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Once Upon a Billionaire

(Billionaire Boys Club #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,787 ratings  ·  443 reviews
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 billion
ebook, 263 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.75 Stars***

Another winner in this series!

Here we have Griffin, the snobby royal and Maylee, the country bumpkin. Two complete opposites in every sense, but by the end they turn out to be perfect for each other.

Griffin begins this book as a judgmental and pretentious ass (this comes from an upbringing where his family believes in old world royal protocols and only rubbing elbows with those in the same social class as them), but little by little Maylee softens him and pulls his head out of
This was book #4 in this wonderful series that I'm enjoying so much. Even though I love the series, this was not my favorite of the bunch. I didn't dislike it; but I had a few reasons why I couldn't give it any more stars than three. One of my bigger pet peeves when it comes to reading a romance books that I have is when the couple doesn't do "the deed" until later on. In the case of "Once upon a Billionaire" the hero and heroine don't "get it on" until past 80%...and nope...I am not exagerating ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Griffin, he's the stuffy one. The one that doesn't play well with others. The scholar of the group... the regal bachelor that is pretty much helpless and a complete arse. When his attendance is required for his a royal wedding, royalty that is his bloodline, he must return home. The only problem is that his assistant is sick. When Hunter's assistant, Maylee is offered up as a option, Griffin has no choice
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Fairy Tale Stars

OH.MY.GOD!!!! You want a cute cute cute SUPER CUTE read then Once Upon a Billionaire is for you!!!

I really love this series.


So there’s Griffin and he’s kind of like royalty for this made up country. He has to go back to his homeland because his sister is getting married. His assistant isn’t able to make it and so he needs a replacement, FAST!

Hunter is sick and is able to lend his assistant to Griffin. Griffin agrees.

The thing is, Maylee isn’t your typical gal. She’s cou
May 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had such high hopes. I liked the first 3 books, but somehow, it's suddenly going downhill.
1. Gretchen was the heroine in the 2nd book in this series. Suddenly, she's transformed from struggling ghost writer to aspiring cookbook writer to ditzy & foul-mouthed girlfriend and antagonistic female, who's throwing another woman she deemed too ditzy under a proverbial bus, just to get back at the friend of her billionaire boyfriend, because she didn't like him. Why did this transformation come ab
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it

Here my cast:

Maylee is SpongeBob

Me, feeling like Squidward Tentacles, reading Sponge Maylee story.

Which left for Griffin the Patrick's role, of course.

Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Received this ARC from in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book much more than I did. Unfortunately, the book hit some of my TERRIBLE PET PEEVES that just made me cringe throughout. The fact that I didn't stop reading is a credit to the author and the writing in general.
So, what were the pet peeves? You're gonna laugh, but... the names. You're gonna laugh, but the fake-ass sounding names. I'm sorry. A place called "Bellissime"? The hero's title being "Lord Montagne Ver
HR readsNstuff
So my first impression of this book was Gretchen is a bitch!! She's so focused on putting Griffen in his place that she doesn't care about the consequences for Maylee and not even passing on the correct information of what is required for the job. what a bitch! Of course Maylee is going to be looked down upon by all those royals and Gretchen sends her along like a lamb to the slaughter...

My second impression was that Maylee was super annoying. I get that Jessica Clare was trying to show us that
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is missing a steam. The steamy sex is off comparing to other 3 books. The story is also flat and lack of depth. The same with the characters. I can not feel the connection between the hero and heroine.

But some scene like how Griffin is lost without May Lee is hilarious. It cracks me up.

3 stars
Lover of Romance
Once Upon A Billionaire is a bit unique from the other books, but has its own charm and style that captivates you. Now I had my own issues with this story, but quite frankly it was such an adorable modern fairy tale romance. I had a hard time not laughing through this story, it had its moments of witty come backs, endearing characters both main and side, and we see how being raised in a royal family may affect your personality and how you view others. This was a story that was very eye-opening, ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I had such high hopes for this book when I first started it. I love Jessica Clare books. It had a billionaire, a down on her luck but strong heroine, great sexual tension and a decent, if not far fetched premise. These are great things in a romance story but at sixty percent in it all fell apart for me.

Griffin, the hero, is a billionaire who belongs to a secret society of friends and a Viscount in his native country. He has to go home to his homeland for a family wedding. A royal family wedding.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Once upon a Billionaire is author Jessica Clare’s fourth book in her Billionaire Boys Club-series. The series is about a group of filthy rich men who together have started a secret brotherhood that basically play poker together and discuss how to best reach success in business. Each book is about one of these men falling head over heels in love and the time has now come to the socially awkward aristocrat, Griffin Verdi.

Griffin Verdi has to travel home to his country, Bellisime, for his cousin’
Jan 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!! I was only 32 pages in before I couldn't take it and decided not to waste any more of my time on this story. It's beyond unbelievable, it's insulting to me and to the Billionaires Boys Club Series.

First offense, I don't get how Hunter (the serious non playful one) would allow his silly girlfriend to offer and send the most incompetent uncouthed person/assistant to Griffin. Especially when he saw how stressed he was about going to his cousin's royal wedding and facing his
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, audio-books
Once Upon a Billionaire is book four of the Billionaire Boys Club series.

This book is about Griffin Verdi one of the six billionaires in the secret society. He has been required to return to his home country where he is part of the royal family for a cousin's wedding. He needed a temporary assistant for the trip and Hunter offered him the services of his own PA, Maylee.

Maylee Meriweather was a sweet southern girl from Arkansas. She had moved to New York City to work so that she could help her
Linda Sims
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh boy this was one big disaster from the silly plot to the stupid characters names. Griffin Verdi or Lord Griffin Monte Verdi has to return to his own country for his cousins wedding. Griffin does not want to go he hates his royal relatives and their pompous behaviour. At the last minute his assistant Kip (whatever!) falls ill. Gretchen heroine from Beauty and the Billionaire thinks it will be a huge joke to send her mans silly and naïve secretary as a fill in. Gretchen dislikes Griffin who she ...more
Crystal~BIG book addict~
3.5 Stars
Chitra *CJ*
"Once Upon a Billionaire" is the story of Marlee and Griffin.

When Griffin Verdi, the billionaire and royalty to the Kingdom of Bellissime is forced to go to his cousin Alexandra's wedding, he reluctantly concedes. That is until, his assistant falls sick! He is extremely disorganized, and in need, hence when Gretchen agrees to loan Hunter's assistant to him- he hastily agrees.
But meeting the unkept, scrawny, knitting blonde who is both drunk and drugged due to her panic on his private jet leaves
Dotti Elrick
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. I knew from the first time I saw Maylee in Beauty and the Billionaire, I wanted to see more of her. I was not wrong, she's a hoot. The first time Griffin meets her, on the plane, after she's had two drinks and one of her "Happy" pills, I laughed so hard I cried.

Lord Montagne Verdi or Griffin Verdi to his friends, is in need of a temporary assistant when his falls ill. He is required to attend the Royal wedding of his cousin in his home country of Bellissime. Spending anytime wi
The Junkie's Fix (Cecilemely)


Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A downright adorable story. It’s a can’t put down, slap your knee funny and sweet tale.

Once Upon a Billionaire is the fourth book sibling in the Billionaire Boys Club series from Jessica Clare. And like all siblings they have similarities, but are unique in themselves. No two are ever alike, but they’re always entertaining.

Griffin and Maylee are both characters we’ve met in the previous books. If you haven’t read any, don’t worry, you’ll get to know them here and understand how truly wicked Gre
Libby Harrison
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Maylee): 24yrs old
Hero (Griffin): 28yrs old
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: sort off
Cheating: none
HEA: yes but a disappointing ‘epilogue’ set only ONE DAY after the end of the previous chapter
Triggers: none

Average score: 4/5

Best Line: “I’m a prat.”

Worst Line: “He gave her another scathing look. “Of course. I’m not poor.””

Personal Review:
A solid romance between an aristocrat and a hillbilly.

Random Ramblings
•The H was giving off ma
Alia Ros
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maylee's character is deff one of a kind :)) but the way Griffin treated her really makes me sad, why couldnt he at least treat her right from start? But yeah i guess thats why its a story lol , and both of em often misunderstood each other alot which just makes my head spin ahhaha

But i deff live how on each book they get to introduce their parther to the *secret society* oopps shhh hheh

Maria A. Jimenez
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute, adorable freaking book!
I loved it I'm so happy I decided to read this!
Just gotta say I'm loving this series, it's easily becoming one of my favorites.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Griffin and Maylee!! They are so cute together!!
I love Griffin. I love the cameos of previous characters. I did not enjoy Maylee or Gretchen at all. Poor Griffin. He deserved better. This book was such a let down in the series.
Lissy Liz
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Funny... pretty funny
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

3 Stars

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. Griffi
Sandy S
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date 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—
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I debated on whether or not I was going to write a review for this book. But I’ve read and reviewed the previous 3 books in this series so I’m not going to make an exception. I loved the first two books in this series. My favorite is Beauty and the Billionaire. Who can resist a scarred, virgin hero? I know I can’t. The third book, The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed, was good but didn’t draw me in like the first two in the series. I was looking forward to Once Upon a Billionaire. We know very little abo ...more
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