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Filthy Rich, Blackstone Dynasty – Book 1, Raine Miller
Genre: General fiction, Romance
I loved Raine’s original Blackstone series and was keen to read this new series, where each book is a stand alone one rather than a part read to be continued – I do enjoy these complete reads. I hate waiting for the next part of a story. Its pretty clear reading this which characters are going to feature in future books too.
So Brooke meets Caleb, he’s ultra rich, she’s working two jobs to pay nan’s medical bills. He sees something in her and fortunately she likes him too. They have a little flirtation but Caleb’s kind of a steamroller, and before she knows what’s happening she’s deeply in love.
I loved both of them, very genuine and even though he’s loaded Caleb doesn’t have that Entitled attitude some people like him do. ( his mu for instance!)
Its a hot and sexy read, with scenes that fit the story, are well written and aren’t thrown in just to spice up a mundane plot. I hate it when that happens…Raine can write a decent storyline though, she makes me feel that the characters are real, gives me a couple of ladies to dislike.
I did feel this was a little too straightforward romance though, lacked in the drama department.
There were a couple of storylines that had the Drama factor, one which was a real surprise and I’m not really sure of its significance, didn’t affect much here but makes me wonder if it’ll take a bigger role in future stories. The other had the breakup potential but is was kind of muted, but I love a strong angsty, will-they-make-it storyline so though it was fine I’d have liked it to be More!!
As I said some great characters, food for next books, but there’s one that felt just not right, and that’s Brooke’s colleague…forgot his name, got to look it up- back soon. Eduardo – that’s the guy. He’s great – a really good friend to Brooke, but I just felt he was too stereotypical Gay, too OTT and it didn’t really fit. He felt like a mix of Liberace, Gok Wan and Danny la Rue….just not quite real, more affected than he ought to be. Still, that’s just me 😉 I still liked the guy.
So its a good start to a new series of – hurrah – stand alone novels, but connected via the Blackstone family. The hints of characters for next books makes me want to know more already, so this book does that part really well, and maybe its not got the deep drama I love, but its still a fun read, a lovely romance and some sensual heat.
Stars: Four, a great read with tantalising tastes for the next books.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher