The Tate Brothers were raised to protect what is theirs…
Navy SEAL Wolf Tate is on a mission of vengeance. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to infiltrate the lair of his arms-dealing enemyand rescue the mother he never knew. To do this, he’ll need more than his father’s fortunes or his brothers-in-arms.He must find a way to kidnap his enemy’s daughter for leverage. There’s just one problem: She is also one of Wolf’s closest friendsand the only woman he’s ever loved…
For years, Olivia de Santis has been waiting for Wolf to take her in his arms and make her dreams come true. But she never imagined that he’d sneak into her bedroom one night…and take her as his hostage. Olivia knows she should resist himand stay loyal to her own family. But how can she deny the burning justice of Wolf’s mission, and the blazing desire in his eyeseven if giving into the heat of the moment can put her in grave danger?
Jackie Ashenden’s novels are:
“Sexy, emotional.” Laurelin Paige, New YorkTimes bestselling author
“Tantalizing . . . explosive.”Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Mine to Take
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.
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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Wolfgang "Wolf" Tate's three favorite things were, in no particular order, fighting, fucking, and blowing shit up. Sometimes he was sad he couldn't do all three things together, but then blowing shit up while fucking was not only dangerous, but stupid. Fighting and fucking, well, he wasn't averse to that.
Kidnapping, though, did not rank highly. In fact, kidnapping wasn't featured at all, yet here he was, standing in Olivia de Santis's bedroom at four in the morning, ready to put his hand over her mouth and haul her up out of her bed and over his shoulder.
He didn't want to do it, he just didn't. But fucking Cesare de Santis, her father and Tate enemy number one, had denied Wolf's perfectly reasonable request to hand her over just days earlier, leaving him with no choice but to go grab her himself. She was a vital part of his takedown plan, which was why he was in her bedroom, watching her still, small figure sleeping deeply under her white comforter, preparing to take her with him by any means necessary.
The woman in the bed sighed and turned over, a bar of dim light from a gap in the curtains illuminating her face.
Wolf let out a silent breath, taking a second simply to look at her, because it had been a long time since he'd seen Olivia de Santis in the flesh, over ten years, all told. He'd been eighteen, ready to enlist in the Navy, and she'd been sweet sixteen and never been kissed. Yeah, a sweet kid, he remembered that clearly, and she still was, given the emails he'd received over the years from her. Though at twenty-eight, not a kid any longer.
It was probably a dumb thing to watch her like this, since every second he stayed in her room was another second he could be discovered, but shit, he wanted to look at her. The photos she'd sent him didn't really convey the changes since that brief moment outside her father's study, a week before he'd left to join the Navy.
They'd met when Wolf had been seventeen, the first time de Santis had invited him into his house, celebrating the fact that Wolf had agreed to work for him in secret, turning traitor on Wolf's own family, the Tates. Olivia had been fifteen, a quiet, self-possessed young girl, who'd viewed him with suspicion initially — understandably since their families were enemies. But over the course of that year, Wolf's frequent and secret visits to the de Santis mansion had meant they'd run into each other quite a lot in the library outside her father's study, and slowly her distrust had melted away and a certain friendship had formed between them. It shouldn't have worked. She was shy and quiet, and frighteningly intelligent, while he was loud and brash, and certainly not known for his brains. Yet for some reason it did. And when he'd left to join the Navy, she'd stayed in touch, emailing him regularly while he responded where and when he could.
Her face had matured, losing that teenage roundness and revealing a small, determined chin and slightly upturned nose. She had the same rosebud mouth he remembered and the dark, de Santis winged brows, but she'd missed out on the rest of the showy de Santis good looks. Not pretty, yet not unappealing either.
Not that it made any difference what she looked like. He wasn't here for fucking. He was here because of his dead father's last letter to him. A letter given to him two weeks ago at the meeting with his brothers at Leo's alehouse, a military bar.
A letter containing a promise. The same promise his father had always made him — if Wolf completed the mission he'd been given, he'd finally, after years and years of hope, get to meet his mother. Because Noah had finally located her. Unfortunately, with Noah being dead and all, Noah wouldn't be able to be there for the happy reunion, but if Wolf completed his mission, he'd be sent his mother's location.
It was all Wolf had ever wanted ever since he'd been small. A family. A real family. And that letter ... fuck, that letter was promising him that at last.
His father. His mother. Him.
All he had to do was kill Cesare de Santis.
Easy. No problem. He'd been training for that his whole goddamn life. It was going to mean a few sacrifices along the way, but his father had always told him that. "Nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice, Wolf," his father had said. "Nothing worth fighting for is taken without blood."
Wolf had accepted that the way he'd accepted everything his father had told him. Because he knew a secret that no one else knew.
He wasn't the foster son everyone thought he was.
He was Noah Tate's real son.
Not that his father ever treated him that way. He'd told Wolf early on that he couldn't afford to be a real father to him, not while the de Santis threat was hanging over their heads. But that if Wolf would do what he was told, become the weapon his father wanted him to be, then when it was all over, he'd get the family he deserved. Noah could finally acknowledge him.
It wasn't that Wolf wanted the company or his father's billions. Money had never meant anything to him. No, all he wanted — all he'd ever wanted — was for his father to tell the world that Wolf was his son. And then they'd find his mother.
But none of that would happen unless Wolf killed the man who threatened the entire Tate legacy. His father had been clear. Until Cesare was dead, Noah couldn't risk bringing Wolf's mother out of hiding and he couldn't acknowledge his son.
Unfortunately Noah's death had changed things. He wouldn't be able to formally acknowledge Wolf now, but he'd told Wolf that his name was on Wolf's birth certificate. So even if his father wasn't around to see it, once Wolf had completed his mission, he would have all the proof he needed to show everyone that Noah Tate was actually his father. After he'd killed de Santis and gotten his mother out first.
Sacrifices. Yeah, Wolf was okay with sacrifices to get what he wanted.
Even if that included sacrificing his friendship with Olivia de Santis.
A twinge of regret hit him at the thought, but he shrugged it off. It was what it was and how he felt about it made less than no difference at all. She had access to Cesare's schedule and he needed that if he was going to make a successful hit. The guy's security was insane and Wolf had no intention of getting himself killed, not after all the years he'd spent waiting for his reward. It was why he hadn't taken out de Santis when he'd met him in his limo a couple of days earlier. All this had to be done without it being traced back to him, to anything Tate in fact.
Which meant that becoming familiar with Cesar's schedule, his movements every day, was a must. And the only person who had access to that was Olivia. Oh, she wasn't going to want to give him the information willingly, not given how protective she was over her father, but he'd figure a way around that. He'd get that information by any means necessary.
Sacrifices and all that shit.
Moving soundlessly, he went around the side of the bed and crouched down beside it. He'd wondered whether he should have had a backup in case Olivia resisted, a rag soaked in chloroform or something, but in the end he'd decided that was too fiddly. He preferred to keep things simple. If she didn't want to come with him, there were a few ways he could make her — without unconsciousness being part of the deal.
Still sleeping deeply, Olivia made another small sound and turned over onto her side so that she was facing him, nestling her cheek down into the pillows. One small hand had crept up to curl beneath her chin. She looked like a child, fast asleep and dreaming of fairies or whatever magical bullshit it was that children dreamed of.
That twinge of regret hit him again, which was annoying. Christ, it wasn't as if he was going to do anything to her. He was only going to pick her up and take her away where he could get what he wanted from her without interference. Once he'd taken Cesare out, then he'd let her go. He just had to be careful not to let slip any of his plans. Of course, she'd probably guess in the end that it was him who'd killed her father — she was a smart girl after all — but if he was careful, she wouldn't have any evidence pointing to him.
Or there were other ways to keep a woman quiet that didn't involve death or violence. He knew a few. If it came to that.
He just had to make sure that kidnapping her wouldn't blow his cover with de Santis. It was irritating that the night he'd told de Santis he wanted Olivia in return for taking out that arms dealer, de Santis had told him she was already promised to someone else, someone very powerful and very dangerous. He'd argued for de Santis to break the agreement, give Wolf a little something in return for fourteen years of being a Tate spy, but it soon became clear that de Santis wouldn't. Or couldn't, at least not without serious repercussions.
The man she'd been promised to was in the Defense Department, an alliance that de Santis needed in order to keep his gun-running on the down-low.
Wolf had had to make a small adjustment in his plans after hearing that. It was yet another reason the guy had to die. He'd been subverting good American sailors to do his dirty work for him, and Wolf couldn't let that go.
He was a SEAL through and through. Loved his team. They were the family he'd never had and he'd defend them with his life, and the thought that de Santis had used one of them to sell his weapons on the black market had made Wolf want to break something. De Santis, if he had his choice. And shit, he'd take down de Santis's Defense Department contact too.
Hence the kidnapping.
Olivia wasn't going to like it, but that was too bad. He was on a mission, a mission he'd been working toward for fourteen years, and nothing was going to get in his way.
Wolf laid a hand across her mouth and held it there, then leaned in and whispered in her ear. "It's me, Liv. It's Wolf. Don't scream."
She didn't immediately move and he wasn't surprised. As far as she was concerned, she was sleeping in her own bed, in her father's very well protected Upper East Side mansion, and probably the last thing she'd be expecting was an old friend come to kidnap her.
He waited patiently, keeping his hand where it was, over her mouth, feeling her warm breath against his palm. She gave another sigh, murmuring something and trying to turn over, her long dark lashes fluttering. But she must have realized something wasn't right, because her lashes fluttered yet again then slowly lifted, her eyes dark in the dim light of the room, staring blankly at him.
He stared back as sleep began to clear from her gaze and realization hit.
Right on cue, her whole body stiffened, her eyes going wide with terror, her mouth opening under his hand, all ready to let out one hell of a scream.
"It's me, Liv." He pitched his voice low and hard to cut through her fear. "So don't scream. I'm not here to hurt you."
She ignored him, her hands shooting out from underneath the comforter, her body twisting, trying to get away.
Fuck, he didn't need this shit. He'd thought she'd take one look at him, recognize him, and then be cool about it. Sadly it didn't look like she was cool about it at all.
Cursing, he firmed his hand over her mouth and moved so he was leaning over the bed, using his weight to pin her to the mattress, stop her thrashing around and making noise.
She made an outraged squeaking sound, twisting like an eel, and he could feel her begin to draw her knees up to her chest in a classic self-defense move, all ready to shove him away with her legs.
Fucking hell. Perhaps he should have bought the chloroform after all.
Sure enough, she shoved at him hard, and maybe if he'd been a smaller, weaker man, that would have worked. But Wolf had spent ten years in the Navy, eight of them as an elite SEAL, and no one had ever defeated him in hand to hand, let alone a small, bookish woman who happened to be his friend.
Gently, because he was a big guy and she was very small in comparison, he eased his weight over her, pinning her entirely so she couldn't move no matter how hard she tried. Then he lowered his head so his mouth was near her ear. "For fuck's sake, Liv," he hissed. "It's Wolf. Calm the hell down."
She struggled a second longer, then stilled. Her breathing against his palm was frantic and ragged, and he could smell a soft, sweet scent. Strawberries or something. Had she always smelled like that? He couldn't remember. The important thing, though, was that she wasn't struggling anymore. Perhaps she'd finally realized who he was.
"You going to be quiet now?" he whispered. "Nod if you are."
She gave a jerky nod.
"Good. Okay, here's the deal. I'm going to take my hand away and then I'll tell you why I'm here. But no screaming, understand?"
Another jerky nod.
Wolf raised his head and looked down at her. The light was dim, her features indistinct, but there was no mistaking the wide darkness of her eyes staring up at him. Yeah, she was still scared, wasn't she?
Slowly, he took his hand away from her mouth.
"Get off me, you asshole," Olivia de Santis gasped on a rushing breath. "You're crushing me to death."
Huh. Maybe she wasn't so scared after all.
He shifted, easing his weight off her, moving to sit on the side of the bed.
She scooted away from him until her back hit the headboard, her hands gripping the comforter and pulling it after her, holding it in front of her like a shield.
A long moment passed where she simply stared at him and he wasn't sure whether she was scared or shocked or pissed, or a combo of all three. Not that it mattered. He didn't have time for explanations, not until he'd gotten her to the safe house.
"What are you doing here, Wolf?" she asked at last, her voice slightly shaky. "I mean, how did you get in? The last I heard from you —"
"I can't explain now," he interrupted, glancing at the door. "We have to get out of here." Was that a footstep he heard? He knew the security de Santis had on the mansion inside out. He also knew that since his brother Van had rescued their adoptive sister Chloe from de Santis's clutches not two weeks earlier, de Santis had doubled said security. Which meant at least a couple of guards would be out in the house somewhere.
"What do you mean we have to get out of here?" Olivia glanced at the clock on the nightstand. "Oh my God. It's four in the morning. What on earth are you —"
"Now, Liv." He stood up, grabbed the comforter, and jerked it out of her grip. "Come on. We'll go out the window. Don't worry, all you have to do is put your arms around my neck and hang on."
She didn't move, staring at him with wide eyes, obviously in shock. She was wearing the most ridiculously prim nightie he'd ever seen — long and white, with a high neckline and lots of little buttons. Very Olivia and no doubt really fucking annoying when it came to climbing out of windows.
"Well?" He frowned at her. "What are you waiting for? Let's go."
"You're kidding right?" She drew her knees up to her chest and wrapped her arms around them. "I'm not going anywhere. Not until you tell me what the hell you're doing in my bedroom."
Shit, he really didn't have time for this. Should have brought the damn chloroform.
"I'll tell you, I promise. But we need to leave before someone discovers I'm here."
Her expression turned concerned all of a sudden. "Are you feeling okay? Something's not wrong is it?"
Jesus Christ. She thought he was sick.
Rapidly losing what little patience he had — and he never had much to start with — Wolf leaned down and circled his fingers around her upper arm, holding her firmly. Then he jerked his head toward the window. "Out. Now."
Then she opened her mouth and screamed.
* * *
It was clear to Olivia that Wolf Tate had gone stark raving mad. Not only was he in her bedroom when the last email she'd had from him had mentioned being in Wyoming for his father's funeral, but he was also trying, for no good reason that she could see, to get her to escape out the window with him. That was after lying on top of her, all huge and muscular and frightening the living daylights out of her.
That wasn't the Wolf she knew. The Wolf she knew was a quiet, respectful, and genuinely nice guy, not to mention way more intelligent than he often thought he was. He was her friend. And friends didn't sneak in through windows trying to get her to come with them.
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How far would you go for love? Wolf is still pissed at his father for sending him back to Olivia. He doesn't know how to handle the way that he feels anymore and he is scared that Olivia will run and never look back. Can he convince her that he is doing this all because he has no choice? Olivia can't believe that Wolf is back she has missed him but now she is afraid of what he is going to do. All Wolf wanted was to please his father Noah but no matter what he did it was never good enough. He found the one thing that made everything worth while but can he work away from what he believes in? But they are both about to find out what is really important and how far they would go to get what they want. Can Wolf work away after he has completed his mission and leave Olivia for good? Does Olivia have want it takes to keep the one man that has loved her forever? A good read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.
4.5stars The last story from Tate sons Wolf. Another amazing written story from Jackie Ashenden full of mystery, suspense and unpredictable following of the events. Wolf is determined in his plan of fulfilling the last wish of his father-killing the family enemy Saints and for doing it so he must find out his schedule. That is why he kidnaps Saints daughter and his only friend Olivia. Everything doesn't go as planned, both Olivia and Wolf are discovering a lot of things that they didn't know about their fathers and most important things about themselves. Another emotional story with a lot of passion and sensuality, fighting and accepting who they are. They find in each other what they were looking their whole life: someone who loved them as they are and fight for them. Both Olivia and Wolf are great, developed likable and strong characters. Olivia is the one who surprised me the most in a positive way. Wolf is a bit lost but Olivia and here actions are the one who opens his eyes and he sees the world in a new way. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Wolf Tate is on a mission, but in order to find and free the mother he never knew, he must kidnap one of his best friends, the only woman he ever loved, the daughter of his gravest enemy. Should be doable, but is it? Jackie Ashenden’s THE UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRE has everything a reader could want, sizzling passion, an emotionally charged plot, high danger, high tension and we should be off and running, right? Trust me, Ms. Ashenden can write, but this just didn’t have that “chemistry” I needed to glue myself to every page. I wasn’t sure I liked the hero all that much, he was just lacking something, call it “a fire in his belly or something.” Sure he was passionate about his mission, but whatever was between himself and Olivia just didn’t scream out as electric feelings...but lust, yes. Olivia’s sheltered life comes out in spades, she seems too naïve about the world. I could not fathom she could be so clueless about her father or the man he was, not in the twenty-first century. Will these two overcome all that is before them and can they BOTH live with the choices and actions Wolf has taken? Lots of sizzle, lots of steam, but through it all, I just couldn’t believe in this one.
The Undercover Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden is a steamy tale of lust and revenge, and the third story in the Tate Brother’s series. In a previous series, Billionaire Fairytales, the De Santis brothers all found happy endings despite a difficult upbringing. Now it’s their sister Olivia’s turn. Olivia De Santis knows all about the feud between the Tate family and the De Santis family, brought on by a falling out between her father Cesare and his one time best friend Noah Tate. Mortal enemies, the children of those men grew up knowing only what their fathers told them, which was not always the truth. When Wolf Tate showed up as a teenager in Olivia’s home with a tale of woe about abuse at the hands of his adopted father Noah, she befriended him. Over the years Wolf had worked for her father but for Olivia, he’d been someone she could confide in, even during the years when he was away in the military. So when he shows up to kidnap her in the middle of the night, she goes with him willingly. Wolf’s finally at the end game of his mission. A double agent for his father, he’d infiltrated the De Santis household. Now his father Noah is dead, and he believes Cesare is to blame. He plans to kill him though he can’t tell Olivia that, only that she has the information he needs as Cesare’s assistant to help bring him down. He’s willing to do anything to get it, even seduce the young woman whom he once considered a friend. But what starts out as a plan for revenge gets complicated when he can’t separate his mission from his real feelings for Olivia. In the end will their friendship lead to love or ruin? I love reading Jackie Ashenden’s novels for the intense action and sexy scenes and her ability to make you care about the characters. If you haven’t read any of the previous linking book in the two series, don’t worry, this one reads well as a standalone though it also ties up some of the story arc loose ends of the series. Wolf turns out to be one of my favorite heroes of the bunch because his conscience comes through in time to prevent him from making a big mistake. Plus, while he is attracted to Olivia (and vice versa), in contrast to some of her other heroes he is not quite as rough in the bedroom and treats her with a gentler touch. Olivia turns out to be a stronger heroine than even she’d expected, quickly learning to stand up for herself against her father, a man who has many secrets. Of course she doesn’t want him to die and works toward finding a solution that will enable him to live while still paying for his crimes. Both Olivia and Wolf learn a lot of family secrets in this one that impact them emotionally but also draw them together. It turns out that the friendship they developed starting in their teens isn’t so easy to dismiss despite some shocking revelations, and is the foundation of their true feelings for each other. They get their happy ending and the series is neatly wrapped up with this final exciting chapter. It’s an entertaining and enjoyable read.
The Undercover Billionaire leads us through Wolf Tate’s angst over what he thinks he should do versus what his heart wants him to do. I liked Olivia. She wasn’t the pushover she first appeared to be. The chemistry between Wolf and Olivia has been on a slow burn for years and when they finally get together it is intense. Though this is part of a series it can be read standalone.
This third book in the Tate Brother's series was action packed and steamy. It was a rollercoaster of emotions that just never hit the mark for me. Wolf is an ex Navy SEAL that was groomed into a killing machine. His father kept him under control by telling him what he wanted to hear. His only true friend was Olivia, the daughter of the man he was sent to kill. Now the time has come for Wolf to carry out his father's plan and he needs Olivia to do that. Olivia is smart, sassy and just a little too naive. Wolf had so much potential but he unfortunately fell short in the sexy alpha category for me. I liked that Wolf and Olivia were there for each other when they were younger but I just couldn't connect with them now. These are all my own personal feelings about this story and yours may be totally different. If you are a fan of this series then you should definitely try this fast paced, steamy romance.
the last tate brother continues the tangle with the de santis family, this time kidnapping youngest daughter olivia in the name of completing his mission. in the undercover billionaire, wolf discovers that everything he’s ever been told is a lie and the mission he’s on isn’t as noble as he imagined it to be. for all the suspense and sex, these books are surprisingly cerebral. and i enjoy that we get a full sense of where the characters are emotionally, even if it’s all going on in their heads. because we are allowed to understand them. we get why they tick. and how they fall, or maybe how they realize how far they’ve fallen, oh-so-long ago. **the undercover billionaire will publish on march 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
This one left me wanting. Wolf Tate is home on bereavement after his father died and like his other adoptive brothers he has received a letter with mission from his father to find his birth mother. To do this he will need to kidnap his best friend since high school, Olivia de Santis. This is where it goes off the rails. She is in her 20, a virgin, dresses like a nun, and has never been kissed. Really? Oh, and Wolf is a Navy SEAL and is convinced he is stupid. Okay, both have been manipulated throughout their lives and are continuing to be manipulating. There are twists and turns and power plays and, yes, there is chemistry but still something missing. Overall, I did enjoy this and ultimately there was a happy ending but just took forever to get there. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
This was my first book by this author but will not be my last. Packed with suspense, an intriguing story line and lots of chemistry this is a hot read.
The Undercover Billionaire is another gripping story by Jackie Ashenden. Ms. Ashenden has once again delivered a story that will grab your attention on the first page and hold you hostage till the end. Wolf is the youngest of the Tate Brothers and I think his story has more angst than the first two books of this series. Wolf kidnaps Olivia de Santis from her father's home, Cesare de Santis is an enemy of the Tates. Olivia and Wolf's story is loaded with action, suspense, drama, humor and sizzle. The characters, especially Olivia, and phenomenal. I enjoyed reading The Undercover Billionaire and look forward to reading more from Jackie Ashenden in the future. The Undercover Billionaire is book 3 of the Tate Brothers Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Undercover Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden is part three of the Tate Brothers series. I have not read the other two books in this set. It was clear some characters had further background detailed in earlier books, but that lack of detail in no way hindered my enjoyment of this installment. Olivia de Santis has been in love with Wolf Tate since they became friends as teenagers. While keeping her feelings hidden, Olivia continued a correspondence with Wolf during his time away with the Navy Seals. When his father Nate dies, Wolf is instructed to take down his father's enemy Cesare de Santis before Wolf can retrieve the mother he thought he lost from hiding. Having spent most of his teenage years as a spy in de Santis's household, Wolf attempts to use his friendship with de Santis's daughter Olivia to further his goal. I am a sucker for a good unrequited love story. This story had a way of making the dream of love come true without emotional manipulation. Olivia had feelings for Wolf, but she was not a pushover. Even though she kept protecting Wolf when logic might have dictated she stop, she still made smart choices. She was in a terrible position and dealt with the unfortunate circumstances in the best way possible. The right decisions took a bit longer for Wolf to make. Wolf was blind to his worth due to the mental abuse by his father and de Santis. Olivia had to drag him out of that, eventually leading him to realize he loved her as she did him. It felt organic and moving, and it was wonderful when Wolf was finally able to believe in himself. The dynamic between Wolf and Olivia worked well and also worth noting is their physical chemistry was very sexy. Undercover Billionaire was a great read for me. It has been awhile since I was so attached to the main characters in a contemporary erotic romance. I was glad they were able to be together after the terrible things they had to go through. All opinions are my own and may not be identical to others. I urge all readers to come to their own conclusions. I voluntarily received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley.
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This is the third book in the series, and I am assuming it is the last since this is the third and last Tate brother. This is Wolf's story, and if you are familiar with this series, and I seriously hope you started from book one the Dangerous billionaire (Van's story) you remember how the last book ended (the Wicked Billionaire-Lucas story), with how we found out that Wolf was working for the evil Desantis. We were all freaking out, atleast I know I was, however I kept telling myself it could not be true, he could not be betraying his foster brothers. So was he? well my friends you need to read. The only thing I kind of wished I would have been able to read was Olivia's getting to know her half sister Chloe..
Emotional, suspenseful, vengeance from the grave… This is the third book in the Tate Brothers series that can be read as a stand-alone. The letter Wolf Tate’s father left him upon his death was quite specific and Wolf knew what he had to do, he’s always believed what his adoptive father told him, there’s a reward at the end of the mission that he wants badly, information about his mother and his true heritage. But what if his father lied? A thought Wolf has never entertained but may soon have to confront. Does the man who was cold to his sons really warrant the loyalty Wolf shows him? It’s human to fail to see the flaws in those that we love. As a Navy SEAL Wolf’s trained to accomplish missions, failure is not an option, but this one is personal, he’ll have to kidnap and interrogate the only person that has always been a real friend to him, the daughter of the man who is his family’s enemy. He does not want to do this, he feels he has to. When she was a teenager, Olivia de Santis enjoyed the conversations she had with the older boy who secretly visited her father. He grew to be her friend and then he was gone to join the military, now he’s back with a story she finds hard to believe. Awakened from sleep, then kidnapped from her bedroom by that same boy who is now very much a man, Olivia is more than distracted by his presence. He’s always held a special place in her heart that he’s never known but what he asks her to accept is unfathomable. She won’t help him without pushing back, she’ll find a way to prove him wrong but the seeds of doubt have been planted. What will she do when she learns the truth about the man she’s called father? The man who has cared for her well even though he shows no affection, it’s not his way. The lies that Wolf has told cut deep yet Olivia senses there’s still goodness in him as well as some measure of indecision. He’s not the only one who will get his way before things are ended. This intriguing book is about a long standing feud that never ends, not even upon death. There are lies, manipulations, betrayals by fathers and the love of children for them that is undeserved. A vengeance that strikes out from the grave comes with costs to a man’s soul if he succumbs to an action yet there’s the possibility of redemption when someone believes in you even when you don’t. Wolf did many things unaware to his brothers under the directives of their father and it’s time to pay the price for loyalty to the man who rescued them from the foster care system. But as Wolf sows doubt in the mind of Olivia, doubt is sown in his own, when proven truths become shockingly real it will change them both. These protagonists were great characters with a strong connection and palpable chemistry, friends became heated passionate lovers amidst deep emotional turmoil and anguish; this reader loved the psychological growth exhibited. Their relationship which started out to be rather destructive, turned supportive as the story progressed. The dual points of view allowed us insight into their tumultuous states of mind, the plot was filled with much action and suspense, danger was evident at every turn. Emotions were intense: hatred spanning years, anger at not just their fathers but themselves, fear of what they are and might become, sadness at the sacrifices, hope that there’s more, and finally what makes it all worth it, love. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the publisher via NetGalley.
3.5 stars--THE UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRE is the third ( and final) instalment in Jackie Ashenden’s contemporary, adult THE TATE BROTHERS romantic suspense series focusing on three foster brothers-Sullivan (Van), Wolf and Lucas Tate-as well as their foster sister Chloe Tate. This is thirty-year old Navy SEAL Wolf Tate, and twenty-eight year old heiress Olivia de Santis’s story line. THE UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary although I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory. SOME BACKGROUND: In the aftermath of their adoptive father Noah Tate’s death, Van, Wolf and Lucas Tate are called home from active duty to find themselves the recipients of three letters outlining what the future has in store-letters from the grave asking each son for a final favor. There is a dark history between father and sons, marred by secrets and lies, and a father ill-equipped to look after the family he chose to raise. Told from dual third person perspectives (Olivia and Wolf) THE UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRE follows the acrimonious and heart breaking friendship between Navy SEAL Wolf Tate, and oil heiress Olivia de Santis. For close to thirteen years, Olivia believed Wolf Tate to be her only friend but her recent abduction by the man in question reveals the painful truth about their relationship and her father’s thirty-year war with Wolf Tate’s father. Wolf has been on a mission to ferret out the truth about the man who raised him as his own and his connection to Cesare de Santis only to realize that everything he believed to be true was closer to a lie. What ensues is the back and forth, caustic relationship between Olivia and Wolf, and the potential fall-out when Wolf refuses to back down from a mission that was going to h*ll. The relationship between Olivia and Wolf is angry and antagonistic. For close to 13 years Wolf faked his friendship with Olivia de Santis, a friendship our heroine believed to be pure and true. Wolf’s revelation all but destroys our story line heroine, a woman who will give Wolf everything and more. The sex scenes are intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text but I struggled to feel any palpable sexual attraction due in part to Wolf’s cold reactions and continuous rejection of our story line heroine. Throughout the story Wolf Tate slowly destroys our heroine’s heart. Olivia is an innocent, in more ways than one, but has become nothing more than a pawn in her father’s war against Noah Tate, a war that all but destroyed the boys Noah raised as his own. Wolf, desperate for the love of a family, will do almost anything to reveal the truth, a truth that will destroy his relationship with the woman with whom he will fall in love. THE UNDERCOVER BILLIONAIRE is a story about vengeance and betrayal; deceit and family; power and control. The premise is a story of desolation and dejection; the romance suffers with one man’s lies and deception; the characters are broken, naïve and desperate. I did struggle with the believability and elaborate ruse of some of the story line and series premise including some important information that Olivia was able to find within ten minutes that our hero could not find for close to thirty years.
The Undercover Billionaire is at it's very core a story of redemption and self worth, realizing that you don't need to live up to others expectations of you, fit into the boxes that they've labelled for you. Olivia and Wolf are very different yet similar. I loved watching their relationship evolve from friends to lovers. Their sex scenes were hot, loved them. I enjoyed this book and felt it was a fitting end to an awesome series. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley
I became a fan of Ms. Ashenden’s when I read the Texas Bounty series and followed up with the two previous books in this amazing series, Tate Brothers. All that said, I must confess that I was a little disappointed in this story. Yes, the plot was engaging , filled with suspense, evil individuals, action, betrayals, and drama as well as a handsome protagonist. But the characters, just didn’t draw me to them. Wolff, as alpha as he was , was not my favorite of the brothers, I would say the least favorite. Olivia, the female character, was too naive for my taste. That said, once again , we are presented with the fact that the sins of the fathers, and the upbringing of these two characters, as well as all that Wolff went through as a young boy, is what makes this story worthwhile . Will I go back to read this book, no, but will I continue to follow this author , yes. Since opinions are subjective, this is more of a 3.5 for me, but for someone else it might be a 5. I was gifted a copy of this book by Netgalley and St Martin’s Publishing. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
The Undercover Billionaire is full of action, suspense, and a very interesting friendship to lovers story-line, but for me I didn't feel like I could loose myself in the story. Wolf and Olivia have known each other and been friends but it will be a bumpy road to their HEA.
I was looking forward to this book having rated the first two books rather highly. This book could have been so much better. Why do I say this? In the previous books I found Wolf to be strong, dark and rather mysterious with great potential but in this book, as his story emerged, I found him the most damaged and least able to think for himself. I understand that he had been rather brainwashed by his father but still…to be so immersed in his mission that he could not see beyond what his rather demented and twisted father had told him for so many years did not fall in line with my beliefs about a navy SEAL who must have been able to think for himself and make deductions on his own. I also found the things he did a bit…strange…to say the least. The relationship between Wolf and Olivia was difficult to believe, too. And, how could Olivia take some of the things Wolf said and still be interested in him? I will read more books by this author but this one was not my favorite. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars
Undercover Billionaire is the third in the Tate Brothers series by Jackie Ashenden. Having by-passed the first two I enjoyed this enough to make me crave reading the other two. Many action filled pages led by Wolf Tate using his military tactics as a Navy Seal to topple the rival de Santis family. Infiltrating this family started when he was a teenager masterminded by his father Noah Tate. Only brick wall is Olivia de Santis who will work to protect her father Cesar from Wolf's vendetta of death. Kidnapping, Lies, Miss placed Loyalty, and Love make this a novel not to overlook. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
“He wasn’t the guy in the photos he’s sent her, cradling a gun or looking hot in a uniform. He was a living, breathing man who was laying right beneath her and she was touching him and it was real. It was all real.” The Undercover Billionaire is the third book in the Tate Brother’s Series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. This book starts off with a bang and had me dying to know more. I thought this book was well written, and intriguing. I easily finished this book in one day. Overall, I thought The Undercover Billionaire was a good read. I loved the suspense and intrigue. I enjoyed Wolf and Olivia together. I though they had some great chemistry and I enjoyed the push & pull between them. Not only did this book have a lot of delicious steam, but there was also some great twists along the way.
3.5 stars "The Undercover Billionaire" follows Wolf Tate and Olivia de Santis- sworn enemies by last name but long-time friends in reality. Wolf came to Olivia's father when he was 17 and became a double agent- he told him that his father had been abusing him and asked for help when in reality, his father sent him as a weapon to get close to de Santis and Olivia (to infiltrate their organization and eventually kill de Santis). The feud runs deep between the families. Olivia's father has been involved in a lot of illegal activities, unbeknownst to her, and he has promised her to an old man to keep his illegal weapons trafficking on the DL. Olivia is blissfully naive about her father's business and personality- in no small part because she has been sheltered for most of her life. She has long had a crush on Wolf, who only views her as a friend, and has kept in touch with him through emails/letters over the last ten years. Olivia's world is about to blow up when she is kidnapped by Wolf in order for him to get information about her father's business to take him down and kill him. Wolf begins telling her some hard truths during this kidnapping (which doesn't last very long and mostly ends up being voluntary until the end, when she escapes). Olivia begins to realize everyone has been lying to her for her entire life. She is reluctant to accept these truths and goes back home, where she begins to learn that there is more to her father than she wanted to believe. As the story unfolds, we see the transformation of Wolf and Olivia's relationship, plus Olivia (and even Wolf) coming to learn some hard truths and come to self-realizations. The steamy scenes are oh-so-steamy and these are well done. As for the main characters, while easy to like, the relationship feels a little awkward because of how naive Olivia is- it often feels like she is being taken for a ride by all the men in her life, and I am not sure that Wolf comes across as differently (although he does genuinely care about her). This definitely didn't have a flair of Stockholm, but it does have a feeling of overwhelming unbalance in experience/knowledge/wisdom that made it feel a bit weird at times (Olivia felt very, very young, mainly due to her sheltered life). The flow of the story is good, and I really wanted to see where everyone ended up/how it played out, and the ending was very satisfying. The writing was well done, but I had some hang-ups about Olivia in terms of her ability to enter fully into an adult relationship. This is why I wasn't sure about the rating and settled on 3.5 stars. Overall, I liked the writing and would be interested to read more from Ashenden. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
RATING 3.5 STARS The Undercover Billionaire is book three in the Tate Brothers series by Jackie Ashenden. Although I loved the second book in this series, I struggled a bit with this one. All of the characters were both being manipulated and manipulating others. I found it a little hard to like Wolf. I felt bad for the way everyone had used him but I still just couldn’t find a soft spot for him. Wolfgang “Wolf” Tate, a Navy Seal, is home on bereavement leave due to the death of his adoptive father, Noah. Like his two other brothers, Wolf has received a letter from his father with a mission. Wolf’s dream is to find his birth mother. His father promises that this dream will be fulfilled if he accomplishes his mission. In order to do this, he needs information about his enemy and the focus of his mission, Cesare de Santis. Who better to get the information from than Cesare’s daughter, Olivia. The problem is, that Olivia is his friend. She’s the only person that has treated him like he is smart, that he is worth something. He won’t hurt her, he’ll just kidnap her and get the information he needs. Olivia de Santis has known Wolf for nearly twelve years. She has also loved him for nearly as long. But she kept her feelings to herself, because she knows that he would never think of her as anything other than a friend. They haven’t seen each other in ten years while Wolf was serving as a Navy Seal. But they kept in touch via email and phone calls. So you can imagine her surprise when she was awakened in her own bed in her own home by none other than Wolf looming over her bed. So begins Wolf and Olivia’s reunion. Olivia has no idea what her father is really like and can’t accept what Wolf is telling her. She is all her father has, and she feels nothing but loyalty to him. At the same time, she is fighting with her feelings towards Wolf. She has loved him for so long but this isn’t the Wolf of their childhoods. How can she love him if his goal is to kill someone she loves? Wolf has never allowed himself to feel anything but friendship towards Olivia. And even that was never a real friendship. It was full of lies and deceit. The more time they spend together, though, the more an attraction builds between them. Wolf has been used and manipulated by both his adoptive father and by Olivia’s father. He in turn, has continually lied to Olivia. Olivia has also been a pawn in this whole mess. Her father pretends to care about her but in reality has been planning on ways to use her to his own benefit. I struggled with all of this. No one was as they seemed, with Olivia seemingly caught in the middle of it all. Although she is a bit naïve, I have to give her credit. She’s a pretty smart woman and was a lot tougher than she gave herself credit for. I have not read the first book in this series but I believe the timeline of the second and third books are running somewhat simultaneously. I did enjoy the epilogue and everything was pretty well wrapped up. The sexy times in this book are most definitely hot, the chemistry between Olivia and Wolf scorching. It’s possible my reaction to all the double dealing in this one is just my own personal reaction and that others will be fine with it. I just wish that I could have found more that I liked in Wolf.