Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires, #2)
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...

Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires, #2) Details

TitleDirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 21st, 2017
PublisherInterMix
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Contemporary Romance

Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires, #2) Review

  • ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
    January 1, 1970
    I actually enjoyed the first book in the series. Boone and Ivy's story wasn't perfect but I had a lot of fun reading it. Unfortunately, this book didn't really work for me. As much as I still adore Jessica Clare's writing style, I had a lot of issues with the characters and just the overall story. The setup was typical for a second-chance romance. Clay and Natalie are in love in high school and are planning a life together. But Clay is from the wrong side of the tracks and Nat's father thinks he I actually enjoyed the first book in the series. Boone and Ivy's story wasn't perfect but I had a lot of fun reading it. Unfortunately, this book didn't really work for me. As much as I still adore Jessica Clare's writing style, I had a lot of issues with the characters and just the overall story. The setup was typical for a second-chance romance. Clay and Natalie are in love in high school and are planning a life together. But Clay is from the wrong side of the tracks and Nat's father thinks he's not good enough for Natalie. So he "intervened" and the relationship between Nat and Clay died that same day. Fast forward to seven years after, Clay is now a billionaire and Nat is struggling. All their fortune is gone and her father is sick and needs caring. So Clay stepped in but not out of the kindness of his heart but because he wants to get back at Nat for rejecting him years ago. So that's basically the premise of the story.My number one problem with it was how little agency the heroine has. I may have been able to excuse that if at the end of the book or during it, she gained a bit of autonomy and was able to make decisions for herself and not just reacting to what the hero is doing. But that didn't really happen. Natalie was basically just a pawn for Clay and her father. Even during that time when Clay and Nat were in high school and their subsequent breakup, everything that Nat did was reactionary. Things happened to her instead of her affecting things within the story. She never did anything but react to her circumstances. I don't blame her for accepting Clay's offer because she has nowhere to go. It made me hate Clay too because he was basically playing with her. She was nothing but a pawn to him. Another issue I had with it was how the thing with her father was easily resolved. There was a pivotal moment in the book that should've had a great impact where (view spoiler)[Nat's father was hysterical and wanted Nat to come to him and Clay got upset. She changed her mind (which was the only time she ever did on her own, IMO) and went back to Clay and found out about the tragedy in Clay's family. Nat stood by Clay during his crisis and was there not just for him but the whole family. So what happened to her father who was waiting for her to come? I personally hated her father but that was still jarring to me because we didn't see any consequences to her choice. We found out it's okay so that heartstopping moment where she chose something was diminished somehow because the stake was taken away or swept under a rug. (hide spoiler)]Also, I didn't really like Clay. He was wishy-washy throughout the book. He had all the agency in the world and yet it didn't make him interesting at least. Overall, I can't say I would continue with this series. It's nothing personal but I just don't like reading about billionaire heroes who have all the power while the heroines have none. It was a fun trope before but it's starting to fall out of favor for me. ARC provided by Berkley
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderfully entertaining! Sexy yet heartfelt, mischievous and sweet. Original and engaging. Holy hot roughneck! I fell hard for Clay Price and his inability to be ruthless and cold because nothing could ever change the fact that his heart belonged to Natalie Weston. Not the fact that she turned down his marriage proposal via her father when he was fresh out of high school, not the seven years it’s been since he saw her and certainly not the millions upon millions he’s now worth after he and Wonderfully entertaining! Sexy yet heartfelt, mischievous and sweet. Original and engaging. Holy hot roughneck! I fell hard for Clay Price and his inability to be ruthless and cold because nothing could ever change the fact that his heart belonged to Natalie Weston. Not the fact that she turned down his marriage proposal via her father when he was fresh out of high school, not the seven years it’s been since he saw her and certainly not the millions upon millions he’s now worth after he and his brothers struck black gold. I fell for this bearded sexy, swoony and a bit dirty man who’s determined to get his girl no matter the cost or the completely wrong approach he decided to take. After she pushed Clay away, life would never be the same for Natalie. Love took a backseat to other more important priorities until seven years later when he came back. But the moment he presents his proposal her hopes wither once more because he’s not the same love struck boy she dated. He’s now a ruthless billionaire who’ll save her from bankruptcy in exchange for her. Even though Clay’s approach to getting what he’s always wanted, which was Natalie, was absolutely the wrong way to go about it, I couldn’t help but fall for this very caring, thoughtful and guileless man. He’s a very original kind of hero in the romance genre. He’s a bit rough around the edges but his love for Natalie is absolute. It was clear he never stopped loving her and mostly they needed to grow up a bit and learn to communicate. Just like his brother Boone, this incredibly sexy billionaire is almost too naïve, acting before thinking, throwing money around to get what he wants without apology. If you look up demure, Natalie’s portrait would most likely show up. She’s modest and shy, understanding and forgiving and she loved Clay just as much as he did her. I really enjoyed watching these two characters come full circle and find their happy ever after.There was sweetness and sexiness, a bit of drama and genuine heartache. I laughed and smiled and fanned myself and now I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.Dirty Scoundrel is book #2 of the Roughneck Billionaires series by Jessica Clare. It is a standalone contemporary romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2zQN4pVMore reviews * Stalk us on FaceBook * As well as Twitter * Pinterest Board for Book Teasers
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  • Hana ♡
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars!Clay and his brothers grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After working the rigs for years the Price brothers struck oil and are now billionaires. And while they have all the money they can ask for, Clay is still not happy...Natalie Weston is living her life taking care of her sick father. She tries to make a living and care for him but always wonders in the back of her mind about the boy she let go. The boy she never forgot, her high school love Clay Price. Clay has decided enough 4 Stars!Clay and his brothers grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. After working the rigs for years the Price brothers struck oil and are now billionaires. And while they have all the money they can ask for, Clay is still not happy...Natalie Weston is living her life taking care of her sick father. She tries to make a living and care for him but always wonders in the back of her mind about the boy she let go. The boy she never forgot, her high school love Clay Price. Clay has decided enough is enough and he wants his girl back so he makes her a proposition she can't turn down. Too bad it's not the offer her heart was expecting.I really loved Clay, it was hard to dislike him despite his initial treatment towards Natalie. He truly loved her too much to treat her badly, and it really showed just how much he needed and cared for this girl. "She's mine. It just fuels my possessiveness. Natalie was born to be mine, I realize. I'm never lettin' her go. Not now, not ever."Natalie was a very understanding character, despite knowing the reason that split her and Clay up all those years ago she still remained forgiving and kind. She loved Clay and was a constant support for him whenever he needed her.An overall great read! Can't wait for the next book in this series :)ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Anna's Herding Cats
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (on the blog 12/5/17)Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zf52PIClare has a twist on billionaires that'll have even the most indifferent sitting up and paying attention. The Price brothers? Roughnecks that hit it big and became overnight oil tycoons. They may be billionaires but these guys are still scruffy, crass and rough around all their edges. Mmhm.The Gist: Revenge. And fucking someone out of your system. This...is the plan. Buy the girl who broke your heart Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (on the blog 12/5/17)Amazon: http://amzn.to/2zf52PIClare has a twist on billionaires that'll have even the most indifferent sitting up and paying attention. The Price brothers? Roughnecks that hit it big and became overnight oil tycoons. They may be billionaires but these guys are still scruffy, crass and rough around all their edges. Mmhm.The Gist: Revenge. And fucking someone out of your system. This...is the plan. Buy the girl who broke your heart years earlier, fuck her in exchange for paying off her debt, move on. Yeah. Yeah, yall. *pinche bridge of nose* Dick move.Clay was a prick of epic proportions those first few chapters, whew, and I was fully prepared to hate him. But little glimmers of non assholeishness started peaking through. So I held on. And the little shit turned out to be worth it. Seriously worth it. He's a good guy just, er, misguided. lol But he can be sweet, generous and make a girl swoon.And Natalie? I adored her. The girl is tough even if she's at her breaking point from caring for her elderly father, overwhelming debt and having literally no daily support. She keeps moving and working hard. I really felt for her and how trapped she felt. By her father, work, the desperate decision to sell herself to start over. She's sweet, kind, willing to forgive and just easy to like. She's also plus sized which was nice to see.Romance-wise I was nervous but these two both wanted to be where they were despite the shady as fuck contract between them. They make blunders, feelings are hurt but they deal with it and the past issue that caused their breakup and you could tell they really never got over loving one another. And, yall, things were pretty dang steamy! And a little different in the bedroom, too. (view spoiler)[ They're both virgins at 25. So bedroom scenes weren't perfect, sometimes things went off a little too quickly or were awkward. But I liked it. I liked that they both spelled things out for each other and gave guidance. It was nice seeing them equally inexperienced. (hide spoiler)]Dirty Scoundrel turned out to be a surprisingly sweet second chance romance with characters I found myself rooting for and smiling over when all was said and done. Clare has an interesting series on her hands and I'm loving every second of these unlikely heroes. I'm ready for the next rough and tumble Price brother to fall. I sure am.
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  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI can't tell you how excited I was to see that I had been approved to get access to this title. I have been waiting for this book for like FOREVER. I really had a blast with book one Dirty Money. This series is about five brothers, who won the jackpoint rigging for oil and became billionaires overnight. This book is Clay's book and man he is yummy if he is a bit of a jerk sometimes. Now Clay has been in love with Natalie, they were once hig This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI can't tell you how excited I was to see that I had been approved to get access to this title. I have been waiting for this book for like FOREVER. I really had a blast with book one Dirty Money. This series is about five brothers, who won the jackpoint rigging for oil and became billionaires overnight. This book is Clay's book and man he is yummy if he is a bit of a jerk sometimes. Now Clay has been in love with Natalie, they were once high school sweethearts. And then they were driven apart on the night he was going to propose to her, and they have been separated for seven long years. Neither Clay or Natalie have ever forgotten or been able to move on. In Clay's mind, there was only one woman for him and its always been Natalie. Natalie has been busy taken care of her father who had a stroke and then suffered from dementia and trying to keep them from going to the poor house. Clay wants Natalie back in his life and is willing to do anything to get her back. So he hatches up a crazy plan with the not so help from one of his brothers. He will give her an offer, take care of all her financial troubles, if she will become his "personal assistant". Yeah kinda a very crazy plan for a man that has an almost endless amount of cash on his hands. But our heroine reluctantly agrees. She hates the idea of practically selling herself to keep herself and her father afloat. But what goes from a sordid arrangement turns into an affair of love and trust and communication. Clay wants to appear hard and mean and a "scoundrel" but he caves the moment Natalie gets emotional.At first I really struggled with the hero. I so didn't like how he treats Natalie at first, like he wants her to hate him so much he has to treat her like a bedmate. However he really grows on me, because he is SO flawed. He makes mistakes and he admits that they are stupid decisions and he should have just come clean with Natalie about how much he really loves her. Once they get everything out in the open and realize what drove them apart, this is where their relationship really blossoms and boy the swoons these two cause!! I quickly got over my not so good feels for the hero, and fell in love with him and Natalie too. I could see parts of myself in Natalie very easily. She isn't good in big crowds, she is more reserved but hardworking and loyal. I did love how devoted she is to her father despite how bad he treats her and always has in raising her. So I relaly liked how protective Clay was especially when it came to her father. And the family.....boy they were fun and entertaining. They remind me of big burly bears....rough on the edges but have soft and cuddly hearts. And this is true for Clay. He is very rough around the edges for sure, but he hasn't touched another woman since losing Natalie because he has never stopped loving her. *sigh* yeah he is pretty dreamy in moments in this story. I also was drawn to them as a couple. Because they fit so right together. And not just when it comes to sex. Once all the drama gets out of the way, and they learn the truth about each other, they fit like a glove, bound by the hip. They are so at ease with each other, comfortable,  and are able to let go of the lost seven years.Now I did want to mention that there is a bit of a cliffhanger...not really. More like a shocker toward the end. Not about the couple, but something happens to the family that shocked me and one I never saw coming. So fair warning. :0Dirty Scoundrel is a fast paced, quick witted romance that leaves you laughing and full of smiles from beginning to end. Its packed with real life characters that put the reader through their paces, challenge and get a bit teary eyed in moments. THIS READER HAD A BLAST!! 
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    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 s 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  POV: dual 1st Tears: no Trope: miscommunication, fake relationship Triggers: none Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)]Follow by Tessa Bailey, Rock Chick Reckoning by Kristen Ashley, Axel by Harper Sloan, Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston...then you will probably like Dirty Scoundrel!  Dirty Scoundrel See full review on The Book Disciple
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Millionaire/Billionaire books aren’t exactly the sort of reads I go after, simply because their implausibility severely impedes my ability to suspend disbelief for this sub-genre in romance. But Jessica Clare’s Roughneck Billionaires who start out dirt poor and had their fortunes skyrocketing because of oil are a bunch of men who defy my expectations of fictional corporate raiders. They’re crude, somewhat unkempt, sometimes brutally uncouth, filterless and madly alpha, which can be a refreshing Millionaire/Billionaire books aren’t exactly the sort of reads I go after, simply because their implausibility severely impedes my ability to suspend disbelief for this sub-genre in romance. But Jessica Clare’s Roughneck Billionaires who start out dirt poor and had their fortunes skyrocketing because of oil are a bunch of men who defy my expectations of fictional corporate raiders. They’re crude, somewhat unkempt, sometimes brutally uncouth, filterless and madly alpha, which can be a refreshing contrast to the slick, suited men who manage more than swimmingly in both boardroom and bedroom. ‘Dirty Soundrel’ is Clay Price’s book and is pretty much a second-chance romance that picks up 7 years after an acrimonious breakup thanks to a meddling father who thinks the world of himself and less of his daughter and her boyfriend. An idiotic act of revenge however, doesn’t go according to plan and in rather predictable fashion, merely covers emotions that have never quite gone away, though it takes a while for both protagonists to face up to that fact. Clay and Natalie did have a history together, which made them more believable as a couple. That they’d only had eyes for each other, even all these years later, did convince me that they did want and love each other, though that had gotten lost for a while. I did however, feel for Clay more than I did Nat (whom I thought needed to grow a bit more of a spine) who seemed to embody straight-shooting talk and practical sense in way that I couldn’t help but like him for it. Despite the blunt crudeness and his inability to deal with the opposite sex, Clay’s bumbling honesty and perception actually won me over—again, in contrast to Nat’s loyal blind spot to her father which seemed to suggest that advanced age and failing health are not only perfect reasons to excuse abominable behaviour but that it could be rewarded in the end. ‘Dirty Scoundrel’ is nonetheless, a low-angst read that focused more on the pairing than anything else, sometimes to the exclusion of what I felt were major events that could have been teased out more thoroughly when they happened later in the book. These twists were glossed over a little too easily, as was Nat’s interfering, manipulative (and sick) father’s own ‘happy ending’, so not having proper closure or comeuppance was exactly what my little black heart demanding but didn’t get. Wrapped up with a rushed HEA and an even more abrupt conclusion, ‘Dirty Scoundrel’ unfortunately fell a tad bit short of a great read. *ARC by Netgalley and the Publisher
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Dirty Scoundrel is the second book in the Roughneck Billionaires series that is a standalone and a second chance romance.Clay and Natalie are high school sweethearts. Clay has plans to propose to Natalie after meeting her father, Chap Weston, a former and very famous actor. What he doesn't know is that Chap has plans to break these two up. Clay is left feeling that he isn't good enough for Natalie and that's why she broke up with him. Natalie is left feeling angry because she thinks Clay is brea Dirty Scoundrel is the second book in the Roughneck Billionaires series that is a standalone and a second chance romance.Clay and Natalie are high school sweethearts. Clay has plans to propose to Natalie after meeting her father, Chap Weston, a former and very famous actor. What he doesn't know is that Chap has plans to break these two up. Clay is left feeling that he isn't good enough for Natalie and that's why she broke up with him. Natalie is left feeling angry because she thinks Clay is breaking up with her because she wants to go to college and he just wants her to be stay at home wife focusing solely on his needs. Before the matter can be cleared up, Chap has a stroke the night everything blows up.7 years later and Clay and his brothers are now billionaire's from striking oil. When an employee dies at one of their dig sites, Clay realizes he needs to seize the moment and what he wants to seize is Natalie. He's still angry about the way she ended things so he thinks he can use his billions to buy her to get her out of his system.This was a strange but cute story. I liked the role reversal of the poor man turned rich and the rich girl turned poor part of the story. Both characters were likable and I wanted to see them together. Clay is not my usual type of Hero but I found that I still really liked him. He was just so nice you can't hate him. Even when he lets his brother talk him into being a scoundrel, it just doesn't work because it isn't who he is. There is a lot of miscommunication between these two but that's the reason they are separated for 7 years and almost lose out on their second chance. Because of the poor background for Clay and his brothers, I did cringe a lot when the work ain't was used throughout the book. Overall, it was entertaining and I would be interested to read the other brothers stories. ARC provided by Netgalley.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Blinded by the thrill of young love, Clay and Natalie have their hearts filled with dreams. As high school sweethearts, the two make plans to marry and spend their lives together. A plan that is quickly met with resistance from Natalie’s father. After a little meddling on Natalie’s father’s part, the two find themselves fighting over the future. A relationship that fizzled after a lack of communication. An ending that would change the paths that these two would embark upon. Now 7 years have pass Blinded by the thrill of young love, Clay and Natalie have their hearts filled with dreams. As high school sweethearts, the two make plans to marry and spend their lives together. A plan that is quickly met with resistance from Natalie’s father. After a little meddling on Natalie’s father’s part, the two find themselves fighting over the future. A relationship that fizzled after a lack of communication. An ending that would change the paths that these two would embark upon. Now 7 years have passed since that break up, and Clay and Natalie are leading very different lives. With a plan of revenge in place, Clay heads back to the town that he once called home. When he lays eyes on Natalie, Clay quickly realizes that life is slightly different for the one that he use to love with all of his heart. Those feelings are pushed to the side because Clay has a proposition that will change Natalie’s life as she knows it. What could go wrong when the man you used to love comes back into town as a billionaire?? Natalie knows that she is between a rock and a hard place with keeping her father’s property afloat. When Clay propositions Natalie, she gives up all of her dignity and decides she has nothing to lose. As the two quickly learn, its hard to ignore the feelings you have for that one true love. Destiny and fate will push these two to face a love that never quite fizzled out. Dirty Scoundrel captured my attention right from the moment I read the blurb. Expecting a book with some seriously explosive fun, I dived right into reading. What I found was a bit disappointing. A plot that was by far appealing, but an execution that seemed to fall quite flat. There were parts of the story that were a bit unbelievable, and I can’t quite explain or it would give away major spoilers. So - I will do my best to explain what I think without giving away anything major. The manipulation that kept Natalie and Clay apart for years was completely believable. A plan of revenge a temptation that made you want to glue yourself to the pages. That’s when things seem to get into the ‘falling flat’ pattern. There were twists that made you believe something ‘epic’ was headed your way. Then the ‘epic’ events never unfolded. There were a barrage of events that seemed to overshadow these twists. A little hard to explain without giving away details, but I can say the rushed HEA ending left me wondering why the ‘meat’ of the plot wasn’t the focus of this book!
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  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
    January 1, 1970
    “I ain’t cut out to be a scoundrel. All I know how to do is be in love with you.”You know, I’m trying to think of the best way to describe Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare, and the first word that comes to mind is eccentric. Which is pretty accurate, when I think about it. This is fun ride. It’s one of those books which makes me think I should maybe . . . probably . . . kind of abhor the hero, Clay, and his actions at first, but actually ended up finding them to be somewhat sweetly misguided. I “I ain’t cut out to be a scoundrel. All I know how to do is be in love with you.”You know, I’m trying to think of the best way to describe Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica Clare, and the first word that comes to mind is eccentric. Which is pretty accurate, when I think about it. This is fun ride. It’s one of those books which makes me think I should maybe . . . probably . . . kind of abhor the hero, Clay, and his actions at first, but actually ended up finding them to be somewhat sweetly misguided. I mean, yeah, he starts off as a bit of a jerk, but the way Ms. Clare gives his inner conflict voice is quite charming, highlights his (many) flaws, and makes him a little more forgivable. And definitely redeemable. Which is why I couldn’t seem to put this one down. I love how left of center these Roughneck Billionaires are. The Price brothers are unabashed rednecks, but they’re also good people. Okayyyyy, maybe not always, but their hearts come across as being in the right place, and that makes me feel a little warm and smooshy inside. Which is a feeling I carried through much of this book. Natalie’s kind heart, forgiving nature and quirky friendship with Lexi certainly brought it on, as did Clay’s bickering, fighting, teasing relationship with his brothers. The way Clay and Nat skirted around each other even managed to bring it on—even as, sometimes, I wanted to roll my eyes at them. Look, I feel like this one is not going to be for everyone. It’s crazy hot and a little bit silly—though there are one or two touching, emotional moments—but it’s also chockful of rough speak, crude remarks and questionable morals. And for me, it worked. It captured and held my attention. It made me laugh and feel good. It certainly brought my sanity into question at times. And, ultimately, it all boiled down to one word, said with affection for this book and series: eccentric.Thought I could be ruthless. A scoundrel.I’m clearly an idiot, ‘cause right about now, all I want is to comfort Natalie and prove how much I love her. That I ain’t never stopped lovin’ her.~ 4.5 Indecent Proposal STARS ~
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***3.5 StarsBillionaires are, well, billionaires. They are suave, they are sophisticated, they live in mansions and they eat caviar. At least that is the stereotype. And, then you meet the Price brothers. They are a different kind of billionaire...the kind that still live in the trailers where they grew up, or where they lived before they struck it rich.And, they are so fun. They are different and there is an appeal to each story as they a ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***3.5 StarsBillionaires are, well, billionaires. They are suave, they are sophisticated, they live in mansions and they eat caviar. At least that is the stereotype. And, then you meet the Price brothers. They are a different kind of billionaire...the kind that still live in the trailers where they grew up, or where they lived before they struck it rich.And, they are so fun. They are different and there is an appeal to each story as they are different and they feel more accessible for this "normalcy"...even though they are a little rough around the edges.Clay and Natalie were together when they were younger, and they split up after being manipulated by her father, which you learn very early in the story. And, well, Clay is not over Natalie and this makes him angry (although they don't know there was manipulation until later in the story) and, well, now he has money and he knows he can make people do what he wants in order to get access to that money.I enjoyed this book overall, it was fun. There were parts of it that were a little over the top and while they did not totally work for me, I think they were intentional on the part of the author.I recommend this title and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 2.5/5I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was my first Jessica Clare book and giving that this is book number two in the series of Roughneck Billionaires, it's not very fair for me to judge the book as part of the series. But seeing that each individual book can be read separately from its own, I'm going to judge solely based on Dirty Scoundrel by itself.Dirty Scoundrel seemed to be following the troupe of enemies to lover romance and as well as second chance. I MY RATING: 2.5/5I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was my first Jessica Clare book and giving that this is book number two in the series of Roughneck Billionaires, it's not very fair for me to judge the book as part of the series. But seeing that each individual book can be read separately from its own, I'm going to judge solely based on Dirty Scoundrel by itself.Dirty Scoundrel seemed to be following the troupe of enemies to lover romance and as well as second chance. I prefer my books to have a clear direction in where it is going and I guess because we really don't know what the heck our hero, Clay wants from Nat, I had to knock it down a couple of stars. Because really does Clay want to hate Nat and get her back for the humiliation and heartbreak she supposedly put her through or does he want to win her heart because I'm seriously confused here.And furthermore, the conflict involved in this book focused majorly on miscommunication and having being manipulated by Nat's father which can be tiresome to read. If you're not into reading a story based on someone playing devils advocate I suggest to skip this one because you're going to have to read a lot about how this man moves the plot.But you know what? I'll give credit when credit is due and the sex scenes inside dirty scoundrel were sufficient and good. There was tenderness and sweetness from both parties that I cared for immensely. MY RECOMMENDATION:It's an enjoyable read that you can get through but the quality in plot may be a whole lot similar to what you've read in the past. Read it if you want something sweet, sexy, and predictable.
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  • Amanda Adams Steward
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley. Okay at first I wasn’t so sure about this book. But the more I read the more I loved I understood the things the heroine was going through just recently losing my father. I did not read the first book in this series so I wasn’t familiar with some things he kept talking about with his brother and his wife. Plus this is also my first book by this author. But overall it was a good read. Can’t wait to read the next books in the series.
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  • Amanda Adams Steward
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by NetGalley. Okay at first I wasn’t so sure about this book. But the more I read the more I loved I understood the things the heroine was going through just recently losing my father. I did not read the first book in this series so I wasn’t familiar with some things he kept talking about with his brother and his wife. Plus this is also my first book by this author. But overall it was a good read. Can’t wait to read the next books in the series.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica Clare’s Dirty Scoundrel is the second book in her Roughneck Billionaires series. It’s also the first novel of hers that I’ve read, part of my quest to read more new to me authors this year (though she’d been on my to-read list for a while). The series name gives a good hint as to the background plot, that of poor ‘wrong side of the tracks’ brothers who strike it rich with a surprise find of oil on their land. Dirty Scoundrel is a second chance romance with a side of revenge, but if reven Jessica Clare’s Dirty Scoundrel is the second book in her Roughneck Billionaires series. It’s also the first novel of hers that I’ve read, part of my quest to read more new to me authors this year (though she’d been on my to-read list for a while). The series name gives a good hint as to the background plot, that of poor ‘wrong side of the tracks’ brothers who strike it rich with a surprise find of oil on their land. Dirty Scoundrel is a second chance romance with a side of revenge, but if revenge is a dish best served cold, it’s doomed to fail in this hot and sexy story.For more of this review please visit All About Romance: https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
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  • Katie(babs)
    January 1, 1970
    Dirty Scoundrel is another fun and sexy read by Jessica Clare. The hero here- Clay, the brother of the hero from the first book isn't as caveman alpha as his brother but he does have some of those tendencies (more toned down) when it concerns the heroine, Natalie. He wants revenge for her dumping him when she went off to college because her father manipulated the situation. But Clay still has strong feelings for Natalie, so his form of revenge is helping her and her now sick father (he has demen Dirty Scoundrel is another fun and sexy read by Jessica Clare. The hero here- Clay, the brother of the hero from the first book isn't as caveman alpha as his brother but he does have some of those tendencies (more toned down) when it concerns the heroine, Natalie. He wants revenge for her dumping him when she went off to college because her father manipulated the situation. But Clay still has strong feelings for Natalie, so his form of revenge is helping her and her now sick father (he has dementia), and give her great loving while he's at it so she'll never leave him again.This is a rags to riches reunion romance of sorts. When Natalie was 17, she had the entire world at her feet because her father was a big time celebrity actor with money to burn through. Clay was dirt poor, and Natalie's father didn't think he was good enough for his daughter. He made Clay believe Natalie was only using him for fun since why would she want Clay when she's rich? Well, the tables were quickly turned. Clay became a multi-millionaire, and Natalie doesn't have two pennies to rub together. Her life is sad and depressing because she takes care of her father 24/7 while trying to make a go of a museum of sorts in their crumbling down mansion. When Clay re-enters the pictures, things turn around for Natalie in much better ways.Clay does try to prove he's an alpha millionaire, but he's really a beta hero at heart. He adores Natalie even though he tries to blackmail her into being his assistant with benefits on the side. You'd think as the reader this would be disgusting, but Clay can't go through with it because he doesn't want to hurt Natalie. So he gives in and treats her like the princess, his princess.The love scenes are uber hot, which has become Clare's trademark style. Clay and Natalie have great chemistry, and their dialogue is honest and true. There are nice moments of humor also.A must read fun time contemporary romance that Jessica Clare is well known for. Also a rich bearded hero who throw his money away to make his woman happy is a big plus for me!
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  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Dirty Scoundrel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jessica Clare is the second book in the Roughneck Billionaires series. This series is about two hard-working brothers who made their fortune from oil. Now billionaires they have enough money to get whatever they want, or whoever they want.Striking it rich in oil, Clay Price and his brother have everything that they could ever want, the perks of being billionaires. Clay however ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Dirty Scoundrel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jessica Clare is the second book in the Roughneck Billionaires series. This series is about two hard-working brothers who made their fortune from oil. Now billionaires they have enough money to get whatever they want, or whoever they want.Striking it rich in oil, Clay Price and his brother have everything that they could ever want, the perks of being billionaires. Clay however feels that something is missing. The only thing he has ever really wanted is Natalie Weston. With his brother happy with his wife and baby on the way, Clay is rethinking his life. When he finds out that the one girl has never gotten over needs help, all bets are off. And when he offers her the chance out of debt at a less than innocent price, this will either tear them apart forever or be the second chance they have been waiting for. “ I’m not taking anyone down a peg. I just know what I want, and what I’ve decided. I’m going to go after it. I didn’t get it seven years ago and I figure now with our fortunes reversed, I’ve got money and you don’t. Maybe that’ll get me places I wasn’t able to get to seven years ago by being a nice patient guy.” This is a great read by Jessica Clare, and has me excited to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed Dirty Scoundrel. Clay and Natalie are two characters that were interesting and fun to read. Two young kids who were in love and had a bright future together, but due to circumstances that neither understood at the time, were torn apart. Years later their situations are reversed, Clay is the one with the money and Natalie is the one struggling. When Clay crosses paths with Natalie again, he strikes a bargain with her that she cannot refuse. She can help her father’s business, and be rid of her debt if she agrees to be His very personal assistant. If she caters to all his needs, he will help her. I did not like Clay at first, but he honestly and truly cared for Natalie, even though the means he was using to get back into her life were not very sweet. This journey of heart ache, pain, secrets and love blossoming again makes for a very heartfelt read that has made me a Jessica Clare fan for life. I cannot wait for more from the Price family. FIVE stars. “ I don’t need room to breathe. I need you.” I look up at her. “You’re all I’ve ever needed.”
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  • April Symes
    January 1, 1970
    Dirty Scoundrel is the 2nd book in the Roughneck Billionaires series by Jessica Clare. Clay and Natalie were high school sweethearts and were deeply in love. Clay had plans to propose to Natalie after he met her father, Chap Weston who is a former and famous actor. Only Chap didn’t want them together and planned to break them apart. There was miscommunication and misunderstandings between the two which had them on the outs and suddenly they had a huge blow up which ended their beautiful relation Dirty Scoundrel is the 2nd book in the Roughneck Billionaires series by Jessica Clare. Clay and Natalie were high school sweethearts and were deeply in love. Clay had plans to propose to Natalie after he met her father, Chap Weston who is a former and famous actor. Only Chap didn’t want them together and planned to break them apart. There was miscommunication and misunderstandings between the two which had them on the outs and suddenly they had a huge blow up which ended their beautiful relationship. Fast forward 7 years later, Clay and his brothers are now billionaires and Clay has this thought that he would screw away then throw away his one love so he could move on with his life…so he offers her money without telling her his whole plan. Because Clay at this point is a total jerk. I mean, I sort of get it, it’s a revenge plan and he has a lot of hate towards his ex but he still has a lot of love toward her …so he wants to buy the girl who broke his heart and then screw her literally and figuratively. Clay comes off as this total jerk, as this man who has let money mess with him and I WAS so afraid that I was going to end up DNF’ing this book but nope, I am really glad I kept reading. Clay was really hurt by what happened between them 7 years before and there was tons of miscommunication and misunderstanding to cause a lot of pain.Now Natalie, she is a sassy, spunky, plucky gal who has been thru a lot in 7 years. Her dad’s health is very bad, she is his caregiver, she is in debt up to her eyeballs, she works a lot plus takes care of her dad with no help. This is a girl that gives so yes, she would sell her soul in order to run away from it all. But when it comes to her ex, she still loves him and yet there is some tension, some sort of pain from the past and in the present. She knows that by letting Clay screw her in exchange for paying all her bills is wrong but what choice does she have? She is drowning in debt. These two have a complicated history and watching the journey these two take to find their way back together was very much worth the pain, the heartbreak, the ache, the passion, the joy and the love. Clay showed his true self and I saw him turn back into the great guy he really was and Natalie got the HEA she very much deserved!! My Rating: 4.5 stars *****“I received an advanced copy of this book from the author at no cost to me."
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Disir has a great shelf entitled "indifferent shrugs" and I couldn't agree with her more.I love the idea of a group of roughneck brothers who become oil billionaires and then each meets the woman of their dreams. I enjoyed the first book so I was looking forward to this one.Clay Price lost the love of his life on the night he was going to ask her father for her hand in marriage. He might have been dirt poor but he was in live. Instead, he got dumped by proxy and, somehow, seven years later, he h Disir has a great shelf entitled "indifferent shrugs" and I couldn't agree with her more.I love the idea of a group of roughneck brothers who become oil billionaires and then each meets the woman of their dreams. I enjoyed the first book so I was looking forward to this one.Clay Price lost the love of his life on the night he was going to ask her father for her hand in marriage. He might have been dirt poor but he was in live. Instead, he got dumped by proxy and, somehow, seven years later, he has never found anyone to replace her AT ALL, despite now being a billionaire.Natalie Weston had it all seven years ago, the daughter of a fading movie star she was in love with Clay Price and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him, until her father told her that Clay didn't want her to go to University and basically wanted her barefoot and pregnant in his trailer. As it happens she never got to go to University because that night her father had a heart attack and her life imploded. Now, seven years later she is broke, looking after her ailing father and trying to make ends meet by running a museum in their home dedicated to her father and his movie memorabilia. She hasn't had a chance to find anyone to replace Clay.When Clay and Natalie meet again Clay decides he will be ruthless, he will offer Natalie, who has clearly fallen on hard times, a terrible bargain. He will solve all her financial woes if she will be his 'personal assistant' for as long as he wants. And he wants to lose his virginity to the girl he loved all those years ago.Clay was kind of sweet (also, he comes across as maybe half a sandwich short of a picnic) but he also had a crude way of speaking, which I guess tells the reader he's roughneck! I found the constant use of the C word kind of offensive.Natalie is a bit of a doormat, her father is manipulative and she lets him get away with it, she has self-esteem issues and jumps at the chance to be with the only man she's ever loved.Basically, it's a comedy of errors in which Clay and Natalie are too nice to realise that they are in love, Cay throws money at every issue and Natalie worries about her weight.It was sweet but I didn't love it.
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  • Peggy M
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.I know when I open a book from Jessica Clare that it will be an easy and fun read. Perfect if you just want to relax for a few hours and think about nothing.‘Dirty scoundrel’ is the second book in the Roughneck billionaires series. After being a little bit disappointed with the first book, I was curious about the second one and I can happily say that I enjoyed this one more. I don’t think that you have to read the fir I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.I know when I open a book from Jessica Clare that it will be an easy and fun read. Perfect if you just want to relax for a few hours and think about nothing.‘Dirty scoundrel’ is the second book in the Roughneck billionaires series. After being a little bit disappointed with the first book, I was curious about the second one and I can happily say that I enjoyed this one more. I don’t think that you have to read the first one to read this one.Clay Price and Natalie Weston fell in love in high school and the fact that Clay was very poor was never a problem for Natalie. They had their future planned out but sadly Natalie’s rich and famous father wanted Natalie to go to college and he did have a problem with Clay and his poor background. So he did what he could to separate them. Now , seven years later many things have changed but some things didn’t. One of those things is the fact that both Clay and Natalie haven’t moved on with someone else. And then after a sad circumstance Clay decides that maybe he could use his money to get Natalie back into his life and this time also into his bed. Natalie can’t believe It when she sees Clive again after so many years, sadly the man before her is very different than the boy she once loved. Because that boy would have never made her such a scandalous proposal! But then Natalie is desperate enough to accept it. Soon both will discover that the love they once shared is still there but then so is Natalie’s father! Will they this time fight for their love or was it never meant to be??‘Dirty scoundrel’ is a second chance romance story, about young love that through circumstances were torn apart. Although the story was very simple, it did manage to surprise me from time to time. Like the fact that Clay was a still virgin, that was something that I totally didn’t expect. I found it very sweet that both were so in love that they couldn’t move on with someone else.This story is told from both POV’s and I liked both characters very much. Natalie was sweet, loyal and caring. Clay was really what Natalie needed. He took care of her. It was fun to seen the Price’s brothers again. They are something special.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5Natalie and Clay were high school sweethearts - although they were from opposite sides of the tacks (economically speaking)- they were both outcasts in their own ways. The depth of feeling they shared belied their years; although they weren't physically intimate, they were certainly headed in that direction but more than that they recognized their future in each other.Unfortunately, their dreams of a happily ever after together were ripped apart by the machinations of Natalie's narcissistic 3.5/5Natalie and Clay were high school sweethearts - although they were from opposite sides of the tacks (economically speaking)- they were both outcasts in their own ways. The depth of feeling they shared belied their years; although they weren't physically intimate, they were certainly headed in that direction but more than that they recognized their future in each other.Unfortunately, their dreams of a happily ever after together were ripped apart by the machinations of Natalie's narcissistic father, breaking both Clay and Natalie's hearts in the process and creating long lasting emotional scars. Scars they still carry with them seven years later.The same fateful night that altered the course of their relationship also changed the course of Natalie's future in an unexpected way. The reversal of fortunes provides Clay with the opportunity to exact his own form of vengeance, hoping to achieve closure and move on with his life, something he hasn't been able to do since losing Natalie. Making Natalie an offer she can't refuse and giving the term Personal Assistant a whole new meaning. Natalie is a wonderful, caring person who puts others needs before her own. Realisation set in immediately on the night that changed everything but due to circumstances, Natalie has never been able to apologize for the hurtful things she said to Clay, something she deeply regrets.  I adored the way in which she owned her mistakes and was brave enough to face the repercussions of her actions.Clay and Natalie fall seamlessly back into their intense relationship, they truly make each other happy on every level. Unfortunately, they don't live on an island of their own making, and real life has a way of intruding on their bubble of happiness. However, both Clay and Natalie have matured during their time apart and are unwilling to make the same mistakes again. Sometimes the hardest thing to face is fighting for what you want. Clay and Natalie realize that for any relationship to work communication is vital.Dirty Scoundrel is shockingly sweet to go alongside the steam ♥
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  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start out by saying I loved this book! I might even go as far as to say that it was better than the first! Clay was an amazing character, yes he was a jerk at first but he had his reasons. Slowly though, he began to show his true colors and once he did I fell in love with him- there really is no way you could not. He is sweet, loving, protective, and totally amazing!!! Yes, his plan to get “revenge” on Natalie is bit outrages, which seems to be a trait in the Price brothers, but it takes Let me start out by saying I loved this book! I might even go as far as to say that it was better than the first! Clay was an amazing character, yes he was a jerk at first but he had his reasons. Slowly though, he began to show his true colors and once he did I fell in love with him- there really is no way you could not. He is sweet, loving, protective, and totally amazing!!! Yes, his plan to get “revenge” on Natalie is bit outrages, which seems to be a trait in the Price brothers, but it takes the story to an entirely different level.I loved Natalie’s character just as much as I loved Clay’s. She was sweet, selfless, and a complete sweetheart. I loved that she was so open and caring. I do wish Natalie would have had words with her dad but that might be just me wanting to stand up for the injustice brought to Natalie and Clay by her dad. Her and Clay together were just a goo-goo fest of love and sweetness. I really enjoyed that Clay and Natalie were IT for each other. They were the only people the other one thought about. It was romantic and they just fit together. It was great to catch up on Boone and Ivy and the rest of the Price brothers. You also get to meet Lexi, Natalie’s best friend that is just a riot! Be prepared though, there is quite a shock towards the end of the novel that just knocks you on your butt. So, get ready for that. All in all, I loved this book- how could I not? Jessica Clare never lets me down! She always writes wonderfully and her characters are always complex and emotionally charged. This is such a great read for any one that loves Clare or sweet (but also steamy) romances. I can’t wait for the rest of the brothers to get their stories.
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  • Rough Draft Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica ClareClay and NatalieI WAS ALL IN FROM THE BEGINNING5 StarsI knew going in that this one would be emotional. I knew I’d need tissues, beer, and a good supply of chocolate chip cookies. It was humorous, charming, unpredicted, and heartbreaking. Natalie is so darn cute. I love her spunkiness even though she sometimes smiles through gritted teeth. Her life from the outside would seem to be privileged and posh, but it’s anything but. She tried her hardest to make her fathe Dirty Scoundrel by Jessica ClareClay and NatalieI WAS ALL IN FROM THE BEGINNING5 StarsI knew going in that this one would be emotional. I knew I’d need tissues, beer, and a good supply of chocolate chip cookies. It was humorous, charming, unpredicted, and heartbreaking. Natalie is so darn cute. I love her spunkiness even though she sometimes smiles through gritted teeth. Her life from the outside would seem to be privileged and posh, but it’s anything but. She tried her hardest to make her father and everyone else around her happy, that she’s completely given up on her own happiness. Clay is everything alpha and much more. He’s dealing with some old feelings that drive him to be a huge dick to Nat, but don’t hold your breath, cause his softy side will make itself known soon enough. Don’t think you know him yet though cause there is so much more to come.This story was everything I needed and much more. It has suspense, wit, passion, and some sexy-time! The characters are likeable and commanding. The dialogue flows with efficiency and the writing style is, well, it’s Jessica Clare, so shaaahhhh, it’s awesomesauce!! I loved it and can’t wait to read the next one!!!
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  • Samira
    January 1, 1970
    “All I know how to do is be in love with you.”After this line, I'm sure all are sold. This series of Roughneck billionaires are cute and sassy, but I still feel its quite rushing and abrupt story lines for me. But overall, its fun.Clay was a roughneck brother on the series, and he had been in love with his high school sweetheart - Natalie for as long as he could remember. He was so in love with her that after seven years, his heart was still on the same track - in love with Nat. Natalie was also “All I know how to do is be in love with you.”After this line, I'm sure all are sold. This series of Roughneck billionaires are cute and sassy, but I still feel its quite rushing and abrupt story lines for me. But overall, its fun.Clay was a roughneck brother on the series, and he had been in love with his high school sweetheart - Natalie for as long as he could remember. He was so in love with her that after seven years, his heart was still on the same track - in love with Nat. Natalie was also on the same track, and in love with Clay Price as far as her memory went. Now, Clay came up, a handsome hunk billionaire, with an offer she couldn't refuse, and the fire of their love still burned strong.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 30%It's a struggle trying to even try to make it this far because the writing style also didn't quite mesh with me :/ I love the premise of the story; I'm a fan of angsty second chance romance and that was what I expected from the blurb. But I was disappointed to find that Clay and Natasha sounded exactly as immature as they did when they were teens, and Clay's supposedly ruthless plan to humiliate Natasha + getting her into his bed feels a bit rapey and didn't sit well with me. E-ARC is DNF at 30%It's a struggle trying to even try to make it this far because the writing style also didn't quite mesh with me :/ I love the premise of the story; I'm a fan of angsty second chance romance and that was what I expected from the blurb. But I was disappointed to find that Clay and Natasha sounded exactly as immature as they did when they were teens, and Clay's supposedly ruthless plan to humiliate Natasha + getting her into his bed feels a bit rapey and didn't sit well with me. E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. To me, the characters in this book just didn't "click". The premise of the story is a tried and true one, but I find it hard to believe that in the days of social media and the internet that they hadn't at least looked each other up at some point during the past seven years.Another sticking point for me, is that as independent as Natalie is, that she agrees to Clay's outlandish offer. And Clay, a newly made billionaire, wai I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. To me, the characters in this book just didn't "click". The premise of the story is a tried and true one, but I find it hard to believe that in the days of social media and the internet that they hadn't at least looked each other up at some point during the past seven years.Another sticking point for me, is that as independent as Natalie is, that she agrees to Clay's outlandish offer. And Clay, a newly made billionaire, waits a long time after getting his money to go back and flaunt it to Natalie? I wanted to like this book more than I did and I'm not sure if I will read they next one in the series.~~Wicked Reads Review Teams~~
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  • El
    January 1, 1970
    *The plot was a little thin, but I did really enjoy the fact that despite the 7-year separation they BOTH hadn't gotten with anyone else which is pretty rare. Usually the male character has slept his way through a bunch of women to try and heal his broken heart, so that was a nice change of pace. I also liked that their breakup back in the day was perfectly orchestrated by her controlling dad who said just enough to feed into both of their insecurities. *ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED it. and it took an unexpected turn.
  • Aras
    January 1, 1970
    Great addition to the series! I loved Clay's story and this actually sweet second chance romance. Clay brought the heart and the heat for me. I just really enjoyed every minute of the book.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “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 tim “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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