Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott Blog Tour

I’m the type of girl who’s given up on fairy tales. So when Beck – the hot new busboy at work – starts flirting with me, I know better than to get my hopes up. Happily ever afters aren’t for the average. I learned that the hard way.

But how can I be expected to resist a man who can quote Austen, loves making me laugh, and seems to be everything hot and good in this world?

Only there’s so much more to him than that.
Billionaire playboy? Check.
Troubled soul? Check.
The owner of my heart, the man I’ve moved halfway across the country to be with, who’s laying the world at my feet in order to convince me to never leave? Check. Check. Check.

But nobody does complicated like the one percent.

This is not your everyday rags-to-riches, knight-in-shining armor whisking the poor girl off her feet kind of story. No, this is much messier.

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“You haven’t told me your story,” he says once we’re seated in a booth and have ordered.

“I finished my degree and realized it was basically good for nothing and there were next to no jobs available anyway. Or at least nothing that appealed. Teachers and librarians are fighting for every scrap of funding they can get while newspapers are folding. The publishing industry is going through serious cutbacks. Majoring in English Lit may have been a mistake.” I shrug. Truth is, I got stuck for various reasons. But this explanation is easier to swallow. “Figured if I was going to wind up serving then I’d like to do it somewhere I can walk along the beach now and then, without getting stuck in traffic for hours.”

He nods. “Makes sense.”

“I thought so. I’ll figure out what I want to do with my life eventually.”

“No rush. Good that you can take the time and space to figure things out for yourself without anyone pressuring you.”

“Just the student loans hanging over my head,” I say.

His answering smile is brief and small. “Grow up around here?”

“Close enough, San Bernardino,” I say. “What about you?”

“No, I’m half a country away from home and intend to keep it that way. Though maybe half a country away is still too close. I hear Iceland’s nice this time of year.”

I raise my brows in question.

“Family.” He shrugs. “What can you do?”

The waitress delivers our food, filling up the table with Beck’s order of half of the breakfast menu. Without hesitation, he proceeds to devour it all. If I ate that much, my ass wouldn’t fit in the seat.

“Want some?” He offers me a forkful of pancake, dripping with syrup. “It’s good.”

“I’m fine with my burger. Thanks.” And I’m curious as heck about his family, but pressing him further wouldn’t be polite. Dammit.

“So what are my future wife’s favorite hobbies and or interests?”

“Hmm.” I stick a fry in my mouth and chew, thinking it over. “Reading, films, music… the usual. You?”

“Lots of things.”

“Such as?”

“I don’t know… hiking, rock climbing. Stuff like that.”

“So basically I like to sit still and you’re all about being busy and athletic. We have nothing in common.”

“No. Wait. I can change,” he jokes. “Give me another chance.”

“You shouldn’t have to change.” I swirl another fry in some ketchup. “I’m sure you’re perfectly fine just as you are.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

This is a difficult book to review. I enjoyed it, but spent a lot of time waiting for something worryingly dramatic to happen, but I never felt it did.

Beck has grown up with it all, has been immensely successful in his own right and has had enough, so he escapes for some normalcy. Here we meet him in a Cali bar, where he falls for Alice. I didn't really get Alice's role as a barmaid, with an English Lit degree and teacher parents, she seems to have no ambition – usually in a poor girl swept up by a billionaire, there has been a difficult start in life, but that really isn't the case, she just seems to have not been looking for anything better. I found that odd, and it threw me somewhat when we see that she can really hold her own and speak in public, etc.

As she enters his real world, we get glimpses of her fire, of her desire, and of her insecurities, but really very little of Beck, except from other's perspective. It makes his behaviour always visible through the lens of others and really doesn't shine a great light on him. He is by turns crazily impulsive and then super slow, and one minute is defensive, then neglectful...

That said, I did enjoy meandering along with them in the crazy world of the super rich, where rules really don't apply and excess is everything in all situations. It was a fun interlude from the real world, but I felt that there were times where more was needed and others where less would have been enough. Her mother dashing across the country, then staying for moments, not bringing any resolution or understanding.

What I did really like about Alice was that she was unnervingly patient and calm in the face of all the crazy – and mostly chose to trust, when to all around her the word trust related to a pot of money, not a virtue!

Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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