By Jessica Clare
Roughneck Billionaires #1
Ebook 198 pages (per Amazon)
Penguin Random House/InterMix
Jan 17, 2017 | ISBN 9781101989272
ALSO: Available in Audibook formats from TANTOR MEDIA
Narrated by Rebecca Estrella, Rudy Sanda
Publication date Jan 17, 2017
Running time 9 hrs 25 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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 win 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 was. 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?
It’s possible that right now I am feeling a little sensitive about how men treat women, especially billionaires who are told “No thanks, I am not interested,” but assume they want it and know what the woman wants better than she does.
This book really bothered me and I have read a lot of Jessica Clare and enjoyed them. This one, while making a great case on not assuming someone’s wealth or intelligence based on their grooming, does that in spades.
So, this guy who raised himself and his brothers out of the dirt but who refuses to dress nicely or even decently or groom himself, gets angry when people assume he is poor, but assumes a woman has class because of her appearance and workplace. No double standard there, right? And, deciding you want someone because you see their pipcture and they look beautiful and classy, well there’s nothing objectifying about that, is there?
And, I am not a prude, but the language – even for Clare’s erotic style of dirty-talk – is incredibly vulgar.
The unrealistic way the man uses money, the size of the houses, etc. is ridiculous. At some point 30 bedrooms are mentioned as desirable. I looked up the number of houses with that many bedrooms and it would be really, really hard to find one house with that many bedrooms on the market in one geographical area like West Texas. There just are not that many around. A mansion with 11 bedrooms is pretty rare.
And the childish, revenge-filled antics of what happens when you piss the guy off? UGh.
I also received this as an audiobook from Tantor Media. Unable to bear going through the whole thing twice, I sampled it. The upshot is that while I enjoyed Rebecca’s voice and how she handled the female character, Ivy, Rudy’s part sounded as if he were as bored by his character, Boone. While I’m probably reading a lot into it and “projecting,” I tought it felt as if he recognized that this was not Jessica’s finest hour.
I had a hard time getting through this one; I did not like it at all.
AUDIO PUBLISHER: https://tantor.com/dirty-money-jessica-clare.html
AUTHOR (pen name) http://jillmyles.com/