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Lush Money

(Filthy Rich #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  125 reviews
A marriage of convenience and three nights a month.

That’s all the sultry, self-made billionaire wants from the impoverished prince.

And at the end of the year, she’ll grant him his divorce…with a settlement large enough to save his beloved kingdom.

As a Latinx woman, Roxanne Medina has conquered small-town bullies, Ivy League snobs and boardrooms full of men. She’s earned t
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 14th 2019 by Carina Press
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio..3 Stars...

The narrator wasn't bad but could have been better if she was more consistent with her male voice and emotional performance. I think the audio would have been better with a male narrator. This is a sexy story most likely to be listened to by women. A narrator like Jack Dupont performing with the sexy accent that was called for in this story would have motivated me to finish the audio.

Story dnf @ 36% because I wasn't feeling any connection between the h and H. There's too much t
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being a huge reader of romantic fantasy and its subgenres, it's rare for me to grab a contemporary romance based off of early reader reviews I came across on social media. None of my libraries had it when it came out so I requested it and got lucky when one of them bought the book. The story is about billionaire Roxanne Medina who has decided she has achieved all, the goals she set out in her life before her and is ready to settle down. When I say settle down, I mean she wants the kid without th ...more
Felicia Grossman
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel so lucky that I got to read this book, especially as an ARC! I just adored Roxanne and Mateo. Watching two people who started partially as enemies fall in love through friendship and understanding despite the fact that each fought it so hard was just wonderful to read. Both were complex and stubborn and proud and self-protective (They had wounds that matched each other really well as well as strengths), but also loyal and kind and caring, and just electrifying together (like so very hot a ...more
Elizabeth Kahn
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Old skool romance for the twenty-first century! I cried three times. The sexy times are fire. The writing is beautiful. I don't have anything else coherent to say because I'm still basking in book afterglow.
[Sidenote: I got hung up on why Roxanne couldn't just be artificially inseminated with Mateo's sperm for the first "month" of chapters, but I totally forgot about it and now can't believe I even cared. If you find yourself in the same place, push through--it's worth it.]

I received an ARC
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God.

Let me just bask in this moment. That moment when you read a book that is just so perfect, every word from the very first to the very last, that you just want to hold on to that book, that moment, that feeling of utter contentment for just a while longer.

Every romance reader needs to read this book. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. So, I’m wholly over alphahole billionaire heroes who rush in to save the day and shy, doormat, damsel in distress heroines. However, what I didn’t re
Ivy Deluca
The Sitch
Our story begins when our heroine Roxanne Medina, billionaire CEO, has decided that she wants her own fairytale, but she wants it her way - to have a baby to love and care for, without the fuss of feelings or a real relationship with the baby daddy. And what better way to have that fairytale baby than with a Golden Prince?

Enter Príncipe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos, whose evil daddy basically sells him and his golden sperm to Roxanne. Mateo wants nothing to do with
Smut Report
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc2019
Review also available at The Smut Report.

Heat Factor: It’s hot. 🔥 Whew.
Character Chemistry: At first it’s like, “you’re really hot, we’re having sex,” but then eventually the emotional chemistry starts to sizzle.
Plot: Babies solve life problems (?) by creating more life problems (!!!)
Overall: I’m interested to see what this author does next.

Boundaries! They’re so important! Does the heroine have any? I had read the blurb before requesting an advance copy of this book, so I knew that we were gett
Pennie Morgan
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed this book and it came during a very difficult time. Unplugging for a few hours and reading...yea, that helped. Anyway...Roxanne wanted a fairy tale and she was going to get it even if she had to buy it and that is what she was determined to do when she set her sights on Mateo, the Golden Prince, of an impoverished Spanish country. All she wanted was marriage and 3 nights a month in order to conceive a child and she would pay enough to save his country and then give him a divorce. So ...more
I absolutely adored this book. I will admit that when it started, I was concerned. I mean, Roxanne starts off unlikeable to the extreme and there were some very questionable decisions made. In her defense, Roxanne assumed that the King had talked to Matteo about the contract she'd negotiated with the king, but, of course, he had not. This winds up resulting in some pretty dehumanizing situations for Matteo and Roxanne apologizes, but seems incapable of making different decisions. However, as the ...more
2019 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: Royalty

CW: dubious consent sex scene


🍾💵Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez🍾💵

“Medina,” his Titi said, all of her steel keeping her back straight in the chair. “Not Esperanza? I understand in America it is common for a wife to take her husband’s last name.”

It was a tradition they did not follow in Spain. Mateo sighed at her. “Titi, come on…”

Roxanne merely folded her hands in front of her. “I’m sorry, señora,” s
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
Very strong debut with well-balanced characters, headstrong to the point where you're sitting on the edge because you *know* there will be a HEA but you can't wait to see how and in which way.
Loved the twists until almost the end, with unexpected turns and the epilogue was just sweet and adorable. <3

I'm very curious about the next book in the series, the preview was a great inside already. It's now waiting until June 2020.

This book gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. :3
Lily Herman
Pardon me while I chug a gallon of water, because this book has left me a bit PARCHED.

What a debut from Angelina M. Lopez. The marriage of convenience trope can be a finicky one, and this was a really interesting and sexy gender-swapped take on it. I enjoyed the dynamics of wealth and power than Lopez played around with here, and I really loved the characters of both Roxanne and Mateo. You've got some pretty hot steam, a few rom-com fairytale moments, a "difficult" (but honestly just misundersto
M. Nguyen
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lush Money is a debut novel by Angelina M Lopez. It's a classic marriage-of-convenience romance, between a head-strong, brilliant, self-made billionaire heroine and an honorable, intelligent, impoverished prince hero.

Roxanne had worked hard her entire life to build up her own multinational empire, to overcome her sad and neglected childhood. She always knew what she wanted and would make it happen. And what she wanted right now was to have a blue blood baby, a fairy-tale princess, without any co
Marie Christine F
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing take on the billionaire romance trope. The heroine is the cold billionaire that orchestrates the marriage of convenience, while the hero is the selfless one selling his body to save his people.
Adele Buck
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
A lot of my friends have liked this and I was really excited about reading. I’m all for subverting gender roles, but...not like this. CW - non-con or dubcon depending on your reading of the scene:
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Sandy N
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Début Novel by Angelina M. Lopez. And what a GEM it was. Superb book cover, checked. Amazing writing, checked. Great characterization, checked. That first sex scene together was very Hot. She just took what she wanted. The power play between the two was amusing to read. They started as enemies, per say, and they journey to friends was not without a few bumps in the road. We got to know some interesting secondary characters. Bring on book 2 about the sister, I can't wait.
Thanks the publisher and
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't know if this was bad timing or me or what, but this didn't work for me and I really expected it to. Maybe it never recovered from the beginning (difficult heroines are one thing, but if you genderswap that first sex scene, I think people would have a lot more problems with it than I have seen anyone express about this book), but I never really bought the connection and all the parents were cartoonishly evil and I don't understand how in a fake monarchy, a king can just name whoever he wa ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roxanne Medina has conquered small-town bullies, Ivy League snobs and boardrooms full of men. She’s earned the right to mother a princess and feel a little less lonely at the top.
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Angelina M. Lopez is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this books.Can't wait for the next book.
patrick Lorelli
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I found this book to be fresh and entertaining. Latina woman Roxanna Medina is a self-made billionaire and a graduate from an Ivy League school. She is wanting to have a child and has worked out a deal with a King from a small country who is in desperate need of money for his son the Prince to be of service. She, of course, has had all of the proper tests done and all of this has been done without his knowledge. Prince Mateo Santos is working on a new type of grape for his region at the Universi ...more
Steph's TBR
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez is an incredible ride of a romance novel!

Billionaire Roxanne Medina offers Príncipe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos a marriage of convenience to save his floundering kingdom. All Mateo has to do is marry Roxanne and spend three nights month with Roxanne trying to conceive an heir. If Mateo fulfills his end of the bargain for one year, Roxanne will give him a huge settlement and they can both move on with their lives.

I loved how Angelina M. Lopez
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, so good. Marriage of convenience is my favorite trope and it’s always interesting to me when it’s set in a contemporary romance. I loved the pairing of a billionaire woman and impoverished prince. Most often it is the other way around and I love the stereotype turned on its head. The vulnerability and sweetness on both sides really got to me. The dynamic between Roxanne and Mateo was excellent.

My only small complaint is the theme park bit was a little silly to me but I guess people have don
Kat Turner
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
One of the most entertaining contemporary romances I have read in awhile. Maybe ever! Loved the characters, the settings, the drama, and the humor. The banter was amusing as hell, the voice was awesome, and the villains were deliciously bad. Add in heartwarming emotion, scorching sexytimes, and excellent writing, and the result is perfection!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
After seeing a couple of reviews for this book, I immediately decided to request (and received!) an ARC. I don't even read a ton of contemporary anymore but the idea of a gender swap tropey story (female billionaire! Marriage of convenience!) and I couldn't resist. This book, which had the potential for a lot of icky based on the premise, managed to develop the characters so fully with vulnerabilities and motives that worked so well. The writing was easy to get lost into (I wanted more time in g ...more
Lush Money is a very promising debut from an author I’m looking forward to seeing more from. Recently, I’ve been drawn to low drama romances with characters whose lives are imaginable. Lush Money is high drama and features a self made billionaire and the heir to a small European Kingdom. I loved it.

Roxanne Medina is a self made billionaire. She wants a child, wants the child to have a father, but doesn’t want to put in the effort a romance would require. Mateo Esperanza is the heir to the throne
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
*4.5 stars*

I received a free copy in exchange for a fair review.

Roxanne Medina, self-made billionaire, gets what she wants in business and in life. And she wants Príncipe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos. In her bed, three nights a month for one year. She'll have his heir, romance not required.
What follows is an absolutely delicious, soapy, and over the top clash of the titans romance for the ages, and the start of what will sure be a stunning career for debut novelist Angelina
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three romance novels saw me DNF them because of their opening scene: Mary Balogh’s The Secret Pearl; Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Nobody’s Baby But Mine; and, Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened. In time, I returned to all three and loved them. We can add a fourth, Lopez’s début, Lush Money. All four open with a scene where one or both of the protagonists are morally comprised; we see the them at their worst. All four involve a scene where the body is exchanged for money, or services, where the “other ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I wasn't 100% sure what I was getting with this book as I hadn't read into the blurb and when I started reading it, I was like oh yep - arranged marriage contracts which I normally love this sort of story and then when I saw the male lead was a part of the royal family - my interests spiked higher and then they were burst as I did not like the main female lead in Lush Money. Normally these sorts of books, it's the guy that takes control and is the alpha male and it works but when the female trie ...more
cw; dubious consent

oookay... sooooo... well here we are...
heroine is a bitch with capital B and I just can get behind her attitude..

Norah Gibbons
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez is the first book in her Filthy Rich series. The story is a seriously hot modern day fairy tale based on the marriage of convenience trope. Billionaire Roxanne Medina can buy anything she wants and what she wants is a daughter. Principe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos will inherit a kingdom someday but right now that kingdom is in serious trouble because of hi ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse, romance

DNF. now that i've gathered my thoughts, i think it's time for a review.

to be quite honest, i don't know if the problem is me or the book. i really was excited for this one, had high expectation despite it having little to no hype in the book community. and yet i was disappointed.

the synopsis looked like everything i could ask for in a book. a latinx romance? a female sel
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Angelina M. Lopez wrote "arthur" when her kindergarten teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. In the years since she learned to spell the word correctly, she's been a journalist for an acclaimed city newspaper, a freelance magazine writer, and a content marketer for small businesses. At long last, she found her way back to "author."

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