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Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: Once Upon a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley InterMix
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“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.”
Once Upon a Billionaire is the fourth book in the Billionaire Boys Club series by Jessica Clare.

Viscount Montagne Verdi known to his friends as Griffin is in a difficult situation. He needs to travel to his home country to attend his cousin’s wedding. The last thing Griffin wants is to attend a Royal wedding, but he can’t say no to family. The problem is not the wedding, the problem is his assistant has chicken pox and can’t travel with him. Griffin doesn’t know how to do anything, he doesn’t even know how to tie his tie, he is used to be serve and needs a replacement assistant for this trip. When Gretchen (Beauty and the Billionaire, second book) learns of this she offers him her boyfriend’s (Hunter) assistant, Maylee. Without any other option he accepts Gretchen offering not knowing that she didn’t do it to help him, but to ruffle his feathers. Griffin is a snobby sophisticated aristocrat and Maylee although sweet is a redneck through and through.
Griffin doesn’t meet Maylee until they are on the plane and as soon as he sees her he knows she is the wrong person for the job, he needed somebody sophisticated and with knowledge of etiquette and Maylee obviously is not that person. Without any other option he decides to give her an opportunity, but is planning to send her back home at her first fault.
Maylee is very excited about the opportunity; when she left her small town in Arkansas for New York she never thought she will have an opportunity to see the world and to get paid for it is more than she could have ever dreamed, but her happiness comes crashing after meeting Griffin and realizing what he thinks of her. She knows she is not sophisticated but she is hard worker and knows how to do her job and with that in mind she is ready to do her best so he won’t send her back.
Maylee confuses Griffin profoundly, she is everything he frowns upon a woman, but still he can’t help but feel attracted to her and she’s the completely wrong woman for him.
Maylee is a lost with Griffin; he’s one person when they are alone and a completely different one when they are in public. His behavior bewilders her because she doesn’t know where she stands with him.

I have mixed feelings about this book; it started as a very funny book and soon after it slowed down, still I can honestly say I enjoyed reading it.

I liked Maylee but at times I felt as if I was reading two different Maylees. The Maylee from the beginning of the book and the Maylee after the halfway mark. The first Maylee couldn’t be more unpolished or couldn’t lack more of finesse. The second Maylee suddenly changed her way of talking and her behavior, she went from a backwoods country girl to a city girl in a flash of the eyes. The why, when and how of this transformation was so sudden that it was a bit unbelievable. Despite that I liked her, I liked her big heart and her inner-strength.

Griffin is a very complicated character; his Royal upbringing has cemented on him certain trails that are difficult to digest for us commoners LOL, to add to that he’s socially inept and almost everything that comes out of his mouth is the wrong thing to say. If we are able to overlook his faults he is a sweet and caring man who doesn’t know how to express his feelings. Griffin needed a generous woman with a big heart to get him out of his shell and that’s exactly what Maylee is.

The romance is sweet and hot, but it suffers a bit of insta-love. Still it was fun to watch them together.

In this installment he also see the couples from previous books, we see where they are in their lives and what is new with them. we also get an idea about the protagonists for next book.  

Once Upon a Billionaire is a fun, sweet, romantic and well-written book and a good addition to a highly entertaining series. Even though it was not my favorite in the series, that place still belongs to Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire is book I recommend to contemporary romance fans or to anyone who want to read a fun, cute book with a touch of Cinderella in it.

Next book in the series is Romancing the Billionaire will be release on November 4th and it will be Jonathan’s book. I’m looking forward to see what Mrs. Clare has in store for him. 

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Beauty and the Billionaire
Once Upon a Billionaire
Romancing the Billionaire (November 4th)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. The Billionaire Boys Club series seems to be all of the rare lately. I've been seeing these books everywhere! I don't really read contemporary romance though, so I'll just settles for living vicariously through everyone's reviews. Happy Friday! :)

    1. If you like "fairy talelish" books you may like this ones. They are really fun.

  2. Wow! I don't think I ever read a book where the heroine changed that much, but still sounds like it was OK. I'll keep it mind for the audio, if is ever published in that format.

    1. This book must be hilarious on audio because heroine is supposed to have a very thick accent.

  3. I skipped this thinking that its erotica coz of the cover art plus I'm tired of them billionaires too! Hmm maybe I'll stay skipping this, I'd be confused with the heroine's transformation and I'd be wanting more humor. I do love funny contemporary romances.

    1. That was my first reaction when I saw first book around. I also try to keep away from "billionaire" books but after reading some reviews I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. First book is good, second book is great, third book is ok and this one was good.
      They are fun and entertaining, that's for sure. ;)

  4. I guess I should read these too as I like Myles /Sims

  5. I've wanted to try this series, since Ilona posted about the release of book 1, but (AGAIN), I haven't gotten around to it yet. But since you like the series so much, maybe I should move it up the list ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads


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