie Ashenden’s novels have been described as “Dark, explosive, and gritty, with a splash of dominance.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review on In Bed with the Billionaire) and The Billionaire’s Virgin delivers even more of that delicious combination.

*An incredibly sexy billionaire romance meets a Cinderella retelling with an HEA.

Don’t miss The Billionaire Beast.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250136749
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/10/2017
Series:
Billionaire Fairy Tales , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
7,059
File size:
1 MB

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The Billionaire's Virgin


By Jackie Ashenden

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Jackie Ashenden
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-13674-9


CHAPTER 1

As Xavier de Santis, billionaire bad boy and youngest son of the second richest man in New York, slopped stew into the tin plates of the poor and needy at the Midtown homeless shelter his father had forced him to volunteer at, he realized it wasn't the actual physical reality of Manhattan's poor and needy that bothered him the most.

It was the smell. Not the unwashed bodies or the unkempt hair or the terrible breath. No, as unpleasant as all that was, that he could deal with.

It was the smell of hopelessness, of despair, that he had difficulty with.

He didn't know why, since hopelessness and despair were also prevalent in the social circles he moved in, but maybe it was because in his world they were just better hidden. Here, in the people lining up for what was probably their only meal of the day, they were right in his face.

It made him uncomfortable, and if there was one thing Xavier hated, it was being uncomfortable. Especially when being uncomfortable made him run at the mouth like a tool.

"I don't like it," he said to the old man with broken teeth who was standing in front of him holding out a plate. "I mean, I'm sorry. I just can't do despair." He lifted the ladle of stew and poured it out onto the man's plate. "Hopelessness, fine. Okay, no, it's not fine, obviously. But it's easier somehow, you know?"

The old man looked at him, his face utterly blank, then shuffled on as if Xavier hadn't spoken.

"What about you?" Xavier asked as another person moved in front of him, another old man who looked ninety but was probably only all of sixty. "Care for a little despair with your hopelessness? Or are you more a despair person with a side order of hopelessness?"

The man blinked at him as if he was speaking Greek.

"Half and half, am I right?" Xavier ladled more stew. "The hopelessness and despair are pretty even and you're not favoring one or the other? I like that. Life's all about balance, yes?"

The man shook his head, muttered something under his breath, and moved on to collect his portion of bread, while the volunteer on Xavier's left shot Xavier a disgusted look.

Right. He was probably talking too much again. But how else was he supposed to get through this? He preferred throwing money at a problem, preferably from a safe distance, not having to stare right into its grim, haggard face and worn, ragged clothes.

Unfortunately though, due to a drunken brawl with a paparazzo who'd been shoving his stupid fucking camera in Xavier's face, Xavier got to get right up close and personal with it.

The paparazzo, like so many of them, had been an asshole, instantly seeing dollar signs the moment Xavier had grabbed the offending camera and flung it into a nearby trash can. Dollar signs meaning assault charges, despite the fact that Xavier had barely touched him.

Normally Cesare de Santis, head of De Santis Corp, the country's biggest personal security manufacturer, and Xavier's father, usually let his sons deal with their own problems, but in this instance, he'd had to step into the breach, using his influence and liberal amounts of cash to make the pap drop the charges. He'd also made it very clear to Xavier that a public show of penitence was required, since having the de Santis name associated with violence was a step too far for buyers who didn't like to be reminded that personal security included weapons and that weapons could be actually used to kill people.

"Protection's what they're buying," his father had always said. "And that's what we're selling."

Xavier had no problem with that. What he did have a problem with was apologizing. That and abasing himself. He was a goddamn de Santis and he didn't have to prove how sorry he was for what he'd done, because (a) he wasn't very sorry and (b) he hadn't even landed a punch, though he'd very much wanted to.

Still, it was either volunteer at the shelter or lose the one thing in entire world he actually wanted, the one thing he'd spent most of his adult life working toward: ownership of his late mother's Wyoming ranch.

Blue Skies was owned by his father now and because Cesare knew Xavier wanted it, he held it over Xavier's head at every opportunity in order to get his son to do what he wanted. Cesare de Santis was a manipulative bastard and the real kicker was that it worked.

If Xavier wanted that ranch — and he wanted it very, very badly indeed — he had to do whatever his father said. Which meant working in De Santis Corp as a glorified salesman, demonstrating new products, sucking up to potential clients, and generally being the happy poster boy for De Santis Personal Security systems.

It was also why he was in this shitty Midtown homeless shelter, doling out slop, having come to do his volunteer stint straight from a party at the Met.

He hadn't even bothered changing out of his tux.

Through the window that faced the street, the paparazzi were hanging around, taking pics of him through the glass, though the de Santis security team waiting for him outside were doing their best to move them along.

Xavier smiled and gave them a jaunty wave. Which, on reflection, wasn't very penitent of him. At all.

The next person moved in front of him, holding out their tray.

"What can I get for you today?" he asked, getting bored now. "Will it be the stew or the stew?"

But it wasn't an old man standing in front of him this time. It was a woman.

She was little and dressed in a plain, dark blue button down shirt, a dirty brown overcoat at least three sizes too big for her, and a hideous, bright orange woolen beanie pulled down over her head. Her features were delicate and sharply angled, not pretty but intense-looking somehow, and her wide black eyes tilted up at the corners like a cat's.

Something burned in those eyes, a kind of fire that reached out and grabbed him by the throat, and Xavier, who always had something to say, suddenly couldn't think of a single word.

She held out her tray, bright black eyes watching him warily.

Reflexively, he smiled at her as he doled out her stew.

Her expression didn't change in the slightest. In fact, she looked away as if he didn't exist, moving on to collect some bread from the person next to him.

Xavier blinked. He couldn't think of the last time a woman hadn't responded to his smile. Or, come to think of it, had dismissed him so completely. It was enough to give a guy a complex, not that he was one for complexes. Hell, it was even kind of funny that a poor little homeless woman could cut one of New York's most sought after and notorious bad boys dead.

He grinned to himself and promptly forgot about it.

The next night, though, he was back at the shelter, late this time because he'd been giving a presentation to some government clients who'd insisted on dealing with him personally. He'd impressed the fuck out of them with the new De Santis development in body armor, and since his father had made it clear that if Xavier managed to close this particular contract, he'd be one step closer to getting ownership of the ranch, he was feeling in a particularly good mood.

He whistled as he doled out tonight's meal — lasagna this time — smiling at the downtrodden lined up in front of him.

Two old men, three middle-aged women, and one young guy with an obvious meth addiction later, Xavier found a hideous burnt orange beanie in his sightline. He frowned, then lowered his gaze to meet a pair of familiar bright black eyes.

It was her. Again.

A curious jolt went through him, which was just downright strange since he didn't go for women in dirty overcoats and orange beanies. His tastes ran to tall and athletic, or small and voluptuous, he wasn't that picky on shape, to be fair. If they were into him and he was into them, it was all good. But generally, he preferred to choose his partners from bars or parties, not homeless shelters.

So why this woman should hold his attention was anyone's guess.

She was just ... actually, he couldn't put his finger on what she was. There was a ... fire in her. A fire he'd never seen in any other woman, or at least not one that burned so brightly. For some completely inexplicable reason, it fascinated him.

He smiled at her again, giving her the full-on Xavier de Santis treatment that usually made women flutter and giggle like teenagers in front of their favorite movie star. But again, this woman blanked him like he wasn't even there.

This time it wasn't so amusing.

Oddly irritated for being irritated about it, Xavier put it out of his mind.

Until the next night when she turned up in front of him again, holding out her tray, those fascinating black eyes blinking at him.

"Good evening, madam," he said, because he'd be damned if he let a woman make him lose the power of speech twice in one week. "Will you be having the caviar?"

She said nothing. And when he doled out the clam chowder, she turned away as if he hadn't said a thing. Again.

Goddammit.

He couldn't work out why he was so irritated, because what the hell did he care if some woman didn't respond to his perfectly friendly smiles? She didn't have to, and no doubt she had far more important stuff to deal with than smiling back. But still.

It needled him.

Night four and he came directly in from the office, still in his bespoke suit and tie, dishing out ladlesful of some godawful vegetable soup. The paparazzi outside had thinned out somewhat, the novelty of a de Santis helping out in a homeless shelter wearing off, which Xavier found a tad galling. He liked being the center of attention, and when the spotlight wasn't on him he started to get antsy.

As the people lined up for their meal, he found himself glancing at their faces, as if looking for someone. Sure enough, when he spotted that orange beanie, he felt something inside him settle.

Okay, ridiculous as this was, if he could demo the latest De Santis high-tech weaponry to the delight of the military, not to mention the government, then he could at least get some kind of fucking reaction out of one little homeless woman.

She approached him, holding out her tray. But this time Xavier didn't smile at her and he didn't say a word. He just looked at her. Looked straight into her black eyes and held her gaze with his, unleashing the full power of the infamous de Santis charisma on her.

She wrinkled her nose and turned away.

This time he wasn't only irritated. He was annoyed.

Ridiculous to get so worked up about a woman ignoring him, especially when he had so many women falling at his feet, and it really did make him a cliché to be so fascinated by the one woman who didn't.

But ... he just couldn't help it. He was annoyed.

Night five and he decided that if she was there, he was going to ignore her completely. No smile. No nothing. It was stupid for someone like him to let someone like her under his skin, utterly stupid.

But this time the black-eyed woman and her telltale orange beanie wasn't there.

Not that he cared. He had many other more important things to be worried about, such as securing this government contract and finally getting his father to hand over Blue Skies to him.

He couldn't fucking wait. It wasn't that he minded the city — much — but his heart had always been back in Wyoming, where their family had originally come from and where he'd spent summers as a boy. He'd always planned to move back there, though his father didn't know that quite yet. In fact his father wouldn't know that until Blue Skies was finally Xavier's, because he was pretty sure the manipulative old bastard would try and find some way to stop him if he did.

For Cesare de Santis, business — and therefore the entire known universe — revolved around New York, not some ranch in the middle of nowhere, and New York was where he'd insisted his family remain.

But not Xavier. He was going to get out as soon as he could.

Night six, and Xavier had come in before a party he had to go to in Hell's Kitchen. Only a couple of paparazzi hanging around this time, and these guys were more interested in fiddling around with their phones than in him. Which was aggravating.

He didn't look for the orange beanie — deliberately didn't look — and he didn't say a word to the people lining up for their meals.

Then suddenly there she was in front of him. Wearing the same outfit she'd been wearing three days earlier, that orange beanie pulled down low over her head. There was snow on the shoulders of her overcoat and shadows beneath her dark eyes. But those eyes burned even brighter tonight, as if something had stoked the fire inside her, and he had the oddest impression that he could hold out his hands to her like she was a fire, and his fingers would warm up.

He said nothing as she held out her tray to him, ladling in the same kind of stew that he'd ladled out six nights earlier. But as she turned away to get her bread, he murmured, "You need a new hat."

Her gaze flickered. And for a second, her dark eyes came to his.

Then she looked away.

It wasn't much, but it was the first reaction he'd gotten from her, and he felt it like a victory, a surge of satisfaction sweeping through him.

Next time, oh next time, he was going to make sure she didn't look away.


* * *

The guy was there again, watching her as she found a place at the table and started to eat. Mia could almost feel his eyes drilling holes in her back.

She didn't like it. She didn't like him looking at her, seeing her. She didn't like him watching her like he expected something from her.

Not that it was hard to work out what most men expected from her, but the weird thing with this guy was that she didn't think he was after sex.

She didn't know what he was after and that was the thing that unsettled her.

The first night he'd appeared at the shelter, she almost hadn't been able to look at him, he was so ... bright. And shiny. And clean.

He'd been in a tux and was so tall, all that spotless black fabric stretching out in front of her, and when she'd looked into his eyes, she'd felt something inside her fall away. They'd been blue. Blue like the little patch of sky she caught glimpses of from her current alleyway hideout.

She didn't like that either. Not his blue eyes or the shape of his face, the planes and angles of his nose, cheekbones and jaw arranging themselves into something she knew was probably handsome. More than that even. Or his black hair, the way it looked thick and spiky and soft, as if she could sink her fingers into it like a fur coat.

Nope. She didn't like handsome, blue-eyed, black-haired men in tuxes. They ranked highly on her list of people never to trust, along with cops, social workers, priests, and doctors. Basically anyone telling her they wanted to "help."

She didn't need their help. She didn't need anyone.

Mia gulped her food then got rid of the tray, all the while trying to ignore the man's eyes watching her. She'd been debating about whether to stay the night in the shelter since it was getting cold outside, but the man made her nervous so she didn't.

She hurried past him without looking at him again.

He looked like a god and she didn't trust men who looked like gods.

She didn't trust gods either.

Especially not ones who made comments about her hat.

That night she huddled in her spot between the Dumpster and the wall of the building behind it. She'd felt very pleased with herself for finding it because there was a hot pipe that ran up the side of the building that she could lean against for warmth. But tonight the cold bit deep, snow swirling in the air, and the hot pipe didn't feel hot enough.

Fucking winter. She hated it. When it got too cold, she was forced to go back to the shelters full of people coughing and hacking and complaining and crying. People who'd given up on life and on whom life had given up on as well.

She hated that too, the reminder of where her own life was headed if she didn't find herself a place to live. Then again, it was all attitude, wasn't it? Those people were a nightmare future she needed to face sometimes, to give her the strength to keep going, keep pushing. Keep surviving.

Because if there was one thing she wasn't going to do, it was to end up on the streets for the rest of her life. She wasn't going to end up like Old Catherine, the homeless woman who'd first helped Mia when she'd escaped from her gran and came out onto the streets. Who'd ended up dead in an alleyway with the detritus of her life scattered around her. Missed by no one, mourned by no one. Known by no one. No one except Mia.

Nope, no fucking way she was ending up like that. She was going to get herself off the streets. She was going to get herself a home.

Mia huddled against the pipe and stared up at the night sky, ignoring the sounds of a drug deal going down on the other side of the Dumpster. She couldn't see the stars in Manhattan, but she knew they were up there. Just like she knew that somewhere there was a home waiting for her.


(Continues...)

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Jackie lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids and two cats. When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr. Jax, and their two kids and two cats. When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

Jackie writes dark, sexy contemporary romance for St Martin’s Press, the titles Mine To Take, Make You Mine, and You Are Mine.

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The Billionaire's Virgin: A Billionaire Romance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous 8 hours ago
Not bad. Go for it. Kept me on my seat. M
Maria-Rose 3 months ago
The Billionaire’s Virgin is the first book in Jackie Ashenden’s new series, Billionaire Fairytales. There’s no doubt it’s fairytale material – the billionaire meeting and falling for a homeless woman. But the execution and storytelling make it an enjoyable and sexy read. I really liked both characters in this story. While Xavier is definitely a spoiled and selfish man, he does have a conscience. He is quick to make it clear to Mia that his offer of a warm night in his penthouse comes with no strings. He’s not interested in her sexually, he just wants to help. Besides, he’s got plenty of available women who’d love the chance to hop into bed with him. But his attraction to her character, her strength, and her determination to survive does lead to more. I appreciated that they didn’t just hop into bed together on the first night, though it’s not long before Xavier’s attraction to Mia and vice versa leads to some steamy scenes between them. There are some ongoing issues Xavier has with his father and brothers that add conflict to the story and show that things are definitely not perfect just because one has money. Xavier has issues of his own that he finds himself sharing with Mia, gaining support and understanding he’s not experienced elsewhere. Mia intrigued me as a woman who is down but not out. She has a goal, to eventually get off the streets and get her own apartment and she’s working on it day by day. It’s the difference between her and the other patrons of the shelter who are just existing and not looking to change their circumstances. She has understandable fears about being with Xavier in his home. Part of it is worry that he’ll expect something from her that she’s not prepared to give, though he quickly dispels that notion. But more, it’s about experiencing warmth and comfort and readily available food – fantasy for her really, and then having to go back to her real life. She can’t let herself get used to these things when she knows it’s only temporary, and how hard it will be to go back to her ‘normal’. She stays true to her character for the whole story, and while it would be easy to just let Xavier be her savior she’s not willing to stay with him without some kind of real emotional commitment. Sure it’s a fantasy – the rich man saves the homeless virgin – and very unlikely to happen in real life, but it’s well done. The Billionaire’s Virgin is a sexy romance with flawed characters who get to ‘save’ each other. I’m definitely looking forward to more in this series!
DebDiem 4 months ago
The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. Ms Ashenden has delivered a fast-paced book loaded with lovable characters. Xavier and Mia's story is sort of sad, both having sad backgrounds and Mia being homeless, but there is bits of humor to keep the book from being a dark read. There is plenty of drama and suspense to keep pages flipping. I totally enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Jackie Ashenden in the future. The Billionaire's Virgin is book 1 of A Billionaire Fairytale Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
wtfareyoureadingFR 4 months ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars Xavier De Santis is the youngest and most charming of the De Santis dynasty. Spoiled, charming, and very entitled; Xavier is one known to push the limits of scandal, notoriety, of excess. But now, as he finds himself on the cusp of the one more important to him than fun. Xavier De Santis also finds himself part of a world far removed from the pampering and privilege that he has always enjoyed. Bringing him face to face with the one woman capable of bringing the real man out of the playboy. Mia is young, beautiful, tough, and...homeless. She has had more than her share of losses in life. So when the smiling and flirty stranger becomes a fixture of the soup kitchen that Mia depends on for what is often her only hot meal of the day. She is more than a little wary. But there seems to be something about the polished, dark-eyed, stranger that Mia just can't resist. So when he offers her a much needed, but very temporary guestroom in his plush uptown apartment. She is very careful not to say no. But the question still remains... By saying yes to the prince...could Mia also be saying yes to heartbreak? Or do modern day fairy tales still offer even homeless princesses the chance at the truest of 'forever afters' . This first book in the Billionaire Fairytales series, has everything that lovers of Contemporary Romance and those not quite ready to chuck their tiaras to the wind, are reading for. With a cultural and economically diverse cast, the story is one that pricks the emotions at every turn. Readers can't help wanting the best for Mia. Although one can not help wondering at every turn if Xavier is truly that. While it is clearly obvious that Xavier is haunted by very personal demons from his past. Demons which whisper that he is not deserving of the loving heart on offer. Demons that, if not exorcised could cost him everything. The fact that Mia is a virgin works as a double edged sword for the plot of this book. One one hand, it stands as a point of interest for their first sexual encounter. One the other hand, the fact that she is a virgin gets lost amid the later emotional drama. Thereby losing its unique brand of surprise factor over time. This is a book that is perfect for those who love tales of pretty princesses and dashing but dense princes. Reviewer's Note: This book is the first in a companion series which may be read as standalone volumes or in its intended order.
TammyS32 4 months ago
Great start to this sexy series. Xavier the billionaire bad boy and Mia, the poor homeless girl. This is a fast paced read with a good story and plenty of steam. I really liked it, looking forward to more.
Lisa-Lou 4 months ago
The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden is the first book in her new Billionaire Fairytales series. It is a standalone, sexy romance told in dual POV between Mia, the homeless woman and Xavier the billionaire that yanks her off the streets. The storyline was very fairytale like in the way it played out. Tortured young woman, living on the streets for years catches the eye and eventually the heart and soul of the rich billionaire playboy. It was well-written and well-paced. I felt there could have been ore about Mia's past and locating the documents but the story stay away from too many unpleasant facts, seeming to talk about them in he abstract and keep the reader distanced from the ugliness of Mia's childhood and Xavier's loss. The sexy times were warm to hot, but mostly the story was sweet and has a happy ending. Enjoy!
CathyGeha 4 months ago
The Billionaire’s Virgin by Jackie Ashenden A Billionaire Fairytale This story, for some reason, reminded me a bit of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. That said, I much prefer this modern version with a happy ending. Mia has lived on the streets since she was thirteen. She is a survivor and very skittish. She has dreams but roadblocks continue to thwart her as winter sets in. When she walks into the shelter for a meal one evening she catches the eye of Xavier who is doing public service as penance for his last bad behavior. Their interactions are few in the shelter before one cold night he saves her from the fate of the match girl in the fairytale. And, as time goes on they share, become closer to one another and deal with their own demons as they forge a relationship that means “home” to each of them. This is a deeper story than I was expecting and one that grabbed me a bit more with each page I read. I enjoy a book that makes me think and feel and this story did just that. I came away thankful for what I have and not willing to take any of it for granted. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars
nelriv 4 months ago
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. Even though it was a unrealistic story, I still enjoyed it. Of course they always have a manwhore, why I don't know, but seems to be the norm. The good thing we did not have to read about his exploits. The story is a love story between a billionaire Xavier who gets intrigued by a homeless woman Mia. As he sets out to get to know her and help her, they fall in love. He is a broken man, so thinking to protect her after she gives him her trust, and her hopes., leaves her. But he realizes that he loves her and that he needs her as much as she needs him.
PennieM 4 months ago
Dark and intense but Cinderella-ish. Overall, I enjoyed this tale of a bad boy billionaire who has always broke his toys and wreaked havoc wherever he went and would rather be on a ranch in Wyoming with the horses and guns than in New York City working for his father and a homeless waif who will be lucky to not freeze to death since the shelter she usually sleeps at when it gets this cold has closed. A chance meeting when Xavier is trying to clean up his act has him crossing paths with Mia. There is something about her that calls to him but she wants nothing to do with him because to depend on anyone or to accept anything from anyone is to be vulnerable. Can these two come together and help each other? I am looking forward to more stories in this series. **Received an ARC copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
belllla 4 months ago
4.5stars The Billionaire's Virginis another good story from Jackie. I loved the interesting plot, good develop characters. They were unique and interesting. Xavier is whole another person when he is with Mia carring approachable nice. And it is good to see hove Mia transform from shy to sassy girl with attitude. I love how the story develops and that they both find what they were yearning for the whole life in each other. The attraction between them is amazing and their love making hot beautiful and great. Really good quick winter read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
etoile1996 4 months ago
kicking off a new series by jackie ashenden, the billionaire's virgin is actually a sweetly emotional story about poverty and generosity. mia has been homeless since she ran away from her abusive grandmother. somehow she's managed to survive the streets of new york, avoiding assault, robbery, prostitution, starvation and hypothermia, among other horrible things. she wants a better life for herself, but without a proper education, without an address and access to the internet, she doesn't even have the chance to better her position in life. xavier de santis was born with a silver spoon. he's never known what it is to want or need without having those things fulfilled. he doesn't understand why mia resists his tiny overtures, why she refuses his help at every turn. yes, he wants her, he's intrigued by her, but he also genuinely wants to give her the things she needs. and her insistence on battling him at every turn is so baffling. he doesn't have the ability to comprehend the kind of life she's been living, and yet he is so drawn to her that he can't help but try. and when circumstances make it so that she has nowhere else to turn, he's going to take every advantage he can. because all he wants to do is hold this woman in his arms and cherish her. the attraction between them something inexplicable. there are so many willing women in his social set, but he wants mia. i really enjoyed the connection between mia and xavier. she's such a strong character and as the connection between them grows and strengthens you see real growth on both their parts. as a cinderella story this really works, and as a sexy romance it also really works. i love the cover, and am less excited about the title, but you can't have it all. **the billionaire's virgin publishes on january 10, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (swerve) in exchange for my honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 4 months ago
3.5 stars--THE BILLIONAIRE’S VIRGIN is the first installment in Jackie Ashenden’s contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE FAIRYTALES romance series. This is billionaire businessman Xavier De Santis, and homeless waif Mia’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Xavier and Mia) THE BILLIONAIRE’S VIRGIN is a Cinderella-esque romance that follows a homeless young woman name Mia who is rescued by the brooding billionaire businessman Xavier De Santis. Mia has lived on the streets of New York since she was thirteen years old-a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her maternal grandmother -Mia made the decision to risk life on the streets rather than face her abuser on a daily basis. Meeting Xavier De Santis at the local homeless shelter and food kitchen finds our heroine targeted by the billionaire during his volunteer service for attacking a paparazzo and destroying his camera. Xavier’s need to rescue Mia comes from the heart but our heroine doesn’t trust her would-be rescuer. What ensues is the building relationship between Mia and Xavier, and Xavier’s need to give Mia everything she could ever want. The relationship between Xavier and Mia is slow to build. Xavier bides his time as Mia struggles to accept Xavier and everything he offers. Mia is naïve and innocent, and doesn’t trust easily but soon lets go of her inhibitions as her emotions and feelings towards Xavier begin to bloom. Our heroine is a survivor but broken. Xavier struggles with his place in the De Santis family, and the death of his mother years before. Guilt wars with our story line hero when memories of the past begin to push at his heart and soul. There is a slight spoiled little rich boy persona dogging Xavier De Santis. We are introduced to Xavier’s brothers: Nero, Raphael, Lorenzo, and their father Cesare De Santis, The fractured family dynamics pushes Xavier in another direction. I struggled with the lack of character building. We know very little about our leading characters especially as it pertains to Xavier and his earlier life. THE BILLIONAIRE’S VIRGIN focuses on the present and the future leaving very little exploration of the past. THE BILLIONAIRE’S VIRGIN is a sweet, romantic story about two people who fall in love against the odds. The Cinderella-esque nature of the story has Prince Charming rescuing Cinderella from a life on the streets, driving her home towards a happily ever after. The premise is peaceful without too much outside conflict; the romance is fated.
DebraMenard155 4 months ago
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.Loved the storyline and these characters.I can't wait for her next book.
gigiluvsbooks 4 months ago
The Billionaire's Virgin 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. Xavier De Santis: Disgraced. Ruinous. Playboy. The headlines are always shouting about Xavier’s various excesses, and he’s everything they say he is. But now he’s gone too far, and the black sheep of the De Santis family has been ordered to clean up his image. Volunteering at a homeless shelter, he sees a bright light amidst all the bleakness. An angel whose luminous face and tragic beauty call to him in ways he can’t explain. Mia: Vulnerable. Homeless. Virgin. When the shelter Mia calls home closes, she is left with nowhere to go - nowhere except for the luxurious, glorious palace of a home that Xavier De Santis has invited her to stay. This too-handsome billionaire is dark, dangerous - and also too good to be true. But surely Mia can indulge in her fantasies and escape the drudges of her daily life for just one night? As one night turns into two, Mia knows that eventually, the magic will end and she will have to return to her life of hardship. She can't keep the beautiful clothes. She can't keep the soft bed. And most of all, she can't keep the hard, handsome, brutal man who makes her crave his touch with every breath she takes. Mia doesn't belong in his world. But as Xavier tempts his rags-to-riches heroine with exquisite pleasure and heady desire, Mia doesn't stand a chance but to surrender completely to him. ***Review*** Changing things up a little this time around and doing two reviews together since I am also participating in these two books' release blitz. I will start by saying I have read both of these Authors before and enjoy their work. Plus, when I read the blurb for each book, I found them to be unique and they piqued my interest. The Billionaire's Virgin: Okay, so this trope has been done almost to death. That being said I really liked this one. I liked that Mia is not the typical romance heroine. She is homeless and really she has been on her own since she was around thirteen. Mia is tough, street smart, but still hopeful and motivated to get out of her current situation. Xavier is your typical bad-boy playboy, who turns himself around, to get Mia and to get his mother's ranch out west. The only thing I see as an issue is that for being hardened by life, Mia gives into Xavier rather quickly and easily, But it is a romance and the story is on the shorter length side so I took that with a grain of salt. This is the first book in this new series and it looks as though Xavier's brother Nero is next to get a book. Overall, I enjoyed it. Liked the story line and Mia's unique background. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of these books provided by the publisher.*
CrystalsBookWorld 4 months ago
The Billionaire's Virgin was the first book I have read by Jackie Ashenden. This was quick read for me. as it was a Novella with eleven chapters. We have Xavier and Mia as our main characters. Mia is homeless from escaping her grandma. She had a horrific life and trying to figure out who she really is. Until she meets Xavier serving food at a local homeless shelter.; She finds out that he is a Billionaire. She right away thinks he has to be there only for volunteering purposes and not from the real good within his heart. But once Xavier meets the dark eye beauty Mia, he is captivated. Xavier and Mia's relationship is fire at the beginning. The drama was definitely there. The love scenes were making the screen melt, but I felt that is where the story was actually good at. The chemistry between the characters were off the charts. The emotions you knew that were there caused conflict, but was easily resolved. Every point of drama, was easily resolved. If you want to know what happens between these two, and need something short to read, this book may work for you. Happy Reading.
PrincessFiona 4 months ago
If there is something this author does well, it's bringing two unlikely people together and making it work. Xavier is the son of a Billionaire, not actually a billionaire himself and this is something that niggles at him. He has the standard tortured past, in this case it's guilt, making him act up. Because, hey, if you've got the name for it why not enjoy it. Except he isn't really enjoying it. Especially not the stoush that got him the gig helping out at a homeless shelter. Mia doesn't like the shelter, she doesn't like any shelter. They are unsafe, but when you live on the streets, without documentation to help you get work or healthcare or pretty much anything, you have to eat somehow. Only trouble is that there is this guy handing out the food who stares. It has to be the most unlikely pairing, the charming, perhaps even a little sleazy, playboy and the street wise virgin in unwashed clothes with all she owns in a backpack. If you can dispense with all critical faculties, this is kind of a fun take on the Cinderella trope. It's only novella length so there isn't a lot of time to delve but we get to know Xavier and Mia pretty well. The connection is well drawn and I enjoyed watching these two bring their vulnerabilities to the table, or should I say bed, and poke and prod at their fears. This was a nice little story, not as dark as some by the author with sufficient angst and emotion to enjoy the ride. I received a copy from Netgalley for an unbiased review.
LynnB888 4 months ago
A different take on a billionaire story! I enjoyed reading this book, but was left feeling like there was some depth missing. I could relate to the characters, and liked them getting together, but I felt like we could have gotten more in touch with them had their stories been told in a different way. Like instead of having them talk to themselves in their head all the time about their scars from their past, actually dig into it a bit more. Instead of his money handing her the papers she wants about her past, actually have had them embark on the search for answers, etc. Xavier De Santis is a fun-loving billionaire playboy who has just gotten away with this last exploit in his father's eyes! Ordered to clean up his act or else, he steps up to volunteer at the homeless shelter his dad sends him to. He hates the mundane repetitiveness of serving the hopeless and downtrodden, but one night someone catches his eye. She will barely look at him and has no reaction what-so-ever to his smile ... but she intrigues him! Mia has been on the streets long enough to know that no one is ever what they seem, so she keeps her head down and minds her own business. She doesn't want the attention that Xavier seems to want to give her, but one night when they run into each other outside the shelter to find it's closed, she has to fight back her fear and pride to accept his offer of a place to stay for the night. When one night turns into two, and two into three, neither one can ignore the attraction and draw they feel for each other. Will he be able to get her to let her guard down enough to let him into her life?
Bette313 4 months ago
Deliciously dark and intense this is a great story of a bad boy billionaire taken by a homeless beauty. A woman that touches his heart in a way no one ever has. When the shelter she calls home closes and she has nowhere to go but the streets, Xavier DeSantis can't let that happen. He takes her into his home. Mia knows this is too good to be true. All good things end for her so why would this last. As he fills her heart and soul with passion and desire, Mia knows she won't walk away from this whole. I recommend this one.
MBurton 4 months ago
3.5 Stars! A hero usually makes or break a book for me. I was worried when I first started this book because Xavier started off as a spoiled man child and that is just unattractive. He lives off Daddy's money and parties more than he works. When his father makes him volunteer at a homeless shelters because of the latest scandal, his behavior is appalling. What this author did right was show us how Xavier gradually got drawn to a homeless woman who stops in the shelter most nights for meals. It wasn't love at first sight. There is something about Mia that made Xavier take notice and it wasn't her beauty. She's dirty and bundled in so many clothes he couldn't even make out her shape. He's baffled by it but tries to shake it off and move on. Only he can't. Each night she comes in, he's pulled in by her to the point he decides he needs to save her from the streets. This is where he started to behave more like a man to me. Another thing the author did right was show a slow progress for Mia to trust. Her falling at his feet would not have worked for this story. The book is only 179 pages so we don't get a full background on both characters or their family, which I would have loved to learn more about, but the pacing of the story was good. Xavier was also borderline with his behavior with Mia. He forced her to accept certain situations that some readers may have a problem with but Mia does give consent when she realizes he won't just walk away. Overall, it was a very good read with a few minor things that could have been better. I will continue with this series. I would like to see where the author takes the brothers of Xavier. ARC provided by NetGalley.
MBurton 4 months ago
3.5 Stars! A hero usually makes or break a book for me. I was worried when I first started this book because Xavier started off as a spoiled man child and that is just unattractive. He lives off Daddy's money and parties more than he works. When his father makes him volunteer at a homeless shelters because of the latest scandal, his behavior is appalling. What this author did right was show us how Xavier gradually got drawn to a homeless woman who stops in the shelter most nights for meals. It wasn't love at first sight. There is something about Mia that made Xavier take notice and it wasn't her beauty. She's dirty and bundled in so many clothes he couldn't even make out her shape. He's baffled by it but tries to shake it off and move on. Only he can't. Each night she comes in, he's pulled in by her to the point he decides he needs to save her from the streets. This is where he started to behave more like a man to me. Another thing the author did right was show a slow progress for Mia to trust. Her falling at his feet would not have worked for this story. The book is only 179 pages so we don't get a full background on both characters or their family, which I would have loved to learn more about, but the pacing of the story was good. Xavier was also borderline with his behavior with Mia. He forced her to accept certain situations that some readers may have a problem with but Mia does give consent when she realizes he won't just walk away. Overall, it was a very good read with a few minor things that could have been better. I will continue with this series. I would like to see where the author takes the brothers of Xavier. ARC provided by NetGalley.
MBurton 4 months ago
3.5 Stars! A hero usually makes or break a book for me. I was worried when I first started this book because Xavier started off as a spoiled man child and that is just unattractive. He lives off Daddy's money and parties more than he works. When his father makes him volunteer at a homeless shelters because of the latest scandal, his behavior is appalling. What this author did right was show us how Xavier gradually got drawn to a homeless woman who stops in the shelter most nights for meals. It wasn't love at first sight. There is something about Mia that made Xavier take notice and it wasn't her beauty. She's dirty and bundled in so many clothes he couldn't even make out her shape. He's baffled by it but tries to shake it off and move on. Only he can't. Each night she comes in, he's pulled in by her to the point he decides he needs to save her from the streets. This is where he started to behave more like a man to me. Another thing the author did right was show a slow progress for Mia to trust. Her falling at his feet would not have worked for this story. The book is only 179 pages so we don't get a full background on both characters or their family, which I would have loved to learn more about, but the pacing of the story was good. Xavier was also borderline with his behavior with Mia. He forced her to accept certain situations that some readers may have a problem with but Mia does give consent when she realizes he won't just walk away. Overall, it was a very good read with a few minor things that could have been better. I will continue with this series. I would like to see where the author takes the brothers of Xavier. ARC provided by NetGalley.