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The Bachelor Auction
     

The Bachelor Auction

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by Rachel Van Dyken
 

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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

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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 . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/19/2016
The first in Van Dyken’s Bachelors of Arizona series charms readers with a decidedly modern retelling of the Cinderella story. After Jane’s father’s death, she inherited her family’s cleaning business and the care of her two spoiled sisters—which includes bailing them out of debt, cooking for them, and more. Wealthy orphan Brock Wellington has always put the needs of others before his own, so when his scheming grandfather blindsides him with the idea of auctioning himself off for marriage to the highest bidder, Brock feels he can’t say no. After Jane breaks a heel at a Wellington event, Brock solicitously plays the prince. But when Brock’s grandfather hires Jane to clean his late parents’ ranch without telling him, Brock turns into a surly knave. Brock’s extreme pain at being in his childhood home is evident; there are memories in every corner and rituals he can’t unlearn. Van Dyken (The Dare) also deftly portrays Jane’s insecurities and her confusion about Brock’s transformation from charmer to jerk. A lively cast of supporting characters—particularly Brock’s brothers, Bentley and Brant—provide numerous opportunities to chuckle and cheer in this lighthearted, eminently readable treat. Agent: Erica Silverman, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

"Laugh-out-loud fun! Rachel Van Dyken is on my auto-buy list."—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor series

"If you want a story with make you laugh til you cry parts, heart melting sweet parts and melt your panty parts, this is the book for you! The family is in rare form, and the wedding week festivities are a hoot. What I really love, though is how Rachel's books are sexy, funny and romantic, but they also have serious issues for the main characters to work through. You might be rolling on the floor laughing one minute and tearing up the next. That's when books are the best! All I can say is, "Bring on book three, Rachel!"—The Book Hookers

"If you need a funny, light read ..., I promise you this is a superb choice!"MustReadBooksOrDie.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455598717
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Series:
Bachelors of Arizona Series , #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
168,442
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

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The Bachelor Auction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just started reading this book about Brock and his brothers Bentley and Brant. On page 7, one of these characters is called Bennett. How did the author lose track of her character's name on page 7?? Disappointing. Hopefully the book gets better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much a spin off oof Cinderella in a corny way. Though all romance novels are, this felt particularly like a stretch...the age difference also did not sit well with me on this one. Just too many things that made me cringe... quick read and love this authir...just not this book so much.
AboutThatStory 4 months ago
This story was so freaking entertaining! I loved the flirty and fun vibe it had going on. Everything about it was awesome from the wonderful and endearing main characters, the flirty and sexy twin brothers, one seriously quirky grandfather and some hysterical farm animals. I pretty much inhaled this! I loved Jane and Brock so much. From their first meeting I was hooked. I loved their back and forth banter while Brock figures out what he truly wants. Jane's feisty and spunky attitude was infectious. There were just so many awesome moments between the two, I enjoyed it all. They had such fantastic chemistry and heat but there was good bit of emotion and vulnerability mixed in with there budding romance. I honestly couldn't stop laughing and smiling from all their interactions. There were ups and downs and a bit of conflict but the majority of the story was light. I loved getting to know Broke and Jane, watching them fall in love and stand up for themselves. But beyond those two, I thought this story had some of the best secondary characters ever. I loved the twins! They were so naughty and flirty but there is way more to them than meets the I and I cannot wait to read their stories. The grandfather though, this man was priceless and I liked how he meddled.. I loved all the details. The writing was so fantastic, I enjoyed the build and seriously couldn't get through this fast enough. Fantastic pace. I loved the short chapters and the alternating POV’s, it kept things moving along perfectly and made it exciting to read. It felt fresh even though it has the Cinderella retelling of sorts, I thought it was a solid story all on its own. Pure entertainment that was sweet, sexy and charming. I adored every single second of this! It was the prefect feel good story with the best happily ever after. I highly recommend it! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
NPButterfly 5 months ago
This book exceeded my expectations. I devoured the story of Brock and Jane. It was a new twist of an old fairy tale and I loved it. I was expecting the humor, but was overtaken by the touching story that was beautifully written in the pages of this book. The Bachelor Auction is the perfect mix of romance, sweet times and funny moments. Brock Wellington captured my heart from the beginning. I love a broken hero and he is just that. Brooding, sexy, dominating and oh so sweet. He is the perfect example of the perfect book boyfriend. Plain Jane, oh how I loved this characters development. Well thought out and written, she is Cinderella. The Bachelor Auction is well written. The plot is perfectly timed out and it is now on the top of my RomCom list. Must read book! Can’t wait for Bentley’s story.
mamalovestoread22 5 months ago
Jane has unintentionally became a modern day Cinderella, not by choice of course, but more so out of necessity, after her parents passed away it became her responsibility to take over the family cleaning business and care for her younger, and very irresponsible sisters. Not only does she clean up her customers messes, but she also finds herself cleaning up her sisters, and she gets no appreciation for all she does for them. She is often being treated like the ugly sister who gets left at home while her sisters go out on the town. just like the fairy tale, and she is fed up with it, she wants the whole fairy tale, with the prince and the happily ever after. And the moment she meets Brock she thinks her little fairy tale wish might just be possible... The instant his eyes connect with hers Brock feels something in himself change, a feeling he hasn't felt for a long time starts stirring inside him and he wants to grab it with both hands and run with it, but the last time he had that it his life it didn't end so well. So he's left struggling with memories of the past, the feelings associated with it, and a fierce desire to go after what he wants for a change, and to be damned with the consequences. He wants Jane, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to have her, even if it means walking away from everything he's ever known... This modern day fairy tale captured my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a very well deserved happily ever after, with a touch of humor mixed in too, and I am happy to say that I found that and SO much more! Ms. Van Dyken's uniquely crafted characters completely won me over with their witty one liners, charming down to earth personalities, and flirty infused banter. I wasn't ready for the story to end, but I was pleased to see that there is another installment in the series in the works, can't wait to see what she has in store for these characters next! I highly recommend you give this read a try, it's sure to satisfy! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
More_Than_A_Review 10 months ago
I typically would not leave a review for a book I don't like. But in this case previous fans of Rachel's should know ahead of time this is not the same writing as her regency romances. The language and cavalier attitude about sex was disappointing and unexpected. The author has an amazing ability to draw you into her stories but this one was over shadowed by the crude language. I received this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Jasmyn9 11 months ago
This was an adorable spin on a Cinderella romance. Jane was the perfect mix of Cinderalla and modern woman. She was introverted enough that I could easily relate to her hatred of going out on the town, but not so shy that she didn't stand up for herself when push came to shove. She even owns a cleaning company - a great modern twist on the theme - and loses a shoe along the way. The downside was Brock (I think). The hero was great. I loved him and his family, although they got a bit over the to towards the end. It was the names that did this book in for me. Even by the end I couldn't keep the brothers apart. All with similar names that start with B, and we meet them within pages of each other. The similar names just sort of merged into one giant Wellington son instead of one older brother and two younger twins. I made a cheat sheet half way through so I could keep them straight. I didn't like it. The story was a lot of fun. There were some sad moments as both Brock and Jane deal with their past and how it has changed the way they cope with the present. There are happy and laughing moments that I didn't want to see end. But the whole brother name thing just hung over it all. I'm hoping that book two helps to separate the brothers a little more for me because they were all a lot of fun and I really want to see how their separate lives all intertwine as they find their love. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous 11 months ago
Rachel has put together a cute, fun and as always entertaining story. This one is a quick, lite, heart warming read. A side from my review, I would like to say that I think it's unfair to give this story a low rating based on a few places that the author used the wrong names. Keep them coming Rachel. I've read all your books and you can't write them fast enough!
xorubituesdays More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor Auction was a cutesy contemporary with a fun Cinderella twist! Plain Jane and boring Brock have lived their lives trying to please their families even at the expense of their own happiness. They have both been living this way for so long that it just comes as second nature at this point. Jane slaves herself in order to keep her sisters happy and Brock has agreed to be auctioned off by his grandfather! The only thing that snaps these two out of the "serve others" trance they've been under for years, is meeting each other and are now willing to risk everything to be together. I loved catching the hints at the Cinderella story we have all come to know and love! Her sisters were such jerks that I was glad poor Jane didn't have to deal with an evil stepmother on top of it all. Although I didn't really understand how the whole auction concept was supposed to fix the Wellington family's business problems, this book had such a fun flair to it that those details didn't really bother me. I stopped trying to make sense of it and just enjoyed the cheesy love scenes and Brock's hilarious twin brothers. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in The Bachelors of Arizona series that will hopefully have a lot more of Brock's brothers Brant and Bentley! If you're not looking for anything too serious and are in the mood for a fluffy romance wrapped in some major LOL moments, then pick this one up today! *Thanks to Forever and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange of an honest review.*
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor Auction, is really a sweet, funny and delicious read. Jane and Brock come from two different sides of the tracks. But yet they have more in common then they realize. As if it was fate, Jane lands in his arms of her destined Prince. But not without a little bumps.  The whole idea behind this book was enjoyable. It was easy to fall into and adore. I don't want to give much of the story away. I think that this is a light hearted story, about finding your way, and finally realizing what you really want in life. Overall, I give this book Four Boundless Stars....Lissa
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
Nothing I like better than a romantic retelling of my fav fairy tale-Cinderella. I usually don't like the insta-love but with Brock and Jane it so worked. Both characters had me laughing most of the book. Brock's twin brothers, Brant & Brent, were equally amusing though there is definitely a sad underlying story in Brant's past. I can't wait to read the twin's stories. At first, I was afraid the twins were going to be paired up with Jane's evil grasping sisters, but I think they are safe from their clutches. I've gotta admit, I wasn't real fond of Brock or Jane in the beginning as both were pretty much doormats for their family. I'd have slapped the crap out of a couple of sisters and moved on. Because of family issues, both Brock and Jane, pretty much did not have lives of their own so it was satisfying and hilariously funny to see them fall in love amongst the farm animals at Brock's family ranch. If you want a sweet, funny, quick read romance be sure and pick up this first book in the Bachelors of Arizona, you are gonna love it.
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
I loved this from the start! One night out parting with her sisters wasn't Jane's perfect plan. Her job leaves her exhausted and her sisters are too much most days. So when disaster hits and a handsome man comes to her rescue she thinks is too good to be true and after a while with Brock she goes back to her life with a good memory. Until she gets a weird phone call and and an incredible job offer. She was expecting an excentric old man... Brock was definitvely NOT expecting to see the girl from the party he can't stop thinking about in his ranch house. And he wasn't prepare for the attack of memories and feelings he got the moment he set foot on the propoerty either. I loved Jane. I wanted to be her friend or her if I got Brock ;) She's an honest girl with big dreams who loves family more than anything. Brock is the kind of guy who had to grow up too fast and feels like the entire world depends on him. The two of them together had a lot in common and the way they clash is like watching fireworks. The chemestry is off the charts and Rachel wrote some very witty and funny moments! The characters are well rounded and I really enjoyed watching them come together and on terms with their own demons. And boy! The twins totally stole the show. More than once I got confused with the names, imagine if the actual sexy guys were in front of me? Yeah, I would lose it. But you can see there's so much more than the easy going nature and party boys that I can't wait to seemore of them. But gah! I really need more of this. Each character has a different story and Nadine is my spirit Animal, I need to read more about her! Learn from her! And I seriously need to know how she makes the twins settle because THAT is no easy feat.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Cinderella rewritten in early 21st century USA might have had a life similar to Jane and Brock is similar to the fairytale prince in some ways, too. My gut feeling is that this is a fairytale created for young women looking for a wealthy prince to save them from a miserable situation. I, on the other hand, am an older woman and prefer my heroes and heroines to have a bit more spine and the ability to stand up for themselves in the face of evil sisters and overbearing grandfathers. It was a quick easy lighthearted read with a HEA ending. NOTE: I, for some reason, have recently gone off the New Adult/Young Adult genre so this may impact my review of this story. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 2-3 Stars
MarcieR More than 1 year ago
Laugh-out-Loud Fun “The Bachelor Auction” by Rachel Van Dyken is about family obligations – putting family before yourself, before your own happiness. But even with this serious backdrop, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, with snappy dialogue filled with innuendo. It is also a charming twist on the Cinderella theme. Brock Wellington doesn’t like to tell his grandfather ‘no‘ because the last time he told someone ‘no’, tragedy happened. When his grandfather tells Brock he’s going to auction him off for the sake of the company, Brock feels he has no choice but to go along. Then he meets Jane. Jane is the youngest sister and took over her father’s business, Cinderella Cleaning Company, after his death. She promised to keep the family together and to take care of her mean-spirited and selfish sisters. It’s Brock’s grandfather, playing the fairy godfather, who manipulates his grandson’s life to bring Brock and Jane together by sending Brock to the family ranch for a vacation to stay out of the media spotlight and by hiring Jane to take care of the cleaning while Brock is in residence. There, Brock and Jane face the ghost of their pasts and learn their own happiness is more valuable than anything else. “The Bachelor Auction” has a great cast of secondary characters. Besides Brock’s grandfather, there are his twin brothers who provide comic relief. The camaraderie between the brothers is showcased in the most enjoyable scenes. There are Jane’s sisters who are completely unlikable. Though I’m sure it was the author’s intent to make them this way, the antics and behavior do not come across as believable, whereas Brock’s brothers, even with their over-the-top characteristics do. It seems the brothers will have their own stories so maybe this is why they come across as more three-dimensional than Jane’s sisters. With that said, I was excited to see what would happen at the ball – the bachelor auction – to bring Brock and Jane together. The author did not disappoint with these scenes. Rachel Van Dyken is a new-to-me author and I thoroughly enjoyed her fun and laugh-out-loud read with angsty undertones. She is an author I look forward to reading again. *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"The Bachelor Auction" is written by Rachel Van Dyken, and it is the first book in her The Bachelors of Arizona series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Brock and Jane. This is definitely a modern twist to the classic Cinderella story. Jane is the youngest sister to two terrible, spoiled older sisters who don't want to fend for themselves . They expect Jane to do everything. And not only that, but they spend so much money and rack up debt on their credit cards, which Jane, being the responsible one, tries to pay off with her cleaning service. Meanwhile, Brock is the eldest son and wants to make his grandfather happy. But the idea of being auctioned off to potentially find a wife leaves Brock less than thrilled. But if that's what keeps his grandfather happy and the company within the family, so be it. I absolutely adored the beginning of this story! It was definitely a cute-meet moment where Brock literally sweeps Jane off her feet. They see each other at a party, and Brock sees Jane distressed and one of her shoes broken. He makes one of his brothers buy Jane a brand new designer pair of shoes! Brock was so swoonworthy! The chemistry between the two was undeniable! And when Brock's grandfather hires Jane to be a live-in maid at his ranch, she takes the offer. But unbeknownst to her, Brock is the new tenant. So what happens when they have to live with each other for 3 weeks? Now, this is where I rate this a 4-star rather than a 5-star. I really did enjoy this book, and I loved that it had a Cinderella twist to it. But at times, Brock frustrated me. It was like he had his hot and cold moments during the first half of the book. There are things inside the ranch that made him flashback to his childhood with his parents. He would withdraw from Jane. I feel like it sometimes took away from the moments that they shared. But despite that, I loved the growth between the two of them. It made them strong, and they are a great pair. They truly loved each other. Plain Jane and Boring Brock can find their happily ever after! I am absolutely looking forward to the upcoming books in this series! Brock's twin brothers, Brant and Bentley, are such a hoot! They definitely provided the comic relief and always gave Brock a hard time or knocked some sense into him. Rachel Van Dyken wrote a wonderful introduction to this new series!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I really like this author, but this book didn't work for me. Most of the characters' behaviors and attitudes put me off. I didn't care for either of the leads. It's sort of a modern tale of Cinderella slashed with a reality tv-ish feel. I do recommend checking it out for those that have enjoyed other Cinderella retellings in book or film.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Just Plain Jane and Just Boring Brock were fabulous! This was my first Rachel Van Dyken book, but it won't be the last. Brock's brothers were asinine and hilarious, so I genuinely wish they will be next to get stories. Grandfather was a hoot, as well as Nadine. And I just wanted to smack both of Jane's sisters. A well-written, modern-day Cinderella story. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Misty_W More than 1 year ago
Jane gets the raw end of the deal after her parents both die from cancer. She is responsible for taking over her families business and taking care of her sisters. Her sisters don't do anything for themselves, they rely on Jane to do everything for them. If she isn't where they expect her to be they call her complaining and yelling. While the three of them are at a party they end up ripping her dress and tripping her, leaving her on the floor, until prince charming comes and rescues her. Prince charming is Brock Wellington, he picks her up off the floor after one of her shoes breaks. He sends his brother to the store to buy her another pair of shoes too. After his parents died in a plane crash, he became a yes man. He's afraid of something happening to his grandfather, so whatever he asks of Brock, he says yes. That includes the bachelor auction, which includes getting married to the highest bidder. Brock's grandfather sets it up so that Jane is cleaning the ranch house while Brock is there in an attempt to set them up. With the auction coming up, Brock is willing to do whatever it takes to make his grandfather happy and keep the woman of his dreams... Cinderella. This is the first book I've read by Rachel Can Dyken, and I have to say that I'm glad that I got the opportunity. This story was cute and everything that a modern day Cinderella story should be. The story made me smile, laugh, and left me hoping that these two got their HEA. The chemistry between Jane and Brock was sizzling and I loved the interactions with them and the animals. Well the rooster, the donkey, and the horses. I'll leave you to wonder how they fit in :) I didn't really care for Jane's sisters and I was glad to see them get theirs in the end, but I wish we could have seen them suffer. Great story!! Received ARC in exchange for honest review from NetGalley
WitchyRichey More than 1 year ago
Cinderella can suck it! She never had three hot men to deal with. One incredibly hot with a huge chip on his shoulder and a pair of playboy twins. Rachel Van D is the queen of quirky characters. A handsome stranger who buys you shoes…expensive shoes…Jane is in awe. A really great twist on an age old fairy tale….bippity boppity HOT! Jane is plain. Owner of a cleaning service with two older sisters who are worthless. Brock is a man with a goal. He must keep his Grandfather happy. He can’t say “no”. Now he is on the auction block. A publicity stunt, a last ditch effort to save a business. Jane is made an offer she can’t afford to refuse. An easy cleaning job, three weeks away from her evil sisters and enough money to be comfortable for awhile. Until the house she is cleaning belongs to the shoe buying, Non-prince. Sweet and salty with laughs and fun. Sometimes the slipper fits just right and the porridge is the right temp and the fairytale just works.
all4mykids82 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS I really enjoyed this book. I love how she made it into a "real Cinderella" story. I even found a few parts of this book comical. This book played out nicely and I am extremely excited to read about the other two brothers. Another must read by Rachel Van Dyken.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely enjoyable story with a Cinderella theme. The first meeting between Jane and Brock is spectacular and Jane does lose a shoe and watching the rest of the story develop left me laughing and having such a great time I had the book read before I realized it. Jane has two step-sisters who are mean and nasty to her and I was hoping something dreadful would happen to them...Brock, on the other hand, has twin brothers who are scoundrels and, along with their grandfather, are Wellingtons and delightful. From beginning to end this was a well written story with engaging characters. I am looking forward to the next in the series and finding out what the twins are going to do next. I highly recommend this book!!! **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Brock Wellington – Boring Brock – lives his life according to his grandfather’s wishes and for the family business, out of guilt. He can’t say no to him, not anymore. And when Brock’s grandfather announces that he’s auctioning him at a charity event, Brock wants to say no, but of course, he doesn’t. Even when it’s clear that his grandfather set up the auction to marry off Brock to pacify the shareholders, mostly because Brock’s wayward younger twin brothers Brant and Bentley are decidedly not helping, image-wise. Poor Jane – Plain Jane – runs her deceased father’s business, the Cinderella Cleaning Company, and she is frazzled, mostly due to her two selfish, lazy older sisters: Esmeralda and Essence, who treat her like a slave. Jane can’t help herself but try to deal with it; she promised her father that she’d keep the family together, and her two sisters are all she has, but it’s killing her. One evening, her dreadful sisters drag Jane to a club, where Jane breaks a shoe, and is rescued by a gloriously handsome and charming man in whose world she does not belong: Brock’s. I knew going in THE BACHELOR AUCTION that I should not expect a realistic story, after all it is based on Cinderella, so no big surprise there. Right from the start, the premise is rather preposterous and highly improbable, and this more than I could have imagined. Brock comes off as rather beastly; Brant and Bentley are obnoxious, oversexed jerks; Essence and Esmeralda are broad caricatures; and Brock and Jane are, let’s be honest, doormats. THE BACHELOR AUCTION is a book I should not have liked, and yet I loved it! I am not exactly sure what makes it work as well as it does, apart from the sheer comic genius of Rachel Van Dyken writing the most hilarious dialogues I have ever read! How funny? Think classic Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello! THE BACHELOR AUCTION is an uproariously funny farce, with characters painted in neon colours, and where the events unfold at a dizzying pace. This book is a magnificent comedic tour de force that might have been an epic fail in the hands of a lesser writer. And yet, amidst the surreal hilarity there is a tender and sweet romance, ingenious plot twists, and superb character development; the proof? I ended up loving Brant and Bentley, and I can hardly wait for the next instalment featuring the latter. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud while reading, and few books have made me laugh so much over the years. If you need a really good laugh, THE BACHELOR AUCTION is THE book to read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
‘He stopped walking. Breathing. It wasn’t her face . . her lips . . .It wasn’t the way her body looked poured into her tight black dress. No, it was her eyes. As if she was begging for someone to save her.’ The Bachelor Auction is a Cinderella remake and a truly fun one at that. A spin off of the Bet series will have Rachel Van Dyken fans happy to see Grandma Nadine again but trust me new readers, you can read this one without having ever touched that series first. Jane is a maid who spends her spare time waiting on her sisters thanks to a promise she made her dad and Brock’s inability to say no to his grandfather have the two of them placed in the same house at the same time. Instantly drawn to each other but needing to stay away has tension rising and sexual chemistry brewing. ‘Brock’s kiss had been . . . everything. Ugh, she was in so much trouble.’ The Bachelor Auction is a funny and sexy dose of sugar. An easy read I flew though it and at the end I was so excited for the premise of the twins stories, even more so than this one to be honest. But overall I loved this story and truly fell for these characters. One of the first romances I really fell in love for was The Cinderella Rules by Donna Kaufman and this reminded me of that one. I read the entire book with a smile on my face and a light happy feeling in my heart. ~miranda
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've always liked the Cinderella trope, but throw in a bachelor auction and I'm 100% in. I liked Jane and Brock. They're both good people, stuck in crappy situations. I enjoyed watching their attraction and banter grow into something more. I do wish we would have seen a more scenes of them getting to know each other, but somehow it worked. Jane's sisters were literally the worst and I really wanted someone to throw Legos all over the floor after stealing their shoes. And Brock's twin brothers stole every scene they were in. I sincerely hope they each get their own story. Oh, and I hope beyond hope we see more of Nadine. Sure, it was a bit overdramatic. Sometimes it was a lot overdramatic. Of course there was a break up of sorts and a grand gesture, per the usual. Overall, it was a quick and mostly fluffy read. **Huge thanks to Forever for the invite to read**
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
RATING 4.5 STARS The Bachelor Auction is book one in the brand new series, The Bachelors of Arizona by Rachel Van Dyken. This book was my very first book by Ms. Van Dyken and was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by Grand Central Publishing. This book had a definite modern day “Cinderella” vibe to it but still was completely unique in it’s own way. Yes, we have shoes involved, and some evil sisters and one very handsome Hero. But I don’t think the original Cinderella and her prince got to have any fun hanky panky before the ball. Or have a crazy rooster or an escape artist donkey at the ranch! Let the craziness begin! Plain Jane as she thinks of herself, lives with her two older sisters. They lost their parents many years before. Her father’s dying wish was for her to keep the family together. So Jane took the vow to heart and does whatever it takes to keep her sisters Esmeralda and Essence, happy. She cooks, cleans, bails them out of debt with her own earnings, even though they are both lawyers. Jane runs a house cleaning service, a business she took over from her father after he died. While Jane is a beautiful spirit that tries to see the good in everyone, her sisters are the devil. They manipulate and cajole Jane to do whatever they want. And Jane lets them, all in the name of family. Is this really what her father would have wanted? Brock Wellington is the oldest of three boys. They lost their parents when Brock was twelve and the twins were much younger. They were taken in and raised by their Grandfather, Charles. Brock still mourns his parents and feels responsible for their loss. Brock hasn’t allowed himself to be happy since. He owes everything to his Grandfather and never says no to him. Even though he hates his life. He is being groomed to take his Grandfather’s place in Wellington Enterprises. But the shareholders aren’t convinced that Brock and his brothers, Brant and Bentley can handle the business. In a public relations ploy, Grandfather has planned an auction where Brock will be auctioned to the highest bidder for a date. All proceeds will go to cancer research. And the press will be great for the company. But Grandfather also wants Brock to choose a wife and give him some grandkids. Will he force Brock to marry the winning bidder? This is not what Brock wants. “In a world where things for the past ten years had felt so wrong, He felt right.” Then, Brock sees her. Across the room in a night club their eyes meet and his world stops. Jane’s sisters had dragged her out of the house to be their driver on a night out. Jane hated places like this. That is until she saw him! The most beautiful man she’d ever seen. And then he saved her from being nearly trampled on the dance floor. “What was it about this woman? This small, intimidating woman with her silky brown hair and chocolate eyes?” Let the madness begin! Jane and Brock find themselves pawns in quite a game. Going back to the ranch where Brock hasn’t been since he lost his parents, forced him to finally face the ghosts that have haunted him. But it was Jane that helped him to finally face his fears. “That was the thing about death. It haunted the living, until they mourned it. And the more it was ignored, the bigger it grew. Until survival was near impossible.” Brock and Jane’s time together will run out when Brock has to return home for the auction. Will his Grandfather force him to marry