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

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…

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My Review

“I’ve been the peacemaker for too long. The price brother that never makes waves. The one that tries not to get ruffled feathers over anything. Fuck all that.”

Dirty Scoundrel is a bit of a tough book for me to review, as I had a major love/hate relationship with this book. I loved the synopsis and the sound of this story. I think revenge stories that turn into second chance romances can be a lot of fun if executed correctly. However, this book just frustrated me to no end. There were so many times I just wanted to either shake or throw my kindle in frustration. Dirty Scoundrel started off really well. The story-line between our two main characters was intriguing and at the same time heartbreaking and had me excited to see where it all was going to go. However, things went downhill pretty fast after Clay and Natalie were reunited after 7 years of being apart. My first impression of Clay was that he was a total jerk. I know he thought he had been wronged by Natalie, but the way he treated her was just awful. He was mean and cruel and it felt like all he wanted to do was hurt her; like he had no heart what so ever. I hoped that he would eventually win me over, but sadly he didn’t. He became tolerable at best. And Natalie, she drove me just as crazy. I hated that she let Clay treat her the way that she did. I don’t care how much she loved him in the past, he was a total ass now and really needed to be taken down a peg. I felt bad for her because she had a lot of insecurities about all the changes she’s gone through over the years, but it honestly got old fast. I couldn’t connect with her at all. My other issue with this story was the lack of communication. A lot of jumping to the conclusions and misunderstandings that could have been avoided if the just would have talked to each other.

Now, I know it sounds like I didn’t like this story at all and you’re probably wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I gave it three stars because I liked the fact that it brought out so many emotions in me. I liked the overall idea of the story, but could not connect with the characters. I thought that the characters had great chemistry and when Clay wasn’t being a jerk, I loved the push and pull between him and Natalie. This story does have a lot of angst, which I am total sucker for. And despite all my dislikes, there were some really sweet moments.

Overall, this book was just an ok read for me. I think it’s one of those stories that will be a hit for some and a miss for others.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

 

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