Billionaire Alex Roeg is used to women throwing themselves at him. Young, gorgeous, and the owner of a major conglomerate that just keeps growing, he is everything that money-hungry socialites would want in a trophy husband. He just doesn't want to be one. What he needs is a woman who can pretend to be his girlfriend and deflect unwanted attention away from him so he can focus on his acquisitions and running his empire.
Mary Bright is a struggling aspiring writer who wants more than anything to get out of the rut she is in and actually achieve her dreams. After meeting Alex in a hotel bar where she pretended to be his date to dissuade the wife of a colleague from trying to get too friendly, the hot billionaire offers her the position of a lifetime. He will make sure she has plenty of money to quit working and focus completely on her writing, all she has to do is pretend to be his girlfriend at social and corporate events.
As their fake relationship moves forward Alex finds himself wishing there was more to it. After discovering a journal filled with all of Mary's fantasies and hottest secret desires, he goes to work using that information to get closer to finally having his own secret desire....
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Bancroft delivers excellently on a short and sweet romance adventure that ticks all the right boxes. We're provided with a lovely portrayal of two interesting characters (Mary and Alex) who are thrust together and agree to play the part of a loving couple for the outside world. Before long of course, sparks begin to fly and the narrative carries you along on a fun journey that features sharp dialogue, great plot and a heap of enjoyable adventure. The story is really well told so you feel you can get lost in this tale and enjoy the wish fulfilment that Mary is experiencing as she gets swept into a millionaire lifestyle.
It was a nice touch having this audiobook read by a female (Jodi Stapler) which I felt helps the listener connect with the female protagonist and engage with the book in a new way. Stapler does an excellent performance, giving great pace and not over acting during romantic moments in the text.
Be sure to give this one a listen and you won't regret it!
This billionaire romance tale was a really fun and enjoyable listen. The story is full of passion, tension and thrills as you are drawn into Alex and Mary's worlds.
The characters that Ms Bancroft has created are well-rounded and believable with Mary in particular standing out. She has great depth to her and the author does a tremendous job of conveying how confused and excited she must be by meeting this billionaire.
The book is one those that is impossible to stop listening to and has a great pace to it. Furthermore, the narrator is excellent as she is engaging and has a great voice for romance stories.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a little shot of romance in there life and I look forward to seeing what the author produces next!
This is a neat, little fictional romance that sports a well-conceived storyline, and enough sexual tension to hold the reader's interest to the end. Through the pleasant narration you are introduced to characters who are appealing and believable and their journey from strangers to lovers is well executed and enjoyable. Despite a few moments of weakness (the euphemistic use of "down below" being one that really jarred), the overall quality of the storyline makes this a sensual and agreeable romance. I particularly liked the use of Mary's journal throughout the book - a fresh and credible idea.
I've listened to a few of the book in this series now and I can't get enough! The characters are compelling and the storyline is gripping. There is the perfect balance of romance and suspense and I couldn't stop listening! Would definitely recommend to any romance lover!
“The Billionaire’s secret desire” by Alessandra Bancroft is a very passionate and engaging romance. Bancroft’s style is original, full of emotions and intelligent sense of humor.
The protagonist is Alex Roeg - very successful young and reach businessman but also very lonely and frustrated. The heroine is Mary - a writer and journalist. I like Mary because she is clever and rather shy, but also energetic and strong. She is definitely the one who can intrigue a man and be a great companion. I like the scene when they travel to Paris and later on to London by train because it is so romantic.
Jodi Stapler is very good narrator, she is also very good actress, she can module her voice depends on situation and helps me to visualize story and feel emotions.
I like the scene when Alex is sitting at the bar and one lady force him to lead the conversation. He was really desperate and angry that even after hard day of work he doesn’t have a moment of peace.
Very clever is Mary’s plan to rescue him. I like her explanation that every man deserves for drinking and have a rest after work without unwanted company, even if it is a billionaire. That was really funny.
The most excited is when Mary and Alex become not only soul mates but also something more than friends.
I was worry the most when Alex admitted that he stole Mary’s notebook with her secrets. I think that because she is very independent and proud women. But I can’t say anymore to not spoil very excited and passionate end of the story. Great romance that keeping your excited and raise your adrenaline level.
I love how brilliant the characters’ roles were in the story. They complement each other a lot! While listening to it, I felt like I was playing Mary’s role, and it definitely gave me the chills! If Alex was someone I was actually dating in real life, he has already swept me off my feet really high off the ground! It is that kind of story that will never make you feel bored or unentertained.
To anyone who’s looking for a good romance book, I recommend this one! Expect some thrill and excitement, though, as it will definitely take you away!
well, i want to start by boasting... i own this book both in kindle and audio format! boom!
This romance is successfully suspenseful and exciting! I love the voice and the tone of this novel. It is such a fun and romantic read. I couldn't stop reading it until the end. It was definitely successful in being very sensual, and the descriptions are vivid... The author is talented!
Highly recommend for a good romance read that's different and exciting.
"Short Steamy Book with Sensitive View"
It rates in the top 20 of all the audiobooks I have listened too.
The novel was short and sweet and I could listen to it in just one sitting. It kept my attention very well and introduced the characters especially well. I got to know them in just the little bit of time spent with the book and they became memorable and made me wish the story kept going on and on.
I loved the female lead character, Mary Bright. That name really fit her. She seemed like a sweet and gentle person that had a very sexy side to her. She saved the main male character from the clutches of a cougar wife of a man who worked for him quite nicely and then agreed to play his boyfriend so that no one would hit on him. I was happy when they actually hooked up.
Well, there is a rather steamy sexual situation in the book, but I believe it was done in classy style. It wasn't too much for this old lady (me) and was sensual but gentile at the same time.
I wish there was a little more to the book. I would have liked to have known what else went on in the couples life in the future. I do understand that this book was designed to be a short story, but maybe there could be sequels?
"Intriguing and fun romance novel."
Romantic, captivating and gripping.
Sweet Mary is my favorite character in this novel. She is innocent like but with a hot and sensual hidden side to her that you find out all about in this novel. I think a lot of women could relate to Mary.
I enjoy the tone in Jodi Stapler's voice. She kept me interested in this book. I never found myself bored or getting tired. I wanted to keep listening all the way to the end (which I did)She is an excellent reader and has perfect pronunciation.
Without giving too much spoilers away..I really enjoyed Chapter 9, Desires. Wow! Is all I can say.
I enjoyed this better than the print version, because the narrator's voice added emphasis in all the right places.
Mary was my favorite because of her coy banter.
See previous question.
I really enjoyed when Alex has to be rescued at the very beginning.
This is a great listen while relaxing in the tub or something like that, but I don't recommend listening while you're driving. It's way too steamy for that.
"Fabulous Romance Book To Curl Up To!"
The Billionaire Alex Roeg obviously!
He's handsome, rich, dashing, really everything a man ought to be.
If you've found romance books like twilight to be a little too juvenile, or books like fifty shades to be a bit too graphic, then this romance book is for you! It's the quintessential billionaire meets normal girl love story, and I couldn't get enough!
Even though the type of story has been done before, it still brings its own twists that keep it exciting. I highly recommend this book for anyone with a sweet tooth that can only be eased by hunky billionaires!
"The Billionaire's Secret Desire is Exciting"
Yes. I was able to listen to the entire book in approximately an hour, making it perfect for a lunch break.
This is one of the first books I have read in this genre.
Very easy to understand.
It is very exciting.
The Billionaire's Secret Desire it an exciting and titillating book that you can easily listen to on your way to work or when taking a lunch break. Mary finds herself in a position that she cannot possibly say no to.
Alex Roeg has it all and he is not afraid to share the wealth. Things start out simple enough, but then Alex starts to learn more about Mary and the fake relationship he is paying for is something that is no longer enough for him. This allows you to really see that Alex, despite his lifestyle and money, is really just a regular guy underneath it all.
The ending of this book is perfect. You will find that you really do share the emotions of the main characters as you go throughout the book. This is what surprised me the most. I expected a simple listen and did not expect to become fully engrossed in the relationship between Mary and Alex.
"Very fun to listen to!"
If you are looking for a great story at a reasonable price then this a good choice! It was captivating from beginning to end and I really enjoyed how the story unfolded! Very enjoyable!
"Romance at its finest"
Well drawn characters, great settings and a bit of romance will make your evening so much nicer. You don't have to read anything. You can sit back, relax and listen to some good romance to set you in just the right mood to spend quality time with your significant other.
"Into romance? this book is for you!"
What a great romance book. If you are a romance reader, this is another book to add to your collection. Especially if you have a vivid imagination!
"Couldn't stop listening!"
The Billionaire's Secret Desire was just what you'd expect from a well-written, engaging and steamy romance novel. Right away the book engages you in the story of Billionaire Alex. Like most attractive, young and successful men, he's used to women throwing themselves at him, especially older women and wives of his coworkers. When Mary saves him from a persistent cougar at the bar, the two begin a business relationship where she poses as his girlfriend to rid him of all the would-be suitors. I won't give too much away, but lets just say, their relationship doesn't end there. Great book!
"Billionaire Life Romance"
This romance novel is great for anyone who wants to see a different side of romance. When the professional world and erotic romance mix, nothing is more exciting to read. Bancroft shows that she can create complex characters that have their own motives. Overall, this is a great audio book for any fan of erotic romance.
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