Book Review: Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder

Filthy Rich
Author: Dawn Ryder
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Review Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Netgalley


Celeste Connor swore that she'd never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man's thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend's wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.


Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't take no for an answer-and he wants Celeste with a hunger he's never before felt. He'll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn't expect that he'd want still more...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I’m conflicted about this book, there were some aspects I liked, but they’re being clouded over by the not-so-great parts.

Celeste is still in the backlash of her ex-husband. Abusive, unfaithful, and everything you don’t want your other half to be like. She refuses to ever submit or be under the thumb of a man again. But the wall she build is at risk of falling when she meets Nartan at her best friend’s wedding.

For me, the pacing was off. Personally, I think that books like this are better written when the beginning has some mystery to the characters, suspense is build and we—the readers—actually have a chance to connect with the characters, but here, their cards were put on the table pretty much straight away and I didn’t feel like I got to connect. I wasn’t keen on that approach.

A few other things caught my attention: Celeste has a previous abusive marriage, yet to me, she seemed to jump into something with Nartan pretty quick. I expected more hesitation, more of a broken character out of Celeste. Like her past doesn’t match her current actions. And the conversations, in parts I found the conversations unrealistic and not necessary to say.

But saying that, the more I read, the more I began enjoying it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it. And the cover—it’s what initially drew me in. I love it.

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