The Billionaire’s Secret Heart, by Ivy Layne is a 130-page contemporary romance novella and is the first book out of a 10-part series. And since this is a 10-part series, you can expect reviews by this author pretty back to back for the next few weeks as I go through the books. It is written from a first-person POV, two-sided.
Ivy Layne is an author generally writes dirty, dirty sex scenes. So if you’re someone who is looking for some dirty read (which there is nothing wrong with that) this is the book for you. Since the book is so short, it is a pretty fast paced book.
Spoilers Ahead ***
What’s a girl to do when she decided to go on a date with the most boring man on the planet? She can’t just walk away can she? At least not from this guy. She decided to go on a date with her college advisor’s nephew, and to top it off, he had a VIP ticket to one the hottest clubs in town.
Josephine is a Computer Science degree at Georgia Tech with a specialization in Human Factor. She goes on a date, with a terrible man who criticizes how she looks, specifically her body. For example, he thought she’d ordered something lighter to drink since she clearly, “didn’t need the extra calories.” -_- While sitting at the club her eyes meet Holden’s.
Holden Winters is bored out of his mind at his club, until he spots Josephine and he has an instant attraction to her, so yeah, he took her home. Holden is roguish, not trying to say women are like a revolving door in a store having 50% sale on shoes, but pretty close. Josephine assumed that what they had is a one night stand so she leaves before he wakes. Holden? Yeah, he didn’t quite feel that way, so he went in search for her.
Overall, the characters were likeable, but the story is completely not relatable, this would not likely happen in real life, so if you’re one who likes to read things closer to life, this is not the book for you.
Generally, here are my thoughts:
- All books I’ve read by this author were smooth and had great pacing, this book is no different
- The meet cute was awesome
- I’m not sure if because this is a novella that the conflict was…a bit weak, but it doesn’t take away from the fun sex scenes and the general observation of their growing relationship
- There was definite growth of caring and emotions, but because the book is short those moments are short and are snippets
- The book does a good job setting up the next book in the series.
In summary, I give this a 4 out of 5.