Series: Roughneck Billionaires

Guest Review: Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare

Posted November 21, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #2
Also in this series: Dirty Money
Published by Intermix
Publication Date: November 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Clay Price has everything he’s ever wanted, except the one thing money can’t buy—Natalie Weston. Years ago, Clay and Natalie were in love…until she turned down his marriage proposal. Now Clay and his brothers are oil-rich billionaires, and they can have whatever they want. And what Clay wants is Natalie in his bed, no matter what it takes. If it means being ruthless, he’ll do it.

Natalie gave up on true love years ago when the realities of the world destroyed her fairy-tale hopes. Giving up Clay is her biggest regret in life, and she’s excited to see him return…until she finds out why. Clay’s got one hell of a proposal for her: he’ll save her father’s business and bail Natalie out of debt if she’ll agree to become his very personal assistant. It’s clear that he wants more from her than just typing.

It’s also clear that Natalie has no choice. This scoundrel’s bet could destroy any hope they had of reconciliation—or it could bring them together once and for all…

Clay Price and Natalie Weston dated in high school.  They loved each other and right after graduation Clay planned on asking Natalie to marry him.  Clay, being a good guy, wanted to talk to Natalie’s father first, however.  Natalie’s father, once a movie star – and a rich snob, was not a good guy and when he met Clay told him that Natalie was breaking up with him.  The father then told Natalie some lies about Clay and that Clay had broken up with her.  Dad’s plot to tear his daughter and her poor white trash boyfriend apart: Successful.

Seven years later Natalie, whose father planned on her going to Stanford, is barely scraping by while running a museum of her father’s memorabilia.  She never went to college and now tries to run the museum out of their house while taking care of her father and his increasing dementia.

Clay is now a billionaire and still in love with Natalie – only he thinks of it as just lust.  They had never slept together in high school and Clay is still a virgin.  He puts together a plan to pay Natalie to be his “assistant” and be at his beck and call 24/7.  Natalie is drowning in bills and is lonely and tired.  She still loves Clay but doesn’t like the fact that she’s basically prostituting herself out to him.  She has no choice but to agree.

Dirty Scoundrel was a cute book and I liked a lot of things about it.  I loved the Price brothers and their camaraderie and obvious love for each other.  I liked the flashes into Boone and Ivy’s life (from book 1, Dirty Money) that we got.  I liked that the book had some highly emotional moments in it that were written very well. Unfortunately I’m not sure I loved Clay and Natalie.  They weren’t bad people, but Clay acted like an asshole so many times that I wanted to hit him and I wanted Natalie to stand up for herself and have a bit more backbone! I realize that Clay was trying to act hard and play the scoundrel (hence the name of the book) so that he could “get back” at Natalie for dumping him, but there were times he shouldn’t have been an asshole and he was anyway.

Clay wasn’t an asshole the whole time and there were times when I really liked the couple together but that wasn’t a constant.  I know that Clay just didn’t know what to say to Natalie at times but he wasn’t an unintelligent at all and I think some of the things that the author had him saying were a bit much.  IMHO he just wouldn’t have said half of it.

I was happy in the end that Clay and Natalie got their HEA and their life worked out together.  I’m looking forward to reading more about the Price brothers and seeing what happens next.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Posted January 9, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Dirty Money by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
Dirty Money by Jessica Clare
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #1
Also in this series: Dirty Scoundrel
Published by Intermix
Publication Date: January 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Southern Texas heats up when four roughneck billionaires set their sights on love in the new series from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

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 buy 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 is. 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?

Boone Price is a Texas cowboy.  He’s not classy nor does he dress nice despite the fact that he is a multi-billionaire.  He likes working with the guys who work the rigs and likes finding new places to drill for oil.  He gets utterly pissed off when a “friend” that Boone is trying to help out sends his employee with contracts and the guy mistakes Boone for a hand. Boone gets pissed.  He hates the fact that people treat him like dirt just because he’s not dressed in a suit.  He wants respect because he’s worked hard to get where’s he’s at now.  He doesn’t want to be looked at like a roughneck.  His brothers tell him he needs to look the part – starting with a big house.  He’s given a pamphlet for Three Jacks Realty and he loves the look of the classy woman on the front.  He decides he wants her and only her to make him look classy.

Boone heads to the real estate office and starts his assault on/courting of Ivy Smithfield.  He tells her he wants a house but he also wants to have dinner with her.  Ivy has been at Three Jacks for just a year – given a job by one of the Jacks when she first got her real estate license.  She had previously worked at a burger place and an ice cream shop trying to make ends meet for her and her sister.  The problem is that every time Ivy gets a lead on a big sale one of the Jacks comes and takes it from her – as they do with all the employees.  When Ivy realizes that Boone is looking for a big house that would sell for millions she decides to keep the info to herself.  No one else will give him the time of day because he’s covered in dirt from the oil field so it works out well. She just isn’t prepared to fend off his amorous advances.

Boone falls in love with Ivy at first sight.  The more he’s with her the more he wants to be around her.  He loves that she’s with him but she seems to hold back on a regular basis and is constantly ignoring his calls and texts.  Ivy falls in love with Boone as well but she knows that once he finds out that she’s not the classy lady he thinks she is the romance will be over so she tries to stay away from him.

Dirty Money is a really good book to what I hope will be another great series by Jessica Clare.  I loved Boone and his down home attitude as well as the attitudes of his brothers.  I had a bit of a hard time reconciling Boone’s don’t-give-a shit-what-I wear-or-live-in attitude with the fact that he wanted to be respected.  It was a bit of a paradox that I didn’t quite get.  I know that’s what took him to Ivy’s side in the first place so I had to go with it but it just seemed…off. Now when Boone finds out that Ivy isn’t the “classy” woman he thought she was he was pissed at her and that pissed me off. He thought she’d lied but really Boone was more at fault than anything.  He was the one that assumed she was classy just by the way she was dressed and nothing else.  He was in love (at first) with the idea of Ivy – not actually Ivy herself.  He did fall in love with the real her but after the big reveal he had to get past his preconceived notions.  That was hard for him but I thought he handled it well and I was quite happy with the end of the story.

Ivy was a good person and one I admired for all that she was trying to do with her life and for her sister’s life.  She wanted to keep the stress off of her sister so that she could have a normal childhood and young adulthood.  Ivy bore the brunt of the stress of overdue bills, not enough food, not enough money for college tuition, etc.  She wanted so badly to make something of herself as a real estate agent but the three Jacks just treated her like shit.  I wanted to smack those men so hard!  Ugh!  Bastards.  Despite all she’d been through she was a strong woman and I thought she was perfect for Boone and his over-the-top personality.

All I have to say is that if the rest of the Roughneck Billionaires books are like Dirty Money then I know I’m going to love the whole series.  If you haven’t picked this one – and don’t mind your heroes a little dirty – you’ll love this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars


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