Filthy Richby Dawn Ryder
Published by Sourcebooks, Casablanca on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Celeste Connor swore that she'd never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man's thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend's wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.
Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't take no for an answer-and he wants Celeste with a hunger he's never before felt. He'll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn't expect that he'd want still more...
I really like Dawn Ryder’s writing and I loved this story! I will warn you, you have to like a real alpha-type of guy but… dang! I adored these two battling each other to make a relationship work!!! I kind of regret not reading the first book but it was not a problem for this story.
Why I liked this story so much:
- Nartan and Celeste are two strong personalities with their love lives already mapped out and calculated. They meet (twice) and there’s no denying the chemistry between them. Celeste is recovering from a marriage to a monster (who is in prison). She doesn’t trust her own judgement when it comes to men and definitely doesn’t want to give up her control. Nartan is just a guy who has worked hard to get where he is in business. He doesn’t chase after women but in Celeste’s case, he might have to compromise. He’s all alpha-male, thinks he knows what’s best for Celeste, and protects what he deems his. I love stories where the main characters BOTH have to give and take to make their relationship work.
- The love scenes between Nartan and Celeste were electric, erotic, and my kind of lowdown and dirty. They were so affected by each other and Ms. Ryder did such a fantastic job of conveying that in her story.
- You knew the ex-husband was crazy but you didn’t know he was THAT crazy! I enjoyed the back story that helped bring resolution to Nartan and Celeste’s hang-ups about being in a committed relationship. If it takes a stalker or two, it’s worth it, I guess. Just make sure you have supporting characters that are as brilliantly planned (with great personalities, too!) to help with your plans and to back you up 😉
- Speaking of supporting characters, thank you, Ms. Ryder, for not going there with Laura! I thought what you did with her character was fantastic! See, even supporting characters get great storylines.
A couple of negatives to the book:
- The synopsis sells a different book, IMHO. Celeste has already lived a life of luxury and in my opinion, she’s done with it. She has her own money now and isn’t overly impressed by high priced gestures. Yes, Nartan is “filthy rich” with money but that is NOT what the title of the book is referring to. Well, okay, in a way it is. But it isn’t really why the book is titled “Filthy Rich”. I will leave it at that. Trust me when I say it’s a meaningful title that the poor synopsis partly spoils.
- The only other thing I could possibly complain about is the length of the book. I think it could have been edited to be shorter. Perhaps some of the inner-thinking parts of the story cut down a smidgen. There was a lot of great story to this book; it just didn’t need all the padding of character “thinking”.
I didn’t mention this earlier in my review because honestly, there should be more diverse books out there so we don’t notice these things BUT I really enjoyed reading about Nartan’s family and his Apache heritage. There was such a unique backstory to how he and his bestfriend made their money. Nice thing is, it didn’t overpower the romance and main plot of this book.
Yeah, I definitely need to go back and read the first book…