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

Posted January 17, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica ClareDirty Money by Jessica Clare
Series: Roughneck Billionaires #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 198 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ve been excited about this book since I first saw the cover review for it a few months ago. I’ve never been big on “billionaire” books — with the exception of Jessica’s because they’re different than the norm — because I tend to go more towards men who get their hands dirty at their jobs. (Well, and athletes. But they work up a sweat so that’s the same thing, right? Anyway.) A “blue collar” billionaire? Sign me up for that.

Boone had a huge chip on his shoulder. He was tired of being disrespected by people based on his looks alone. Especially when he could pretty much buy any of them many times over. He was crude as hell. He had a filthy mouth (in and out of the bedroom). And I really liked him. There’s something about a man who is hard and rough on the outside, but sweet (in his own way) for the right woman. (And her alone.) He wasn’t a man of flowery words, but he didn’t need to be. His heart was in the right place.

I liked Ivy, too. I applauded her determination to make her own way and do the best she could for her and her little sister. I understood her desire to hide her old life and make a fresh start. Granted, I wanted to shake some sense into her at times, but it didn’t make me like her any less. Of course there was some pretty obvious irony in that Boone was looking for a “classy” “well-bred” woman and instead found himself hopelessly attracted to Ivy, whose background wasn’t all that different from his. And naturally there was bound to be a little bit of drama when he learned she was keeping that from him. Either way, I loved the chemistry between them. They were so very well matched.

Dirty Money was a short, hot and sexy read. I read this one in one sitting. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what’s next in the Roughneck Billionaires series!


“Boone, there are many words I’d choose to describe you, but I don’t think ‘gentleman’ is ever one of them.”

“You’re fucking beautiful, Ivy. And you’re all mine. You know that, right? That once I claim you, you’re mine forever?”

About Jessica Clare

Jessica Clare (aka Jill Myles) has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the 'naughty parts' of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own - stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

Do you appreciate a hero who likes to get his hands dirty?

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3 responses to “In Review: Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica Clare

  1. Nothing makes me click out of a blurb faster than billionaire, but this is the second review I’ve read today that makes me want to throw caution to the wind and read this one! Great review. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    • Kim

      I’m usually the same exact way. I prefer books about regular people … or sports stars, haha. But I do really like Jessica’s Billionaires books. This one was so different than others I’ve read. If you do give it a shot, I hope you enjoy!