Rating: 4/5 stars
“Mogul or Monster?
Billionaire Weston Wilcox hasn’t been seen by the outside world in almost a decade. No face to face meetings. No interviews. No social media accounts. Despite his ghost demeanor he continues to financially flourish and make his fellow investors richer with every decision. Throughout the years many have sought to discover the man inside the mogul while others have spread legends painting him as a heartless monster consumed by greed. None of it matters to him. Weston’s true identity is secured away in his estate of solitude, which consists of the only people in the entire world he believes he can trust. That is until he’s asked to allow a guest access to the property under extreme circumstances. One he knows he shouldn’t. It doesn’t take long before his world is turned upside down, unexpected threats arise, and Weston’s forced to ask himself what really should be kept private?”
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having never read a Xavier Neal book before I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was a mystery/romance, two genres that I enjoy. As soon as I started reading Private I knew I was going to enjoy this book.
While there is mystery and romantic story lines, this is definitely a character driven book. Weston Wilcox is a 20-something billionaire who heads his family run company after losing his parents a decade ago. He is determined to hide himself away from the world and has developed a reputation for extreme privacy. In no uncertain terms will he allow himself to be seen in public or any circumstance where he can be photographed or come in contact with the outside world.
Brynley Winters is a tough-talking, outgoing, sharp, ballsy, beautiful and vivacious young woman who loves marine biology but works at a gentleman’s club to pay the bills. She loves her mother Lauren but hasn’t really kept in contact with her on a regular basis. When she is summoned to her mother’s bedside by Lauren’s employer (who happens to be none other than the reclusive Wes Wilcox), because of a mysterious illness, both Brynley’s and Wes’ worlds are about to collide and spin off their axis!
This is a well written and fun to read book. Xavier Neal excels at witty banter and sharp comebacks. The dialogue was great and the story a fun and easy read. The sex scenes are steamy and hot, so mature readers only! This is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the next one.