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Her Rags to Riches Billionaire: A sweet beach romance (The Billionaires of Getaway Bay Book 3) by [Bonnie R. Paulson]

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"You're not considering the job, are you? I'd rather be homeless than work for Tiffany Louis." A woman all-but sewn into her bright pink and green spandex running clothes and carrying a small silicone-covered dumbbell in each hand stopped in her bouncing jog beside Kaelin. She leaned over his shoulder, pressing her chest against his arm, flashing him a nosy smile which showcased the creases of her lipstick leaking from the cracks in her aging lips.
Blue eyeliner and the neon green of her running clothes juxtaposed and gave off a screaming 1980s vibe. Her perfume didn't do her any favors either.
Kaelin didn't smile as he stared at her. He hadn't asked for her opinion or for her to stop and tell him what he should think about the advertisement for work. The flier was stapled to the telephone pole at the start of the beach entrance, its tags fluttered in the ocean wind. He arched an eyebrow and held his tone deadpan as he replied, "Thank you. I'm homeless. A job is a job."
The woman's eyes widened as she stopped bouncing and scanned his form for signs of his poverty. Kaelin didn't care that she would see his designer board shorts, seven-hundred-dollar button-up shirt, or his Italian leather flip-flops and doubt him. She hadn't slept on the beach the night before or the night before that or even before that.
If he gave her his name, she would even call him a liar about being homeless. Kaelin Steed was known for his money and his work on a job that joined multiple communities toward prosperity. The old Kaelin Steed, anyway.
Kaelin turned from her with clear dismissal in his mannerisms. He might be poor now, but just a week or so ago he'd had billions at his disposal. He wasn't going to change who he was in that short a time frame.
The woman leaned in, thick perfume coming off her in an attempt to pollute his breathing air. She tapped the ad with a sparkly pink fingernail and narrowed her eyes. "Well, you belong together. If you do get hired, tell her it's inappropriate to staple things to the poles. It's tackier than that beat-up truck she drives around." The woman sniffed at Kaelin's lack of response and turned, restarting her odd bouncing movement that was supposed to be a jog, but looked more like a spastic dance carrying her forward.
Kaelin sighed, staring at the black and white hiring sign. The paper had a weathered appearance and not for the first time, Kaelin wondered how long the advert had been out.
He reached into his pocket and fingered the last few dollars he had left for food. He was down to seven. Seven. That wasn't enough to buy him a can of Spam and bread. Not on the islands. He might be able to get away with it for a couple more days inland, but with everything shipped to the islands of Hawaii, nothing came cheap.
Shaking his head, Kaelin tried to contain his panic - the panic that seemed to be ever-present since he'd stepped off the plane into the humid air. He'd never been without money. He'd never been without anything. Growing up as a Steed in a world where money mattered, he'd known where he belonged - on top.
Now, though, with the death of his grandfather, everything was on its head. The will had declared no one would have access to anything they hadn't earned themselves in the family company or saved from their dividends until a decision was made on who would take the lead in Steed Enterprises.
Kaelin had worked in the VP offices but he'd spent everything he earned and then some. He'd never known about budgeting or known a shortage of money outside of what was necessary for the company. He'd been assured that his experience wasn't enough to land him the role of running the company. His accounts had been frozen and he hadn't been able to pay the lease on his Manhattan apartment.
When Meema had hugged him goodbye at the airport, she'd looked him straight in the eye. Her own had sparkled with tears as she'd said, "What makes a person a better man is the time spent as a have-not, when they have to learn how blessed they are to be a have." She'd patted his shoulder with a gnarled, beloved hand. "You have always been a have, Kaelin-son. It's time for you to grow as a have-not."
Well, Kaelin had been thrust into being a have-not and he hadn't learned anything except what hunger felt like and that he had to watch for the Getaway Bay police department's morning searches for vagrants - no, searches for him - around six every morning. He was a vagrant. He was homeless. And once these seven dollars disappeared, he'd be forced to be a beggar.
That's what he had learned so far - that police were consistent and food cost money he didn't have.
He refocused on the ad with its handwritten call for help on faded, crinkly paper.

Hiring! Work for the local shave ice company that is taking Getaway Bay by storm. Requirements - shirt, shoes, and attention to detail. Look for the truck by the beach entrance and ask for Tiffany.

Tiffany. Kaelin ran his fingertips along the bottom edge of the paper that had been cut into thin strips with the name of the company written in bold on each strip for someone to tear off. None of them had been taken.

Rainbow Shave Ice and Cones.

Kaelin narrowed his eyes and lifted his gaze from the paper to stare in the direction the truck sat.
Calling it a beat-up old truck was being nice. The white front box-style truck wasn't large by any stretch of the imagination, but it gave off the feeling of the local ice cream truck from when he was a kid. It didn't take much to pretend music would come from hidden speakers at any time, announcing it was there to collect their money and deliver goodness. If he looked closer, he would see the balding tires and the flaking paint. But he didn't want to look closer. He just wanted a job.
Kaelin tried catching a glimpse of the woman he now had a name for. Tiffany. That was the red-head's name. Her spitfire green eyes had watched him in return as he'd claimed his spot on the bench every night before the sun dipped below the ocean's line for the last couple weeks. Even his sense of time had slipped.
If he had more than the last few cents to his name, he would have approached her and bought a shave ice and talked to her. But his confidence had left him. Apparently, he had more of his identity wrapped up in his money than he'd been comfortable admitting.
How could Kaelin ask her out when she'd have to pay for their date or worse, he would have to take her back to his place? She'd see that his place was on the beach with sand for carpet and his electricity was powered by the sun. At least the view was enviable.
No. As much as he wanted to introduce himself and get to know the woman who showed up every day precisely at ten and left no earlier than nine-thirty every night, he couldn't. He wasn't himself. He was no longer Kaelin Steed. He was someone he was ashamed to look at in the public bathroom mirrors. He was no longer the man he thought he was.
The bouncing woman who had interrupted him by the pole wasn't the first one Kaelin had heard from about not applying for the job. He'd been watching the fliers for the last week.
Tiffany had posted them all over Getaway Bay a few weeks ago - according to the locals. She'd ignored their anger from her actions and looked the other way as she'd stirred up irritation throughout the community. She'd held her head high and continued about her business. Her business model wasn't concerned with the locals. Her demographic was with the tourists and he could see how they adored the truck.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07DF3D33X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Captiva Publishing, LLC (July 22, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 22, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 670 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 136 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

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USA Today Best-selling Author, Bonnie Paulson writes sweet contemporary romances wrapped up with fun twists in everyday situations as Bonnie Sweets. Romantic comedies with heart. Who doesn't love an LOL moment with tears?

From mail-order brides with online help to heroes on the beaches of Getaway Bay, you're guaranteed to find something you love!!!


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