Dirty Money by Jessica Clare
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #1
Published by InterMix on January 17, 2017
Genres: Contemp Romance
Pages: 198
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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Southern Texas heats up when four roughneck billionaires set their sights on love in the new series from New York Timesbestselling 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?

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Dirty Money, but I admit that this book was completely unexpected and definitely a fresh take on a billionaire love story.

Dirty Money kicks off a new series from Jessica Clare, the Roughneck Billionaires series.  The characters live up to the “roughneck” status, they are completely rough-around-the-edges and not typical indoorsy, clean-cut, business-minded billionaires.  Boon Price is the male protagonist of the story and he’s pretty shocking for a billionaire.  He works out in the oil-field so he’s constantly covered in dirt, doesn’t take kindly to a razor or hair-cuts, and his language is pretty colorful too.  However, he’s filthy rich (like the pun?) and set on getting his way.  If Boone doesn’t get his way, he just buys his way.  Boone, tired of being judged for his appearance, decides to start gaining some classier things in his life and decides to start with Ivy, a beautiful classy-looking realtor.

The premise of the story is very cute, and overall Dirty Money is a fun read.  But, the story seems pretty odd and far-fetched to me.  Boone is a blue-collar guy who earned his money and works hard, but the way he just takes things over felt odd somehow.  Also, Boone decides he wants Ivy, without knowing anything about her or even trying to get to know her well.  Boone says he wants to class up his life, but doesn’t change his own behavior.  He just wants to add a house and a lady and call it classy.  Probably because of that attitude, the situation between Ivy and Boone didn’t feel believable for me.  The love story also felt a little off because I didn’t feel too much of a connection between them.  Ivy kept her history a secret because Boone had built up the idea of her in his head instead of getting to know Ivy.  As the book progresses, Boon and Ivy do get to know each other, but the story isn’t the smoothest.

With all that said, Dirty Money is a fun read.  Boone is a big character, very rough around the edges and I was entertained by his antics, if a little confused at times.  So readers, if you are looking for a light-hearted, fresh take on a billionaire romance than Dirty Money may be just the book for you.