When I think of billionaire romance stories, this was not the scenario that comes to mind. And see, that was what was so appealing about Dirty Money. Dirty Money breaks the romance book rules for me in many ways, but I ended up not caring so much about that when all was said and done.
A rough guy billionaire, Boone Price, grew up dirt poor and scratching out a living working the oil rigs of West Texas discovering he has a specialized skill that leaves him and his brothers set for life and waaaay out of his element. Boone is troubled by the superior attitudes of other people who either want to change him into something he’s not or treat him like the dirt he is covered in after a hard day’s work. His plan is to buy a big house and have a classy woman. He thinks he has all that covered when he spots a real estate office ad with a classy realtor on the front who can sell him a house and he’ll sell her on being with him.
Ivy Smithfield has clawed her way slowly toward the life she wants that’s far from living in a beat-up trailer, a dad in prison, and low wage dead in jobs. When Boone comes through the door in his trucker hat, soiled clothes and rough looks, her boss pushes him off on her thinking he’s not worth it. Privately she agrees, but it’s not the clients fault she needs a big commission to pay some bills. However, not ten minutes into their encounter, Ivy is left spinning by Boone’s announcement that he wants a 40-bedroom home and her because she’s classy. If he only knew.
So this one was a fun one the way larger than life Boone went after what he wanted. He’s starkly honest, confident and sees no barriers if he wants something badly enough. Ivy is his opposite in that she lies all the time and even to herself, she has little confidence, and her life is full of barriers. They come from the same place, but Ivy is terrified of letting Boone see this which makes up much of the conflict in the book.
This is one of those books that is an exception in that Boone wants Ivy the second he sees her. There is insta-everything with him. He wants in Ivy’s panties and is honest about it. He is also a steamroller in that he never takes things slow or follows the rules if he doesn’t want to. ‘NO’ is not a word in his vocabulary. I shouldn’t have liked him, but I ended up loving his character and cheering him on. Ivy was always a struggle for me because of the lying. She frustrated me to no end. The moment of truth was as bad as I thought it would be. I understood her issues so I never hated her and even wanted her to break through her doubt and fear.
Now, there are brothers… and I do look forward to getting their stories.
All in all, Dirty Money is a light and lusty blue-collar billionaire romance that hit the spot with its quirks, depth, and passion. I can definitely recommend it for those who want a down to earth rags to riches story.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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