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review 2019-01-12 17:15
The Bastard (Filthy Duet, #1; Dirty Rich, #6) - Lisa Renee Jones

Eric Mitchell is the bastard son of Jeff Kingston.  When Eric's mom died of cancer and he had to go live with Jeff and his family, he was treated like an outsider.  Now Eric is out to prove that he is just as good, if not better than the rest of the Kingston's.

Eric's life is going well (he's almost a billionaire) until he see her....Harper Evan, the princess who is standing with the Kingston's.  She is the daughter of his father's latest wife, and his step sister.  The attraction between the two is instant.  After they spend some time together, Eric walks away.  He believes she is just like the rest of them and that is the last thing he needs.

6 years later Harper shows up at his office in New York wanting his help.  She believes Kingston Motors is in trouble and that something funny is going on.  It wouldn't be a big deal except Harper's mom took her trust fund money and gave it to Jeff to use.  Eric doesn't want to help but wants her to join his company instead, which she turns down.  After thinking about the situation, Eric ends up flying to Colorado to help Harper, not Kingston Motors.  This is when the fun begins.  

There is something going on and Eric is trying to figure it out.  This story is such a mystery.  Just when you think you are figuring something out, wham, it changes directions.  I could not put this story down once I started reading it.  It does end on a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see where this goes.

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review 2018-11-12 09:33
The Bastard (Filthy Duet, #1; Dirty Rich, #6) by Lisa Renee Jones
The Bastard (Filthy Duet, #1; Dirty Rich, #6) - Lisa Renee Jones



Count on Jones to create a character that has to get under your skin to steal your heart. Whether you love him or hate him, Eric knows how to be the star of the show. Life may make the rules, but he's intent on calling the shots. Harper is his greatest weakness. She speaks to the broken boy and entices his adult instincts. Their relationship is dangerously messy. Passion runs deep, secrets are endless and heartache is evident. The Bastard is an enchantingly, intricate cryptogram waiting to be solved. 

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review 2018-08-27 22:11
Dirty Filthy Rich Love - Laurelin Paige

Now that Donovan's secret is out, Sabrina is not sure what to do.  She knows that she needs to talk to him....in person.  Together they need to discuss a few things.....but she is not chasing him to France.  She will bide her time until he returns.

It's so hard to write this review without giving away the secrets.  Let's just say that his secret is a doozy that I never saw coming and it will take a huge leap of faith for Sabrina and Donovan to get to their happy ending but it is so worth it.

I just adored these two.  Sabrina is so strong and Donovan is so flawed, but strong in his own way and together they are perfect!

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review 2018-08-27 22:00
Dirty Filthy Rich Men - Laurelin Paige

Sabrina Lind dreamed her entire life to attend Harvard and was finally accepted along with a huge scholarship.  While in her Intro to Business Ethics class, Sabrina also dreamed of Weston King, the gorgeous, rich freshman who didn't even know she existed.  After hearing about the wild parties that happen at The Keep, the house where Weston lived, Sabrina decided to go.  Imagine her surprise when she finds herself watching Weston getting it on with another girl in a bedroom, one that is off-limits to party guests.  Imagine her complete horror when she is discovered watching by Donovan Kincaid....one of Weston's friends and someone is a few years older than them.  Donovan is also the teaching assistant in her Intro to Business Ethics class.

After a rather frank discussion, Sabrina leaves the party only to run into some very dangerous trouble.  Sabrina is surprised to find that Donovan actually came to her rescue.  Trying to shake off what almost happened to her, Sabrina is happy to realize that Weston is now paying attention to her.  Maybe things are beginning to lookup.....until she goes to confront Donovan then things really get interesting!  When Sabrina gets a phone call to head back home because her father has had a heart attack, her life begins to spiral downward.  Since she missed a lot of school, she ends up losing her scholarship and is forced to attend school back in Colorado and help look after her sister.  

Fast forward 10 years later.  Living in California working in marketing, Sabrina is at a convention in New York where one of the speakers is Weston.  Imagine her surprise when he remembers her.  Things happen quickly and they hook up.  Imagine an even bigger surprise when Donovan is also there!  Weston convinces Sabrina to move to New York and take a job at their company.  Sabrina finally agrees.  Sabrina knows that she should be with Weston....he is safe and reliable, but unfortunately, it is Donovan that draws her in.

As Sabrina spends more time with Donovan, she realizes that he is really the person she wants.  Of course, life has a funny way of ruining everything.  When Sabrina finds out a huge secret that Donovan is keeping from her, all hell breaks loose.  This story ends on a cliffhanger.....a BIG cliffhanger!

Damn....when I started this book, I was not ready for the crazy ride that Laurelin Paige will take you on.  I could not put this book down.  It was filled with such great twists and turns.  I just had to start the next book right away.

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review 2018-02-24 07:19
How to Get Rich in Rising Asia
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel - Mohsin Hamid

Let's acknowledge right up front that this book is based on a gimmick, a slick writer's gimmick, and that to pull it off it's going to take a bit of work and luck and not a small amount of talent, and even then, it's risky.


When I read the opening sentence, "Look, unless you're writing one, a self-help book is an oxymoron." and onto chapter two, where the author of the self-help book asks if all books aren't really "self-help" books:"It's remarkable how many books fall into the category of self-help. Why, for example, do you persist in reading that much-praised, breathtakingly boring, foreign novel, slogging through page after page after please-make-it-stop page of tar-slow prose and blush-inducing formal conceit, if not out of an impulse to understand distant lands that because of globalization are increasingly affecting life in your own?" He goes on to discuss the self-help aspects of pulp novels and winkingly says they're also a form of self-help, and by George, he's right! Of course all books are self-help books. We read to help ourselves in some way, whether it's to please ourselves, educate or challenge ourselves, or actually learn how to help ourselves. Strangely, I still wasn't sure if I was reading satire or a sweeping novel. I decided it's because I was, at least in part, reading both.


To be clear, this is never an actual self-help book. Mohsin Hamid has taken the steps to "get rich in rising Asia" as a way to tell a sweeping narrative about a man who starts in rural poverty and works himself through various stages to great wealth in the City. An achingly beautiful love story, a rags-to-riches nameless hero's story, the story of a man who is simplistic about wealth equaling happiness to start who goes through ups and downs, like people do over a life, learning about love and other things in the process. It sounds so basic, and yet because we have this "self-help" writer to comment on and tell a story inside of a self-help book, it's not at all. And of course, toward the end, the self-help writer admits this was not the most helpful book for getting rich in rising Asia. It made me laugh aloud several times, which isn't something one often finds in a tale like the one found in the self-help book's pages.


Nothing is ever named, but we can easily feel moved to the place in the novel with tons of sights, smells, touches thrown in, every food tasted is described richly. Equally rich with a grin are some less satisfying sensory experiences. Because we go through the "steps" of getting rich, we feel the poverty and then the isolation of being on the lowest rung in the big city. The socioeconomic landscape is as richly woven as the natural one. Upward mobility and globalization are not glossed over, but they aren't judged either. They are just portrayed as they are, while we follow the "you" of the novel - the main character - through his pursuit of getting filthy rich in rising Asia.


There are absolutely gorgeous turns of phrase and light-touch moments of beautiful writing between the purposefully clunky "self-help" sections. The difference is stark, and I loved the way one bled easily into the other, then when the next chapter started, boom, back to the hard language of self-help.


If you could see my copy, you would note that as I read, more and more highlighting was done, more pages are turned down in an effort to be able to find important or lovely passages again. I ruined this poor paperback in one read, but I would have it no other way. I was in tears toward the end of this novel, and that's way more than any self-help book could've ever promised me. So for me, the risky gimmick absolutely paid off in a reward I will treasure and return to again and again.

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