Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez

Carina Press, 2019


I had a hard time rating this book. Ultimately though I decided, based on the fantastic writing and the fact that it’s HOTTER THAN BLAZES…four stars.

Like I said, Angelina M. Lopez is a fabulous writer and this book is one hell of a debut. The premise here is that Roxanne, a billionaire business mogul, has contractually arranged to marry Mateo, Prince of some Spain adjacent land. She will bail out his country financially and he will… impregnate her. The deal is three nights a month until they produce a legitimate heir and then they’ll divorce. What could possibly go wrong?

This book starts off with explosive hate sex but each of these characters have a soft side that is revealed along the way. There is chemistry for days and lots and lots of drama. So, yay for that.

But. Like I said, I kinda struggled rating this one. There was some stuff in this book I didn’t love. For example, right out of the gate is a disparaging reference to a woman’s age and waist size. Dislike.

And…so this is totally personal… but I didn’t care for Roxanne’s approach to having a child. Her insistence that it HAD to be a girl, it rubbed me the wrong way. Having experienced infertility…this felt icky and heartachey for me. Her motivations for wanting a a child… I dunno… Of course, she grows a lot by the end of the story and not everyone has my history… which is why I tried to be unbiased and I still gave this book four stars.

Btw. Three nights a month TTC? Not a good plan, lady. I mean yeah, those would be her most fertile days but sperm can live for five days in there so…tmi? Sorry. Infertility knowledge. Just saying…

Still, I look so forward to reading more from Angelina M. Lopez. This book is out on October 14th. Thank you Netgalley and Carina Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.  I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own