We’ll call this one 5 stars with an asterisk, because I enjoyed it way too much to rate it any lower, but there were definitely a couple of things that bugged me (more on that in a minute). Tijan is an excellent writer, so the words just flowed and the story was engrossing from the very first page. I’ve never read a meet cute quite like this one, and it sets the tone for the rest of the book. The author does a great job building intimacy and showcasing the quieter moments between these two. And for a book that’s about high school students, it was refreshingly different than what I was expecting (I think I have PTSD from too many bully romances at this point). There are a couple of bumps on the road to happily ever after for these two, but the tone is light with shots of angst that add great depth to this romance.
The story follows Aspen, a high school senior who just wants to get through the last two weeks of school without anyone noticing her. Aspen is reserved and past experiences have made her want to stay out of the spotlight, so she’s been doing a great job being forgettable around the school. But when she locks eyes with her crush, Blaise, during an intimate moment with another girl, that all changes. Blaise is curious about the girl who would be so brazen as to watch, but so bashful that she would hide in the woods. It’s not long before these two are crushing on each other in a big way, and navigating the complexities of their new relationship.
This took so many unexpected turns that I kind of loved it. I have no idea what I was expecting from a book titled Rich Prick, but Blaise is only a jerk to other people. He’s loving and loyal, hooked around Aspen’s little finger from almost the start. Honestly, the level of instalove here is one of the things that almost made me drop my rating. It’s… yeah, it’s absolutely instalove. There’s no slow burn here, no tension over these two getting together. It all happens at lightning speed. But while I do have a couple of issues with Blaise dropping his steady hookup girl like she’s on fire and moving on with Aspen almost immediately, I also kind of loved how the focus was on them dealing with their budding relationship. The other thing that almost held me back from calling this 5 stars? It’s not quite the standalone that I expected it to be; both of these characters have been introduced in previous books, there are countless characters from past books who play major roles, and I definitely felt like I was missing things at times. Not enough that I couldn’t follow along and enjoy the romance, but it came up countless times. I really loved the relationship, the jerk who isn’t so much of a jerk, the intimate moments, and the depth of the story. There is a little bit of triggering content, but it’s not the focus of the book. Ultimately, it’s a high school romance that feels incredibly mature in a lot of ways but also realistically juvenile in others. I received an ARC via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt romance.
“Blaise is the perfect rich prick to fall in love with! One of my fav reads in 2020!”
– Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal Bestselling author
Rich Prick, an all-new not-to-be-missed, opposites-attract standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Tijan, is available now!
He walked into school on his first day and owned it.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re a prick, rich, and you’re best friends with the ruling school’s king.
Also didn’t hurt he’s drop dead gorgeous.
That’s all fine.
I mean, I have nothing to do with them.
I’m a loner, invisible, and that’s how I wanted it to be.
I was even proud of it, until I wasn’t.
Until I saw a girl kneel before him.
Until I couldn’t look away.
Until he caught me watching.
His name is Blaise Devroe. My name is Aspen Monson.
He only knew how to get, command, and demand attention.
I knew how to do everything but that.
And this is our story.
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I’d done my research. Zeke Allen’s cabin was set a good ten miles away from the nearest neighbors. I should’ve been in the clear to sneak onto their land, do a little freestyle camping, and listen to the party sounds like the loser I was. But noooo. I was about to get company.
As I snuck out of my tent, and realized who it was, I almost crapped my pants.
It was Blaise DeVroe, holding hands with Mara Daniels.
As popular girls went, Mara Daniels was one of the nicer ones. She was on the dance team. Dark hair. Shorter, but athletic. The problem with Mara was that she was friends with the other popular girls. Some of them were nasty—hence the reason I wasn’t friends with them. Not that they’d tried to get to know me. Not that I even registered on their radar. But then again, that’s what I did.
I didn’t engage. I didn’t attend. I was on the edge. I was the invisible girl, and here I was, being the invisible girl once more, but man…
When I saw it was him, and then saw how his hand went from holding hers and guiding her to a tree to slipping around and grabbing her ass, something came over me. I couldn’t retreat back to my tent. I couldn’t even stay hidden behind a tree and just listen.
I know, I know. This was all sorts of wrong, but Blaise was Blaise.
He’d become the guy in my dreams, my weird schoolgirl fantasies. He was my high school crush. Everyone had one. If you didn’t, you’re even weirder than me, and that’s saying something. So when I started salivating over Blaise DeVroe, I kinda just let myself go. I mean, nothing was ever going to happen. Guys like him didn’t date girls like me. They didn’t even notice girls like me.
I wasn’t crazy. That’d make me all sorts of delusional.
I was a realist. I knew my place in life’s hierarchy. I was at the bottom. I was not the very bottom—because of my family—but socially, I was barely one rung up the ladder.
Anyway, when Blaise started kissing Mara, when Mara knelt in front of him, when she opened his pants—I lost all train of thought.
And, oh my God.
My whole body was awash with sensations, and I was captivated. Captivated! Entranced. Mesmerized.
I could not look away.
Then I felt throbbing and a warm feeling between my legs, and it was game over. It was all I could do not to make a sound, because I wanted to. So bad. I wanted to moan. I wanted to touch myself, but I didn’t. I kept myself reined in, but watch? Oh yeah. I watched.
I couldn’t not watch.
I watched the whole thing.
I loved the whole thing.
And then at the end of it, I almost died.
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.
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