The Billionaire's Virgin by Jackie Ashenden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to start off by saying how unique this story line was, I'm sure you have read romances of billionaires falling for someone of lower economic stations (lord knows I've read a ton of them) but I have never come across one where the billionaire falls for a homeless person.
Xavier De Santis has screwed up yet again and this time he has to do some community service as his penance, so he is handing out food at the homeless shelter. While he is there he is making comments to each person that comes to him for food, then he notices a young woman that comes in dressed in a clothes that are way to big for her frail body and is captivated by her.
Mia is living on the streets after running away from her abusive grandmother's home, in this story we find out why Mia left and how old she was at the time but I cannot tell you how old she is in the story because there was no clear cut answer of how long she was living on the streets. Mia is very skittish and almost afraid of her own shadow.
When Mia heads to the shelter one night she finds it closed now she has no place to go, she's hungry and cold, but she would rather freeze then go to the other shelter. Xavier has been waiting for Mia to show at the shelter now that he has her attention he is determined to get her to stay with him at his home in the city.
I enjoyed watching Mia emerge from a frightened shell of a woman to someone that allowed herself to be pampered by the finer things in life. Now don't get me wrong there is a whole bunch of angst going on in this story and it does take a long time for Mia to warm up to Xavier because she's not sure she can trust that he wont leave her like everyone else in her life has.
This is the first book in the Billionaire Fairytales series by Jackie Ashenden, up next is The Billionaire Beast which is Nero de Santis' story (Xavier's half-brother) I cannot wait to read about Nero, there was mention of him several times in this book but we never met him.