Filthy Rich by Raine Miller
Contemporary Romance. Standalone beginning of a series.
Raine Miller has been a favorite author of mine since I started this blog. She was at the very first Wicked Book Weekend, which was all of my favorite authors. I think Raine’s experience with writing historical novels makes her contemporaries have a little more class than most out there, but believe me, there is no lack of sexy! Raine also doesn’t follow the trends, and I just love how she crafts a romance. Filthy Rich is no exception.
Caleb was born rich and privileged, in fact, his family owns ‘Blackstone Island’ off Boston, though he hasn’t been out there in about 10 years. This is also where Brooke currently lives, and travels to her Boston interior design job by ferry while also working as waitstaff for a caterer at night. Brooke is British, and has had a rough life, coming to live in America with her grandmother, a maid on the island, when she was only 15.
Brooke catches Caleb’s eye outside a Starbucks on the street in Boston, but when he sees her again waitressing at one of his society events, and heard her British accent, he instantly knew she was to be his.
“I watched her walk away from me and felt the pounding of my heart vibrating throughout my entire body.
Something had just happened to me.
I wasn’t completely sure what exactly, but I was crystal clear on the reason.
He knew he had to have her, and plunked down five million without batting an eye to make sure he would be seeing her regularly.
“I kissed her forehead and stilled as I thought about how right this actually felt. Hadn’t known I was missing anything. Hadn’t known it was possible for someone to steal your heart without even knowing they’d done it. Hadn’t known I needed her.“
I loved the family history they share, and how the island all plays into it, and how the past came full circle.
“Like Sleeping Beauty in the fucking fairy tale, my beauty came to life in my arms.”
Though Caleb’s mother was horribly disapproving, the words of his father from his death bed are what stuck with him.
And believe me, his heart knew! And so did his body. He was a dirty talker, and the sex was hot!
“He pulled his mouth away and stared into my eyes as we fucked. It’s never been like this. It was beautiful and savage—it was filthy and precious.”
- I love the island and the history of the families and the area. The scenery was rich and descriptive and I felt like I was there.
- There is something compelling and classic about the way Raine writes.
- Sexy scenes.
- Great intro to a new series.
- Super romantic.
- He is a dirty talker 🙂
- Well developed characters.
- Loved the secondary characters.
- Her inner voice cracked me up at times. “Stop it. Stop looking him over like a piece of meat, tit-head.”
- Like a fairytale.
- I am all for insta-love, but it was a bit overpowering.
- He wasn’t quite as alpha as I like.
- After absolutely loving the first third, it got slow in the middle because nothing really happened. There was really no conflict or drama.
- Was there a connection to the other Blackstones that I missed?
- Brooke’s crying at nothing, though it may have been medical, got old.
The Down & Dirty:
“To own such power over another person was fearsome in a way. To have the burden of their happiness along with your own was a kind of terrible, beautiful treasure.”
Rating: 4 Stars, 4 Heat
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