The blurb for Filthy Rich intrigued me.
SHE’S FIGHTING FOR CONTROL…
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.
HE’S FIGHTING TO MAKE HER HIS…
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’m a sucker for the dominant man and the women drawn to them. The cover, the blurb and a new author all made me want to read this one. Unfortunately, I did not make it very far. I tried to read as long as I could so I could give a clear reason why I didn’t like the book but I only made it to the 20% mark. Here are some reasons why:
Nartan is our hero and right off the bat he is unlikable. Take this quote for example:
“What’s the deal with her?” Nartan turned back to Tarak. “First time I met her, she burned my business card like it carried a contagion. Lesbian? That would be such a waste. Maybe I can talk her into giving men another try. Go for bi. I could share her with a girlfriend. In fact, I know a few girls who would love to double-date with us.”
Ok, so because she doesn’t want you she must be a lesbian? That is the first thing, in this statement, I was bothered by. The second things is the assumption that even she is a lesbian he is so awesome that he could talk her into giving men another try. Or if not men alone then he could sneak in with her and another woman. Yeah, because he’s that awesome he can change a person’s sexuality.
Another issue that really detracted from the story was the whiplash the heroine was giving me. She was just out of an abusive relationship so very wary of me. That is not what came across the pages, oh maybe it was and then it wasn’t. I wanted her to make up her darn mind. She ran from him but this was her thought as she was running:
Still, she couldn’t deny that the current between them left her breasts feeling heavy and her clit sensitive. Honestly, she didn’t want to deny it. It was selfish of her, but she clutched the knowledge to her heart and enjoyed the evidence that she wasn’t so scared.
Errr, so you have been recently abused and you are jumping right back in? Or you are not? Which is it? I was frustrated and at a certain point I just didn’t even care. I’ve read some other reviews where the reader said the second half of the book is better and the sex is crazy hot but I couldn’t force myself to get there.
Something I didn’t highlight anything for but made me nervous is the references to Apaches or the casual talk around American Indians. Any reference sounded off but I didn’t document why they felt off to me.
Overall, this book was a fail. I can’t rate it because I didn’t finish it. I would rate the 20% I read with an F but maybe it would have gotten better.