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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Jessica Clare's newest billionaire series came as a surprise. It's definitely different.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Intermix
Release Date: January 17, 2017

Boone Price and his brothers know oil; at least, the dirty, backbreaking side of working an oil rig. But when their scrubby, worthless hunting land turns out to be sitting on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America, they go from the rig to the boardroom and end up billionaires practically overnight.

Now with enough money to do whatever he wants, Boone is developing a taste for fine things. And the finest thing he's ever seen is Ivy Smithfield, local realtor. Boone's determined to win her affection and show the world that he's more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy's classy and beautiful - she'll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she's sexy and funny is just a bonus.

There's one tiny problem - Ivy's as dirt poor as Boone was. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business. What's Boone going to do when he finds out the woman he's falling for is, well, in his league?

What’s it About? Boone Price and his brothers go from working the oil rigs to billionaires practically overnight when they find out that their hunting land is on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America. Suddenly Boone has more money than he knows what to do with. Boone starts acquiring a taste for the finer things in life all while he’s learning to navigate his new social and financial status. He thinks a trophy wife might help him and when he sees realtor Ivy Smithfield he figures she’s the perfect candidate. She’s classy, and lives a life of luxury, or so he thinks. Ivy’s actually as poor as Boone was, but she’s his match in every way and then some. So now Boone has to decide if he wants the perfect trophy wife or if he wants Ivy as she is.

Describe the hero in five words: Funny. Arrogant. Possessive. Mischievous. Stubborn.
Did you like him? Most of the time.
Why? I really don’t like possessive or over the top arrogant males and Boone was definitely that BUT what saved him in my eyes were his other traits that made him a larger than life kind of guy. He had no verbal filter, zero shame, and remained a hard working, everyday guy even though he wanted to have the respect of the “rich guys’ club.” He totally surprised me because I was not prepared to like this arrogant alpha. Yes, there were moments that I was like “Come on man! Seriously?” And the macho side of him was a little hard to get past so Boone won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (He very nearly wasn’t mine) but he had his irresistible moments and at the heart of it all he’s just a guy trying to adjust to the extraordinary circumstances he’s found himself in.

Describe the heroine in five words: Stubborn. Determined. Witty. Strong. Sarcastic.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? I love a female character who doesn’t let the odds beat her. Ivy was a very hard working woman who was determined to make her business a success. As a person she had a lot in common with Boone so it made it easier for her to fight back whenever he got to be “too much” male and that happened quite a bit. Ivy’s no pushover, she’s no weakling waiting for a superhero to come and save her, she can save herself thank you very much. I wasn’t totally on board with her at first but she changed my mind pretty quickly.

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? It took some time for me to be convinced that Boone and Ivy were a good couple mainly because of Boone’s insta-love for Ivy. He had this “See. Want. Buy. Have” attitude that didn’t allow for a realistic and genuine connection and growth with Ivy and I wasn’t feeling it for about a quarter of the book. The physical chemistry between them was on point though, it just took a little longer for me to believe that there were genuine feelings for them. The best part of these two was their back and forth because they’re both so stubborn and unwilling to bend to the other that it brought out some very entertaining exchanges.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Boone’s brothers are a hoot when they’re all together. I can’t say who I’d like to get their book next though.

How “Lost” did you get in the story? I read Dirty Money fairly quickly, even with Boone’s over the top antics I found the story to be entertaining and flowed easily. Some parts of the story were a little farfetched and unbelievable but the overall result was fun. Readers get to see things from both Boone and Ivy's point of view and while I'm not a fan of first person pov, I will say that Jessica Clare did a good job of providing a well rounded set up for this romance.

Click It or Skip It? Boone and Ivy aren’t for everyone but they can be a lot of fun if you give them a fair shot. I would Click It. I’m curious to see how

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