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.
I must say this was an interestingly different kind of read in Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul. I mean it had the Alpha man in Branden Duke, the heroine that was smart and hardworking with a troubled past that haunted her present in Cara Michal. With a familiar scene set, things are not always what they appear to be.
The thing that I liked the most about this story line was that there was not an instant "I Love You" between Cara and Branden, chemistry... yes, lust...most definitely, but love at first sight... not a chance. I have to admit I enjoyed their internal dialogue contemplating their feelings for one another and the insecurities and second thoughts about the direction their relationship should go that made them easily to relate to. Cara was independent to a fault and carried the weight of her family's burdens on her shoulders. While, Branden had a slew of sisters that provided entertaining side banter to the main story.
Overall, I will give this novel 3.5-stars and would recommend that you jog on over and read Filthy Rich by Virna DePaul. I didn't love and definitely didn't hate it, but I definitely LIKED it... a lot, because it had a story line that had action, suspense, drama, and even romance, that would keep you enthralled until the very end.