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Sexy Beast by Jackie Ashenden

by Sue Brown-Moore
Book review for Sexy Beast by Jackie Ashenden

There’s something special about the friends to lovers trope, a wistful happiness that draws me in. Maybe that’s because my romantic partner is my best friend, or maybe it’s because I’ve always flourished in healthy friendships. Whatever the reason, it’s one of my favorite romantic themes, and it’s the element of Sexy Beast I enjoyed most.

When you’re poor the opportunities for changing your situation are few and far between. I wanted to change that for the kids affected by poverty. I wanted them to have opportunities, a chance to better their lives and find a way to get out of the poverty trap , and that’s what I hoped the foundation would achieve.

Billionaire romances are hit-or-miss for me, but Everett hits just the right balance of responsible, thoughtful, ambitious, and authoritative. Both Everett and Freya are so sensitively penned. The author clearly understands the goals, motivations, conflicts, and deeper life experiences that underpin each character as human being and weaves those values into the story masterfully. 

The past couple of days had involved nothing but pleasing him by going on the trips he’d organised for me. And when I knew I’d pleased him I felt pleased too. It was a little closed circuit of pleasing each other, the good feelings flowing back and forth between us in perfect harmony.

I usually prefer stories with strong, dominant women—and I mean dominant in every way—but there’s strength in submission too, and Freya’s discovery of the hidden nooks in her sexuality is beautifully penned. The D/s relationship works perfectly for their characterization and blends seamlessly with their long-term friendship. The sex is damn hot too, even for someone (like me) who prefers to see women in charge in the bedroom. 

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This review copy was provided by the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review.


See my review at: Goodreads

Sexy Beast by Jackie AshendenMy star rating: four-half-stars
Sexy Beast by Jackie Ashenden
Published by Harlequin Dare on April 1, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 182
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Publisher
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads
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Commanding billionaire Everett Calhoun reveals his sexy dark side to his girl-next-door best friend in this smoking hot second installment of the Billion $ Bastards trilogy!
I was born bad. Maintaining tight control—in business and in the bedroom—is the only way to keep my darkness in check. So when my girl-next-door best friend, Freya, comes to me for a sexual favor, I don’t see the harm in giving her what she needs. After all, I’ve always kept her firmly in the friend zone.
But after showing her that there’s nothing wrong with her ability to orgasm, it’s all I can do to walk away. Unleashing my inner beast on the person who matters most to me is not an option. But she wants me… Is she prepared to follow my every command? To submit to my will and let me take her to the ultimate heights of pleasure?
Getting Freya on her knees should make me feel like the monster I am, but being with her leaves me more vulnerable, more human, than ever. I need to reclaim the friendship we had before I lose control completely, or will she have me on my knees…?
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