Dirty Money Book Review *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?
Dirty Money(Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica Clare is a fun time read if you can suspend your disbelief and not be annoyed by the massive miscommunication on the part of the heroine during the entire story. It would have been so easy for the heroine to be honest with the hero right from the start, but she kept secrets about her past and current life from the very understanding hero just to keep the story going, and to cause heartache to separate the couple, and then give them HEA we all want in a romance of this nature. Because of the miscommunications and some eyebrow raising plot devices, I would have given this book a higher grade. But overall I did enjoy reading Dirty Money because of the adorable, yet outlandish alpha possessive (also generous) hero who will make most readers swoon.
Dirty Money features Boone, who struck it big with finding oil. He makes over $20 million a day (no joke) because of his expertise in tapping oil. He has hired his brothers, all of whom are rich, but are down home boys who love working the land. They also love working with their hands, are scruffy and don’t have filters. Boone is pretty much in bearded lumberjack mode. Even though he’s a gazzillionzaire he still doesn’t receive the respect he thinks he deserves. The richy-rich community sticks their noses in the air around Boone and his brother because they don’t scream money or act the richy rich CEO mega bucks part. Boone lives in a trailer, and finally he decides in order to gain respect he’ll find a fancy lady to marry and also buy a big house and property. He spots an flyer or a real estate office, and zones in on one of the realtors. It’s Ivy the heroine. On her picture alone, Boone decides he’ll claim Ivy. His inner caveman tingles big time.
Ivy is a lowly realtor who barely makes money. She doesn’t even make 4 figures a year, below minimum wage, which seems so unrealistic even though she graduated high school and has her real estate license. She works for 3 men- the 3 Jacks who treat her like crap. She still lives in the trailer she grew up in with her younger sister she’s helping put through college. The only way she can survive is giving blood because she is making next to nothing, and may have to go back to slinging burgers to make ends meet. But then Boone walks into her office and everyone assumes he’s piss poor. Ivy will help him find a place to live regardless. But when she finds out what he wants- a huge home with over 20+ bedrooms and over $20+ million, she almost cries in joy because of the huge commission she’ll get, as long as she can keep her horrible bosses from finding out how much money Boone has. But then things become complicated when Boone says he not only wants to buy a house but a woman to go with it, as in marriage with Ivy.
Ivy is shocked to say the least with Boone, but she tries to stay professional. But Boone pushes the envelope with her, and let’s just say on their first visit to a house, he makes Ivy see the light when it comes to him because of his skill with his mouth and his beard. All very naughty and steamy back seat car loving. Soon Ivy is smitten, Boone is also toward her, even though he thinks she’s a classy well-to-do lady. Ivy never corrects him because she thinks if he finds out she trailer park trash, he’ll dump her, even though Boone grew up much like Ivy did.
Dirty Money is ridiculous fun mainly because of Boone’s antics. There is this scene where he gets his revenge on a country club that is a little over the top devious, and in a way disturbing. It even disturbs Ivy based on her reaction. Boone acts before he thinks, and is almost selfish with his wants and needs, even though Jessica tries to counteract this with his generosity. It’s a bit of a enigma with him at times, almost convoluted because he’s back and forth with how he lives his life, the people he interacts with and how he treats Ivy. Revenge against those who wrongs him and those he loves is always in the back of his mind. Some may even feel if he wasn’t the hero here, he could be the villain.
Dirty Money is pretty ridiculous, but it’s a fluffy read that brings forth the romance most readers want, especially with a hot bearded man of the Earth gazzilionaire who wants to take care of the heroine in every possible way. (InterMix)
Final Grade: B