THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken (January 31, 2017; Forever Mass Market Paperback; $7.99; The Bachelors of Arizona Book 1)
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Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.
Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.
Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
This modern-day retelling of Cinderella is a fresh and light romantic comedy, with engaging characters and a charming setting. I loved that the author revisited a formidable character from The Bet series, Nadine Titus.
Jane lives with her two lazy, selfish, social climbing sisters. She owns a cleaning company and is overwhelmed with work. In addition to her customers, she is constantly obliged to clean her sisters’ messes.
Brock Wellington is one of the country’s richest bachelor. To please his grandfather, he has accepted to allow women to bid on him. But the winner should not hope for more than a date with him! Brock has always done what was expected of him, but he is at a crossroads in his life, questioning his choices and priorities. He usually can’t say no to his grandfather who, in his opinion, has sacrificed everything to raise his three orphaned grandsons.
Meeting Jane is a refreshing change. She is a pretty, sassy and vibrant girl-next-door, very different from the socialites he usually dates. But she is a constant reminder of what he can’t have and he tends to retaliate by acting like a jerk, barking out his orders and snapping at her. Jane is dazzled by Brock but doesn’t enjoy his mood swings. Their antics were hilarious and their connection felt real. But is Brock ready to fight for Jane and give her the fairy tale she deserves?
Rachel Van Dyken is a versatile and gifted storyteller. When I open one of her books, I know I’m in for a treat! This delightfully romantic story involved fairy godparents, irresistible farm animals and nosy brothers. Overall, I enjoyed this entertaining, sweet and fun romance with a whimsical touch. And I can’t wait to read what Rachel Van Dyken has in store for Brock’s twin brothers, Bentley and Brant.
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley.
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About the Author
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!
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