Dirty Money by Jessica Clare
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?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For the romance lovers who are tired of the same old CEO billionaire in a suit stories the wait for a new and unconventional kind of rich bad boy is over. Wonderfully well written and executed by Jessica Clare (yup, the same author who brought reality TV to romance novels), Dirty Money shakes up the billionaire genre with its very unique brand of hero. I was fascinated by Boone Price’s brash and uncouth nature and charmed with his and Ivy’s romance.
Ivy grew up as Reba Smithfield and just as poor as Boone, but has reinvented herself as a sophisticated realtor to attract clients with deeper pockets. Boone Price and his brothers literally struck big when they found a vast oil well on their hunting land and instantly became billionaires.
Grossing $20 million a day doesn’t earn respect though and Boone is determined to have it starting by moving out of his trailer and buying the biggest property the lovely Ivy can find and while he’s at it he’s also resolved in having her as his fancy trophy wife. When he meets her face to face, her kindness and beauty make him want her heart as well. But what will he do when he finds out not only that her background is just the same as his but that she’s been lying all along?
As Boone boldly pursues Ivy stating his intentions to her outright, Ivy finds herself trapped between knowing that she’s deceiving a man who makes her smile and feel cherished and the burning attraction she feels towards him. She first tries to ignore him, then keep him at arm’s length but Boone is a single-minded man who won’t give up especially not when the tension between them crackles like spectacular 4th of July fireworks.
This very sexy lumberjack billionaire stole the spotlight. I loved Boone’s honest, outlandish caveman ways. He’s almost childlike, selfishly acting before thinking throwing money around to get what he wants without apology. His over the top wooing and good natured personality made this a very fun and entertaining read.
Dirty Money is the kickoff book in the Roughneck Billionaires series by Jessica Clare. It is a standalone contemporary romance told by both points of view with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. No excerpts will be posted until the finished version is released. *
About the author
Jessica Clare is a pen name for Jill Myles.
Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.
After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.