Genres: Romance, Adult, Suspense
Published: December 1, 2016
Told in dual POVs
Mogul or Monster?
Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Private” is by author Xavier Neal.
Published: December 1, 2016
My Review: 4 Stars…
Modern day beauty meets beast. At least that’s how I looked at it. This book features the rocky road to romance of Billionaire recluse Weston Wilcox and Brynly Winters. Bryn is the daughter of Weston’s household manager.
Wes….A decade ago, a life changing tragedy took hold of him and because of it, Wes forced his own seclusion. A complete solitary existence. When you learn what happened you will understand why he is the way he is. However, I did not agree with all his decisions. Wes’s estate manager has been very ill and under the personal care of Wes’s doctor. She is also being treated at the estate and not in the hospital. Wes will not have any outside influences enter his private world. That is until he is forced to.
Brynly has been summoned to her mother’s home. The place she works is one in the same. Bryn does not understand nor agree that her sick mother is not being treated at a hospital. She is angry and not a little worried. However, her mother’s employer has informed her that her mother is receiving the best care money can buy. The whole situation does not feel right to Bryn. Not only is she dissatisfied with her mother’s care but the man who is paying for that care has yet to show his face.
Yes, Wes has his reasons for his preferred life of shadows, but he underestimates Bryn if he thinks she will quietly do what she is told. Bryn by nature is a rule breaker. These two are complete opposite but in a good way. Wes needs someone like Bryn to come into his life and disrupt his carefully structured existence. At first Wes resists Bryn’s beauty and sass. But she is brass and bold and doesn’t let him get away with anything. I liked Bryn. As a character she was written with spirit and courage. She has a filthy mouth and doesn’t care about what people think of her. And this is the lesson she must try and teach Wes. He shouldn’t care about what people think of him either. I want to say that although I was rooting for their HEA, I found Bryn a little too alpha. Was Wes a bit of a pushover at times? Yes. But it needed to be that way in order for Bryn to teach him to break from his shell of privacy and seclusion. He needed her bravado to rub off onto him. He just needed her.
Wes and Bryn did not fall in love quickly. Their relationship was a slow burn. I didn’t mind the wait for their first intimacy, however I didn’t like that some of the foreplay between them was talked about days after it happened rather then us experience all of their together time on the pages. There was some skipping of days. In addition, the end was a bit abrupt. Yes there was a happy ending; there is no cliffhanger. BUT their romance continues in the next book, “Public.” I personally would have rather their book ended with a grand gesture and the next book be about Wes’s best friend J.T. instead. But that is only my opinion.
This was the first book I read by this author. Although I did have some connection issues to the H/h, I enjoyed the book. There was some suspense which added to the drama and that did get resolved before the book’s end.
I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this novel.