Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Scoundrel
Author: Jessica Clare
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #2
Main Characters: Clay and Natalie
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: InterMix
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
In a sizzling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Dirty Money, there’s rich, and then there’s filthy rich when an oil tycoon takes being a roughneck billionaire to a new level. 

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…

My Review:
It's been a while since I read any of Jessica Clare's writing. I'd forgotten just how much I liked her style of storytelling. 

And I have to admit...this story was unexpected just in that I didn't remember what the story was about. This is most definitely not your typical romance story line, although it is a second chance at love story. 

Natalie and Clay were high school sweethearts, but they were young and naive and were easily manipulated which tore them apart. That was seven years ago and neither one of them have recovered since...or moved on. 

But for Clay...he is ready to move on. Enough already. He just can't get past what happened when Nat broke his heart so he comes up with a plan...not a great one, but he's a guy and isn't thinking much past his crotch. So, he goes to Natalie with a proposal...and yes, it's just as indecent and jerk-y as it sounds. But Nat is desperate and not able to turn down the money he's offering so she agrees to his ill-fated plan...one that's pretty much guaranteed to crush them both. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. There are some points where the reader has to be willing to suspend disbelief, but I was able to do that well enough. (Although I seriously need to go back and read book #1 to see how the brothers made their fortune as roughnecks. My hubby works in the oil business and I'm just not seeing where billionaire-status could happen for Clay by the age of 25 working as a roughneck...but again...suspend disbelief...LOL). 

And my heart broke for Nat's situation. It's simply heartbreaking and although it was out there, I found it very believable. You do have to wonder about these kids that are born so late in moviestar's (at least for the men) lives. That could definitely make for some uncomfortable realities to a young persons life when dealing with an elderly, failing parent.

I've actually already bought book #1 (since I missed it's release) and plan to listen to it on audiobook this week, but I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series. I like these Boone brothers...they're perfectly unexpected billionaires and I love how irreverent they are!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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