The Billionaire’s Secret Heart, by Ivy Layne is a 168-page contemporary romance novella and is the second book out of a 10-part series (first book review can be found here). 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 who 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 ***
Sometimes a girl just has to turn down a man, even if he’s incredibly hot and gets her panties damp. And that’s what Emily did. She suffers from agoraphobia and from survivors guilt as she survived a mass shooting when she was young. She worked hard to find a way to control her surroundings, so her quality of life could improve, so she knew that getting involved with Tate Winters would be a big mistake.
Tate has never had a woman turn him down, after all, he’s Tate Winters! He’s comes from the Winters family, one of the wealthiest and most well known families in Atlanta, and like his cousin Holden, his bedroom door is a revolving one. When he meets Emily he knew he had to have her, so he pursued her and did his best to help her with her fears.
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
- This author tends to write instalust
- 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.