The Billionaire’s Pet, by Ivy Layne is a 342-page contemporary romance novel and is the third book out of a 10-part series (other reviews can be found below). 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, though it was very imbalanced. It is a thirty chapter book and only a third of the book was in the hero’s POV.
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. I will warn you ahead of time if you are reading this series, this book in particular had A LOT of sex…almost too much for my liking.
Spoilers Ahead ***
Abigail has made so many poor choices in her life, but to be fair to her some of the choices were purely driven by circumstance and despair. It isn’t her fault that her father squandered their wealth. It isn’t her fault that her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at such a young age. So she did what any good daughter would do, marry for money to take care of her mother after her father passed. Her mistake was blindly getting involved with a family who was in organized crime. After her husband passed, her father-in-law decided to swoop in and use her as a bargaining chip (yes, sell her body) to a motorcycle gang. What does she do? She turns to a man who has always been attracted to her, Jacob Winters.
Jacob had a thing for Abigail since he saw her for the first time in an art gallery four years ago and the need to possess her had not faded. Yeah, he was being a bastard by proposing this to her, but the rules in his mind were clear, no emotions. He’d take care of her, he’d make sure her mother’s bills were paid and she was looked after, more importantly he’d keep Abigail safe from her father-in-law who was on a rampage looking for her. The catch? She had to be his “pet”.
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:
- I struggled with this book a little, not because I don’t enjoy this author, but I can see why others would have issues with this book. Afterall, Abigail starts off as a “pet”, basically, she’s whoring herself for an end. And hey, I don’t have a problem with that, being a prostitute is the oldest profession and I don’t see anything wrong with it, but I can see quite a few people not enjoying that. And Jacob is a complicated character and can come off as a total dick
- I wish the POVs were more balanced and there was more Jacob, it may have softened his character a bit
- All books I’ve read by this author were smooth and had great pacing, this book is no different, though there was A LOT of sex
- I classify this novel as “Second chance” because these two had a thing for each other when Abigail was married, but she didn’t stray
- There was definite growth of caring and emotions, but sometimes, it felt stilted
- The book does a good job setting up the next book in the series.
In summary, I give this a 3 out of 5.
Summary of other books in the Winters Saga: