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 wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, supporting not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s 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 party—only 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 all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s 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.
Praise for Filthy Rich
“With a wonderfully seductive story—not to mention an absolutely delicious hero—Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul is an absolute must read!”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner
“DePaul spins a familiar romantic setup into a web of seductive intrigue and sizzling romance in her latest contemporary love story, set against the skyscrapers of Manhattan. . . . The twists and turns of the fast-paced plot are delightful, and the book is filled with page-scorching heat. The dominant, rich hero and strong, capable heroine break away from stereotypes in a subtle yet definite manner, making their story entirely believable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Filthy Rich boasts a detailed mystery plot and hot love scenes that scorch the page. The smart, honorable hero and heroine are supported by a strong secondary cast of characters who add depth and warmth to an already solid story.”—BookPage
“The story starts off strong with great flirtation and sexual tension.”—RT Book Reviews
“Filthy Rich is definitely a good choice. It will keep you entertained and get your lady bits tingling. It will leave you feeling satisfied. So don’t miss out on Cara and Brendan—their adventure was fun and I absolutely suggest you read their book.”—Maine Book Mama
“I liked the story. You don’t see many romance storylines that deal with Wall Street, so I was all over this one.”—Cocktails and Books
“Filthy Rich combines intense passion with intrigue and danger in a fast-paced and enjoyable story with surprising twists and turns. Ms. DePaul does a great job of building up the tension.”—The Sassy Bookster
“I love it when I think I have guessed who did what and then, boom, plot twist! LOL! This story will suck you in and leave you begging for more.”—Wicked Women Book Blog
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“Go. Just go. At a party like this, you could meet the love of your life.”
Cara Michal didn’t bother rolling her eyes, mostly because her friend Iris was giving out unwanted advice over the phone and couldn’t see her do it.
“I work on Wall Street, Iris. The guys I work with, the ones attending this company event, aren’t interested in love. Even if they were, I’m not.”
“Well, apparently you’re not interested in fun or sex, either. Jesus, Cara, just how long has it been since you’ve been on a date?”
This time Cara did roll her eyes, but smiled. Usually Iris wouldn’t have to ask the question--knowing someone since high school made it so questions like this were usually irrelevant-but their monthly manipedi meet-uphad been forfeited for the last six weeks due to Cara’s intense work schedule, and Cara had barely managed to respond to Iris’s multiple texts with a simple thumbs-up or “ugh” face. She’d barely had time to eat and sleep, let alone check in with her friend.She missed Iris. Thankfully, the huge project she’d been working on was over and she’d be getting back to a seventy-five-hour work week instead of what had been closer to a hundred. And maybe get back to dating, too, although she doubted it. The last few datesshe’d accepted had been more trouble than they were worth, and she wasn’t eager for a repeat.
“It’s been awhile,” Cara admitted. “But I knew when I started the four-year analyst program at Dubois & Mellan, that’s what I was signing up for. That’s why they pay me the big bucks,” she added dryly. Earning asix-figure salary three years after graduating college wasn’t anything to scoff at, but the reality was that it didn’t go very far, either. Not for a single woman living in Manhattan with the kind of responsibilities Cara had, anyway.
“By this time next year, that’ll all change. You’ll get your bonus for completing the program, dole it out to your family, and finally listen to me when I say you need to seriously rethink your chosen professionand do something you love,” Iris said, confidence in her tone.
Another thing about knowing someone since high school was the freedom they felt in handing out unwanted advice. Cara bit her lip and counted to five before answering. “I love analyzing numbers,” she pointed out.
It was mostly a true statement, but there were other things she loved more. Things she might have tried out as a career if her life had turned out differently, like teaching high school math, or computer engineering.Only Iris knew the true reason Cara had become a Wall Street analyst: after her father had died, she’d needed to make good money and make it fast, and if she had to sacrifice her personal life to do it, so be it. But that conversation was one Cara would ratheravoid. Iris was trying to help, but sometimes her brand of help simply made Cara feel a restlessness she couldn’t afford. “You know it’s not as easy as that,” Cara said quietly. “If the firm offers me a permanent position, I’ll have to take it.”
“Even though the work is killing you?” Iris said.
“Overly dramatic, much?” Cara responded dryly.
Iris sighed. “Dead horse. Moving on. You still haven’t answered my question. Have you gone on any dates in the last few weeks that I’m unaware of?”
“Um, I went out with a colleague a couple of times, though we also talked shop so I could justify it.” Greg Johnson was like many of the junior stockbrokers that Cara knew. Tall and attractive. Young. A bit cocky.Rock-hard abs and biceps threatening to bust the seams of his designer clothing. A dazzling smile made more dazzling by teeth whitening. Summa cum laude at Yale. And yet over the course of a couple of dates, he’d proven to be uninspiring. Besides, dating coworkerswasn’t high on her list--too many chances for things to go wrong, and when they did, the inevitable awkward silences and gawky avoidance moves in the hallway would ensue.
“You’re talking about that guy Greg from your office, right? You had dinner and drinks a couple of times. You said you were bored. Hardly a date, in my book.”
“You mean because we didn’t end up between the sheets?” They’d started off at one of the French restaurants near their office--where Greg had attempted to illustrate his knowledge of fine dining and wine. But whilehis overly loud and cocksure attitude had attracted the fawning attention of a couple of sleek young women at the bar, it had flattened her libido. Once the check came and he’d tried to convince her to go with him to a nightclub, she’d pointedly suggested makingit an early night.
“Not exactly, but I detect a noticeable lack of enthusiasm about this guy,” Iris said. “And no wonder. He sounds safe. Just like every other guy you’ve dated the past few years. Would you like me to fix you up withsomeone?”
“No thanks,” Cara said quickly. “I can manage. Besides, you and I seem to go after men that are complete opposites.”
“Yeah, but that hasn’t always been the case. Remember Tony Spokane?”
Cara’s mouth tipped up. Did she ever. Tony Spokane had been the high school cigarette-smoking bad boy, complete with leather jacket, motorcycle boots, and long hair. He’d also been the one thing that had ever threatenedto come between her and Iris. When Cara had realized that, she’d given Iris the all clear. And if she’d continued to periodically daydream about Tony and that dangerous self-assured glint in his eye, long after he and Iris had stopped dating, well, she’d keptthat to herself. Just like she kept to herself the fact she still occasionally daydreamed about bedding a bad boy. Someone sexy and powerful and as far from the high-finance men she dated as one could get.
“Old Tony turned out to be more your speed than mine,” Cara said. “And now that I think about it, most of the guys you date bear a strong resemblance to old Tony.”
Iris snorted. “True. And that’s not necessarily a good thing. At least you meet employed guys.”
“There is that.” Cara leaned back in her chair. Iris had been an artist, actress, gossip blogger, and stand-up comic. At the moment, she was waiting tables in Brooklyn at a dive that served nachos and two-dollarcans of beer to poets and artists. The borrowing type. Another reason Cara had passed on her friend’s offer--yeah, sure, Iris’s boyfriends were sexy as hell, but so totally unreliable.
“So this guy Greg doesn’t make the cut? Not even for a good old-fashioned roll in the hay? Didn’t you say he’s sexy?”
“Sexy body . . . not too sexy of a brain. And his self-serving attitude isn’t all that sexy, either.”
“Is he going to be at the party tonight?”
“He wants to go together, but I haven’t committed.” Cara sat up straight again and fiddled with a pen, tapping it on her desktop. “Some important client of ours is throwing it. Attendance is strongly encouraged,which translates as show up and suck up. But I get so little time off as it is; hanging out with my coworkers is not how I relish spending it.”
“What’s the occasion?”
“Something big with D&M is going to be announced, I think. Maybe a new contract. Or someone’s retiring.” More likely checking in for an extended stay at a mental-health rehab facility. It happened in her line ofwork. A lot. Between the intensity of the work weeks--surgery residents had nothing on stock market traders--and the pervasive alcohol and drug use that came with trying to stay on top of the game, people crashed right and left. Not her, though. She stayedon the straight and narrow. Did her job and only her job.
Maybe that’s why lately she’d been feeling so . . . uneasy. Discombobulated. Like her world had shifted off center and she was standing at a tilt. If her high school crush on Tony had taught her anything, it wasthat there was a wild side to her. Granted, a small one, but one that needed to break free every once in a while. Nowadays all she did was work. And work. And work. Except for those rare times she went by herself to dance in nightclubs, and that obviously wasn’tcutting it anymore. But what would? Finding her own modern-day Tony Spokane to pine after?
She rubbed her temple, trying to dull the slight headache she felt coming on.
“Whatever it is, you should probably hear the news firsthand,” Iris said, interrupting Cara’s thoughts. “And the thing is, you really don’t get out much.”
That was true enough. “I suppose I’ll go.”
“As if there was any real doubt,” Iris snorted. “You live and breathe that job, Cara.”
“Yeah. Unfortunately.” Exhaustion hit, settling into her bones, causing her to drop her pen and lean back in her chair. How much longer could she push this hard? A memory of her childhood, her family on the shoreduring summer, swam into her mind. How gentle and relaxed and warm that day had been . . . her and her brother, Glenn, chasing waves up and down the beach, their mother reading a book under the sun umbrella, their father combing the beach for seashells . .. Just as quickly, the mental image slipped away, leaving her with the sting of nostalgia and the strong desire to be back there, on the beach with her family and her once-idyllic childhood. Impossible, yes . . . “But . . .”
She started. She hadn’t realized she’d said the word out loud. “I do have three weeks of vacation that I’ve never used,” she said. “Maybe I’ll actually take a few days to escape.” She tried to imagine it. Warm sandand water. A frothy drink in her hand. Nothing to do but read a good book and flirt with a hot cabana boy or two. Not quite like her childhood experience at the Jersey shore, but something similar . . . something relaxed. Maybe the Bahamas or even South Carolina.Someplace where she could hear the roar of the surf at night and feel the heat of the sun during the day.
Yeah, right, like she’d ever take the time off work and go somewhere.
More realistically, she’d probably stay close and spend most of the time with her mother or Glenn. Visiting her brother in his residential treatment home, Windorne Care Home, wasn’t the most relaxing of events.She normally tried to see him once a week, but those visits were often stressful and rushed. She counted her blessings that her mind was healthy--she couldn’t imagine how difficult life was for her brother, who had had treatment-resistant schizophrenia sincehis late teen years.
“You seriously should. But never mind the three weeks. Tonight would be, what? Three hours of your precious time?”
“Maybe four. I have to get there and back. The party’s being held at some private house along Long Island Sound.”
“Ritzy. Classy. That means you also need to spend some time finding something appropriate to wear in that black hole of a closet of yours. Seriously, you’re in dire need of some retail therapy. All you have in thereare suits, suits, suits. Navy, black, gray. Blouses, blouses, blouses. Cream, ivory, white. You know, Cara, there’s nothing wrong with dressing up a little, is there? God, with your long blond hair, skin an angel would pay to have, and body made for . . . well,you know. You never play up those amazing assets of yours, and you should.”
Iris was exaggerating about the plethora of work clothes in Cara’s closet, only slightly. Over the last year, she’d found herself wearing a slinky dress, her blond hair loose and over her shoulders, and her faceheavily made up--complete with smoky eyeshadow and matte-red lips--while inside a nightclub, grinding to the heavy beat, losing herself in the thick crowd. She hadn’t told Iris what she was doing, although she felt guilty about keeping a secret from her friend.It was as if she’d found a small way to break free of the burdens working at D&M placed on her.
“I’ll do my best not to embarrass you, Iris.”
“You don’t embarrass me. You make me damn proud, honey,” Iris said, a rare show of emotion in her voice. “You do so much for your family, I just wish you’d take some time to live your life for a change. I hate seeingyou give so much of yourself and take nothing in return.”
Cara closed her eyes and took a deep breath, then forced herself to smile. Iris couldn’t see it, but maybe she’d hear it in her voice. “It’s not forever, Iris. I’m lucky. I’ll have my time eventually.”
When I win the lottery, she thought. But although not having to worry about money would certainly make her life easier, it wouldn’t solve all her problems. This desire to break free being one of them. And the lackof datable material would be another. She cleared her throat. “I’ll start by trying to have a little fun tonight. Promise.”
“Call that guy,” Iris said quickly. “Greg. He might be egotistical, but maybe being around a hot dude might get you in the mood.”
Maybe. Probably not. But Iris’s suggestion was worth considering. After disconnecting with Iris, Cara called Greg. As the phone rang, she hesitated.
She didn’t want to go, she realized. Still, her hesitation confused her. Did she not want to go to the party, or did she not want to go with Greg? This was a work-related function. Whether or not she would be boredby either Greg or conversations with her coworkers shouldn’t matter. Yes, work-related functions were boring, and rightly so. It was far better to maintain the status quo than let loose and get crazy. And some of her work friends would be there, too. Gail fromthree doors down. Tammie, another analyst. It would be nice to chat with them. But God, she wanted more. Wanted to no longer be swimming in monotony. Wanted to no longer feel like she was twisting around in her own skin, held down . . . held back.
But where were all these thoughts coming from? This restlessness, this desire for more, wasn’t her. She was exactly where she wanted to be. Working hard. Making a decent living but still cognizant of the fact thateverything she was working for could be taken away from her at any moment, the way it had been taken away from her family--from her dad. She could never let her guard down. Never get too comfortable. People took advantage of those who had weak walls. Who trustedtoo much. And when people swooped in for the kill, they left only devastation.
It was probably just Iris’s talk of love that was throwing her off. As streetwise as her friend was, Iris was a closet romantic at heart.
Thankfully, she’d flushed that out of her system a long time ago. Romance was for those who had time and money to waste. Not her.
When Greg answered, she caught her breath, then found herself saying, “Greg, it’s Cara. I, uh, decided to go. Did you still want to attend tonight’s party together?”
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Leaving the party on the main floor of the mansion, Cara Michal heads to a quieter spot on the next level. There she meets and kisses a sexy man she is drawn to only to find out the next day that he is her new boss Branden Duke. Attraction still burns between them and soon they act on it. She knows he’s a player and, if she falls for him, she will be the one getting hurt but she can’t help it. He has never felt for any woman what he feels for Cara and is unsure how to react. Now someone is taking photos of Cara and Branden and doctoring them to make them look suggestive when they were not. The SEC is investigating the firm for irregularities and a suspicious email is found coming from Cara’s account. She didn’t send it so who is doing this and why? Is Cara being targeted or is it Branden? Suspense-filled as a stalker has set his sights on Branden and Cara and doctored pics are seen on gossip rags. The stalker's identity is totally unexpected.
Going into this book I was thinking it would be one of those books that have too much sex and not much of a storyline; I based this off of the title, but I was happily surprised that it wasn't! Not that those books don't have their charms, but I found this book to be refreshing. Don't get me wrong there is definitely some heat and spice in this book, and this book also surprised me in being somewhat light hearted. I love strong, sweet alpha males, but they are usually tortured somehow, and they are really gruff and a bit dark, and I do enjoy that type of guy, but I loved that in this book the guy was funny and he didn't brood, and he had a close relationship with his family, and even though he was a generally happy guy, he still was a hot alpha male, who definitely scorched the pages! Branden was the whole package! Cara was terrific as well! She's intelligent and strong, and she has a mind of her own. Cara and Branden have tons of chemistry together, and they are really cute and adorable with each other. I loved the mystery aspect, and I really enjoy the overlay of danger added to the story with the mystery stalker. This book is told in both of Cara and Branden's perspectives, and I love when authors to that; it makes the story seem fuller. This book is a complete story with no cliffhangers, so I love that. Also, there is the possibility of some great books with some of the side characters, so I'm going to be on the look out for that possibility. I loved this book, and I definitely will read more books by Virna DePaul!
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, suspense, and twists & turns, and heartbreak. This is Cara and Branden’s story. Cara has seen bad things happen to those she loves. Now she wants to be the best. One kiss could change everything. She kisses her new boss. Since she wants to not be noticed that was one kiss sealed her fate. Now she is in a relationship with her boss. When the threats start can she count on Branden to help her? She already has a lot of responsibilities to her family can she really count on someone besides herself? Will Branden want to protect her? What happens when the past comes out? Will it ruin everything? Will they be able to pick up the pieces? Was the person that was responsible for the threats who you thought it was? Or were you completely surprised? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
What do you do when you go to a party and you get bored and your date ditches you? Cara just wanted to get some private, quite time. She goes upstairs and finds a quiet room where she falls asleep. She slowly comes awake after she feels a soft touch to her cheek. Upon waking she sees this hot, sexy stranger, who she ends up sharing passionate kiss. The next day she finds out the company she works at has been sold. Yep, you got it. It was sold to Branden, the sexy stranger she meet at the party. Cara knows they should not get involved, but they continue to be drawn to each other. Therefore, when a picture/video surfaces, implying Brandon and Cara are already in a relationship, they figure why not take their relationship further. This was a well write story. It flowed easily and did not give you a lot of monologue from the characters mind. Characters were well-developed. Brandon was actually a good guy. He wasn’t this Alpha male, wanting things only for himself. He protected Cara. Cara was a strong, independent woman. Although the ending was a surprise and did not seem to fit, overall it was still a good story.
Set in the high-stakes and glamorous world of finance, FILTHY RICH really is a breath of fresh air. What I love the most about this story is that the characters are very far from the usual stereotypes and the expected lifestyle excesses are missing. Experience has taught Cara Michal to value order and control and she can always count on numbers to stabilize her. She's worked hard to secure her position as a financial analyst on Wall Street and her job gives her the ability to care for both her mentally ill brother and her heartbroken mother. Cara is determined to avoid her father's mistakes and has little time in her life for fun, but a passionate interlude with a sexy stranger at a party opens up a whole new world to her and also puts everything she's achieved at risk. Her sexy stranger is her wealthy and attractive new boss, Branden Duke. Branden Duke has it all: wealth and all that comes with it, but he's lacking one thing - a woman who loves him for who he is and not what he has. His connection with Cara is exactly what he's been searching for all his life, but can he convince her to give them a chance? Or will his being her life do more harm than good to Cara? I really enjoyed Cara and Branden. Branden is dominant but his bond with his sisters shows an emotional and endearing side to him. He always gets what he wants but meets his match in independent, hardworking and focused Cara and in a twist, he's the one having to coax her to accept him and his desire to care for her. FILTHY RICH combines intense passion with intrigue and danger in fast-paced and enjoyable story with surprising twists and turns. Ms. DePaul does a great job of building up the tension and I'm hoping for follow-up stories on some of the secondary characters introduced to us. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cara is a numbers wiz and numbers have a calming effect on her when her world seems to be crashing around her. She really has no life but attends a "work" party with a co-worker who really just bores her and because she is looking for a quiet place she wanders into a room and falls asleep. She is awoken by a handsome man who doesn't realize she is one of the employees and they share an impassioned kiss. The next day at work Cara discovers the man she encountered and who plagued her dreams that night is now her new boss. I really rate this as a 3.5 stars but rounded up to 4 because I did enjoy the read. The characters were intriguing and would like to see Alex and Lee and the sisters in future books. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Sexy and full of Intrigue and Suspense! Cara Michal is strong and independent, sexy & driven. Branden Duke, well his name alone portrays aristocratic, wealth & power; it’s sexy and so is he! Despite Branden & Cara’s efforts they are unable to ignore their insatiable attraction to one another and forge ahead into a full blown romance; they set their sheets on fire! But there is someone who wants them apart and this story ripens into a suspenseful mystery full of drama & intrigue that keeps you guessing till the end. 4 Stars **** for the cover, it’s sexy and what drew my attention to this book and for the believe-ability of the chemistry of the main characters and the flow of the story line! ****An advance reading copy of Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul was provided to me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
*I received an ARC from Random House in exchange for an honest review* Filthy Rich is a romantic suspense story featuring Cara Michal, an investment analyst with a Wall Street firm and Branden Duke, the new CEO of the company she works for. Their romance begins with some serious lust although neither wants to believe it's anything more than a fling. Someone is playing a nasty game that is sure to ruin Cara's carefully maintained reputation, but who is it, and why? As their relationship deepens so do the assaults on her character. There are several different stories going on which might or might not be connected to what's happening with Cara. Each story line is resolved, however, the villain of the main story is unexpected. My overall opinion with this book is that I was underwhelmed with just about every aspect of it. For me this book was just okay.
Steamy and lots of suspense and drama. Cara is out to prove herself in the investment world after her father was wrongfully accused of fraud. When she goes to a party to blow off some steam she ends up kissing a stranger. That stranger happens to be Branden, her new boss who has a reputation of his own. The story is fast paced and suspenseful and the chemistry between Brandon and Cara is hot. I couldn’t put it down. Great Read!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! Just the title alone had me wanting to read this book!! No better story can be told when a rich, hot, sexy man is in it!! Different kind of book happening with the whole wall street thing! Cara is very independent and responsible, love that about her! Braden is just "Filthy Rich"!! Cara and Braden both are caretakers for their families. And the story begins!! This book was definitely a twisty turny book!! A great read!!
ara works on Wall Street. Her father died years ago, accused of losing their towns money in stock. Now she is responsible for her depressed mother and schizophrenia brother. Branden buys the company she works for and is helping the SEC investigate it. Branden knows under those conservative clothes is a gorgeous woman. They start an affair but someone is stalking them and they must catch him before someone is killed. I absolutely loved this story. Romance, suspense, a little funny and a whole lot of sexy. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
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 Cara’s 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 party—only 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 all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s 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. Review: I think it is hard to write a story about a millionaire boss and employee, they have been done to death recently. Most stories have the brooding, secretive boss that is chasing the virginal employee, this is not that. I liked that even though Branden is rich as sin, they are both highly intelligent business people. Cara is a survivor and takes care of herself and her family without needing a man's help. Branden is the playboy millionaire, but he too is a caretaker and wants to do the right thing. These two sizzle from the first meeting and you know they will give in, even when they find out they are going to be boss and employee. What they don't count on is threats from an unknown source, mystery and suspense. I thought the story was very well-done and complete package. It has a great plot and a great mystery, that could not figure out until almost the instant that the stalker is revealed. I have read this Author's paranormal romances before and really enjoyed them, as I did this romantic suspense. I will continue to seek out this Author's works. 4Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
: 3.75 stars--FILTHY RICH is the first book in Virna DePaul's contemporary, adult, erotic romance series. This is billionaire/CEO Branden Duke, and Wall Street analyst Cara Michal's storyline. Told from dual third person perspectives FILTHY RICH follows the building relationship between Branden Duke and Cara Michal. Cara is an analyst for Dubois & Mellan, and the with the recent sale of the company to Branden Duke finds our heroine caught in a taboo relationship with her new boss, whom she first met at a gathering intended to introduce Branden to his new employees. What ensues is a highly sexual relationship between two people whose lives are connected by the past. Cara is the soul source of income and support for her mother and mentally ill brother since the death of her father, and with it comes the responsibility of both physical and emotional acceptance of what she is and is not capable of providing. Her position within Dubois & Mellan is a necessity but an affair with the new boss proves that nothing is secret or sacred in the workplace when threats, accusations and adulterated videos of Cara and Branden are used as leverage against our leading couple. Branden has begun an investigation into the financial assets of the company, and Cara has become the target of slander and office gossip while a stalker continues to threaten our leading couple. The relationship between Cara and Branden begins accidentally at a party to honour the new owner of Dubois and Mellan. Cara finds herself alone with a man she knows nothing about but a man who calls to her heart and soul. Branden, as it will soon become known, is Cara's new boss, and the man who would die to protect the woman with whom he is falling in love; their backstories are sad and heartbreaking, and tied together by deceit and fraud. The $ex scenes are numerous, erotic and intense. There is very little angst between Cara and Branden; when Cara is threatened, she is quick to let Branden know without denying the obvious or hiding the truth. There are a number of secondary and supporting characters including Branden's five half and step-sisters but we only meet Deena who has a recurring role as she is hired to investigate some of the people at Dubois and Mellan. With the introduction of Branden's extended family, his best friend Alex (who may or may not have an interest in one of Branden's sisters), and Alex's brother Lee, there may be several story lines on the horizon from Virna DePaul. The requisite evil has many faces. Cara's best friend Iris continues to push Cara to come out of her shell. The world building introduces the characters and players behind the scenes at Dubois & Mellan, and the loving relationship between Branden and his family. The witty text banter and phone calls are humorous and affectionate. The sibling interactions are familiar and warm hearted. FILTHY RICH is an easy read with drama, betrayal, mystery and suspense; the person responsible for the threats against Cara and Branden is unexpected, and not whom the reader may have been lead to believe. The premise is entertaining with scenes of drama, humour and a twist; the romance is erotic and not unexpected; the happily ever after is about to begin.
What an awesome read. I really enjoyed everything about it. Good strong characters, excellent writing, and a very interesting storyline. Cara is determined, motivated, and fiercely loyal to her family. Brandon is self-made, strong, and powerful. He also happens to be Cara's new boss so a relationship between them shouldn't happen. Some things can't be stopped though, and soon the attraction between the two is just to hard to deny. Brandon soon realizes she can't let her go but will a connection from her past be too much to overcome?? I highly recommend this one.
This story is about two people, so very different, but yet so very similar. Cara Michal has been working hard her entire adult life ever since her father died when she was 15. Cara works as a Wall Street Analyst for Dubois & Mellan, making good money so she can financially support her mother and her older brother who has schizophrenia and lives in a treatment center. Branden Duke is equally as determined in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom, and is known as being a man who gets what he wants. He owns a few companies and is very rich...filthy rich! He also takes care of his five sisters since his mom and stepdads are idiots. Cara reluctantly decided goes to a company event with Greg from work at some rich guy's house. Bored and tired, Cara decides to wander around the house and ends up in a room on the second floor, laying down on the couch and falls asleep! Later she is woken up by Branden Duke, the sexiest man she has ever laid her eyes on. Loved this introduction of these two. Obviously neither of them likes to back down from a challenge! ;) The next day at work it is announced that D&M has been sold. Guess who the new owner is? Yep! Branden Duke! LOL! Cara and Branden both know that an office romance is wrong, but these two find that they can't stay away from each other. As Branden and Cara are exploring their relationship, events from both of their pasts come crashing down causing some crazy events! This part of the story was so interesting I didn't want to put the book down. I really enjoyed how everything played out and was a little shocked by one of the characters. Over all this book was wonderful! Both of these characters were great, strong people whose chemistry was just off the charts! I love how they naturally just fit together.
I want Branden, mmmm....very sexy. I could not put this down after the first few chapters. It had romance, intrigue and suspense which I love. And I totally did not guess who it was, I was shocked. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.