High finance and a sizzling office affair raise desire and passion to the boiling point in Virna DePaul’s seductive new contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Molly O’Keefe.
Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was humiliated and wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, trying to support not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.
Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.
In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Bantam Random House
Review copy provided by publisher
I've enjoyed so many books from Virna DePaul, and was really excited for her new contemporary series. I wanted to love Filthy Rich, but just ended up having a so-so reaction to the story.
I really liked both Cara and Branden. They worked well as a couple for me, even though I felt like in the business they were in, she never would have been able to remain employed while dating the owner of the firm. However, I was able to let that go, since they really did mesh so well as a couple. They had amazing chemistry and seemed to want to be there for one another.
There was also a bit of a mystery for Branden and his team to figure out who is stealing money from the firm he has just purchased. Had the story just been their romance, with the mystery of who was stealing from the firm Branden purchased, I would have really loved the story. However, it got creepy fast thanks to a stalker-type individual who seemed to be stalking both Cara and Branden. The videos and pictures showing up on the internet were reasonable for the stalker, but then the stalker actually called Cara through her laptop and it just pushed the story too far over the edge for me. I honestly wasn't able to stay with the story at that point. I didn't stop reading, just lost my connection. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed and the recovery following the stalking was too fast.
While Filthy Rich didn't work for me, I feel like it will work for other readers. Virna DePaul's voice was as strong as ever in her writing, I just didn't get into the creepier stalker portion of the story.