ARC Review: Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

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Title:  Filthy Rich
Author: Dawn Ryder
Publisher/Year: Sourcebooks Incorporated 2/3/15
Length: 259

Overview

SHE’S FIGHTING FOR CONTROL…
Celeste Connor swore that she’d never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man’s thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend’s wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.

HE’S FIGHTING TO MAKE HER HIS…
Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn’t take no for an answer-and he wants Celeste with a hunger he’s never before felt. He’ll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn’t expect that he’d want still more…

My Thoughts

To be honest, it took me quite a long time to get through the first 2 chapters and i was about ready to give up on it, but since i was flying today and didn’t download anything else to my iPad, i was left with nothing else to read for a 3 hour flight and figured that i’d give this one another go.  I’m glad that i did since i think that i really just needed to get over the hump of the initial bit of the story to get into what was really going on.

i have to say though that the overview doesn’t really do the story justice – since i think that there’s a bit of an inconsistency – Celeste doesn’t actually care for the glitter and power from wealth anymore since that’s what she had with her Ex and even though Nartan has all that, it’s not what draws her to him or even keeps her there.  She even relates his home and his businesses more to the homey feel than the glitz and expense of it all.

Anyhow, these 2 are thrown together at the wedding of their respective best friends and their chemistry pops off the pages immediately.  The fact that they are besties with associated friends makes things a bit dicey since they worry about what being together would do….although that’s the least of their problems.

It’s only after a series of events at Tarack and Sabra’s wedding that these 2 come together and combust that they go back to the real world and Nartan decides to lay his claim.

There’s a lot of angst in this story since we know that Celeste comes from a tainted past – not only the way she grew up but because she’s got a psycho and vindictive ex that’s in prison to deal with.  Nartan also has worked his life to make something of himself, yet he’s doing it solo now and while being a bachelor is what he’s good at, he wonders if he needs more.  The question though is whether this is the right time for them and what each will have to sacrifice to be together.

For most of the story, it’s really the heated dynamic between these 2 that we learn about and we see evolve.  They are trying to learn more about one another both physically and psychologically, and it’s not an easy journey.  It’s only the latter third of the story that we see others coming into play and putting lives in danger.  This bit here is what makes for a great story – you get to see who’s strongest in life and what ties bind and keep people together.  I feel like this layered on with some supporting characters who bring complications really makes the roll towards the end rather page turning.

Where we are left off in the end – well, let’s just say that not everyone that we’ve come to have a relationship with survives (gasp!) and there are relationships that form tight bonds and others that break apart for good.  I think that we get closure where it’s needed, and other bits are left open ended in a way that really make us wonder if there’s going to be more to the series or if this is truly a standalone.  So all that being said, thank you Netgalley for the ARC and i hope that you guys get a chance to read it in 2015 when it comes out.  Enjoy!

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