Review: Dirty Bastard (Roughneck Billionaires #3) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Bastard
Author:  Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/15/18
Length:   224 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #3


Knox Price has always fallen short in comparison to his brothers. Boone is the ambitious one. Clay is the nice one. Gage is the handsome one. And Knox? Well, he’s the cynical one. The odd man out in the ultra-wealthy but rather unique Price family. It’s not that Knox hates people–it’s that humanity always disappoints him. When you become an oil-rich, Texan billionaire overnight, people treat you a certain way. Just once he’d like to meet someone that isn’t dazzled by his wallet.

Then, he meets struggling yoga teacher Lexi Brandon. She’s weird. She’s unpredictable and tends to say strange things. She lurks in the bushes and dresses in all black. She loves when people cross the street to get away from her. Lexi’s definitely not his type, but she’s also the first one to ever truly see him and not just another rich, dirty Price.

And that’s…fascinating. But how do you catch the interest of a woman who goes out of her way to be odd? When an unexpected surprise throws them both for a loop, Knox decides it’s time to get down and dirty, abandon the rules, and be who he truly is–a bastard.

My Thoughts

I love how this third installment dovetails nicely out of the 2nd book – really picking up mid-story so that we see how the scenes intertwine when Lexi and Knox first meet.  when it was mildly amusing in the Nat/Clay’s story – it’s really full on entertaining here.  Who knew that Knox had it in him to be as dark as Lexi?

This story takes us on a slightly different path than the others – where the reasons that the couples weren’t together before were self imposed, it seems like there are other factors here with these two, and that makes you really want to stick with it and see what comes of it.

I love how Jessica Clare writes Lexi’s character and dynamic into the mix.  We know that the Price brothers are a unique sort, but she’s the polar opposite but she’s got her own reasons for it we quickly learn, There’s so much stress in her life – starting from high school that helps paint the picture of who she is, and why she’s so skittish of Knox and his intentions.  ‘Abusive’ ex husband who she married when she was 18, uber strict parents, a stalker where she lives now…..any woman would want to stay away from men and be a bit dark to keep everyone at arms length.

The journey that we go on is really sweet.  Knox plays the game REALLY WELL to find a way into her life and heart and he has the purest intentions too which makes you want to root for him that much more.  He’s protective, creative and a good guy.  Even when he has to deal with the family tragedy of Seth’s death.  Add to that the impending birth of an unplanned baby and well, this story is going nuts.

Where the other couples were more firmly rooted in the sweet romance, the dark nature of this couple means that we’ll get some fairly steamy hot scenes and they are intense.  it’s great to see that our author is able to change up the intensity for the different couples to make them feel so unique.  So…i guess now i have to wait until the next installment comes out since Gage still needs his story to be told and it sounds like there were hints in this story of a woman who entered the picture… i’ll be patient and wait for it.   enjoy!

Review: Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires #2) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Scoundrel
Author:  Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 11/21/17
Length:   207 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #2


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…

My Thoughts

I had forgotten about this series – no idea how, but it’s nice to get back into it.  I remembered quite quickly though all that happened in the first book since these a memorable brothers! We met Boone in the first book and now it’s Clays’ turn.

This is aa really sweet story of how life can really throw you curve balls when you only believe what you are told and you don’t question it.  That’s what happened for Clay and Natalie back when they were seventeen and in love.  She was wealthy and the daughter of a hollywood superstar and he was nothing.  but they worked.  they meshed, until they didn’t.  All at the hands of her father.  We’re brought to the present, 7 years later when we see that maybe life can spin things in an interesting way.

Clay with the help of one of his brothers has a moment of clarity where he realizes that he’s not fulfilled in life and that he let the best thing in his life get away.  He’s not willing to accept that and proposes the unthinkable to get her back.  Of course any self respecting woman would turn him down, except that there is so much more to the story.  Natalie needs his help, even if she doesn’t want it.  And she quickly realizes that she needs him.  even if she doesn’t want to want him.

That’s where our twisted little story takes us.  Back into the the midst of a romance that was perfect years ago but is completely changed now.  The dynamic that they had as teens is very different, their life perspectives are changed, the importance of things reversed.  The question becomes when do you cut your losses?  when do you decide that you can’t have everything that you want and that if you did, it would come at a price that’s far too high to pay.

Similar to the other series that we’ve really enjoyed by Ms Clare, we get these innocent romances.  Like one of the other main duos in another book, we have a pair here that is experienced in life, but not in romance.  They are both virginal (literally) with their feelings for one another the true driving force.  That backfires of course and i think that we come to a decision that no matter how much you try, it’ll never be as you want it.

There’s a part of this story that totally throws me – and while there was a tease mid-way through the book, i was completely surprised and a bit upset.  I’m sure there was a reason for why our author took the story in a specific direction, but i don’t know that i agree.  I guess i’ll have to see how that plays out in the other installments of this series since i’m sure they’ll have intertwining story lines like this one did with Ivy and Boone.  So on that note – enjoy! and i’m off to find the next mountain man!

Review: Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Money
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 1/17/17
Length:   251 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #1


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?

My Thoughts

Being a fan of the other series that Ms Clare has written, i was happy to stumble upon this one last night when i was looking for something to read.  Here we have another great example of how we have a family of brothers who are all so diverse from one another yet really quite the same, but we get to see how they figure out how to be happy in love and life.

This first installment and introduction to the series gives us a glimpse into the world of the oldest brother Boone.  Their father was killed in a rig accident when they were young, and Boone had to become somewhat of the authority figure for his younger brothers.  Figuring out how to make a living for them, and then striking it INCREDIBLY rich on the highest producing rig in the country – well we see how life can change really quickly.

Like we often see in these types of stories, what you see isn’t always what you get.  Boon is the kind of guy who does what he wants and how he wants it – but he truly just wants respect.  Because he’s not willing to conform, that respect is often out of his reach, and so through the direction of his brothers, he figures that maybe he needs to improve his image, clean himself up a bit and that would get him the respect in the business world that he deserves.

Enter Ivy – a realtor who Boone sees on a brochure, and by appearances is the classy woman that he needs, not only to find him a suitable house, but to be on his arm.  Little does he know that her life is far from ideal, and that’s the journey that we go on in this story.

Ivy has her own troubled past.  Her mom left, her dad is in jail, she’s living in a trailer trying to make enough money to give her younger sister the life that she never had.  It’s a struggle, and she’s in a job where she’s not respected at all, she’s just the low hanging fruit – the pretty girl who can’t ever do anything because her bosses suck.  So when Boone walks into her office, her life changes – both professionally and personally.

True to form of what we always see from Jessica Clare, we get a sweet story of a slow build to romance, but when it actually happens, it combusts.  It’s not easy and there’s so much that gets in the way, both in life and in secrets that you really have to wonder what’s going to come out first and what the damage will be.

It’s sweet and romantic all the same to see how Boone tries to woo her – makes me wish for that sometimes in my own relationship but oh well.  We also get to see some of the personalities of Boone’s brothers which will tease the coming installments which is also great.  I can’t wait to see how their stories go.  If they are as sweet, entertaining and hot/sexy as this one – then i think that we’ve got yet another great series on our hands.  Have a great day all!