THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR
by Rachel Van Dyken
The Bachelors of Arizona, #2
April 11, 2017
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book was a perfect surprise! It was definitely not what I expected, but I love it when an author can surprise her readers! When Bentley Wellington was first introduced in the Bachelor Auction, the first book in the Bachelors of Arizona series, he was the hilarious and nosy brother, the devil-may-care playboy. And, of course, he is all that, but also so much more! And you can’t help but love him!
Bentley Wellington and Margot McCleery are the scions of prominent and wealthy families. They were best friends in high school, until a terrible accident changed everything. Margot lost her parents and was severely injured. And Bentley just walked out of her life, abandoning her when she most needed him. She thought she would never see him again, but that was without counting on the obstinacy of their matchmaking grandparents.
To please his grandfather, Bentley has accepted to allow women to bid on him in a bachelor auction set up to fund cancer research. Margot’s grandmother has won the auction, and her reluctant granddaughter will have the privilege of living with Bentley for a whole month!
Margot is lonely and hides herself from the world, she is a prisoner in her own house. She is a popular romance writer and her fictional characters are her life companions. She is tormented by her feelings of guilt, her emotional and physical scars. I really felt for her. Even though Bentley has been coerced into reconnecting with her, he intends to make the best of it. Margot is abrasive, though, constantly challenging him and holding no punches. I enjoyed their interactions, their witty banter, the dynamics between them was so much fun! As it happens, Bentley has a big heart, but he manages to hide it and keeps his emotions at bay. He is totally flawed, obviously, but he cares deeply for Margot. I loved how these characters grew as the story unfolded, they truly are each other’s game changer.
The Playboy Bachelor is a story of second chance, of growing beyond your past and allowing yourself to be loved. Bentley and Margot’s story was a little piece of reader’s heaven, heartwarming, uplifting and touching, but it’s no fairy tale. Rachel Van Dyken’s storytelling is brutally honest at times, but always with the right balance between emotions, angst and humor. This book is the second installment in the Bachelors of Arizona series, but both books are complete standalones. The next book will feature Brant, Bentley’s twin brother.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.