A MAN OF CONTROL. A WOMAN WHO'S ABOUT TO TAKE IT.
Reid Maxwell is one of the top corporate attorneys and one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. He likes his wins big, his women beautiful and in bed, not out, and most importantly the deep burn of his past buried. Until one woman, a most unexpected woman, challenges him in ways that might just destroy the invincible Mr. Maxwell.
Carrie West is captive to Reid Maxwell and a debt between their families she doesn't know exists. It should be so simple for Reid Maxwell. Claim the company that is now his. The problem: he's now obsessed with Carrie, the daughter of the man he's destined to destroy.
Now who's captive to who?
DIRTY RICH SERIES READING ORDER:
BOOK ONE: Dirty Rich One Night Stand (Cat and Reese's story)
BOOK TWO: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story (Cole and Lori's story)
BOOK THREE: Dirty Rich Obsession (Reid and Carrie's story)
BOOK FOUR: Dirty Rich Betrayal (Grayson and Mia's story)
BOOK FIVE: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story: Ever After (Cole and Lori's second book)
COMING SOON IN THE SERIES:
Dirty Rich One Night Stand: Two Years Later (Cat and Reese's second book)
Dirty Rich TBD (Ashley's story)
Well-written, intelligent and engrossing
DIRTY RICH OBSESSION is the third instalment in Lisa Renee Jones’ contemporary, adult DIRTY RICH erotic, romance series. This is corporate attorneys Reid Maxwell, and Carrie West’s story line. DIRTY RICH OBSESSION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. There is a slight cross-over with the author’s Tall, Dark and Deadly series and the appearance of Royce Walker.
NOTE: There are some scenes of light discipline and spanking which may not be suitable for all readers.
Told from dual first person perspectives (Reid and Carrie) DIRTY RICH OBSESSION follows the building relationship between corporate attorneys thirty-eight year old Reid Maxwell, and Carrie West. Carrie West is struggling now that West Enterprises has been forfeited in a hostile take over, a take over and sale to the Maxwell, Maxwell and Maxwell law firm. Hoping for answers Carrie sets out to ‘seduce’ the man she accuses of stealing the company, but things don’t go according to plan. Fearing the loss of her job Carrie must face the man from whom she was hoping for definitive answers. Enter Reid Maxwell, legal shark, arrogant corporate attorney, keeper of secrets, and the man with whom Carrie will fall in love. What ensues is the acrimonious relationship between Carrie and Reid, and the potential fall-out when the truth behind the take-over is finally revealed.
Reid Maxwell doesn’t do relationships but his attraction to and obsession with Carrie West is visceral and real. The secrets Reid keeps buried are both personal and professional, secrets that will destroy the woman with whom he is falling in love. Carrie West struggles in the face of professional ruin and personal loss until Reid Maxwell makes Carrie an offer she cannot refuse.
The relationship between Carrie and Reid is an enemies to lovers romance between corporate attorneys fighting for domination both in and out of the boardroom. Reid demands submission from our heroine in an attempt to usurp control over all things Carrie West, control that is more of a power struggle than a romantic or equal relationship. There are quite a few issues of trust between our leading couple including the secrets Reid keeps buried, secrets he knows will destroy the growing love between him and Carrie. Reid’s need to discipline Carrie is a constant threat against our story line heroine, a threat he is all too quickly to demonstrate and provide. From unwanted physical altercations, and emotional demands, Reid’s behavior is tantamount to an abuse of power in a supervisory position. In a climate of the #MeToo generation, I am struggling with the hero’s behaviour towards the woman with whom he is falling in love. I get it, this is a story of fiction but sometimes too much is too much. The $ex scenes are erotic, seductive and intense with some scenes of light discipline and spanking.
There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and charismatic secondary and supporting characters including the return of Reese Summer, and Reid’s sister Cat Maxwell (Dirty Rich One Night Stand #1), Cole Brooks and Lori Havens (Dirty Rich Cinderella Story #2), and Royce Walker. We are introduced to Reid’s brother Gabe, and their father Mike Maxwell; business associates, billionaire attorney Grayson Bennett, and Elijah Woodson; Reid’s amazing PA Connie; Carrie’s PA Sallie, as well as Carrie’s father, and his girlfriend Stella. Grayson’s story line is next in DIRTY RICH BETRAYAL.
The world building continues to look behind the scenes of the rich and powerful attorneys: the backstabbing, affairs, corporate greed, and all around betrayal and mistrust.
DIRTY RICH OBSESSION is a story of betrayal, secrets, vengeance and loss. The repetitive use of the word a$$hole as a descriptor to punctuate the behaviour and attitude of our story line hero is over the top with eighty-nine (89) mentions-slightly redundant in the grand scheme of a romance story. The premise is well-written, intelligent and engrossing: the characters are animated and dynamic; the romance is sexy and provocative but I had a few issues with Reid Maxwell’s alpha-hole behavior.