The Billionaire’s Pet, by Ivy Layne is a 332-page contemporary romance novel and is the fourth 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 ***
Rosalie grew up in wealth, but she never knew real family. Her parents dropped her off at boarding school and pretty much pretended like she didn’t exist. The only person she was close to was her grandmother and when her grandmother passed she felt lost and alone. She ended up hooking up with Brayden, who is a total douche-canoe. He basically used her for free room and board then cheated on her to advance his career. Rosalie, though having and coming from money started working for Vance two years prior as his business manager. When they met there were sparks, but she was involved with Brayden and she’s not a cheater.
Vance wanted Rosalie the moment he met her but respected that she was with someone, even though he thought Brayden was a tool and didn’t deserve her. When they met Vance was a hot mess. You’ll learn as you read further into the Winters Saga these kids all handled the death of their parents very differently and Vance’s way to handle it was to drink and party. He turns his life around when one of his regular friend’s with benefits almost overdoses in his bathroom. He goes to rehab and manages to stay clean for a year when one of his ex’s sister drops off a child she claims is his. He sees this as an opportunity to get Rosalie by asking her to help with his daughter.
Overall, the characters were likeable, and it’s easy to cheer for upcoming characters.
Generally, here are my thoughts:
- I actually really hate secret baby tropes, but I can see how it was a useful tool here
- I appreciate the character arcs. I’m glad Rosalie got a backbone at the end and stuck it to her ex
- I’m not a huge fan of flash backs, but I think the author did a good job limiting it to just the beginning of the book to introduce the characters. I can understand why she did this as these Rosalie and Vance worked together for two years before they were able to get together
- I found all the baby raising part annoying. And before you blast me for it, I have a baby (she was born this year) so I have no interest in reading about two people, who apparently don’t understand the basic aspects of raising a kid attempt to raise a kid. They obviously get better as the book progresses, but wow…just didn’t want the details of how the kid was crying all the time and they didn’t know what to do…that’s kind of a baby’s thing so I skimmed A LOT of that
- The POVs this time around were much more balanced
- 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
- This can definitely be read as a standalone, the reason I would suggest reading all of them is because there is an underlying story concerning the death’s of the Winters kids parents.
- All of the Winters book ends with en engagement or marriage, so definitely a heavy HEA (Happily Ever After)
- 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: