Roughneck Billionaires #1
InterMix Books, January 2017
Obtained via: publisher
The debut novel in Jessica Clare’s Roughneck
Billionaires series, DIRTY MONEY is the story of two people who both want
to rise above their station in life and still manage to find love together.
Boone Price and his brothers are oil riggers that have hit it big. Real big.
Billionaire big. Suddenly beyond
rich, Boone starts to develop a taste for the finer things in life and more
than anything wants to be respected. In
order for that to happen, Boone thinks he needs to find himself a woman of
class and breeding. Simply from one look
at a local realtor’s brochure, Boone sets his eye on realtor Ivy Smithfield and
he sets out to buy her affection. The
chink in his plan is that Ivy is as dirt poor as Boone used to be. Her appearance is carefully constructed to
promote her professional career. Ivy is
making next to nothing, selling bone marrow for money to support her sister
while she attends college and keep a roof over their heads (even if that roof
is attached to a trailer). But what happens
when Boone finally realizes Ivy comes from the same humble beginnings that he
Jessica Clare’s DIRTY MONEY really didn’t work for this reader. Boone comes off as crude, rude, pompous,
sexist and determined to seek revenge on those he thinks have slighted him
because of his filthy looks and ways.
While he had his moments, this reader simply could not find much to like
about him and had a really difficult time imagining Ivy falling in love with
him. Ivy is kind, sexy, determined to
give her sister a better life and instantly sees dollar signs when she realizes
Boone is a billionaire, if she can just keep her three bosses from stealing him
out from under her.
While the story was entertaining and at times funny, the fact that Boone thinks
he should be respected simply because he now has money was ridiculous. Everyone but Boone and this author seem to
know respect is earned and you can’t buy class.
And every time Boone feels someone has failed to give him the respect he
thinks he deserves, he reacts is a way over the top manner, purchasing and
burning businesses to the ground for spite.
And yet, still Ivy is enamored. This
reader was not. Still, if you are able
to overlook Boone’s bad manners, sloppy dress and sexist attitude, the story
itself is well written and moves along at a constant pace and even includes
some very funny scenes (that this reader imagines could never really happen in
real life – see comment about burning down perfectly good businesses).
Fans of contemporary romance will probably still enjoy this story. In fact, this reader would bet that you will
either really love this story and or really agree with this review. For me, DIRTY MONEY was like the characters,
a little rough around the edges.
Reviewed by T. Barringer
is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book