The Dangerous Billionaire: A Billionaire Navy SEAL Romance

The Dangerous Billionaire: A Billionaire Navy SEAL Romance

by Jackie Ashenden

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Money doesn't always change the man in The Dangerous Billionaire, a new standalone romance from Jackie Ashenden.

Navy SEAL Sullivan "Van" Tate has been called home to reluctantly inherit an empire and finds himself facing the most difficult mission of all: love.

"Sinfully sexy."--Opal Carew on Mine to Take

Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him…and the object of Van's most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father’s ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can’t deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father’s company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he’ll do anything to protect her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250122803
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: The Tate Brothers , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 26,269
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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. She is the author of The Dangerous 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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The Dangerous Billionaire

By Jackie Ashenden

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2017 Jackie Ashenden
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-250-12280-3


Commander Sullivan "Van" Tate hated a lot of things about New York, but Leo's Alehouse in the East Village was not one of them. Most especially not after an afternoon spent scattering all that remained of his father from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Leo's had been serving military men for over a century and a half, and from the dark, smoke-stained, low-hanging ceiling to the walls covered in military photographs to the dusty, grimy wooden floor, it reeked of stale beer, sweat, decades-old cigarette smoke, and long nights spent getting absolutely shit-faced.

No, Van might have hated New York, but he fucking loved Leo's.

His father would have approved too. Noah Tate had never despised his Wyoming roots, no matter how rich an oil tycoon he'd become in the end, and his three foster sons holding a wake in his honor in a military dive bar would have appealed to the rebel in him.

Besides, where else were three Navy SEALs supposed to go to raise a glass to their father in this shitty city?

"Cocksuckers," Wolf muttered, glowering at the bunch of drunken marines currently propping up the bar. Van's youngest brother was built like a tank and moved like one too — he just rolled right over people who got in his way and if you were one of those people, then too bad. Wolf had had a boilermaker or four and was spoiling for a fight. Then again, Wolf was always spoiling for a fight. Drinking, fucking, and fighting were Wolf's three favorite pastimes and if he could combine all three, then he was in heaven.

Sadly for Wolf, the bar was full of men, which left him with only drinking and fighting, and since he'd taken their father's death pretty hard, he was jonesing for both.

Also sadly for him, Van wasn't having any of that shit, not when the media had been hounding them pretty solidly for the past week. The unexpected death of an oil billionaire was big news however you looked at it, especially when that death had occurred in "mysterious circumstances" if the press could be believed. Which they couldn't.

Van wasn't having any of that particular shit either. Their father's body had been found way up on the side of Shadow Peak, the mountain behind the Tate family's Wyoming ranch, with a broken neck. His horse had also been found nearby, which made it pretty clear to Van at least, and the local coroner, that the whole thing had been an accident. Nothing mysterious about it.

Still, the press loved a story and they loved the Tate brothers' story in particular. Van could see why: three orphaned boys adopted by an oil tycoon was the stuff of Hallmark fantasies, especially when all three boys were promptly sent into the military at the age of eighteen. And now their father had died? Well, interest was at an all-time high and, quite frankly, Wolf getting into a bar-room brawl and bringing down that media on their heads was the last thing Van wanted.

Van was the head of the Tate family now and getting all that shit on lockdown until the situation had been handled was his job.

"No," he said flatly to Wolf, meeting his little brother's gaze, making it clear he knew exactly what Wolf was thinking. "We're not here to fight. We're here to give Dad a send-off."

Wolf scowled. "Don't recall you being my commanding officer, bro."

Van gave him a grin that had only a little bit of teeth in it. "No, but I'm head of the goddamn family now and that makes me the next best thing."

"Here's what I think of that." Wolf tipped his chair back and raised his hand as if to run it through his dark Mohawk only to fold down all his fingers except the middle one.

"Expressive as always," Lucas murmured dryly. "You have such a way with words, Wolf. I'm impressed."

Lucas, Van's middle brother, was a sniper and one of the most controlled people Van had ever met — which, considering he included himself in that statement, was saying something. Lucas was the very definition of patience, but even he didn't have much of it when it came to Wolf's particular method of dealing with his emotions, not when Lucas preferred to have no emotions at all — which was okay with Van because it meant he had one less person to worry about.

"Yeah and fuck you too." Wolf gave Lucas a belligerent look, baring his teeth in a grin that was just a hair short of feral.

"Lock it down," Van said flatly, injecting all his authority — which was considerable — into the order. "Or do you really want the world's media watching you beat up a couple of jarheads?"

Wolf glowered at him for a long moment, his weird eyes — one blue, one green — full of banked aggression. Then he glanced sourly back at the Marines for another moment before letting out an explosive breath, his chair landing on all four legs with a thump. "Fuck it. I'll go get laid instead."

Thank Christ for that. The last thing they all needed was Wolf going ape-shit in a bar. Especially after a mother of a day like today.

Standing on the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain, emptying Noah Tate's ashes into the East River, the icy rain soaking their dress blues, hadn't been physically demanding — that shit they all had no problem with. It was the emotional toll that was the issue — especially for Wolf, who'd been closest of all to their dad.

Noah Tate had been the man who'd given them a proper home, the first that any of them had ever had. He hadn't been a particularly loving father, at least not to Van, but he had been a father to them. And even if what he'd wanted from Van had been more than Van had ever been able to give, his death had been a blow that none of them had seen coming.

Wolf's expression cleared and he grinned in one of his usual quicksilver changes of mood. "Hey, we could take the jet to Vegas. Go play some poker, spend a little quality time with the ladies. Shit like that." He raised his beer and took a swallow. "Fuck knows I could do with some shore leave before I go back to Virginia."

Lucas shook his head. "I'll pass. I've got a few things I need to do in New York."

Wolf raised his eyebrows in sudden interest. "What things?"

"None of your damn business, asshole," Lucas said pleasantly.

Van eyed him. His middle brother had been a cagey bastard since they'd all arrived back at the Tate ranch two weeks ago to prepare for their father's funeral. Van had tried to find out what was going on with him, but it had been like trying to open an oyster with a piece of wet spaghetti — pointless.

Then again, maybe it was the falling back into his old role as big brother and protector that was the pointless thing. None of them were boys anymore. They were fucking SEALs and each had been in the military for over ten years. No one needed protecting, not these days.

Still, Van had always been the one who'd looked out for the other two ever since they'd all been in the St. Mary's Home for Boys together, and old habits died hard.

"Got anything you want to tell us?" Van gave Lucas a meaningful look. "Or rather me. Ignore the little bastard in the corner."

"Fuck you," Wolf muttered, offended.

"No." Lucas's silver-blue eyes gave Van back absolutely nothing.

Irritated, Van put his beer on the table with a thump. He couldn't make his brother tell him anything if the guy didn't want to, but that didn't make Van any less pissed. Especially not with that damn envelope burning a hole in the pocket of his jacket.

His father's lawyer had handed it to him just before he'd stepped on the plane to New York, after the funeral, and then turned around and walked away without any kind of explanation. It was only when Van had opened it as the plane climbed into the sky that he'd realized what it was.

The last will and testament of Noah Tate.

And that wasn't all. There were three more envelopes inside, each one addressed to one of Noah's sons.

Van hadn't given those envelopes out yet and he hadn't read the one addressed to him either. He was still trying to get his head around the fact that his father had left the entirety of his massive fortune to Van, including the huge oil and gas empire he'd founded.

He'd had to read the damn thing three times before it sunk in and then, once it had, he'd spent the remainder of the flight trying to master his towering rage, because yet again — as he always seemed to do — his goddamn father had managed to get in the last word.

Ever since his father had adopted him at the age of eight, Noah had been very clear what Van's purpose was, what the purpose of all the boys were: they were to protect the Tate legacy.

Van, as the oldest, had been earmarked as Noah's heir, and for years, that's all Van wanted to be. He wanted to work hard, show the old man how grateful he was for everything Noah had given him. Be the kind of son Noah would be proud of.

Then Columbia had happened. On a mission to smash a sex-trafficking ring, he'd fucked up, lost a woman he was supposed to protect, and suddenly being Noah's heir hadn't looked so shit hot after all. What was money compared to woman's life? Compared to all the lives he could save as a SEAL that he couldn't save as some dick in a suit?

So he'd stayed with the SEALs instead of joining Noah at the helm of Tate Oil, something that had pissed Noah off no end, and something they'd argued endlessly and bitterly about.

Now, though, it was Noah getting his own back and Van's turn to be pissed off. And the worst part was, there was nothing he could do about it.

He hated the damn city. Hated the suits and the fucking skyscrapers. And he hated being stuck behind a desk, no matter that said desk was in a corner office in a historic old building that housed Tate Oil and Gas in Downtown Manhattan.

He preferred the military. Loved the danger and the thrill of armed service, the comradeship and the loyalty of his team. He was a protector at heart, and protecting people in general and his country in particular were more important to him than protecting the Tate bank account.

Apparently his father hadn't agreed.

Yeah, even though a day had passed since Jeffrey Taylor, the lawyer, had handed Van the will, Van was still as furious about it as he had been on the plane. So furious in fact that he'd been tempted to drop-kick Noah Tate's urn into the East River instead of reverently scattering the ashes.

"Problem?" One of Lucas's dark blond brows rose.

Shit. Van was pretty good at keeping his emotions hidden — as a commander he had to — but the fact that Lucas had picked up on his anger meant he wasn't keeping it quite as under control as he thought. Always a worry.

Then again, being almost preternaturally observant was what made Lucas one of the best snipers in the forces, so maybe it was just his brother being a giant pain in the ass.

"No," Van said, mimicking Lucas's earlier flat denial. "But no one's going anywhere or making decisions about anything until we finish dealing with stuff in New York."

"Seriously?" Wolf was back to glowering. "You two can do whatever the hell you want with the rest of your leave, but if we're not going to Vegas then I'm catching the next flight back to base."

This was unsurprising. Joining the Navy had been all Wolf had wanted to do since he'd watched his older brothers enlist and he didn't have many interests outside it. Unfortunately for him, now that their father was dead, things had changed.

Van gave Wolf a hard look, the look that had always had the men of his team shitting themselves whenever it was directed at them. "You're not going anywhere. Not today." Van shifted his gaze to Lucas. "That includes you too."

Wolf gave a short laugh. "Christ, you're so fucking full of it. Who died and made you God?"

"Dad, apparently," Van said, deadpan.

Lucas ignored this, his icy gaze focused and intent as a laser. "For once I agree with the little bastard. We're not your men, Van. We're your brothers. Which means, with respect, that you can go to hell."

Van didn't even flinch. He stared down harder men than Lucas every damn day and he wasn't about to put up with insubordination. Especially given that they now had other responsibilities. Because it wasn't only him who'd been named in their father's will.

"Yeah," Van said, staring hard at both Wolf and Lucas. "You are my brothers. And just because Dad's dead, it doesn't mean we stop being Tates. We're a team, and you know what that means."

"Jesus," Wolf muttered. "Next you'll be telling us we even have a mission."

"We do." Van reached into the pocket of his jacket, brought out the envelope and slapped it down on the table in front of them.

He'd debated about when was the best time to deliver the happy news to his brothers. Looked like that time was now.

"What the fuck is that?" Wolf demanded. "A lottery ticket? Hate to break it to you, Van, but we kind of don't need lottery tickets."

Lucas narrowed his gaze at Van for a long moment. Then he glanced down at the envelope. "Quiet, Wolf," he murmured, reaching out to pick it up and open it. "Little boys should be seen and not heard."

Wolf muttered something incomprehensible and very rude, but Lucas ignored him, sliding out the paper inside the envelope and unfolding it.

Van said nothing. The shit was about to hit the fan any second ... now.

"Jesus Christ." Lucas looked up abruptly from the letter and met Van's gaze. "That old prick."

"Yeah," Van agreed. "That was pretty much my response too."

"What?" Wolf snapped.

Lucas handed him the paper. "Dad's will. Looks like no one is going to Vegas any time soon."

Wolf scowled and took the letter. As he began to read, his rough-hewn features hardened. "This is bullshit," he said eventually, looking up from the letter, his unusual eyes glittering. "This is just fucking bullshit."

Not an unexpected response from his brother, it had to be said.

Van lifted a shoulder. "It is what it is."

"No, fuck that." Wolf slapped the letter down on the table. "I mean, is it even legal?"

"Of course. Jeffrey Taylor gave it to me."

Wolf glowered. "Who the fuck is Jeffrey Taylor?"

"Dad's lawyer." Van tightened his grip on his patience. "Old-school New York firm, the best of the best. Jeffrey drew up the will himself, so it's as watertight as they come." Of course, Van could get it checked out by another firm, which he'd considered on the flight to New York but then discarded the idea. Noah had been very particular about his legal dealings, and since Taylor and Associates had been handling his business since he'd first started in the oil industry, Van was pretty certain it would all be totally legit.

"I don't care how watertight it is." Wolf sat back in his chair and folded his arms across his massively muscled chest, dark eyebrows pulling down. "I'm not sitting on any board of fucking directors."

Van knew how Wolf felt. He didn't want to sit on the board of fucking directors either. He didn't want to be his old man's heir. What he wanted was to lead his team in defense of his country, to protect civilians caught in the line of fire, something a thousand times more important than the petty concerns of the goddamn oil industry.

However, the will was clear. Noah wanted his three sons on the board to look after the Tate legacy, and Van found he couldn't dismiss that however much it interfered with his own interests. This was their purpose. The whole reason Noah had adopted them in the first place, and they owed him. He'd brought them all up to put family first, and no matter how distant and fraught Van's relationship with Noah had become, Van had always been the example the others had followed. He'd always been the leader. He couldn't shirk that responsibility now, no matter his personal opinions.

"Yeah, well, I don't want to be on the board of fucking directors either," he said flatly, giving voice to his thoughts. "But like it or not, that's the situation. We're Tates and we stick together."

Wolf's jaw was tight with denial. He glanced at Lucas. "What about you? You okay with this shit?"

Lucas leaned forward, his elbows on the table. "No," he said slowly, his unsettlingly intense gaze focusing on Van. "No, I am not okay with it."

So they wanted to get into a pissing contest? Fine. He'd play. He'd always been better at it than these two cocksuckers.

He stared back at Lucas, hard. "I'm sorry," he murmured, before switching to stare at Wolf, "I thought you guys were supposed to be SEALs. Guess not."

"You prick —" Wolf began hotly.


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The Dangerous Billionaire: A Billionaire Navy SEAL Romance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Can't wait for Lucas and Wolf's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the best I can say is that I just wasn’t interested in any part of this book and I was pushing myself the whole way up to 40% when I finally accepted the inevitable. The writing was technically fine but I just couldn’t get invested in the storyline or the characters. The pacing was a little slow for me and I kept waiting for something to happen. I also struggled with everyone’s fear and paranoia over de Santis and him being a threat. Maybe it would be more believable the further I got but up to 40% I just wasn’t getting the urgency.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Van is called home and must help his foster sister Chloe when danger threatens. Interesting first book in the series and will continue to read. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
belllla More than 1 year ago
The dangerous billionaire is another story in the series but it was the least favorite. The writing was sufficient, character interesting well develop. But for me it was too many and too much of repeating things, memories feelings thoughts over and over and over again. It was too much if it wasn’t for excellent describing passion like Jacki masters I would be totally disappointed. Chloe and Van did not impressed me but like I said it if wasn’t for their explosive chemistry…. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
sportochick More than 1 year ago
This entertaining read is filled with tension and intrigue as well as many secrets. The men are military and very tough cored.... an interesting combination for the woman who love their alpha's as such! Three Tate brothers are Van the oldest and heir, Lucas who has my complete attention and Wolf the youngest brother. In this book, we get Van's story and a secret letter is given to him on the event of their foster dad, Noah's death. Also in this story is a younger sister, Chloe, Noah's daughter. Secrets are so bad, they destroy people and break apart families. Further in this book the reader will see how all the lies and falsehoods can become very complicated. The author does an interesting job of building the story and leaving room for the next books of this series. She introduces some back history of this family and events in Van's past that make him the hardened man he is today. Also, she leaves little nibbles of what is going on in Lucas and Wolf's current life. Of course, these little nibbles only make me crazy with wonder on what the heck Lucas was up to. I admired Chloe and how she taught herself to be a survivor. Living without love and the touch of others is a horrible existence. Her character is heart breaking and rewarding to read and I felt the author presented her in a believable manner combining her roughness and softness. I give this 3.5 STARS because I felt I need a little for umph to the storyline though I was thoroughly entertained and will read the next book to this series.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
When the Tate brothers father dies unexpectedly, they all meet in NY where his large oil business was based. All three brothers are Navy SEALs. Sullivan "Van" is the oldest and so blinking dominant that despite his brothers warnings that he is not their CO, he runs right over them. After the reading of the will which Tate leaves everything to Van, each son also receives a letter. Van's is special. Because they have a foster sister back home in Wyoming who is running the ranch and Van is in charge of keeping her safe. Because of her fathers rather shifty dealings which come to light more clearly throughout the story, he fears for her safety. With good reason. And only Van knows why. Chloe is summoned to NY City, angry and upset at not only being summoned but he's taking her away from the ranch and her projects she's got going on. Chloe was left nothing in the will. To say the father was less that any semblance of a father to these three men is an understatement. Along with his lies and deceit to both them and Chloe, Chloe comes to never expect anything from anyone. A lesson hard learned vis her father's neglect. Her only bright spot growing up is Van. Van taught her how to ride. The boys were shipped off the boarding school while she remained at home, but when they'd come home, there would be Chloe waiting. Always making him happy to see her. Until 8 years ago when he stopped coming home. With no explanation and not a word. This story is a romantic suspense one that had a few crazy twists in it. The story really focuses on Van and Chloe and their past and present. It's a great read. Van was really hard to like much of the time. Chloe I really liked. Van had good qualities don't get me wrong, he just didn't know how to put it all out there. There's plenty of steam in this book too and these two burn it up. It's well done and not over the top. Great read as always Jackie!! I look forward to the next brother's book, hopefully Lucas. **arc from NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for a fair review**
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series. Looking forward to learning about all three Tate brothers and what their adoptive father has planned for them beyond the grave. Van is a Navy SEAL and now heir to a fortune. Chloe is shocked to learn her father left her nothing in his will and finds out she is in danger. Van and Chloe have been attracted to each other for years and now that he must protect her can he keep is distance and keep her safe? I was hooked from beginning to end. I liked the story and the chemistry is steamy. A very entertaining read.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
: 3.5 stars--THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE is the first installment in Jackie Ashenden’s contemporary, adult TATE BROTHERS erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on three foster brothers-Sullivan (Van), Wolf and Lucas Tate-as well as their foster sister Chloe Tate. This is Navy SEAL Sullivan (Van) Tate, and Chloe Tate’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Chloe and Van) THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE follows the Tate siblings in the aftermath of their father Noah Tate’s death. Called home from active duty, all three brothers find themselves the recipients of a letter outlining what the future has in store. Enter Chloe Tate, Van ‘s foster sister, and the woman that calls to his heart. What ensues is the protection and lock down of Chloe Tate in the face of a series of threats against our story line heroine. Van Tate is tasked with protecting his younger ‘sister’, a woman he hasn’t seen in close to eight years but a woman that means more to him than he had ever anticipated. Chloe Tate has been in love with her ‘foster brother’ most of her life. Dejected and alone, our heroine spent most of her life on her father’s ranch, and with his death Chloe has hoped to take over the business she had come to love. But things don’t go according to plans when threats against her life come from an unlikely source-a source that is all to familiar to our story line heroine. Sullivan (Van) Tate is a Navy SEAL; a career military man who spends his life in service to atone for sins of the past. Unable to move beyond what was and what should have been, Van struggles with his latest assignment ‘from the grave’-to protect the woman he sees as his little sister. The relationship between Van and Chloe is one of mutual attraction but eight years have passed since they were last together. Van has always had a protective nature as it pertained to Chloe Tate, and with the latest threats against her life, Van goes alpha bear to protect the woman he loves. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive. We are introduced to Van’s brothers, and Navy SEALS-Wolf and Lucas Tate. Wolf and Lucas also received a letter with orders from beyond the grave-orders that send each man in a different direction. Lucas’s story line is next in THE WICKED BILLIONAIRE. THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE is a story of family, betrayal, secrets and lies. The presentation suffers with too many repetitive reminders about the past, internal dialogues (Chloe and Van) laced with self-pity and a defeatist mindset; and the believability factor is questionable. Van’s emotional self-depracating attitude and guilt override his personal well being, as well as a heroine who is TSTL (too stupid to live) as she continuously places herself in the line of fire believing she is impervious to the threats against her life. Chloe’s apparent rejection by the father she loved is another constant throughout the story-there is plenty of whining and self pity from both of our leading characters. There is very little in the way of conflict resolution so I am going to presume more is to come in the next installment(s). THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE introduces the players and background to the Tate family history- a history marred by secrets and lies, and a father ill-equipped to look after the family he chose to raise. There are moments of heartbreak, sorrow and revelation; acceptance and moving on from the past. The premise is challenging; the romance struggles in the face of guilt.
ZR1000 More than 1 year ago
Great romantic suspense with intense emotions… This is the first book in the Tate Brothers series that can be read as a stand-alone. Three foster brothers who are all Navy SEAL’s are called home to deal with the death of the man who adopted them, the head of a highly lucrative oil company. The will and three personal letters awaited them, their lives are about to change, need to change, if they are to protect their father’s legacy. What was in Sullivan (Van) Tate’s letter was a shocker and something he would take on, the protection of his foster sister, Chloe Tate, who is danger from their father’s long time enemy. The enemy was always known but now Van knows why Chloe is at greater risk and must decide if he should tell her a truth that’s been kept hidden by a father who was rather uninvolved with his adopted children. Chloe doesn’t like how her foster brother just commanded her presence in New York City. With much going on at the Wyoming ranch she’s loathe to leave for even a short length of time but she does need to settle the fact that she wasn’t ceded the ranch in the will, she knows the brothers don’t want it since they rarely visited and have never expressed interest in running the ranch. It’s rightfully hers and she’ll fight for it if she has to. She’s put all of herself into the ranch where she was isolated under the guise of protection, the thriving ranch is the effort of all her sweat and blood. It’s been eight years since Chloe’s seen Sullivan, though foster siblings with him being ten years older they weren’t raised together but those times they interacted an unforgettable bond was formed or at least she thought so. Neither one has ever really thought of the other as a brother or sister and that’s a good thing for the chemistry between these two leaps off the pages from the moment when they meet again at a lonely airstrip on a dreary rainy night with nature mirroring their inner turmoil. This was great romantic suspense with intense emotions, an intriguing storyline and strong complicated characters with issues, some shared, to resolve. The father kept many secrets and told many lies. Upon his death truth seeks the light of day. Are these children ready to hear it? Will they even believe it? Can they accept it? Regardless, the consequences are theirs to deal with. This was my first time reading this author and I was impressed, the compelling plot kept me turning the pages, the emotions were highly palpable, the sex scenes steamy. Van isn’t just protective of Chloe, but also possessive, something he has to come to terms with. He never wanted to inherit the company and rebelled against his father’s desires but now that the man is gone he’ll do so but not in any way Noah Tate would probably appreciate. This reader loves rebellious tendencies in characters, it lends to their uniqueness, in being their own person. Chloe’s a sassy young woman with much inner strength, more than she realizes, you can’t help but like her. We don’t get the reasons why Noah did the things he did but the final letter a month after his death gives him a small measure of redemption. We are given dual points of view which enhanced the story. This reader is definitely looking forward to more in this series. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden is a great read. Ms Ashenden has delivered a fast paced book that is well-written and loaded with phenomenal characters. Van and Chloe's story has plenty of drama, action, suspense and sizzle to pull readers in from the first page. This story held my attention from cover to cover. I enjoyed reading The Dangerous Billionaire and look forward to reading more from this talented author in the future. The Dangerous Billionaire is book 1 of the Tate Brothers 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 that I received from NetGalley.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I enjoyed this book! Here we meet the Tate family, unconventional family, foster brothers, who were adopted at the same time, and a foster sister, who was a legit daughter to Billionaire. Noah Tate, or as they thought it was at the time. Noah dies, and foster brothers get shock of their lives as they read individual letters left to them by Noah. Van is the oldest and heir to fortune and ranch, which was supposed to be left to Chloe. He has been left the task to protecting her due to dangerous threat to her, I won't tell you what it is, you have to read it to know, but it's good. Chloe is upset, because nothing is left to her, and she also ends up with shock of her life. They are both attracted to each other, and try to fight it because they see it as wrong, and their age difference. Eventually they give in, and fall in love, but of course there are some twist and turns, book keeps you interested, can't wait for other Tate brothers story!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
3-5 stars 'The Dangerous Billionaire' by Jackie Ashenden is book One in the "Tate Brothers" series. This is the story of Sullivan “Van" and Chloe. Van has been left in charge of the family and the family business. Chole, Van, and two other brothers were the foster child of Noah Tate. Noah Tate is down dead leaving most everything to Van. Chole who ran the family ranch is somewhat upset that her foster father didn't leave the ranch to her. When she is summons by Van to come to NYC she goes to try to convince him to leave her the ranch. Van and his brothers are Navy Seals who have no desire to be businessmen but they have a great sense of honor to their foster father Noah. So they settle in to do as their foster father asked. Van feels that Chole is possible in danger and he plans to keep her safe. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
jackie ashenden's latest series introduces the tate brothers, sullivan a.k.a. van, lucas, and wolf, in the dangerous billionaire. foster brothers, navy seals, mega rich and stupidly attractive, it's hard not to see the appeal. since enlisting they haven't spent much time together, but their foster father's death and the subsequent demands of his last will and testament forces them to reunite to protect their father's company. as the eldest the largest share of the burden falls to van, and he's also charged with protecting their foster sister, chloe. chloe is at turns devastated by her father's death and infuriated with more of his broken promises. when van requests her presence in new york city she takes her first trip away from the family's wyoming ranch. she believes that he's going to discuss their father's will. but he's brought her to new york to protect her and there's no way she can return unless she listens to him. she's felt abandoned by van all these years, so she's not too keen on listening. which creates some actual problems because there is a real threat to chloe's safety. everything is tied to a big secret regarding chloe's past, and revealing more would spoil some of the twists and turns in the story. (is it a little sketchy that this romance is between a foster brother and sister? on the one hand, they are in no way related by blood. van has 10 years on chloe, so they technically weren't raised together. except that they still spent a lot of time together thinking of each other as siblings. the author tries to write her way out of the ick factor, and for the most part, you can forgive the characters, but it is still a bit icky.) i'm intrigued to see where this series is going, and if it will intersect with the fairy tale billionaire series ashenden is also writing. because i can't help but wonder if wolf will end up playing the big bad wolf in one of those. **the dangerous billionaire will publish on may 2. 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
ReaderLoverKV More than 1 year ago
I am a Huge fan of Ms. Ashenden's work and when this gem came up about a new series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. In this series we have the Tates'. Sullivan known as Van, Lucas and Wolf, all Navy SEALS and heir to the Tate Oil fortune. In a turn of events we also have Chloe Tate, their foster sister.. So upon the death of their Father, the boys are all given letters with specific instructions. Van, being the oldest, is tasked with protecting Chloe, from Cesare de Santis. If you have been reading Ashenden's books that name should be familiar to you. Van sets out to do as his Father asks and little does Chloe know, the bomb that is about to explode her entire world. During the course of the story while Van is trying to protect Chloe, they fall in lust. For Chloe not so much, because she has had feelings for him that were not of the brotherly sort, since she was 16. Van fights his feelings, feelings that he feels are wrong for his foster sister until he can't anymore. Eventually secrets are exposed that needed to be said in order for Van to be free of his demons and allow himself to fall in love with Chloe. I did find the relationship that the brothers had kind of distant and cold. They seemed to pull it together when they needed to but it seemed more that they did not get along with each other as they should. Even with Chloe, Lucas seemed very cold towards her. I also didn't quite like the angle of foster brother and foster sister getting together that much. It was a bit repetitive, I mean you know they aren't blood related but still it was repeated over and over. In the end they are met with some opposition to their union but they decide to have their HEA. 3 stars!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Van carries a heavy burden after a mission he was responsible for turned bad. Having been raised by a father that expected perfection he finds himself in the position of proving that perfection when he is left with the family’s oil business. Add that to his previous failure and he’s a man struggling to do what is right. Chloe has never left the ranch where she was raised despite the promises her father gave her. Now all she has is the ranch and that has been left to her foster brother Van. Lonely and unwanted, her only hope is that he will relent and deed the property to her if she follows his instructions and travels to New York where he is waiting. Her safety is at issue and Van has been given the job of securing her along with the business. While this was well written, I found the story itself to have several holes in it as well as the characters to be inconsistent. I wanted to like this couple but their reunion showed them to be rather immature and it was hard to feel any real chemistry between them. The sex is hot and steamy but otherwise I never felt they really had any longing for each other. We are given both points of view so I was always aware that Van never really wanted to stay with Chloe at least until the very end. Of course there is a reason he is determined to return to the service but even in his thoughts he had no turmoil over that decision. I’ve read other works by this author and have enjoyed them so I will continue to read her books, I just wish I could have enjoyed this one more. ARC provided for an honest review
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Jackie's for quite awhile. I found her books through Netgalley and instantly hooked. I like the story plot of The Dangerous Billionaire. I loved the taboo of the lust going on with Van and Chloe. The whole Navy Seal protecting the heroine, very HOT. So I was very excited to dive into this book! I rated this book a 3.5. I was into the story line for a moment, then it got a little repetitive for me a few times. I would start to get into the characters, then that would happen that would throw me a little of kilter. So that only made it a little harder to stay within the book. Jackie does deliver on the Hot alpha Navy seal man that inherited his fathers ranch. This makes Chloe go after him to see if she can get him to give her complete ownership and control of the ranch. Chloe has always had a thing for Van. The question is will they look past being adopted siblings and make a go at it? You will have to read this book and find out. At the end I was more so satisfied. The characters were pretty much developed and we got a glimpse of the other two brothers. This is where we know there will be other series to come soon. So I am hoping that this book only being the 1st in the series, the next two will blow it out of the park for me. I am looking forward continuing with the next two brothers!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A family of rough and rugged SEAL's - yes please! Jackie Ashenden kicks off a news series featuring the Tate Brothers. All three are SEAL's and have returned home after the death of their father. The oldest Sullivan/ Van is not only charged with keeping the family business going but protecting their foster sister Chloe from their father's enemies. The later is easier said than done since Chloe is not the least bit cooperative but as secrets come to light and truths are found out it becomes apparent the dangers are very real. As Van and Chloe spend more and more time together, their forbidden attraction becomes stronger. This story is very well done and of course the writing is outstanding. The story isn't one of my favorites but I did find it very entertaining and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A family of rough and rugged SEAL's - yes please! Jackie Ashenden kicks off a news series featuring the Tate Brothers. All three are SEAL's and have returned home after the death of their father. The oldest Sullivan/ Van is not only charged with keeping the family business going but protecting their foster sister Chloe from their father's enemies. The later is easier said than done since Chloe is not the least bit cooperative but as secrets come to light and truths are found out it becomes apparent the dangers are very real. As Van and Chloe spend more and more time together, their forbidden attraction becomes stronger. This story is very well done and of course the writing is outstanding. The story isn't one of my favorites but I did find it very entertaining and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. I'm a fan of this author and have enjoyed everything I've read from her but this one was a bit disjointed. You've got to suspend belief with this plot, which I can normally do but their seemed to be too many things that didn't add up for me. On top of that, I didn't like Van. The Hero's are what draw me, personally, to a book. I never felt his connection to Chloe. It really bothered me that Van and his brothers didn't visit Chloe for 8 years. They are foster siblings but grew up together. Pretty much everyone abandoned Chloe and I couldn't seem to get past that. It was a fast paced storyline and the brothers stories have potential, but I wish they were more eager to help Chloe since she was in danger. Hopefully that will get answered in their book. ARC provided by NetGalley.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Ms Ashenden when I read her Texas Bounty series. So when I saw she had a new series, I knew I had to get the it. I was a little apprehensive about the foster sister-foster brother relationship, but knew the author would handle it properly , and she did. This series centers around three foster brothers, all Navy Seals, whose “father” , upon his death, leaves them his oil company and his daughter, Chole was left nothing. But of course , there is more to the story. In book one the main characters are Van Tate and Chloe. Van was chose by his Dad to head the oil corporation, while all he and his brothers want is to remain Seals. Chloe, thought she was going to inherit the ranch in Wyoming. She has lived there all her life and has managed it as an adult. It’s her life and love. But she was not left it in his will. Letters were written by Tate Sr to each of this sons. Tate’s let’s him know that Chloe is in danger. So Van mandates her to come see him in NYC where he is determined to protect her. Both are attracted to each other, but want to deny it. Apart from a plot filled with suspense, twists and turns, a hunky Seal , a determined rancher and romance, it’s more than that. It’s a story about how the actions of a parent can affect a child, how experiences can change a man to the point of feeling not worthy of love or any relationship, about revenge, sibling interaction and how love , compassion and forgiveness of one’s actions, can redeem us and allow us to truly love. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden Tate Brothers #1 Noah Tate needed to ensure the future of his company and without a biological male heir he decided to adopt three young boys to be his sons. Each of those young men eventually became SEALs and men to be reckoned with. Well, when Noah dies his sons are each given a letter that will changed their lives – or so it would seem from book one. Van is tasked with keeping his foster sister, Chloe, safe. This is no easy task even when he brings her to stay with him in New York. With an enemy to stymie, chemistry to avoid acting upon and baggage from their pasts to contend with this book is fraught with trouble…and a few steamy encounters. I enjoyed the eventual ending of this book and look forward to reading the stories of Lucas and Wolf, Van’s brothers, when they are released. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Jackie Ashenden can make sin look sexy. Her stories are edgy, earnest and hard to walk away from. Van is every woman's fantasy and every man's nightmare. A warrior on a mission, Van will risk everything to protect his heart's desire. Even walk away. Chloe is a force onto herself. She is She-Ra to Van's He-Man. She faces her enemies head on, with an inner fire that is as powerful as she is beautiful. What enthralls me most about hero and heroine is that Ms. Ashenden are equal partners in the direction the story takes. The Dangerous Billionaire is not one to be missed.