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Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

the-bachelor-auctionTitle: The Bachelor Auction

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: The Bachelors of Arizona (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455598712 (Forever Romance)

ISBN-13: 978-1455598717 (Forever Romance)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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 . . .

Quick & Dirty: Cute story but not anything amazing. I enjoyed the humor but I felt like it dragged a little!

Opening Sentence: He’s senile.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Jane works hard and keeps to herself. She lost her parents years ago and ever since they passed she has had to take care of her two over privileged younger sisters. She very rarely has any time for herself and dating has pretty much been a disaster. But then she meets a gorgeous, sweet guy who just happens to be a billionaire! Could he be her prince in shinning armor or is he just another jerk that doesn’t find her good enough?

Brock has spent most of his life living in the shadow of his dead parents and overprotective grandfather. He can’t seem to ever say no to his grandfather even when he suggests that they auction Brock off to the highest bidder. It will be good press for the company and he only has to pretend to be interested in the winner. It’s too bad that a few weeks before the auction he meets a beautiful girl he can’t seem to resist even though she is all wrong for him!

Jane was a really hard character to connect with. She is such a pushover and honestly it got on my nerves how she would pretty much do whatever anyone asked of her. She does eventually get better but it was too little too late in my opinion. I did like her work ethic and she is very kind hearted but it just didn’t make up for her overbearing flaws. I really wanted to like Jane but sadly I just couldn’t.

Brock is your typical hot, rich bachelor who was far too moody! I like broody guys but he just took it to far. I didn’t like how hot and cold he was with Jane. It made their relationship feel awkward. I think that he could have been an amazing character but I felt like he was just to extreme! I really like bad boys but they have to be a good blend of jerk, misunderstood, and goodness. Sadly, Brock didn’t have a good balance and it made it hard to like him!

The Bachelor Auction is a cute mordern day retelling if Cinderella but sadly it fell a little flat for me. I have come to realize that Rachel Van Dyken writes two very different kinds of books. Her books are either very dark with brooding characters and some kind of mystery or they are light hearted funny contemporary stories! For some reason, I only seem to like the darker books and sadly this was a funny contemporary, so I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. It’s weird because I LOVE some of Dyken’s books and others are just ok. I think part of the problem is they are meant to be funny and I guess it’s really not my type of humor! The romance was cute but not anything amazing! The plot was very predictable and the characters were just ok. I seem to sense a theme while writing this and that is the book was ultimately just ok. It wasn’t terrible by any means but it just wasn’t really for me. But if you like funny contemporary romances you may really enjoy this, so give it a try if it sounds good!

Notable Scene:

She’d felt beautiful.

Powerful.

How pathetic, that all it took was a well-dressed man with a gorgeous smile and a pair of shoes, to completely disarm her.

And make her want things that girls like her would never get.

Those shoes were a catalyst,

Those shoes were temptation.

Those shoes were the devil.

The Bachelors of Arizona Series:

1. The Bachelor Auction

2. The Playboy Bachelor (August 29, 2017)

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FTC Advisory: Forever Romance/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Bachelor Auction. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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