sleeping beauty in jackie ashenden's the billionaire's intern. unlike the previous two novels in the series, this one felt like a stretch in terms of a retelling. in terms of the story of lorenzo de santis and his intern, kira constantin it felt like a compelling and emotionally satisfying romance.
the de santis men are all kind of alpha a-holes, and lorenzo is no different. he's emotionally closed off because he feels like he's failed both his mother and his first love, katie, by selfishly needing their love. when kira begins working for him, he tries to stay away. he tries to keep her away. because the way he is drawn to her presence, the way he needs to hold her and exert his control over her isn't rational. but he can't let her go.
kira has been obsessed with lorenzo since she was a child and he did his best to entertain her by folding paper cranes. kira has had a difficult childhood riddled with behavioral problems and poor impulse control related to untreated adhd. and these problems follow her to college and only ends when she is in a terrible car accident that claims the lives of two of her friends and leaves the third in a coma. since then she has tried to be her best self. always in control. never wild.
but lorenzo sparks something in her. it's as if she needs to spiral only so that he can take over for her. the more control he exerts the hotter she is for him. and the sexual chemistry between these two is totally off the charts. it's as if their souls recognize that they complete each other. he needs to be able to control and care for someone and she needs someone to control and care for her.
i continue to enjoy this series and can't wait to see rafael's story, which appears to be a retelling of little red riding hood. though my most favorite retelling of that particular fairy tale will be hard to top, even though it's a completely different genre.
**the billionaire's intern will publish on august 1, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press (swerve) in exchange for my honest review.