Rating 4 Stars
What’s the story about?
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.
Alice and Beck are officially one of my favourite couples!
The Rich Boy is the latest novel by Kylie Scott and she did incredibly with this story. The main theme is “rags to riches” – but with a twist!
The story begins with Alice working a waitressing gig at a dirty dive bar run by a total schmuck. After weeks of being without a busboy, lone wanderer Beck accepts the position and instantly takes a liking to Alice. Within days of his courting Alice (with sweet words and Jane Austen quotes), Beck discovers his father has passed away and he needs to return home. He doesn’t want his connection with Alice to end so he asks her to join him. After originally declining, she eventually accepts and her whole world is changed when she discovers exactly who Beck is.
I loved that Alice didn’t immediately agree to packing up her life and moving interstate with someone she only knew a couple of days. She definitely took a few days to think things through before deciding that her current feelings of floating through life lost was enough to push her into leaping into the unknown. This was just one example of Alice’s strong, determined and independent spirit. She goes through a lot in this book but at each and every turn, she always decides what’s best for her and acts on it rather than allowing rich society to manipulate her.
Beck may have initially seemed like the perfect Prince Charming. He’s rich, incredibly attractive and very sweet – but he also has his flaws and I loved that. He occasionally withheld information from Alice and tried to subtly buy her affection in the hopes that she would love her situation enough to put up with his shitty family/past; never truly believing that she would choose to stay because she genuinely cared for him. It was an issue that Beck had to overcome and through it, he grew as a person. That all being said, he genuinely was such a sweetheart and I adored this story.
Overall, I highly recommend!