Tuesday 2 May 2017


© Bianca Janeane

• 2 May 2017
• The Tate Brother Trilogy  #1
• 432 pages
3.75 Stars

Money doesn't always change the man in this new standalone romance from Jackie Ashenden.

Navy SEAL Sullivan "Van" Tate has been called home to reluctantly inherit an empire and finds himself facing the most difficult mission of all: love.

Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him
and the object of Van's most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father’s ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can’t deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father’s company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he’ll do anything to protect her?

Van Tate and his two brothers grew up in a boys home. Until they were taken in by Oil Billionaire Noah Tate. He raised them into good men, men who were one day supposed to take over the family company. Only now that dad is dead and left everything to Van, he doesn't really want to deal with it. He's not a New York business man. He wants to go back to his life as a Navy SEAL, just like his brothers.
But in a private letter from his dad he reads that he has to man up and be there for the company AND for his little sister Chloe. She's in danger from dad's old friend-turned-enemy.
The girl never really felt like a sister. He's ten years older and he left for boarding school when she was only two. He only remembers the little girl who was so full of smiles for him whenever he came home for the holidays.
And now here's this beautiful, grown woman, who needs his protection but doesn't want it! She only wants to go back home to Wyoming to take care of her horses.


When I hear Navy SEAL - I come running - I just have to read those books!
And this SEAL - or rather these three SEALs are pretty adorable! ....

BUT ....

This book had the potential to be a great, interesting story - just what I like - a sexy romantic suspense. And I kind of liked parts of it. BUT - I just had way too many problems with the book to enjoy it. I almost DNF'd twice.
I prefer books told from the first person POV. I don't HATE others, but I just prefer it. And this one was told in the 3rd. And in the first few pages alone I read the name Van a million times, which bothered me extremely - no idea why. Would not have happened with a first person POV!
But that was only the beginning of my dislike for the book. But I got off to a 'great' start that way. ☺

It's the first time I've read this author. And I hate those moments when you find out that persons from books - or rather, from book #1 in a series, have been in other books before. In this case the sons of the 'bad' guy used to have a series - that's why they were all mentioned a few times. But, that's not really all that bad, it's not necessary for this story, but I still hate it. I need to read all books in the right order! Grrr.

Another thing, the title? Or rather the whole billionaire SEAL thing? Doesn't that sound like the cheapest and oldest grocery store dime romance? Or even a bad porn? When I chose to read the book, I saw the cover, liked it, (especially when I found out that this open-white-shirt scene actually happens!) and I loved that it was about SEALs, the title I could've done without. Or the weird situation Van finds himself in. The being-a-billionaire thing. The stepsister thing. Ok, I kind of hated the idea of the story too. Sorry. I would've loved it more without the step-sibling thing and without the NYC billionaire thing. The story should've happened in Wyoming. NYC was so not fitting for anything in this story.

And now to the worst part of this book. REPETITION!
OMG Jackie! No offense, but did you not send this book to your editor to go over and cut unnecessary stuff out????? Every single fact and thought and event gets repeated numerous times. I almost stopped reading during the first few chapters because it hurt my brain!

So, while this was a nice story, with 3 potentially great SEALs, and a bit of suspense and some sexiness, the writing and editing was horrible. I tried reading all of it, but in the end - or rather - from around the 20% mark on, I mostly only read when people talked to each other.
I'm not sure if I'll read the 2nd book, but I'm kind of interested to see what Lucas and then later Wolf will have to deal with.

I'm sorry I don't have anything better to say - it could totally just be my personal taste - I know I'm weird with many things about books, but I'm always honest in my reviews, so ... sorry. But this one wasn't my kind of SEAL book :/ 

THE DANGEROUS BILLIONAIRE was pretty adorable & sexy & suspensy romance! There was room for more ... but I don't want to stop you from enjoying it - try it - run to your nearest amazon for your own Van!!

ARC received for an honest review

Navy SEAL - sign me up.

I am a sucker for a SEAL book and this one has 3 - Hello!!

Whilst I wanted to love this book, I didn't.  Don't get me wrong, I did like it but not love - this might just be me though.

Firstly - there wasn't much SEAL action, more that the SEALs become office managers :(

The foster brother/sister thing didn't bother me as much as it might have - I know it is an icky thing for some people (and I am not a fan of the step brother thing myself)

Whilst there was lots of things going on, I did feel that it was quite repetitive.  Our lovelies Van and Chloe seemed to rinse-wash-repeat the conversations/arguments for about half of the book. I felt that a chunk of dialogue could have been edited out (but again, this could just be me and what do I really know?)

I did like the story of the Tate Brothers and their sister, the dramas that are happening around their family and businesses, though I did feel like we were left wondering at the end of this book.  However I suppose things will be continuing through the books of the other 2 brothers.

Whilst I was left wanting a bit after this book, it held my interest enough that I will be diving in to the other 2 brothers stories.




Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines. 

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.