Review: Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Review: Dirty Money by Jessica ClareDirty Money by Jessica Clare

Series: #1 Roughneck Billionaires
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Intermix on January 17, 2017
Pages: 198
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Challenges Met:
Romance Roundabout #17 CR
Literary Pickers #18 hard hat
New Release #9
COYER #51
Bad Boys #4 roughneck
Books N Tunes #5 Dolly Parton’s If You Ain’t Got Love

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Boone and his brothers sound great.

    • Oh, you know it, Mary. 🙂 Can’t wait to get all their stories.

  • I love Heros that I know I should not like but do any way. It is great when a character is everything you would think you wouldn’t want and it still works. I am interested in this one. Great review!

    • It does hook one in. Hope you get the chance, Carole!

  • Sounds like a good rags to riches one to try. I wonder what it was that made you cheer for Boone?

    • Haha, Velvet! It was a fun one. Well he’s just a down home guy that goes for what he wants with a gusto. 🙂

  • I’m not usually a fan of a billionaire romance because it reminds me of fifty shades of grey and it kind of makes me cringe. But dang! How could I resist such an exciting story?!

    • I hear you, Vanessa. There are billionaires in this one, but it’s not really like Fifty Shades at all. It’s got a lighter feel even though Boone does talk dirty for Ivy and they can’t keep their hands off each other. 🙂

  • Oooooooo, four flames. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 This definitely appeals to me! I don’t mind the occasional billionaire romance novel (though not too many too quickly!). I have a few of Clare’s books from Amazon sales, but I’ve read none of them. This one I remember seeing on NetGalley but I passed. I don’t think I would like Ivy’s lying all of the time, but I like the sound of Boone. 😀

    Great review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yep, Boone will make you get all hot and squirmy. 🙂 I read another one of Clare’s Billionaires called Stranded with the Billionaire which was pretty good, too.
      Yeah, Ivy, she’s going to be iffy for some folks but then Boone might, too. LOL

  • Shari Delighted Read

    I read this one too and I have to say it didn’t resonate with me quite so easily. I didn’t like Boone. He had some great qualities, but when he got pissed he just did some things without thinking it through. Ivy just lied too much. But really what else did we expect when she was trying to make it as a real estate agent? Now she should have told Boone earlier her secrets, but didn’t really feel he gave her a good reason to.

    • He was pretty reactionary and yeah, he will not be a universally liked hero. He made me cringe a few times. The lying though… yeah, that was tougher for me.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh this looks good, whew 4 heart and 4 flames smokin! 🙂
    Love new money and the hotness factor too. Going on my wish list!

    • It’s pretty colorful and over the top, but so scorching hot. 🙂

  • Yeah on the lying. Ergs. But I still liked her in the end 🙂 I liked Boone, too. I thought it was a bit crazy now and again with some of the things he did but then later on he always had things thought out way more than I expected like with the golf course turned park. I was like okay then I can be on board with that. lol

    I’m curious about his brothers, too, and if they’ll be as unconventional as billionaires as he was 🙂

    • Yeah, the news that the scorched earth thing with the golf coarse being turned into a park relieved me somewhat too.

      I am curious after the brief moments with his brothers, too.