Roughneck Billionaires, Book #1
By Jessica Clare
Author’s Website: http://jillmyles.com/
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 buy 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 is. 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?
Dirty Money starts with Boone Price, the oldest brother of the Price family, getting mad because Bates, the partner of their company PBO (Price Brothers Oil) for their new job, sent a businessman in a suit who criticized his method to find oil, and disrespected him thinking Boone was just a normal worker, instead of the boss. After this show of disrespect, Boone confronts his partner at a Golf Course where at first, he is not let in because is for rich people and he doesn’t appear like one, even though he is a billionaire. Not carrying that they have called security, he storms into the field and ends all partnerships with Bates, knowing that Bates is the one that needs the partnership more than PBO. Later that night, at a bar with his brothers, Boone still is irritated that rich people look down on him because he doesn’t look like them, he decides that he needs to look more classy, and takes on his brother advice to look for a house. There are flyers of realtor’s offices, and he notices a blond woman in one of them, preferring the women than a house, he decides to get himself a classy trophy wife, and the women from the flyers is what he needs. The next day, Boone arrives at the office of Three Jacks, where he meets Ivy Smithfield, the women from the flyers, decides that he’s going to get her. The only problem is that Ivy is living check by check and needs the next commission very badly or she might not make ends meet, and now that her sister is attending college she needs it more than ever. Without knowing who Boone is at first, she decides to help him get house, and thinks he is joking at first when proposing to go out in a date with her. After she finds out the truth, she is more eager to sell him a mansion, and get the big commission, but the more she know Boone, the difficult it’s becomes too denied their attraction.
I liked Dirty Money, it was a different and at the same time similar experience when reading a book by Jessica Clare. While the storyline is similar to some of the other Billionaire series that she has, the characters were entirely different from those previous series. Boone was such a refresh character to read and fun to see with what new things he tried to impress Ivy. His spending of money and investment was so different and shocking to read, but so much fun.
Boone is very different to the other billionaire characters that Clare has written before, while the billionaires in her other series already come from families with money or understood how to spend or act as billionaires, Boone is the opposite. His way of living is still modest to one point, but if he has money he will buy, even if is not for sale, he will charm the owner to sell it. I loved the way that Boone deal with disrespect, if I had money as he did, I would do the same and burn things to the ground.
I liked Ivy, she had fun and serious scenes, but at the same time we could always see that her main goal was to do the best for her sister. I loved her inner strength to fight for a better life for her sister and herself, and work hard for her ideas and ambitions. I hated that other people stepped over her and took her earnings.
Dirty Money had funny scenes that helped the story to not be all completely romance, most of them were thanks to Boone, but others that I liked came from the interaction between Ivy and her sister, mostly from her sister refusing to call her Ivy,
“She crosses her legs and gives me an expectant look. ‘So tell me about your day. Did you find another meth house in the suburbs?’
‘Weider than that’, I tell her. ‘I got a new client today.’
‘And her took me out to dinner?’
Her brows go up. ‘And?’
‘And he’s a billionaire.’
Her eyes get huge. ‘What? Get out’….”
I’m interested to learn what type of stories and love interest will the other Price brothers will have, and if Ivy’s sister will find a billionaire for herself or just to see more of her and this couple in the future.
If you’re fan of Jessica Clare or her other series, then I recommend you Dirty Money, the first installment in her new series, Roughneck Billionaires. In this story, appearances can misguide the rich and the poor, but most of all bond two people that need somebody to complete them in their exact opposite views, but with the same past.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*