Series: Roughneck Billionaires #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Narrator: Rudy Sanda, Chandra Skyye
Also in this series: Dirty Money
Also by this author: Taming the Billionaire, Last Hope (Hitman, #4), Dirty Money
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...
The Roughneck Billionaires series by Jessica Clare has taken me by surprise. Dirty Scoundrel added to that surprise for sure!
Now, let me start with my 2 issues with the story. First, the trope is one of my LEAST favorite: miscommunication. Clay and Natalie were high school sweethearts until a miscommunication tears them apart. Now seven years later, Clay wants revenge. Which brings me to my next issue: Clay was an immature douche canoe for the first 30% of the book. He is so determined to get “snooty Natalie” to beg him for help and then crush her like a bug. Its not attractive.
With those things out of the way, the story got better for me. I loved that Ivy and Clay’s brothers had a hand in attempting to help Clay. Natalie is dealing with a lot: her father is ailing, they have no money, and she has given up everything (Clay, college, a life) to take care of her dad. Her dad? Serious douche canoe. Hell, he is kind of a douche yacht! But, he is her dad and no matter what that isn’t something she can turn her back on. Despite what Clay thinks of her, she is very kind hearted. I understood Clay’s hurt as well (I wasn’t thrilled about his reaction). These two made me sad! You realize how much they missed out on because of that one miscommunication!
Throw in Natalie’s super strange BFF with the wackiness of Clay’s family and you have some levity to Dirty Scoundrel that makes it a mix of heartbreak and joy! The twist near the end completely surprised me and changed the trajectory of the series for sure!
Finally, a note about the narrators of Dirty Scoundrel, Rudy Sanda and Chandra Skyye. I have long loved Chandra Skyye so I know that any book she narrates will be good. Rudy Sanda was a new to me narrator. He has the southern Texas twang down pretty well. I worry sometimes because narrators try to hard. However, this was well done!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: miscommunication, fake relationship
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler