Book: The Billionaire Bum
Author: Samantha Blair
Published: March 2011
My Rating: 2/5
Billionaire businessman Jackson Hayes finds himself in a difficult situation one night after making a crazy bet with his brother and business partner. Can he survive one week living like he’s homeless? What will he learn about life and love along the way? A romantic comedy that will warm your heart and open your eyes.
I don’t even know how to rate this book.
I was intrigued by the cover of course, and the description. I know following books because of its cover ain’t wise, but damn! Most of the time good covers equal good books. Not this time though.
It wasn’t that the book sucked, per se. It just wasn’t really good… I guess that means it sucked? Meh.
The Billionaire Bum follows Jackson Hayes is his quest to be homeless for a week. One day as he walks home from work, Jackson dumps into a homeless person, the event is so incredibly absurd that his brother makes a bet with him, spend a week as a homeless person, no credit cards, no car, no money other than what he had in his wallet that night. You know what comes now, right? Jackson accepts, of course.
So now, he is homeless and has no idea what to do or where to go. But maybe he will find a nice girl who will feed him and give him a place to take a shower and whatnot, right? Can you hear me snort all the way there? Yeah, I figured that much.
At the beginning and for about 40% of it or so, it was fine (or as fine as it could be). It wasn’t the best writing I’ve ever come across, but it was passable. Not a wow plot either, but it was making me giggle in its absurdness (and snort. A lot). It wasn’t exactly believable you see.
Mainly it reminded me of my old fanfiction days. It still has a fanfiction feel to it, and though I am not sure from which fandom it is coming from I think I could gather some hints from thorough the story. It could probably use some serious editing, and maybe then it would be a much more enjoyable book. Or not. Shrug.
I’m going to rate it 2 stars because it wasn’t really good (and that might just be me being generous). I read fairly fast, yes, and it made me laugh and maybe swoon a little, yes. But I’m easy like that sometimes, and I can be won over rather fast by the right words. Yet the story lacked something. It wasn’t believable, bordering absurd sometimes, actually. And while I pride myself on not over thinking when I read –I like to enjoy and forget the technical aspects of writing –after so many great books I’ve read this week, it was pretty hard to ignore.
I’m afraid I can’t really recommend it. Unless you’re up for fanfiction. It doesn’t seem like it was changed much other than the names. It was fluffy, a bit steamy here and there, and maybe overdone. I think that might be it, everything seemed so… forced. It wasn’t flowing naturally, and that’s hard to let go when you’re constantly thinking ‘are these people for real?’.