Genre: Multicultural Romance/Romance Suspense
E-book/Audiobook: 326 pages
Mogul or Monster?
Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?
Oh, how I love Wes and hate him at the same time, the same goes for Brynley. These two are a match made in heaven, they seem to be a perfect match for one another personalty. While Wes is withholding himself from the world, Brynley embarrasses all that she can and works her way through the crappy parts of it. The push and pull of their romance set up the storyline nicely, and Brynleys sass is such a breath of fresh air. I love seeing the two main characters grow and push each other to be better versions of themselves while struggling to keep themselves at a comfortable pace. There are so many times were some books will write characters that demand perfection time and time again when they feel it is necessary, but it was nice to see these two function as humanly as possible. Two thumbs up on the character development.
Wes is the significant other that you love because he’s just so darn sweet, but you hate him because he is so darn sweet. Wes has gone through so much in his short-lived life and I understand his need to control and overreact to situations. At times Wes has a controlling manner that in other situations I would be yelling at the love interest to run for the hills, but I also understand that he functions the way that he does because of the mental, physical and emotional trauma that he has endured. Wes’s nature to hide and protect everything that he loves and holds dear to him is a plus and minus in my book. We often want our significant others to care about our well being and hope and wish that they want the best for us, but oftentimes he takes those moments too far. That brings me to the moments where enough was enough and it was time for Wes to man up. He has a tragic past and trust issues, which are understandable, but jumping to conclusions and automatically reacting instead of thinking the event through like he’s done every aspect of his life, no bueno.
Brynley, she has her own special issues, although her sass is a breath of fresh air it is also a lot to take on at times. Because she is so used to letting her mouth control every situation she finds herself running off at the mouth during moments where silence could’ve been more rewarding. Brynley’s outgoing personality is exactly what Wes needs, and vice versa. Brynley is the right amount of push that gets Wes to open up and begin to attempt to live again, all while Brynley is working hard to make something of herself. Brynley seems to have a strong mentality when it comes to life and the tough situations you find yourself in, but we find out that not every action that Brynley takes is a good step. I loved seeing a moment where the female main character was not left alone to fend for herself in the world, thus leading her to be the strong heroine of this book. We more so than not have a female that has no more family and is broken to the point that the significant other is helping her pick up the pieces. And yes, while that main female character might be brave she still reflects on the loss of her family as to why she’s in many situations. Private is a breath of fresh air in the realm of strong female main characters.
Overall I really enjoyed the story, and I couldn’t wait to jump into the second book, Public. I will let you all know how that goes.
Until next time, be sure to Read THS!