Once Upon A Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club)
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher: Penguin Berkley/NAL/Signet
Date of Publication: April 15, 2014
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success—at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…
As a member of the royal family in a small European country, Griffin Verdi’s presence is requested at the wedding of the century. The scholarly billionaire feels out of his depth in social situations, so a good assistant is required—especially when dealing with royal etiquette.
Unfortunately for Griffin, he’s stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn’t know a thing about high society—but she sure can kiss. Her lack of polish may sink Griffin, because after all, even his money can’t buy class. But through Maylee’s eyes, he’s starting to appreciate the simple things in life—if simple means the most complicated woman he’s ever met.
Maylee is everything Griffin isn’t—and everything he wants—if he can let down his guard and step outside his sheltered world…
I had both moments where I loved this book and moments where I wanted to throw it across the room. Hence my 3.5 star rating on it. I just…Griff, I get he’s a prince and all. I really REALLY get that. But, oh my lord. He was just so ridiculously pompous and stuck up, especially about Maylee initially that I really had trouble stomaching him for at least half the book. I will say though, he did a great grovel, and that’s what saved this book for me from getting a flat 3-star review.
Maylee – she’s a great hoot of a character. Down home, comfortable, not ashamed of who she is and where she comes from. I think it’s a good thing and I felt bad for her getting stuck with Griff (even after his grovel, at least a little) because she is so herself and honest about her somewhat lesser upbringing (trailer park, country folk type).
Griff – sigh. Hot, but surprisingly given how much I like arrogant men (when I don’t have to deal with them personally), a bit too arrogant. I never fell in love with him, though I began to like him toward the end of the book.
The whole set-up in Europe was fun, and I liked seeing these two characters grow together, though, again, I felt sorry for Maylee. It was nice seeing other characters from the series and their meddling in Griff’s life was amusing. He deserved it.
So – not my favorite from the Billionaire Boys Club, but still a decent read.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.