Dirty Filthy Rich Love
Book 2, Dirty Duet
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The conclusion to the epic romance begun in the USA Today Bestseller, Dirty Filthy Rich Men.
I've discovered Donovan Kincaid's secret.
It's dirty and filthy and rich - as dirty and filthy and rich as he is - and it haunts me as much as he ever did.
Even after knowing what I know now, I still want to talk to him, to touch him. But there's an ocean between us, and I'm not sure it can be crossed with something as easy as a phone call or a plane ride.
Yet I'm willing to try.
He doesn't know this yet, but this time I'm the one with the power. And maybe - just maybe - if the air were cleared and all our secrets bared, there could still be a chance for us.
And this dirty, filthy thing between us might end up being love after all.
To long of a wait
***ARC Provided by the Author***
Laurelin Paige writes about heroes who are dark, imperfect, flawed. The ones who scare you just a little, who make you feel safe while a little afraid, who keep you on your toes. But, at the same time, powerful, compelling, and sexy. Men who love their women, and the women they are with know it. Men who live by their own moral code, and once you know this, you know who they are, as they are strong and will keep to this code at all costs.
Her women are strong, they know what they want, and they are allowed to be both feminine and intelligent, successful women without having to pick, to be one or the other. They like sex, they aren't ashamed of their sexuality, and they are not willing to be seen just as sex objects. They know what they want, what their boundaries are, what they will accept, and what they can't handle.
This is not a standalone. You need to have read Dirty Filthy Rich Men. And, while not technically necessary, I recommend you have read Dirty Filthy Rich Boys, as there is a lot that happens in that book that is referenced in the prequel novella.
I love that the hero and the heroine, Donovan and Sabrina, in this book, as well as the others in the series, are allowed to be complicated. They are flawed. The best part for me? They are still flawed at the end, they are allowed to be less than perfect.
There are things about Donovan that are dark and twisty, that make him a man who isn't going to be the right fit for a lot of women.
Sabrina, however, loves him just as he is. She accepts him, and she understands who he is, and who he needs to be...and she lets him be that person. Without question, even when it makes her a little uncomfortable.
There is a scene in Weston's office (that is all you get, no spoilers here) and after it, there is an action by Donovan and a realization by Sabrina...and that is it. It doesn't come up again...Donovan is who he is, Sabrina accepts him for that, and she is ok with it. In fact, reading it, I think I was more caught up by the realization of the implication of his actions than she was...and there are a lot of little pieces like this in the book as the reader really gets to know the Donovan we met at the end of the 1st book.
Romance, really, is about that at it's core. About finding the one person who accepts who you are, the good, the bad, the secrets and the things you maybe aren't the most proud of. Her heroes and heroines are flawed, and she doesn't shine them up at the end. You like them, but they aren't necessarily "redeemed" and I find this so compelling.
Often, the flawed character is "healed" by the romance. You know, the man who leaves all women, the man who can't commit, the woman who doesn't want the relationship...they are meet their perfect partner and are fixed. Because, that is what is expected...that by the end, the reader is in the fairy tale that has been created, the perfection that has been crafted, by the redemption of the romance.
When Ms. Paige tells a story, the characters get a similar "redemption" but instead of meeting the person who fixes them (so to speak) they meet the person who accepts them, who allows them to feel that who they are, and what they need, is ok. That there is a person out there who isn't going to judge, or walk away when things are too dark.
The ending of this book was perfection. Crafted brilliantly to not only bring the story to an end it needed to have, but to do so in such a way that they get their happily ever after while still being Donovan and Sabrina.
This book showcases wonderfully one of Ms. Paige's strongest talents; her character development. She writes characters who change, who grow, who evolve, who are different people than they were at the beginning of the book. But, the changes are done in such a way that there is never a moment when you feel the need to question whether the author has lost sight of who the character actually is. This is a major talent when you look at the plot and realize how much has happened.
I love all romance, they are all fun in their own ways. Sometimes, it is great to read a light, fun, flirty book.
But, for those other times, when you want something dirtier and filthier, that just might need a safe word, I recommend this title.
Can't Get Enough of this Dirty Filthy World!
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book after the way Dirty Filthy Rich Men ended. I just had to know what was next for Donovan and Sabrina. Laurelin Paige did not disappoint! This book is not a standalone and should only be read after Dirty Filthy Rich Boys and Dirty Filthy Rich Men.
The story picks up, right where book 1 left off and you should prepare yourself for the feels. There will be times you will be angry, others where you ache, and still others where you will be down right fearful. Through it all though, you will be hopeful. Hopeful that these 2 will find a way to not let the past (and present) destroy them and to give each other the chance they so desperately want and need. Readers may not agree with all the choices our characters make. I know that I didn't. I recognize, however, that each relationship is unique to the people involved and that the only people who have to agree are the ones in it. With that in mind (and that this is pure fiction!), I loved Donovan and Sabrina's story. These 2 broken individuals, loving in the only way they know how, in a painfully honest way. Their imperfections and mistakes may cause them to stumble, but it's in their efforts where the true feelings are. It was odd at times to see a more vulnerable and slightly less confidant Donovan, but I enjoyed this glimpse of him immensely. I only wish that we would have gotten his POV in this series more, because boy did I often wonder what was going through this man's mind!
Lots of previous questions and loose ends get tied up in this book and I loved how the story came full circle. Again, readers who have assault, rape, or rape fantasy triggers will likely not enjoy this book. It certainly made me uncomfortable at times, but I think the author does a fantastic job explaining why/how certain actions our characters take allows them to cope and get past these events. The epilogue was pure perfection and could not have ended the duet in any better way. It was true not only to the characters and to their relationship, but left the readers feeling hopeful and planted the seeds for future books in this deliciously dirty world. I can't wait to get filthy again! ;)
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*