I recently came across an online discussion that questioned the validity of Christian billionaire contemporary romance stories. One line of thought put forward in the discussion was a concern that it was unhelpful for Christian women to read romances featuring billionaire heroes.
This discussion piqued my curiosity. I decided to read Inspy Romance author Jackie Castle’s billionaire romance, My Beastly Billionaire, Book 1 in the Grimwood Legacy series.
Here’s the Book Description for My Beastly Billionaire:
His withdrawal from society and her need to prove her worth come to a head in this modern-day Beauty and the Beast retelling.
When Elisa Lucken’s interior design company is hired to decorate the huge but neglected Grimwood Manor for an impromptu holiday gala, Elisa is put in charge of managing the indoor crew. The only catch is–do not disturb the reclusive Duncan Grimwood.
Thrilled and excited about her chance to finally prove herself, Elisa is so absorbed in her work she doesn’t hear the blizzard warning that sends the rest of her crew home.
Jewelry Artisan Duncan Grimwood had a reputation of being a playboy until the motorcycle accident that left him damaged inside and out. After a year of recuperating, Duncan has withdrawn from his lavish lifestyle and now lives like a hermit ignoring his family and the terms of his inheritance trust.
Worried that Duncan will lose his portion of the Grimwood estate, his personal assistant urges him to re-enter the real world by hosting a holiday gala at the manor to display his latest works. He agrees on the condition that nobody disturbs him while he works to finish his last few pieces.
Snowed in for the weekend with his unexpected guest, Duncan is forced out of his cave. Will the beautiful decorator he’s stuck with help him find a new respect for life before he loses everything?
My Beastly Billionaire is a modern day retelling of The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Our heroine, Elisa, makes a few unwise decisions that leave her stranded for the Thanksgiving holiday at the country mansion where she’s working as an interior decorator. Our billionaire hero, Duncan, is a reclusive former playboy who is struggling in his recovery from a serious motorcycle accident. He knows the accident was all his fault and that he has to live with the devastating consequences.
Duncan is grumpy and beastly in his manner toward Elisa when he discovers she didn’t follow his orders and leave the country mansion with her colleagues before the blizzard. Elisa knows she messed up, and she has a genuine desire to make amends.
A charming romance develops as Elisa gets to know the real Duncan underneath his gruff exterior. Duncan is entranced by Elisa’s beauty and her sweet nature. Her faith is strong, and Duncan is challenged by Elisa to consider how his own faith impacts his life decisions.
My Beastly Billionaire is a fun and lighthearted romance set on a remote country estate. Duncan is rich, but his inherited wealth comes with certain responsibilities. He also values a person’s character over the size of their bank balance. I recommend this book to readers who like modern day fairy tale romance stories combined with an inspiring faith message.
Book 2 in the series, My Charming Billionaire, is available now. Book 3, My Wayfaring Billionaire, is coming soon.
Do you like reading romances based on fairy tales?