Genres: Contemporary Romance
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High finance and a sizzling office affair raise desire and passion to the boiling point in Virna DePaulÔÇÖs seductive new contemporary romanceÔÇöperfect for fans of Carly Phillips, Lori Foster, and Molly OÔÇÖKeefe.
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 CaraÔÇÖs 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 partyÔÇöonly 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 allÔÇöexcept a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that heÔÇÖs found Cara, heÔÇÖs 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.
IÔÇÖm glad that Cara MichalÔÇÖs dating life is in a huge slump. IÔÇÖm glad to see it all change with a mystery man and an even more mysterious kiss…
Filthy Rich, by Virna DePaul is altogether a fun read. ItÔÇÖs not that itÔÇÖs a light hearted read. ItÔÇÖs a fun because everything flows; the characters, the storyline, and the chemistry between the two main characters is palpable. Its also fun because there is a bit of a whodunit and I love trying to guess who the bad guy or girl is.┬á It took a few chapters for me to get into it, but once I did it held my interest and it held it good.
Now about Cara…I found her to be heartwarmingly altruistic. SheÔÇÖs forced to be the family caretaker and┬á she willingly makes emergency midnight visits to her brother,┬á and mails her mother a check when funds are tight. SheÔÇÖs smart, but guards her heart well. SheÔÇÖs also got a bit of a wild girl in her which she keeps hidden just beneath the surface. When CaraÔÇÖs impulsive streak decides to show, she has really no idea why. Why him…why Branden? Things get a little complicated and a lot of sexy. The mystery that drives the plot forward pushes Branden and Cara together has a lot going on, a few angles to consider and anyone of them could very, very bad for these two.
As for BrandenÔÇª.he is just so, so easy to like. ItÔÇÖs kinda cute that he thinks that he can keep his cool around Cara and when he fails to keep his distance, he really doesnÔÇÖt put up much of a fight.┬á Why pretend, right?┬á┬á I also liked his relationships with his various ÔÇ£step- sistersÔÇØ;┬á The devotion and respect he shows for them is a good indicator as to the type of man he is. And, I like Branden because heÔÇÖs not some cocky undeserving entitled womanizer. Finally, I like Branden because ADORES Cara.┬á DePaul depicts this irresistible pull between them very, very well. Not all characters have that ÔÇ£clickÔÇØ,┬á where the chemistry is undeniable and the author knows how to show it.
This is the first book by Virna DePaul that IÔÇÖve read and it certainly wonÔÇÖt be the last. IÔÇÖm so impressed by the chemistry she created between Branden and Cara IÔÇÖve gotta wonder about her other lead characters. 4 stars and recommendation!!
~Review by Cyndi