Continuing where Dirty Rich Cinderella Story left off…
Get ready for a steamy honeymoon, and a heart-stopping welcome home for Cole and Lori!
The unexpected is about to happen and while Lori has faced the demons of her past, she and Cole will face those of his past now.
“Engrossing, emotional, and steamy… this book will have you biting your nails. Definitely, the type of book you will want to read in one sitting. This is a story for all of you romantics who believe in love at first sight. Swooning while you read is guaranteed!”—As You Wish Reviews
“Hot and sexy, interesting and engaging and I can’t wait to see what’s next from LRJ!!”—Book Loving Pixies Blog
“This book is a FAST-PACED, WICKEDLY SEDUCTIVE and SPELLBINDING read with a dash of suspense, some unexpected twists and turns, and a hefty dose of swoon!” —Kim R.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
DIRTY RICH CINDERELLA STORY is book two in the Dirty Rich series. Several characters from the Walker Security series make an appearance but there’s no problem jumping right into the story.
Lori Havens is almost done with her law degree at Stanford. Circumstances had her temporarily leaving school and in the meantime, she’s struggling with several jobs to pay the bills for her and her mom. One of those jobs is working as a researcher for Cat Summers, who we met in book 1. Lori quite literally runs into a handsome stranger and has a fantastic one night stand. But when she takes an intern job with Cat’s husband, Reese, she finds herself face to face with her Prince Charming and her new boss, Cole Brooks.
I’ll begin by saying that although there’s several references and parallels to the fairytale, Cinderella, it’s really more of a modern interpretation very loosely based on it. So if fairytales aren’t your thing, no worries, you won’t find evil stepmothers in this one!
BUT, there is one hell of a sexy Prince Charming in Cole Brooks. He was really the star for me because he was so accepting and adoring with Lori. He was smart, successful. Even more, Cole was dominating without being overbearing, passionate without being oppressive. And frankly, he put up with a lot of Lori’s crap! Don’t get me wrong, I liked Lori. I could totally understand her reasons for constantly pushing Cole away but at the same time I wanted to bop her over the head for being so damn stubborn, LOL! She was a strong woman with solid values but Cole stole my heart and I was so antsy for him to get his HEA.
Once again, L.R. Jones has given us a wonderfully witty story with sexy, savvy characters. Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
DIRTY RICH CINDERELLA STORY: EVER AFTER is technically book 5 in the Dirty Rich series though it’s the follow up book for Lori and Cole, the main characters of book 2. So the second book should be read before the fifth!
This book is a continuation of Lori and Cole’s tale. It begins with them on their honeymoon in Paris where everything is ALMOST perfect except for the fallout from their recently won case. There’s a whole lot of obstacles waiting for Cole and Lori to overcome once they get home. Is their new marriage strong enough to weather the storm?
So, I honestly was torn in two different directions with this story. On the one hand, I loved all the suspense in this one. It added another element that just enhanced the romance between Cole and Lori. I also loved the additional new characters that will make for some interesting future storylines. The expanded roles of some of the original secondary characters gave the story another twist that I truly enjoyed, too. But on the other hand, I felt like some parts were a bit redundant and unnecessary. It felt more like filler and didn’t really add to the story. That being said, it’s still written in LRJ’s signature style of smart and sexy.
Overall, I settled on 4 stars because I decided that the new characters plus the added suspense overrode the unneeded details! Told from dual POVs with a happy ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
“You have me now. I’m not going anywhere. I promise.”
“You can’t promise that.”
“I can,” he says, his voice deep, rich, his tone absolute. “I will.”
“Yes, but if I die, you’ll know how much I loved you. You’ll know I’m still with you.” He cups my face. “But you don’t get to get rid of me that easily. Whatever waits for us here, there, or anywhere, we’ll get through it together. That’s what husbands and wives do.”
Warmth and calm wash over me. “Husband,” I whisper.
“Wife,” he replies, his gaze raking over my lips, and lifting. “About that zipper.”
“Take me to our hotel and I’ll show you how it works.”
“I can’t wait that long,” he counters, reaching for said zipper.
I catch his hand. “Cole,” I warn urgently. “You have to wait.”
I’ve barely finished that reprimand before his mouth is crashing down on mine and he’s kissing me, his tongue stroking my tongue. One of his hands settles at the base of my spine, molding me close, all those hard, sinewy parts of him pressed to all the soft parts of me and I moan. Another second later, and my zipper is open, and he’s pressed my hands over my head, his fingers dragging over the thin lace of my barely-there bra, teasing my nipples.
“We can’t do this here,” I whisper, and I mean it, despite the moan that rolls from my throat, as his fingers slide between my legs, heat pooling low in my belly and spreading to the touch of his fingers.
“And yet we are,” he says.
Voices sound just outside the door, and I panic. “Cole,” I hiss.
He reacts, and in an instant, his arm is around my waist and he’s pulling me into a long, narrow stall, shutting the heavy door and locking it. Women, two I think, enter the bathroom, and Cole steps back in front of me, his cheek pressing to mine as he whispers. “I’m going to make you come with them standing right there.”
My fingers curl on his chest. “No,” I silently whisper, but he swallows the protest with a deep lick of his tongue, and just like that, he’s grabbed my panties and yanked them away.
And then he’s kneeling on one knee, his lips pressing to my belly, and the effect is an adrenaline rush up and down my body. My fingers tangle in his hair and I tell myself it’s to pull him away, but his tongue flicks my belly button and I bite my lip to silence my pleasure. I know where that tongue is headed and it’s almost too much.