Series: Dirty Duet #2
Published by Everafter Romance on March 27th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Also in this series: Dirty Filthy Rich Love (Dirty Duet, #2)
When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me.
I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn't stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted—I knew who I wanted—until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.
And then what it was like to lose it.
Ten years later, I’ve found my way back. Back to their world. Back to him.
This time, I’m ready. I've been down this road before, and I know all the dirty, filthy ways Donovan will try and wreck me.
But it’s hard to resist. Especially when I know how much I’ll like it.
From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.
Also by this author: Dirty Filthy Rich Love (Dirty Duet, #2)
My tried-and-true rule of thumb for anything Laruelin Paige is to wait until the ENTIRE series is out before I read because yes, there will be a cliffhanger and yes, it will leave me emotionally wrecked. Dirty Filthy Rich Men was no exception and has been burning a hold in my Kindle since release day.
Real Quick Note: Dirty Filthy Rich Men actually starts with the prequel novella, Dirty Filthy Rich Boys which describes how the main characters met. This novella contains triggers, with the hero saving the heroine from an attempted sexual assault.
The Dirty Duet starts as a bit of an opposites
stalk attract romance. Sabrina Lind is on a full-ride scholarship to Harvard, mesmerized by rich and powerful playboys Weston King and Donovan Kincade. Sabrina starts getting caught-up in their world but unexpectedly drops out Harvard to take care of her sister.
Ten years later, Sabrina is a successful marketing executive and runs into Weston at an advertising conference in New York. From there, the novel turns into one giant sexual harassment case waiting to happen. Sabrina moves to New York to work with Westin after a torrid weekend-sexcapade and she spends most of the book balancing the attraction she feels for each man. Dirty Filthy Rich Men bordered on love triangle-territory, although she wasn’t technically dating either guy.
This book had everything I expect from Laurelin Paige, although not all elements worked for me this time around. It was very middle of the pack for me – not my least favorite, but definitely not my fave. Here are the big three things I’ve come to expect from the author:
A Dramatic, Steamy, Obsessive Over-the-Top Romance:
Donovan won this for me with his strong and silent fixation with Sabrina. He circles her like a shark – just teasing but never quite coming in for the kill. He’s very intense but frustrating as he was constantly pushed Sabrina away just to act like he was interested again. Overall, watching Sabrina and Donovan fight their attraction was amusing because it clearly went against their better instincts!
Deliciously Flawed Characters:
You just KNOW the characters are going to be far from perfect, but it adds an interesting twist to the story-line. Never any perfect people here! I couldn’t quite decide if Sabrina was either the strongest or weakest person I’ve ever seen though:
- Pro’s: She’s a whip-smart woman with a plan and is clawing her way to the top of the corporate ladder, despite her middle-class upbringing.
- Con’s: A lot of her success is because of her wild weekend with Westin. Both Westin and Donovan claim they hired her for her qualifications, but there seems to be an unspoken expectation that she’ll be sleeping with one of them.
A Huge Cliff-Hanger:
Anticipating this cliffhanger the reasons I stay away from Laurelin Piage’s books until I know they’re complete. Unfortunately, I found this cliffhanger to be especially frustrating as the book felt incomplete. I didn’t feel we got far enough into Donivan and Sabrina’s story to warrant a stop-book and the “big reveal” didn’t feel especially dramatic or surprising.