The Billionaire's Intern

The Billionaire's Intern

by Jackie Ashenden

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ISBN-13: 9781250136763
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Billionaire Fairy Tales , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 32,995
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jackie Ashenden 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 is the author of The Nine Circles series (Make You Mine, You Are Mine) and The Tate Brothers series (The Dangerous Billionaire, The Wicked Billionaire).

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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CHAPTER 1

Lorenzo de Santis wasn't a nice man. As CFO of DS Corp., America's biggest defense and protection company, he couldn't afford to be anything as mediocre as "nice."

He was driven, ambitious, cold, ruthless, and determined.

Which, in layman terms, meant he was an asshole.

Lorenzo didn't give a shit about what anyone thought of him. He didn't give a shit about much, period. In fact, the only thing in the world he did give a shit about was how he could oust his father from his position as CEO of DS Corp.

Standing on the hundredth floor of his downtown Manhattan corner office, in the de Santis Tower, Lorenzo looked out over the New York skyline stretched out beneath him, the buildings like so many supplicants before the throne of an emperor. Not that he was paying much attention to the magnificent view. He was too busy saying no to Ivan Constantin — old friend and head of DS Corp.'s accounts department — and his request that Lorenzo accept Ivan's daughter as an intern.

"What do you mean no?" Ivan said from behind him.

"I mean, 'No, I don't want an intern.' How else do you want me to say it?"

Lorenzo didn't bother with interns; he didn't have the time to babysit eager-puppy new college graduates. And since discovering the traces of some extremely creative accounting, he had even less time or inclination than he normally did. Because that creative accounting wasn't a matter of mere thousands. It was a matter of millions, and for the continued health of his family's company, he needed to stop the perpetrator.

Who'd turned out to be Cesare de Santis himself, Lorenzo's father and DS Corp.'s CEO.

It was a difficult situation, though Lorenzo himself didn't find it personally difficult. No, he'd been looking for an excuse to shaft the old prick for years, ever since Lorenzo had lost the only two people in the world he cared about.

However, the issue that was currently concerning him was how to get rid of his father without the asshole finding out that Lorenzo was planning on ousting him.

Cesare was canny and just as ruthless as Lorenzo, and Lorenzo had no doubt that if Cesare found out that his oldest son wanted him gone, he would take evasive action. Action that would end up with Lorenzo as the casualty.

Not that Lorenzo was going to let that happen. No way in hell.

"Are you listening to me, Lorenzo?" Ivan sounded exasperated.

"No," Lorenzo said. "Did you say something important?"

Sunlight glittered off the windows of the skyscrapers and the traffic moving in heavy streams in the streets below. Already the mercury would be climbing, which meant the city was likely to become even more unpleasant than it already was. Stinking of trash and hot asphalt and heaving with sweaty tourists.

Fucking summer. He hated it.

"I asked you to take five minutes to think about it," Ivan said impatiently.

"I don't need five minutes." He'd taken all of two seconds. "And I've already thought about it." Lorenzo put his hands in his pockets and turned around. "The answer is still no."

Ivan lounged on the deep, black leather armchair opposite Lorenzo's sleek minimalist, black desk. Ten years older than Lorenzo, he was still lean and handsome, looking much younger than a man in his late forties.

Lorenzo had known him for years, ever since Lorenzo, fresh out of Harvard, had first started in the accounts department and Ivan had been tasked with the one job that nobody wanted — managing the CEO's oldest son.

Ivan gave a slight frown. "Oh, come on. What's the big deal? Don't you need someone to get your coffee and dry cleaning? That kind of thing?"

"I have two secretaries already. I don't need another." He gave the older man one of his cold, analytical stares. There was a very good chance Ivan knew about Cesare's fiddling with the books and because the guy was a good corporate soldier through and through, the likelihood was high that he'd also been covering for his boss. Lorenzo was tempted to bring the subject up with him, but then that would involve showing his hand to Ivan. Not a good idea since Ivan would probably run straight to Cesare with it.

"Go ask Rafe," Lorenzo added. "He always needs more pretty young things running around after him."

Rafael was his brother and head of DS Corp.'s PR department, and he had never met a pretty young thing he didn't like.

But Ivan clearly wasn't into the idea because his frown deepened. "I was particularly wanting to place Kira with you. She already knows you and she needs a ... steadying influence in her life. I think you'd be a great example for her."

Lorenzo said nothing, watching the other man's face, wondering why Ivan was pushing it.

He hadn't seen Kira Constantin for years, though he remembered her as a child. A little blonde moppet, causing havoc wherever she went, shrieking and laughing one minute, throwing tantrums and refusing to listen to a word her father said the next. Ivan and Jenny's discipline had been negligent to say the least, and it had come as no surprise to Lorenzo that she'd grown up into a total party girl, treating college as little more than an extended drinking session.

Even if he hadn't been wrestling with the problem of his sticky-fingered father, he wouldn't have wanted a girl like her anywhere near his department. He had high standards for his employees, and Kira Constantin met none of those standards. Hell, she didn't even come close.

"Why does she need an internship anyway?" Lorenzo asked. "Isn't she too busy drinking and socializing and going to sorority parties?"

Ivan's expression twitched. "You know what happened last year. She was involved in that car accident and had to drop out of college because of it. And since I'm not paying for her to go back, she needs something to do."

Ah, yes. Lorenzo vaguely remembered the accident. Kira had been driving — some over-powered car Ivan had given her that she hadn't been able to handle — and had totaled it on the New Jersey Turnpike. Hadn't some people died?

Whatever, he didn't much care. People died all the time. Besides, that was Ivan's problem, not his.

He turned back to the window again. "I don't do favors, Ivan. You know this."

"Yes, I do know." Ivan sounded strained. "But I'm not having her hanging around the house doing nothing. Besides, Jenny's on my back about this one. She wants the internship for Kira as much as I do."

Of course, Jenny. She was Ivan's lovely, but demanding wife, who — in Lorenzo's less-than-humble opinion — led Ivan around by the balls. Really, it was no surprise Kira had turned out so appallingly given how indulged she'd been by both parents.

"What Jenny wants isn't my problem." Lorenzo wasn't thinking about Jenny. He wasn't thinking about Kira Constantin for that matter, either. He was too busy thinking about how to approach the problem of his father's skimming money off the top of company profits. "If you want an internship for Kira here," he went on, watching the glittering stream of traffic in the streets below, "go talk to Dad about it. I don't have time for babysitting random socialites."

There was a silence behind him, which he ignored.

The real difficulty was that he didn't quite have the proof he needed of his father's activities yet. Once he had, approaching the DS Corp. board was the next logical step. Unfortunately, though, the board were fiercely loyal to his father, and they were going to want hard evidence before they took a vote of no-confidence in Cesare de Santis's abilities.

"Funny you should mention Cesare," Ivan said. "Since he was the one who suggested you'd have no problem with taking Kira."

At the mention of his father's name, Lorenzo went very still.

Why the hell would his dad want to foist some intern on him? Cesare wasn't a man who did favors for anyone, and he took no interest at all in human-resource matters. He left that to his management team. So why was he now suggesting to Ivan that Lorenzo could take on his daughter as an intern?

Lorenzo turned around, staring at the other man. "Dad suggested it?" The question came out sharp, but Lorenzo didn't bother to soften it. He never bothered to soften anything.

Ivan's expression gave nothing away. "Yes, he thought it would be good for her, especially considering all she's been through these past six months."

Somewhere in Lorenzo's brain, an alarm bell went off.

His father didn't give a shit about what anyone had been through, he wasn't that kind of man. His complete failure to take into account anyone else's needs or feelings other than his own was legendary, so why was he now concerning himself with the tragic experiences of the daughter of one his employees? And suggesting she intern in Lorenzo's department?

"He knows I don't take interns," Lorenzo said slowly. "So why would he suggest that?"

Ivan leaned back in his chair, steepling his fingers. "I mentioned to him that she was thinking about an internship somewhere, and he suggested here. And he suggested you. He thought you wouldn't have a problem with it." Ivan paused. "I confess, I didn't think it would be such a big deal for you."

The alarm bell in Lorenzo's head rang a little louder.

Ivan was one of his father's favorites and always had been, and because of that he was as loyal to his father as they came. And Cesare de Santis was nothing if not manipulative with his favorites if he thought it could advantage him. Especially the head of his accounting department.

A thought whispered inside Lorenzo's head, insidious.

Perhaps his father had suspicions his oldest son had discovered his creative bookkeeping and was now trying to confirm those suspicions by planting a mole in Lorenzo's department.

It would be very much something his father would do.

Normally Cesare preferred the practical, straight-up guns blazing approach when it came to problems, but when that problem was his own son? Well, maybe he'd decided to be more subtle about it. Maybe he'd decided to get some information first.

And some vacuous, pretty little intern was the perfect way to go about it.

Lorenzo leaned back against the cold glass behind him, keeping his hands in his pockets, outwardly relaxed. "It's not a big deal. I just didn't know Dad was so keen on pushing interns at me."

Ivan leaned forward and put his elbows on his knees, clasping his hands between them. "Look, I understand your concerns. Kira was once ... a little wild."

"An unmanageable, headstrong little bitch, you mean?" Lorenzo met the other man's frown with a cool stare. "Don't look like that, Ivan. You know that's exactly what she is."

"What she used to be," Ivan corrected. "She's not like that anymore. The accident changed her. She's ready to step up to her responsibilities now, and I think it would be good for her to have an example."

"An example of what?"

"An example of drive and determination to succeed. Of self-control and restraint. A mentor to guide her and show her how to behave in a business environment." Ivan gave him a small smile. "You, in other words."

Maybe Ivan was trying to appeal to his vanity. If so, it wasn't going to work. Lorenzo didn't have any vanity. He didn't believe he was all those things. He simply was.

Lorenzo examined the other man's expression intently, analyzing it. If this was all to do with his father's machinations, Ivan would be aware of it, no question.

"What makes you think I have time to be anyone's mentor?" He made the question sound like an idle one, because if this was indeed something to do with his father, then he couldn't afford to alert the old bastard by making an issue out of this.

Ivan's expression twitched again. "I'm not asking for her to lead the company, Lorenzo. It's just an internship. She only needs somewhere to sit and a few mindless tasks, that's it. Give her to Stacey to manage if you can't do it."

Stacey was one of Lorenzo's secretaries — he had two since he was very, very busy indeed — and she didn't really have time to manage an intern either. Then again, if his father was planting an informant in Lorenzo's department, she might have to.

Not that that was essentially a bad thing, since any information an informant passed on could also flow in the other direction.

Anyway, probably giving her to Stacey initially to manage would be for the best. Stacey wouldn't like it, but then he didn't pay her exorbitant amounts of money to like it. He paid her exorbitant amounts of money to be at his beck and call whenever he needed her to be. She could give Kira some mundane tasks that would ensure the girl stayed busy and out of his sight, and totally uninformed about Lorenzo's plans regarding his father. At least until Lorenzo had decided what to do with her.

"So? What do you say?" Ivan prompted. "Both Jenny and I would be very grateful."

Lorenzo stayed silent a moment longer, drawing it out, measuring the other man's response.

"I suppose I could arrange something." Lorenzo kept his voice expressionless. "On the understanding that if she causes any trouble, I'm getting rid of her."

Ivan's smile was white. "Excellent. She won't let you down, I promise."

Oh, but she would. One way or another, she would.

But it wouldn't be him she'd let down, not if he had anything to do with it.

*
Kira hated waiting. Though over the past six months, she'd gotten used to it. Waiting for people to wake up in the hospital. Waiting for the insurance assessors. Waiting for the police to press charges. Waiting for forgiveness ...

Waiting for Lorenzo de Santis for over an hour — and she knew it was an hour because that's what the clock on the wall said — barely registered.

She took a quick scan around the waiting area yet again, trying not to fidget. The long, low, luxurious couches upholstered in white leather were empty. Magazines were stacked neatly on a glass and chrome coffee table in front of her, the thick pile of the charcoal carpet that covered the area outside Lorenzo's office visible through the tabletop. She supposed she could pick one of those up to read if she got desperate, which might actually happen since she couldn't even check her phone. She'd forgotten to charge it before she'd left the house, and it was now dead as a doornail in her purse.

Not far away was the imposing buttress of a massive black desk, behind which sat one of Lorenzo's secretaries like a soldier guarding the ramparts of a castle. A stern-looking woman in her early forties, she'd given Kira a very disapproving once-over when Kira had presented herself for her forthcoming meeting.

The Kira of six months ago would have either laughed and flipped her the bird, or taken her to task for her arrogant attitude, depending on whichever emotion was ruling her at the time.

The Kira she was now, her control over herself ironclad, had murmured a calm thank you and walked sedately over to the waiting area the woman had indicated, sitting herself down with her hands folded in her lap. Projecting nothing but cool professionalism.

A professionalism that she was hopefully still projecting an hour later.

The secretary was not looking at her now. Instead she was typing importantly on her computer and doing a good job of pretending Kira wasn't there.

Considering the length of time Kira had been there and that various people who'd also been in the waiting area had come and gone during that time, Kira was starting to wonder whether she was really there or not herself.

She looked down at her hands resting on top of the black leather folder that sat in her lap. There was a song playing in her head, and her fingers wanted to tap out the rhythm, and she had a sudden urge to hum along with it.

But no. She wasn't giving into those impulses, not anymore. She'd spent six months with a therapist learning how to contain and manage them, and she'd done well.

She'd continue to do well.

To drown out the music, she began going over all the things she was supposed to say in this interview. How she was very excited to be given this opportunity and that she was a hard worker. That she had a great attitude and a can-do approach. That she worked well in a group but also on her own with minimal supervision. Her strengths were her determination to do a good job, her ability to take on any task with a smile, no matter how small, and her dependability. Her weaknesses were ...

No. Better that she concentrate on her strengths. Her weaknesses were too many to mention.

(Continues…)



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The Billionaire's Intern 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope everyone will enjoy the story like I do
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--THE BILLIONAIRE’S INTERN is the third installment in Jackie Ashenden’s contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE FAIRYTALES erotic, romance series focusing on the de Santis brothers-Xavier, Nero, Raphael and Lorenzo. This is CFO of DS Corp Lorenzo de Santis, and DS Corp’s newest intern Kira Constantin’s story line. THE BILLIONAIRE’S INTERN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Lorenzo and Kira) THE BILLIONAIRE’S INTERN focuses on the tempestuous relationship between DS Corp’s CFO Lorenzo de Santis, and Kira Constantin-daughter of DS Corp’s head of accounts’ department Ivan Constantin. Lorenzo wants nothing to do with babysitting an intern, least of all Ivan’s high-strung, basket case of a daughter Kira-a woman who pushes all of Lorenzo’s buttons including his unwanted attraction to a woman, thirteen years his junior, he believes is up to no good. While Lorenzo and his brothers struggle to uncover the source of a vast amount of missing money from DS Corp’s coffers, Kira’s new position at the firm sets off alarm bells for our story line hero. What ensues is the building but forbidden relationship between intern and boss, and the search for the truth. Kira has been in love with her father’s boss for most of her life. As a young child, ignored by her parents, Kira struggled with control of her emotions and outbursts but visits to the family home by Lorenzo de Santis, calmed Kira in more ways than one. But Kira’s struggles continued through to college, and one reckless night, Kira’s life and those of her friends, was destroyed leaving its’ mark on Kira’s mind, heart and soul. Lorenzo de Santis has been hardened by the demons from his past-the death of two people close to our hero built a wall that no one has been able to penetrate until our story line heroine. As Lorenzo and his brother gather proof to the missing money, his relationship with Kira is threatened by issues of trust. The relationship between Kira and Lorenzo is nothing short of turbulent, in fact, Lorenzo’s treatment of our story line heroine borders on emotionally and physically abusive as Lorenzo struggles with his attraction and hatred of the woman that calls to his heart. Kira has been placed in a position that threatens her safety and her future including the risk of losing everything-a position that comes with dark and dangerous secrets. The $ex scenes are intense, aggressive and provocative-there are some issues of questionable consent similar to some of the author’s previous story lines. For all intents and purposes, I struggled with Lorenzo’s early perception and lack of concern towards Kira. His conduct bordered on abusive-he was rude, offensive and insulting, and under the circumstances Kira had no choice but to accept the treatment by the man in charge. THE BILLIONAIRE’S INTERN is labeled –‘ The billionaire meets Sleeping Beauty’ but I found it difficult to see any similarities or make comparisons between the two. The premise is entertaining but predictable; the characters are passionate and colorful; the romance struggled with preconceived notions and some questionable sexual situations but eventually found footing and a happily ever after.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating 2.5/5 I really enjoyed the second book in this series, The Billionaire Beast, so was excited to read this next in series. I should say, you really don't need to have read any of the earlier books to read this one- it is written as a standalone novel. Unfortunately, whilst I did enjoy many aspects of the story, I didn’t enjoy this one as much, mainly because of the hero and some of his attitudes which I really didn’t like! Kira Constantin has ADHD which her parents have never understood or helped her with. As a result she’s used to their negative attitudes to her, her behaviour and failing to meet their expectations. What is worse is her rebelling against them had tragic results which she is struggling to come to terms with. When her father asks her to take a job as an intern working for Lorenzo De Santis so she can spy on him, she reluctantly agrees. She actually remembers Lorenzo from her teen years when he helped her control herself by talking to her and teaching her to make paper cranes. When she was fourteen she had a crush on him. He’s no longer that caring man she secretly adored but is now ruthless, determined, hard and wary. However, the attraction between the two is strong but he’s forever thinking of his dead girlfriend, Katie, and his own needs. If you like a bossy boss demanding sexual interactions from someone who is working for him, you may well enjoy this story. Sorry, it just seemed so wrong so much of the time. It does get better as the relationship develops but how he treats Kira often feels totally inappropriate IMHO. Kira has had enough inconsiderate treatment from her parents without her new boss continuing like that! As I said initially, I have read other books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one, however, I really didn’t - though I did read it to the end, so it wasn't abysmall. Don’t let that put you off, your opinion may well differ from mine (we are, after all, all entitled to our own opinion) and I hope you enjoy the story if you read it. I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo de Santis wants to oust his father as CEO of DS Corp. After all he's stealing from his own company. Besides he has to pay for his wife's death as well as Katie, Lorenzo's love. When she died, Lorenzo changed. He became cold hearted and brutal. His treatment of Kira disturbed me. She's trying to rebuild her life after her auto accident resulted in the death of her friends. Her father sent her to get inside information from Lorenzo. I felt sympathy for her. She's in an impossible situation. She's a pawn being used by others. This is a story filled with darkness and passion. It took me awhile to like Lorenzo. His coldness was off putting. Kira is struggling to be a better, stronger person. She has always idolized Lorenzo. He was kind to here when she was a child. Their strong chemistry adds spice to this sexy fairy tale retold. Jackie Ashenden has written a story full of heartbreak and redemption. I wanted these two to realize that they deserved a chance at happiness. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Wow I never expected to love this book as much as I do. I knew it would be good from the blurb but this book hit me deeper emotionally than I expected. It dealt with some intense personal issues in both Nero and Phoebe. I felt the author did an admirable and well executed job of creating intense drama while giving the reader clear impressions of what drove both of these tortured people. For Phoebe she took a character that I couldn't relate to and showed a side of her that filled me with compassion and understanding for the life she was living. Nero, well his character was more obvious to me and the part in the book where Phoebe is recalling a scene between him and a women caused me to wonder how did he go from that loving guy to this cold man he was now. And let's not forget how very hot this book is. It will curl your toes with the intense sexual interchanging between these two main characters. It just makes one wish they could find a clone of him. Because of the scorching love scenes and the heart wrenching story line I give this 4 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Wow I never expected to love this book as much as I do. I knew it would be good from the blurb but this book hit me deeper emotionally than I expected. It dealt with some intense personal issues in both Nero and Phoebe. I felt the author did an admirable and well executed job of creating intense drama while giving the reader clear impressions of what drove both of these tortured people. For Phoebe she took a character that I couldn't relate to and showed a side of her that filled me with compassion and understanding for the life she was living. Nero, well his character was more obvious to me and the part in the book where Phoebe is recalling a scene between him and a women caused me to wonder how did he go from that loving guy to this cold man he was now. And let's not forget how very hot this book is. It will curl your toes with the intense sexual interchanging between these two main characters. It just makes one wish they could find a clone of him. Because of the scorching love scenes and the heart wrenching story line I give this 4 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Wow I never expected to love this book as much as I do. I knew it would be good from the blurb but this book hit me deeper emotionally than I expected. It dealt with some intense personal issues in both Nero and Phoebe. I felt the author did an admirable and well executed job of creating intense drama while giving the reader clear impressions of what drove both of these tortured people. For Phoebe she took a character that I couldn't relate to and showed a side of her that filled me with compassion and understanding for the life she was living. Nero, well his character was more obvious to me and the part in the book where Phoebe is recalling a scene between him and a women caused me to wonder how did he go from that loving guy to this cold man he was now. And let's not forget how very hot this book is. It will curl your toes with the intense sexual interchanging between these two main characters. It just makes one wish they could find a clone of him. Because of the scorching love scenes and the heart wrenching story line I give this 4 STARS. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. We have Kira, who suffers from ADHD, and it shows, and all her life she has been made to feel like a failure. Due to a bad decision with horrific results, she is forced to spy for her father on billionaire Lorenzo DeSantis who she unfortunately had a crush on growing up, and now is supposed to work for as his intern. Hate to say, but he was a jerk, jerk, jerk, but he was also damaged, and what she doesn't know is that he planned on using her in the same way. I will give it to her, she fought back, and in the end, he got better.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I give this book 3 1/2 stars. The book redeemed itself near the end. I didn't like the dominance in the beginning of this book. I also didn't like how the author kept talking about the same things over and over from the past. I mean how many times do you have to bring up the same thing in your mind. The book does have some good qualities and I did enjoy the novella. I have not read any of the other books in this series and you don't have to to read this book. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Kira has been a failure all of her life. Suffering from ADHD, she has struggled to be the good girl her family has always wanted but in the process found failure and then death. When she is sent to spy on the son of her father’s boss, a man who at one time made her feel calm and at peace, she has no choice to say no if she wants to make at least one of her dreams come true. Lorenzo is out for revenge against his father. The last thing he wants or needs is an intern. Especially the girl who was so ill behaved as a child. He’s heard how reckless and irresponsible she is now that she’s grown. However, when he realizes he can use her in his plan to trap his father, he yields to her presence in his office. He didn’t realize he would soon be yearning for her presence in his bed as well. This is a fast paced story that actually deals with some rather deep emotional needs with both of these characters. While the storyline had great potential, I struggled to feel connected to Kira. Lorenzo was definitely the alpha in this relationship and they have some hot a steamy scenes! ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Kira has been a failure all of her life. Suffering from ADHD, she has struggled to be the good girl her family has always wanted but in the process found failure and then death. When she is sent to spy on the son of her father’s boss, a man who at one time made her feel calm and at peace, she has no choice to say no if she wants to make at least one of her dreams come true. Lorenzo is out for revenge against his father. The last thing he wants or needs is an intern. Especially the girl who was so ill behaved as a child. He’s heard how reckless and irresponsible she is now that she’s grown. However, when he realizes he can use her in his plan to trap his father, he yields to her presence in his office. He didn’t realize he would soon be yearning for her presence in his bed as well. This is a fast paced story that actually deals with some rather deep emotional needs with both of these characters. While the storyline had great potential, I struggled to feel connected to Kira. Lorenzo was definitely the alpha in this relationship and they have some hot a steamy scenes! ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Lorenzo de Santis is a man ruled by revenge. Holding his father at fault for his mothers suicide. He's also dealing with his own guilt and loss of the only other person he loved. Kira Constantin the daughter of his fathers longtime friend Ivan Constantin head of the families DS Corp.’s accounts department and life long bad girl. As a child Lorenzo always thought of her as in constant movement and much like his younger brother. Her parents never paid much attention to her and they were always outwardly disappointed in her. Since the accident that was her fault and killed two of her friends, Kira vows to change and become a calm and in control person. Lorenzo is on the verge of pinning embezzling on his father he knows he's the one taking millions from the company he just needs to find the proof. Kira's father insists the Lorenzo takes her on as an intern. It's the last thing Lorenzo wants is a intern, but he's suspicious of why Ivan wants it so badly. Lorenzo decides to use her for information but little does he know that Ivan I blackmailing Kira to do the same thing. The minute he sees Kira he knows he's in trouble. She's not at all what he'd thought and he's not the same handsome man that Kira remembers and had a crush on and showed her kindness. Kira makes him feel again and he wants nothing to do with it and Lorenzo makes Kira want to loose her hard earned control. Most of this book I had a hard time reading. It may of just been her writing style and my dyslexic mind, but I loved the end of this book.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire's Intern by Jackie Ashenden is a story that will grab you and keep you glued to your e-reader till the end. Ms Ashenden has once again impressed me with her writing abilities, delivering a smooth read with this well-written book. The characters are a perfect fit for this story and absolutely amazing. Lorenzo and Kira's story is loaded with drama, suspense and smoking hot sex. I totally enjoyed reading The Billionaire's Intern and look forward to reading more from Jackie Ashenden in the future. The Billionaire's Intern is book 3 of the Billionaire Fairy Tales Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'The Billionaire's Intern' by Jackie Ashenden by Jackie Ashenden is book Three in the "Billionaire Fairy Tales". This is the story of Kira and Lorenzo. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me this was a standalone book. Kira has ADHD and her parents really never addressed it...so she was never really treated for it. In addition there are more things going on with Kira she is trying to work through. Her father is having her work as a intern in Lorenzo's company to work as a spy. Lorenzo when she was younger used to be a nice person and she always had a crush on him. But now Lorenzo is a harden man who still has a little bit of a soft spot for Kira and agrees to her father asking him to take her on as an Intern. Both Kira and Lorenzo had issues that they needed to work through but once they worked through their differences they fit each other perfect. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
SissyLu More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Jackie Ashenden's In Bed With the Billionaire and had reviewed it. But what did I get from this one? Well, this was a quick read - on my reading device it was 168 pages which was easily devoured in a day. What's the breakdown though? Lorenzo is a billionaire who works at the family company - DS Corps. where he is trying to bring his father down because allegedly he is stealing from the company - in comes a corporate spy who happens to be the daughter of one of the men who works in the company and is linked to Lorenzo's past. Kira is to be his intern - which is curious because he doesn't take them on. Cue drama llama. Right off the bat there seems to be some heat accumulating which seemed a little over the top for me, chemistry is one thing but it just seemed to be a little too much too soon. Kira has ADHD - which is mentioned quite frequently and it served as an annoying element which I'll get to later on. As far as characters go I felt like Lorenzo had some potential for depth but it was skimmed over so he could take on the alpha male role. Kira was absent minded, fidgety [because of the ADHD...,] and I didn't take to her character so much, she didn't leap out or grab my attention in any fashion. Neither one of them experiences much character growth which was a little upsetting for me - because while I enjoy romance/smut I also enjoy good character development or if nothing else a good plot/story. The ending seemed abrupt and rushed. As I said before I really did enjoy the other Ashenden book I read, but this one just felt rushed, not as tidy. Characters [for me,] weren't as likable. For example, Lorenzo says to Kira not too far into the book, as he is forcing her to couple with him, "Prove yourself and then I'll decide if I want you." In regard to her internship at the company. He belittles her, controls her, strips rights away - dominating her without the perks of a submissive - safety, assurance, etc. Along side that, the ADHD portion bugged me. It came across as Kira's ADHD could be cured by a dominant's willpower - which structure certainly does help, but saying "Still" is much like telling an Epileptic to stop seizing. Overall, this was an "OK" read for me. It was quick, but those few issues are what made it just an okay read.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read for me. Kira is being forced by her father to spy on Lorenzo. Lorenzo has too much going on at the moment but when is friend asks for a favor, he agrees. The story has loads of drama and the sex between Kira and Lorenzo is steamy. I believe this read could have been a bit better, Lorenzo was not my favorite hero and there is a bit of repetitiveness to the read. Overall it is an entertaining read.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This one just didn't do it for me. The hero (if you can call me that) was boorish in so many ways in that he didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. He was an A-hole with a Capital A and there was no softness in him. Kira, on the other hand, needs to woman-up. Yes, she has a reputation and partied her way through life to excess but she does not have to hand over her life to make up for it. The sex was hot, even if it was angry sex, but there was something lacking in it. There was too much repetition but the writing was still good. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Jobro1 More than 1 year ago
The story of Kira and Lorenzo. Kira has had a crush on Lorenzo since she was a child. he showed her patience and understood her ADHD although it was not diagnosed then. Time passes and they are thrown together after a number of events. Kira to spy on Lorenzo and he knows this. How will this work out as the attraction is a mutual thing. This is an easy relaxing read. The alpha scenes have a twist due to Kira being a bit of a live wire. A plausible story line,not too deep .A poolside read. 3 stars Thanks to Netgalley,the author and the publisher for the book in exchange for a honest review
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book Lorenzo De Santis is trying to figure out how his father is embezzling from the company, he knows that he is doing it just cannot find the information on how, Lorenzo is a cold, dominating, alpha male and the CFO of the company, His brother Rafe is the PR man and his dad is the CEO. When Ivan comes to him (his father's right hand man) and asks him to take on his daughter (Who Lorenzo remembers as a wild child from years ago) as his intern he is totally against it. But the more Ivan pushes the more Lorenzo thinks maybe this will be a way in finally finding the information he needs to take down his father. Kira Constantin does what her father asks and interviews for the job as intern for Lorenzo. She remembers him from her childhood as the only person who ever cared about her. Kira has gone through a very rough childhood and then 6 months ago she was responsible for a fatal car accident. That changed her immensely, or at least she is trying hard to change. This was a great story, I really enjoyed every aspect of it from the romance to the mystery and the HEA!
Timitra More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire's Intern is a naughty good read. I loved that it was a bit forbidden and a bit taboo but mostly I loved this take on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairytales dirty then I recommend you pick this book up. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read! I loved the take of sleeping beauty in this 3rd book in the Billionaire's Fairy-tales series. In this story we have Lorenzo and Kira. Lorenzo is the oldest of the DeSantis family and is dealing with an issue, his Dad is embezzling from his own company and how to prove that. In comes Kira an old family friend's daughter, who he remembers from his early years. Kira's father, Ivan who works for DS Corp wants Lorenzo to take her on as his intern. Lorenzo feels that this is a trap and that Kira is being sent to spy on him for information. In the course of the story, Kira remembers her young crush that she had on Lorenzo, but even though her feelings may be the same, a tragedy has caused her to suppress any outward emotions. Kira suffers from ADHD and I commend Ms. Ashenden for describing this condition that many people suffer from, but either ignore or don't want to know anything about. Kira and Lorenzo eventually form an intense relationship, despite the age difference and the cold attitude that Lorenzo has at first, towards Kira. Their relationship is intense and filled with a lot of pent up feelings. Kira confesses her true reason for being his intern and Lorenzo decides to use her towards his advantage. In the end Kira and Lorenzo get their happily ever after and we get a glimpse of the final DeSantis brother, Rafael and who his love interest is for the next book. A great read!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Ugh! I hate it when an author I love has a book that I just can't get into. This is that situation for me. Usually with a Jackie Ashenden book I am totally absorbed into the story. Even when I dislike the characters the story usually keeps my focus. With this one I not only disliked the hero, billionaire Lorenzo De Santis, immensely but the story lacked that wow factor and I found my mind drifting at times. Kira Constantin is his poor intern that has been forced on him and he lets her know how much he doesn't want her around. Yet he does. For his pleasure. Secretly she has her own agenda so I guess these two really deserve each other. The book didn't really work for me but as with all Ms. Ashenden's books the writing is excellent and the characters are well done and bring out your emotions.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
I will say, the one thing the author did very right was the bossy sex scenes. The way Lorenzo commanded Kira was pretty hot! Overall, this was a good, short read. Lorenzo is an angry Hero and he owned it. The only thing I didn't like about him was his constant thoughts of his dead ex. It was a bit too much in the story. I have mixed feelings on Kira. She owned her mistakes and was truly working at being a better person but the ADHD personality wasn't easy to relate too. I liked her but a few scenes were OTT. Next up is Rafael. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a very sexy romance with a bit of spice. Kira is a scatterbrained party girl who is coerced into being an intern for Lorenzo, a very driven and focused businessman. They couldn't be more different, yet somehow are drawn to each other. While the plot has Lorenzo searching for evidence that someone is stealing from the company, it's really ancillary to the sexy romance. This book is all about how these two people get together and how their differences impact them. From naughty sex in the office, to domineering and controlling sex elsewhere, this is a very hot novel. While this book isn't for the younger readers, others will enjoy this fairy tale romp. I love this author's work and would have given this five stars if there'd been a bit more time spent on the plot. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
In the eyes of her father she was a disappointment. Never good enough to wear the family name. When in reality, she was a sensitive soul looking for someone who would love her despite her flaws. Will she sale her soul to the devil or find salvation in his arms? Misunderstood, misjudged and heartbreaking seem to be a running theme with the main characters. She"s broken, he's cold but behind the subterfuge are two lost ships searching for a lighthouse to guide them home. The Billionaire's Intern is a tragic story of treachery, love and absolution. Ms. Ashenden proves that despite the ugliness of life, miracles can happen if we believe.