Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I had been waiting for the second book from Nana Malone’s Royal Elite Billionaire Duet, The Billionaire’s Secret. Malone left us on quite the cliffhanger with the first book, and I was anxious to find out how it was resolved.
And resolve it she did.
Interestingly enough, Malone began the resolution fairly quickly in the story, although the big reveal, offering up the person responsible for trying to kill Theo and harm Derrick, doesn’t come until almost the end of the book. Getting there, however, can sometimes be tedious in this new offering. There are parts of this book that I liked, namely the characters and the romance between Zia and Theo, and there were parts of the book that I think could have done with more editing. Here are my general impressions:
- If you love romantic suspense, then you should read this book. As I stated above, the reveal of the villains comes late in the book, so you have plenty of time to bask in the developing romance of Theo and Zia. You also get little updates on characters’ lives from the other books in the Royal Elite family.
- Theo is my favorite character in this book. While he fights his attraction to Zia, there is something stalwart about him that impresses upon the reader. He cares about other people in a way that Derrick doesn’t, and, given his background, you want a happy ending for him,
- Zia represents strong women, and it’s admirable here. However, she frustrated me more than Theo because her reasons for distancing herself from him, even after his “betrayal,” don’t make sense in her position. She should have had a greater understanding of Theo’s motivations. Thankfully, she doesn’t waste much of the story on keeping her distance. However, it was frustrating nonetheless.
- One of the downfalls of the book is the shifting point of view. The first book is a dual POV book moving between Theo and Zia. For this book, I think Malone wants to offer up other characters’ perspectives on the story. In doing so, it brings in too many spoons to stir the pot. I understand her thinking behind it. It read as tedious to me. I love a dual POV book, and I think we could have understood the story if we only had Zia and Theo’s perspectives. Malone might have incorporated the other POVs in the epilogue, or I am hoping that Derrick will find his own story in a separate book.
This story is definitely entertaining, and it keeps the reader engaged in the story. As I was reading it, though, it felt like it dragged at times, and I wondered if it could have been revised to be a tighter story. In the world of romance, Malone’s The Billionaire’s Secret provides us with everything we love: billionaire romances, fiery women, secrets, and suspense. If those are your favorite tropes, then you will definitely want to read this book.
In love and romance,