Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: November 21, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 4 STARS
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It has been a while since the last time I enjoyed any Billionaire books and I missed it, so I chose Dirty Scoundrel. I have been curious about Jessica Clare’s books since they have been recommended to me many times. Overall, I enjoyed this book but before we get into it further, let me tell you what the story is about.
Seven years ago, Natalie and Clay were high school sweethearts who were madly in love with each other which made Clay build the courage to ask her to marry him despite their age. However, their family backgrounds made it impossible to happen. Natalie came from a rich family with a famous former actor as a father which happened to disagree Clay’s plan to marry his only daughter, considering him coming from a humble family.
With her father’s intervention, miscommunication arose and forced them apart instantly and put these two young, naive lovers in misery for seven years, unable to move on.
Seven years later, things are reversed. Natalie is struggling to keep his father’s business afloat with uncountable debts and the mountain of medical bills for his father’s dementia illness to pay, while Clay is a young billionaire along with all his brothers. However, despite Clay’s enormous success, his personal life doesn’t seem to keep up. The ghost of his past is still haunting him; therefore, he makes a plan to confront it and uses his power to get what he has always wanted, Natalie, while having his own revenge.
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.
I loved that despite how their relationship ended, they still saw each other as ‘the only one’ years later, and although Clay’s ways to get Natalie back were not the best, I adored how much he loved and worshipped her despite her insecurities with her body. I always love the heroes who are willing to do anything for the women they love even though their ways, at times, were unacceptable, and the ones who love their women just the way they are. The way he loved her and his never-give-up attitude were my top favorites which had me tolerate his flawed actions. The reasoning behind his actions was what made me attracted to Clay.
He scowls at me. “You gonna keep talking shit about yourself? Because I’m gonna have to change the contract if you do. That ain’t allowed.”
Natalie’s selfless, loyal, and caring character was one of my favorites of the story as well. Although they might have been seen as weakness by others at times, those characters of hers only proved how strong she actually was in my opinion. She took care of her father despite his faults and gave her unconditional love to those who didn’t deserve it. I admired her strengths and understood her seemingly weaknesses.
Unfortunately, the reason behind their breakup was a weak point, in my opinion. While I understood how naive they both were back then, there should have had a stronger reason for why it ended that way. It took away the believability factor from the main characters and had them look rather robotic, in my opinion, instead of real human beings with real emotions, let alone a real couple who had been so in love with each other. I wish the author could have written it deeper than it was.
Their discovering secret moments felt underwhelming as well. The reactions each one of them showed when the misunderstanding from the past finally uncovered were not as strong as I wish it would have been since they left a minor impact on their relationship later. The constant reminder of their contract in the moments when I thought it had already been in the past looked like a desperate way to prolong the drama without a strong foundation. Consequently, my connection with the hero and them as a couple was up and down throughout the story.
Fortunately, the ending was sweet. The hero won me over at the end with his charm and devotion to the heroine. The story ended with a happily ever after for the main characters and a hint to the next story, which I couldn’t wait to read. I would have liked to see the issue between the hero and the heroine’s father resolved but I understood why it turned out to be as it was.
“I loved you from the moment I saw you. I loved you when I thought you hated me. I loved you then and I love you now. Don’t think I know how to not love you.”
Overall, Dirty Scoundrel is a sweet, billionaire, second-chance at love story which is great for romance readers. Despite my issues throughout the story, I enjoyed the ending and how the hero redeemed himself. It might not be a perfect read, but it had the power to make us swoon. I’m looking forward to more Jessica Clare’s stories.
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