Roughneck Billionaires, Book #2
by Jessica Clare
Author’s website: http://jillmyles.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
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…
Dirty Scoundrel starts like any other love story, high school sweethearts are graduating and ready to move on, but she is rich and has a famous daddy, and he is poor and from the wrong side of the tracks. Clay Price has been in love with Natalie Weston since high school, he was ready to ask her to marry him, but as he asks Natalie’s actor father, Chap Weston, for his blessing, he tells Clay that Natalie has been accepted to Stanford and is going to break up with Clay for that reason. At the same time, Chap tells Natalie that she was admitted to Stanford and that he went to talk to Clay to tell him the news, but Clay didn’t like the idea of Natalie leaving for college and broke up with her. Given the information that both of them received, Clay and Natalie get angry with one another and break up, they go on their separate ways and don’t see each other until seven years later.
Time passes on and Clay and Natalie’s world change. Now Clay and his brother are owners of PBO, an oil company, he is rich and has everything he can buy, but is still missing something. Natalie is now the opposite of what she was; after the lie that separate her from Clay, Chap Weston had a stroke and the bills rained down, and their money came to an end. These days, Natalie turned her family’s mansion into a museum of the life and movies her father worked on, to make ends meet. Noticing the happy life that his brother Bone has, Clay wants to know what happened to Natalie and use his money finally get the thing he has ever wanted, Natalie.
Clay decides to pay for all of the Weston’s bills, if Natalie becomes his personal assistant and follows all of his orders. Natalie comes to the conclusion that she cannot continue living like she has done for the past seven years, and cannot keep taking care of her father and the museum, so she decides to accept the offer.
Dirty Scoundrel was a good story. I liked the high school love that Clay and Natalie had. It was a sweet read to go over the story these two characters had with them falling in love again. Since the beginning we understand that Clay and Natalie were played lie to both of them by Natalie’s dad, separating them from each other.
The book is a quick read that is not so hard to keep up with. I feel that the story can be read as standalone as it tells you the history of the brothers and mention who is who. At the same time is different than Bone and Ivy’s story, it was a calmer and center story that follows the relationship that Clay and Natalie have when they try to get to know each other again.
We get to see the other Price brothers in this book and to see Ivy during her pregnancy. At the same time, we meet new characters and one of them is Natalie’s odd friend, Lexie, which seem to play a role in future books. We also get a death in the series that will affect the brothers in the way of they how they will act from this point on.
Dirty Scoundrel is a good read that you can have it done in one sitting, as it compels you to keep reading. There is no big villain or problem that keeps Clay and Natalie part for most of the story, some will say it was their inability to not voice out their problems or thoughts, but that is something that they can work out later.
If you are a fan of Jessica Clare and her work, such as, Roughneck Billionaires series, then I recommend you Dirty Scoundrel. In this story of two high school sweethearts that meet again under different circumstances, and get together when one of them needs money to pay her bills and the other person wants her back in his life.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*