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Guest Review: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Posted January 9, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Dirty Money by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
Dirty Money by Jessica Clare
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #1
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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Guest Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare

Posted December 2, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding (Billionaire Boys Club #6.5) by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #6.5
Also in this series: Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire, The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, Romancing the Billionaire, One Night With A Billionaire, His Royal Princess
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

In this all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling series, Hunter and Gretchen are finally tying the knot—but their wedding may not be the easy fairy tale they’ve dreamed of...

Someone's out to ruin Gretchen's happy-ever-after on the eve before the big day. Can she trust Hunter, the man she's given her heart to? And can she rely on her sister Daphne (the least reliable person of all!) to help her salvage things? Or is this marriage going to go down in flames before Gretchen and Hunter ever get to the altar?

Gretchen is getting married soon – on Christmas Eve no less – and she’s stressed!  She’s fired umpteen caterers for one reason or another, she keeps gaining weight instead of losing it because she keeps sampling her own baked goods and then when she visits her fiancé at his office she starts to think he’s being blackmailed!  Could nothing go right in her life?

Daphne is Gretchen’s famous singer sister and is six months out of rehab.  She’s doing really well with her life coach, Wesley.  He’s incredible and she’s madly in love with him but he keeps her at arms length and keeps telling her she’s just a job to him.  She’s upset and really missing her sisters as it’s the holidays.  She knows she screwed up royally and they deserted her but she’s willing to give it another try and hopes they’re willing as well.  She heads to Gretchen’s house and is surprisingly welcomed with open arms.  Her twin, Audrey, isn’t so welcoming but she’s been hurt so much by Daphne it’s understandable.

Both Gretchen and Daphne are looking for support in their time of need and that might come from each other but it may also come from the men they love.

This was a cute story.  We’ve been hearing about Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding for so long in so many books that we just knew that it was going to be the event of the century.  Opening this book and realizing that she’s a mess and so is the wedding was kind of a breath of fresh air.  Even fiancé’s of billionaires can fall apart and have things go wrong.  In this case it made Gretchen and Hunter that much more “normal” to me.

With Daphne we saw a woman who was trying to get her life back after screwing up so badly that her family gave up on her.  Daphne had had told them many times that she was going to do better but she always slid back into drugs and alcohol. I loved that she wanted to do better for her family and for Wesley, but mostly she wanted to do better for herself. She knows she can’t slide back to her old ways and Wesley was helping her.  I almost wish that Wesley hadn’t been her shadow for the last six months, however. Yes, he’d helped her so much but I also know that addicts tend to latch on to things (obviously) so it made me think that if Wesley hadn’t been the one keeping her on the straight and narrow for so long would she have fallen in love with him?  I know that’s my cynicism shining through but I admit that thought crossed my mind when she made it clear she was in love with him. I tried to push those thoughts aside and focus on the relationship.  We didn’t see any of them falling in love so it was hard for me to get into their romance but I was still happy that it all ended well for them.

While this was a pretty short novella but it was still worth reading.  Hopefully Clare’s next revisit these characters in future books.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare

Posted September 29, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5
Also in this series: The Billionaire and the Virgin, The Taming of the Billionaire, The Billionaire Takes a Bride, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings.

She just doesn’t expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty...

A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.

When Loch’s secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown—unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she’s truly the queen of his heart...

Taylor is a klutz.  She is a wiz kid when it comes to computers but out in real life she doesn’t do so well.  She spends most of her time playing an online game and working her tech support job from home.  When her friend Gretchen asks her to come out of her hole to show someone around she has no idea what she’s in for.

Loch is something like 5th in line to the throne of Bellissime.  Now that his cousin Alex has married an American (His Royal Princess) there are some factions in Bellissime that want to get Loch onto the throne instead of Alex.  He doesn’t want to be on the throne any more than the current queen wants him on the throne.  They decide to send Loch to America – supposedly for vacation – to get him out of the Bellissime public eye.  Once things have calmed down he can go home – but they’re thinking it will be a year or two.  Loch agrees but he’s certainly not happy about being away from his friends and homeland for that long.

Loch arrives in America and is bored silly.  He misses his drinking in the pub with his friends after a rousing polo match and he has nothing to do.  When he meets Taylor he’s surprised at how attracted to her he is as she’s not his type – and is a total klutz.  They spend the day together and have a great time – ending up in Taylor’s bed.  Loch really likes this girl but all of his attempts to get back together with her are thwarted by Taylor’s schedule.  He’s incredibly bored and just wants to go home to Bellissime.

Taylor really likes Loch as well but besides her game and work there’s another reason she’s not answering his calls.  She’s being emotionally blackmailed by a guy who plays her online game with her.  She keeps telling him she’s only his friend but he is needy and is pretty much cyber-stalking her.  He texts her constantly and threatens suicide when she doesn’t play or respond. She finally spends some time with Loch and finds herself falling in love with him. When Loch devises a plan to get back to Bellissime by marrying Taylor – a totally unsuitable American which will keep people from wanting him on the throne – he doesn’t bother telling Taylor what he’s doing.  She agrees and thinks he as in love with her as she is with him.  When she finds out the truth, however, Loch has a few lessons that he’ll learn whether he want to or not.

Billionaire on the Loose is a completely apt title for this book.  Loch is a wild card and has no idea of how real people live.  He’s wealthy and has servants to do things for him – he plays polo and drinks and generally has a good time.  There are people to do things for him so why do them himself?  When he gets to America to say he was adrift would be an understatement.  The guy wakes Taylor up after what’s supposed to be a one-night stand with her and asks her to make him breakfast.  In fact, I don’t think he actually asked – just said something to the effect of I want you to make me breakfast.  WTF?  Lol (FYI she didn’t) Luckily for Taylor (and the rest of us) he soon started doing things for himself.  I loved him most at the end of the book, however, as he finally figured his shit out and it changed his life.

Taylor was a good person.  She was just a computer nerd who had a degree that she really wasn’t using to its full advantage.  She loved playing her online game but when Sigmund started blackmailing her emotionally she felt she couldn’t quit.  Having Loch in her life really made her see a different side of herself and one she really liked.  Of course she was thoroughly hurt when she found out about Loch’s plan to marry her because she was unsuitable but in the end it worked out for her.  I loved her strength in the face of adversity.  I loved her quirkiness, her Dr. Who scarf that she wore even in warm weather, her Hello Kitty backpack that she carried instead of a purse – I just thought she was great.

Overall this was an adorable romance that made me smile – and it probably will do the same for you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare

Posted June 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4
Also in this series: The Billionaire and the Virgin, The Taming of the Billionaire, The Billionaire Takes a Bride, Billionaire on the Loose
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist.

It’s a shame he got her pregnant.

After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together—until he catches a glimpse of her belly.

Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.

Greer has been in love with Asher for many years.  She wants him to finally notice her as a woman rather than just a friend.  She completely works herself over and then heads to a costume party at their friends’ house.  By the time Greer arrives Asher is three sheets to the wind but she ends up going along with his suggestions anyway and then ends up sleeping with him in the middle of the garden on a bench.  And it’s the worst sex ever.  She’s a virgin and even she knows it’s the worst sex ever.  She’s pissed at Asher beyond belief and ends up blocking his number when he keeps trying to get in touch with her to apologize.  When she finds out she’s pregnant she’s even more pissed but determined to be the most wonderful mother ever.

Greer’s father is kind of like a fictional Hugh Hefner.  He runs a girly magazine, lives in a humongous house and has three girlfriends – triplets no less.  Stijn, Greer’s dad, was never attentive and really didn’t want Greer at all or even to have her around, but when her mother died he took Greer in just to make himself look like a compassionate guy.  Yeah, right.  Despite all of this Greer still finds that she wants to make him proud of her.  She heads to Vegas at his request to plan a party for him as he will be getting an award.

The party goes off without a hitch but Greer is shocked when she sees Asher there.  He’s actually a stockholder in her father’s company and that’s why he’s attending.  He guesses about Greer’s pregnancy but she informs him he’ll have nothing to do with the baby.  Asher knows he’ll have to win Greer back so he forms a plan that involves them kissing and more as well as Greer planning a wedding for her father to one of the triplets but even they don’t know who the lucky bride will be.

There were many things to like about this book.  I loved Asher’s determination to get Greer back after he screwed up their friendship and I was happy that he wanted her back as more than a friend and he finally realized his love for her.  He wasn’t truly a bad guy, he’d just had some hard knocks and had turned to alcohol to solve his problems.  We all know that never works in real life and it didn’t work in this book either.

Greer was a good woman who had had a pretty emotionless upbringing.  Her mother loved her to pieces but had turned to porn and drugs after she was turned out by Stijn and eventually OD’d when Greer was eight years old.  I can understand her having no faith in men being good fathers because of her upbringing.  This, however, did not apply to Asher and it took her way longer to see it than it should have.

My biggest issue with this book was Greer’s, imho, overblown and ridiculous anger toward Asher after their night at the party.  Yes, it was awful, HE WAS DRUNK.  She knew he was drunk and still went along with everything he tried and suggested and didn’t try to stop him or even suggest a condom.  I could understand her anger at first but to hold on to it for so long was too much.  She knew Asher and yes she had her feelings hurt but it seemed to me that she should have known him well enough to realize that that wasn’t him she slept with – it was the alcohol.  IDK, her attitude just irked me throughout the book.  I was happy when she finally forgave him and saw through his “kissing lessons” scheme – it just took way too long.

Overall it was a cute story and I enjoyed it.  Secondary characters (Stijn and his triplets as well as Gretchen) played a big role in this story and that made it all work well.  A good addition to the series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: His Royal Princess by Jessica Clare

Posted April 19, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: His Royal Princess by  Jessica ClareReviewer: Tracy
His Royal Princess by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #3.5
Also in this series: Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire, The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, Romancing the Billionaire, One Night With A Billionaire, Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding (Billionaire Boys Club #6.5)
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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four-stars

Their romance led to a royal wedding in Once Upon a Billionaire. Now see how it all began for Princess Alexandra of Bellissime and American actor Luke Houston in this novella from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

As heir to the throne of Bellissime, Princess Alexandra is supposed to be cool and calm...not crushing on a movie star. When she hears that Luke Houston is filming a scene for his next movie in her tiny country, however, she can’t resist sneaking onto set to get a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.

When Alex is almost caught on set by the press, she ducks into the first available hiding place—only to find herself in Luke’s private trailer, and getting much more than just a glimpse of him. It’s an up close and personal encounter that sets her heart aflutter, and sets her mind on some very unladylike plans to get to know him better...

 

Alex is the heir apparent to the Crown of Bellissime but she’s also a woman who has a crush on an actor. She’s seen all of Luke Houston’s movies and when they start shooting a movie in Bellissime and he’s the star, Alex is anxious to meet him.  She heads to the warehouse their working out of and when she gets the chance to meet Luke he ends up mistaking her for a hooker.  (Not that she’s dressed like one but he assumed that the recently single director would send one to him.)  When the cast and director are invited to the palace for dinner Luke isn’t thrilled but when he sees Alex he just laughs – realizing what a blunder he made. Luke is intrigued by Alex and they soon start dating – even though privacy is an issue because of who they are.  And love soon follows but other people and their places in life might keep them apart.

This was a very cute and very sweet novella.  I really liked Alex and Luke both separately and together.  They were well written characters and for as short as the novella was I thought that Jessica Clare brought a lot of information into it.  Though we didn’t get as much info about Luke (he came from a trailer park in Texas) we got a lot about Alex.  She had been raised to be a princess – third in line for the throne.  After her father passed away her mother decided to abdicate that made Alex next in line for the throne, which was fine with her.  But taking care of her princess duties and being sheltered she hadn’t ever been kissed until Luke.  She was a pretty buttoned up girl overall and wasn’t sure about how to do some things – like get a guy to notice her.  She ended up just telling Luke that she was there so he could ask her out.  Luke did, of course, but being the proper princess she was Alex had no idea what to wear.   She ended up asking her mother (who was decidedly not straight-laced) what to wear.  Her mother suggested jeans and Alex’s reply was…

“Mother, I don’t own any jeans.” The palace thought they were improper attire for a princess.  Far too casual!

Her mother’s eyes twinkled.  “It’s a good thing that I have a few pairs and we’re the same size.  Come on.  Let’s go to my suite.”

“You have jeans?” What was next, handcuffs and weed?  Good lord.

snort That made me laugh!  She was a far cry from Hollywood but Luke loved that about her and that made me like him even more.  He didn’t love her because she was a princess – he loved her in spite of the fact that she was a princess. Good man.

The story was a good one and a great addition to the series.  It was fun, funny and romantic and I loved almost everything about it.  I definitely recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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