Review: Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

Posted October 12, 2017 by Mallory in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review:  Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin PaigeDirty Filthy Rich Men (Dirty Duet, #1) by Laurelin Paige
Series: Dirty Duet #2
Published by Everafter Romance on March 27th 2017
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Format: E-Book
Source: Personal Copy
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four-stars

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 in this series: Dirty Filthy Rich Love (Dirty Duet, #2)
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.

four-stars

7 responses to “Review: Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

  1. I haven’t heard of this author before now but I’m intrigued. It is always good to know beforehand to watch out for books with cliffhangers as this drives me nuts if I have to wait for the next book. I’m going to have to add this author to my To Try list. Great review!

    • Mallory

      Thanks, Samanta! I really like Laurelin Paige’s books (nice an dramatic!). Posting the review for the second books soon, but overall THIS duo didn’t end-up being my favorite. Check-out her Fixed On You trilogy (occasionally an Amazon Freebie) or The First And Last Duo 🙂 HAPPY READING!!! 🙂

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this author for months. I need to make sure the series is complete though. Thanks for the heads-up. Anyway, awesome review. Thanks for sharing. I love how you structure the review. So detailed. Thank you. 😁❤️

    • Mallory

      Thanks Geybie!! You write a pretty “mean” review yourself 😉 <3 I think you might really like the author based on other books I've seen you review. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

  3. I do love those flawed characters, they just feel so much more real and you can always relate with them way more easily. I haven’t read this author but I do recognize the name. I am not a huge fan of love triangles unless there is an obvious couple with a complex element with a third party. And I only read cliffhangers if I have the next book on hand.

    Lovely review. I agree with Geybie, you do a beautiful structure. I used to do a structure for my reviews but got a bit bored with it so still trying to figure out a new way to structure them that works for me.
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    • Mallory

      First Touch is easily my favorite of hers! Especially because it has a mystery aspect to it and the second book starts to have a good psychosocial-twisty vibe 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you think!!

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