Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Dear Ava Ryan,
Thank you! Thank you for carefully curating a story such as The Billionaire’s Beauty where all of my favorite elements reside. As a new to me author, you have excited me because I have a new author to add to my list of favorite authors. Your careful plotting and characterizations have pulled me into this series of emotionally-stunted billionaires, and I don’t want to leave. If you want to know all the reasons for my love of The Billionaire’s Beauty, well here goes…
Griffin. Griffin is the kind of hero that I ADORE. There is nothing better than a broken hero, one who needs a strong partner to help him find himself, to help him be honest with himself. And Griffin is just such a hero. From his “beastly” persona to his very soft, hurt child underbelly, Griffin is the type of hero who you want to pull into your arms and soothe that beast. Put aside his handsomeness; it’s his character, his need for Bellamy that makes him dreamy. As his trainwreck of a journey unveils in the story, as the reader, you cannot help but “tut” this hero because he has no idea what’s coming ahead of him, but as the reader, you see it plainly. Yet, even when he makes ill-advised choices, you root for him because you know that he will fall even deeper once he self-actualizes and figures out where his true love lies. You know that, at his core, he is a big ole teddy bear of a man for the right woman. Throughout your story, Ava Ryan, I was right there with that fool of a hero, and it was delicious.
Bellamy. If Griffin is the trainwreck of this story (even though he tries so hard to hide it), then Bellamy is the crew set to fix the train. Here’s the thing. She is the smartest person in the story, and I love…love, love, love that you made her so very strong. I read this type of story all the time, and I cringe when authors make these incredibly independent women too weak for the broken hero. But not you, Ava Ryan. Instead, you made her stalwart. She doesn’t readily moon over Griffin. She’s internal. She challenges his gruff exterior; she sees him, and she expects him to rise to the challenge of understanding his wounds. Even when he makes a “sacrifice” for her, she accepts it, and you place the mother of monologues in her mouth. Like Griffin, I ADORED Bellamy because she is clearly Griffin’s best fit, and you deftly crafted her to be just that.
I enjoyed the first book of your series, The Billionaire’s Princess. I didn’t think any of the other Black brothers could unseat Damon from the top spot for this series. And I was completely and utterly incorrect. Griffin did it. The second book of the Fairy Tale Billionaires’ series is the best thus far. With Ryker’s story coming next, I am hoping for a big story from you, Ava Ryan. To be honest, I’m not sure how you’ll top Griffin and Bellamy’s romance, but I believe you can do it.
In love and romance,