Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Oh, Winter Renshaw, I don’t know how you do it. Every book you write proffers up a hero who is too buttoned-up and shut off, and in a manner of pages, you unravel them. You can’t help but cringe at their emotional unavailability because you know, as the reader, that, with the love of an intelligent, emotionally-mature heroine, they will be brought to their knees. Waiting for that moment feels like both an eternity and a second; it comes, and the beauty of your writing is realized. This is the case with Renshaw’s newest book, Trillion. This is a story beautifully wrought, emotionally intense, and glaringly intense. If you love trillionaire heroes and emotionally complex heroines, then you MUST grab Trillion now. Like, immediately.
One of the first observations of any Renshaw book is the fluidity of storytelling. Every time I pick up one of her books, Trillion included, the story moves forward quickly that I grow sadder and sadder as the pages turn because I hate for the story to end. This is a testament to Renshaw’s style and ability to build her narrative. I will say that sometimes the last eighth of her book feels rushed. In Trillion, the chapters became shorter, when I wanted them to be longer. And there were some plot issues for me. Namely, Sophie’s (her heroine) reasoning for her choices in the latter part of the book. To be honest, they feel a little contrived for the purposes of the story (I’m not saying more because this book holds too many secrets and I refuse to spoil them). I am not sure if Renshaw runs out of steam toward the end, but her later chapters don’t always feel as beautifully developed as her earlier ones. That being said, this book’s facility engages you from the start to the end, marking Renshaw’s impressive writing capacity.
Trey and Sophie make for two of my favorite heroes and heroines in Renshaw’s book universe. She said in her acknowledgments that she allowed her characters to write this story. That she began with the intent of focusing on Trey as the trillionaire hero, but Sophie’s overpowered his story at some point. And quite honestly, thank goodness! Sophie’s story is important, especially right now. Honestly, I think Renshaw could have taken her message further. Again I don’t want to divulge her secrets for readers who have yet to read Trillion, but in our world today, her struggles are being played out in real-time. To fully understand Trey and Sophie in Trillion, you must simply understand this sentence: they are two sides of the same coin. While Trey is the richest man in the world and controls every aspect of his life to the nth degree, Sophie is no different in her need for control with a bank account with fewer zeroes. When their coupling wields the sword to undo their careful control, Renshaw’s message is realized. This is the “sweet spot” of Renshaw’s storytelling, and you can’t help but revel in it.
Trillion is a carefully constructed story of two wills, two hearts, and two experiences. Each moment of Winter Renshaw’s romance feels carefully plotted and engaging. I thought it would take me time to move through Trey and Sophie’s journey. What I found is a story of two souls aching for the other. Yes, there is angst; yes, the story can feel overwhelming. Yet, the end is a promise that each struggle is worth it at the moment. Trillion is a story about a past, a present, and an enviable future.
In love and romance,