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The Bachelor's Promise
     

The Bachelor's Promise

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by Naima Simone
 

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Aiden Kent never expected to see Noelle Rana again. He’s determined to keep his distance from the beautiful enigma wrapped in denim and leather. He can’t trust anyone with the last name Rana. But he made a promise to his dying mother, and it isn't long before Noelle invades his personal space. He can't stop thinking about the exotic beauty's alluring

Overview

Aiden Kent never expected to see Noelle Rana again. He’s determined to keep his distance from the beautiful enigma wrapped in denim and leather. He can’t trust anyone with the last name Rana. But he made a promise to his dying mother, and it isn't long before Noelle invades his personal space. He can't stop thinking about the exotic beauty's alluring curves.

He wants the daughter of his enemy, and he’s determined to have her…if only for one night.

If Noelle wants to move forward with her life, she must make a deal with the devastatingly gorgeous, broody millionaire Aiden. He made a promise years ago, and she’s come to collect—even if it means facing down the only man who ever broke her heart. And there's a really good chance he'll do it again.

Each book in the Bachelor Auction series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Beauty and the Bachelor
Book #2 The Millionaire Makeover
Book #3 The Bachelor’s Promise
Book #4 A Millionaire at Midnight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756960
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
08/29/2016
Series:
Bachelor Auction , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
27,071
File size:
1 MB

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The Bachelor's Promise

Bachelor Auction Series


By Naima Simone, Tracy Montoya

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Naima Simone
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-696-0


CHAPTER 1

Only under the threat of death — or watching the latest Kanye West rant on YouTube, the same thing in Noelle Rana's book — would she admit this, but ...

When she was a kid, she loved fairy tales.

Yup. Enchanted forests, cottages made of candy, glittering castles with their royal banners waving from gleaming turrets. Glass slippers, gorgeous gowns, and priceless jewels. Magical fairy godmothers, protective dwarves, and beautiful princesses who played with golden balls.

What girl wouldn't rather become lost in that world instead of the one that contained this-side-of-rundown apartments with water-stained walls and temperamental heating? One with hand-me-down clothes and shoes that pinched because they were a size too small? One where dolls were missing an eye or an arm? Because when toys came from the thrift shop, beggars couldn't be choosers.

But soon enough, the grim harshness of reality bullied away the gilded dreams of fairy tales. When a child's father came stumbling home at two o'clock in the morning reeking of alcohol and crying for the wife who'd left him nine years earlier, right after their daughter was born ... Well, stories of kings, queens, and princes tended to tarnish.

Still, as twenty-five-year-old Noelle stood in the wide entrance to the huge ballroom and surveyed its glowing, crystal chandeliers, pristine marble floors, and floor-to-ceiling arched windows, she couldn't help but be reminded of the castles from those old stories. Couldn't stop the awe and delight from swelling in her chest before she quelled it with a mental Get real slap down.

After all, she hadn't arrived at this ritzy, hoity-toity event to dance until midnight or court a prince.

Nope. She was here to collect ... or go down swinging.

Aiden Kent was definitely handsome enough to rival the son of a king, and people no doubt treated him like royalty since he was a millionaire 'n' all, but to her, he was more of an ogre — no offense to Shrek. Though, to be fair, Aiden would probably call Noelle a witch. Oh, who was she kidding? He'd definitely call her a bitch.

Squeezing her eyes shut, she released a slow, long breath. Unfortunately, the calming technique did nada for the frantic tumbling and somersaulting in her stomach. Nerves or not, she couldn't allow the 99.9 percent probability of his animosity — okay, fine, hatred — make her turn tail and run. She'd given up everything to come to Boston and hunt him down. She couldn't quit now. Not when she'd come so far and so much was at stake. Her future rode on finding him and forcing him to listen to her.

But first she had to locate the coldhearted bastard.

"Excuse me," a voice demanded from behind her.

Noelle turned around and tilted her head back to meet the aloof stare of a black-suited man treating her to a not-so-subtle once-over. Suited, not tuxedoed, so he probably wasn't a guest but an employee. From the faint tightening of his mouth as he scanned her fitted leather jacket, dark-blue skinny jeans, and knee-high combat boots, he probably assumed she didn't belong in the ballroom. Most likely because the staff, in their starched, white shirts and black bow ties, were dressed more formally than she was.

Hell, she'd driven sixteen hours from Chicago to Boston, with everything she owned stored in her backseat and trunk, and she'd barely had time to unpack. So, damn it, she hadn't had time to dry-clean her Christian Dior dress or find her Manolo Blahniks. Shucks.

Okay, no problem. Skating past security had been a foreseeable stumbling block. I got this. Mentally rolling her shoulders, she plastered on her best little-girl-lost expression and added a dose of sheepishness that would've made her father, a stellar con artist, give a proud fist pump.

"Can I help you?" the suit asked, suspicion coloring his tone.

"Would you, please?" She made a show of glancing around her, wincing. "I'm supposed to meet my friend here to give her a ride home from work. Sarah. She's with the catering crew. Do you know her?" She palmed her cell and pretended to scroll through her address book for "Sarah's" phone number. "I'm certain she told me to meet her at eight ..."

"Dinner is just about over, miss," he said. After giving her another head-to-toe scan, he glanced over her shoulder toward the crowded ballroom and then returned his attention to her. At least the distrust had disappeared, replaced by what seemed like impatience and more than a little irritation. "You can't stand here. The auction is about to start." He waved a hand toward the exit behind him. "The kitchen entrance is this way and down the hall. You can wait for her by that door."

"Oh, great," Noelle chirped, pouring feigned relief into her voice. "Thank you."

He nodded and stood guard, watching as she backtracked out of the ballroom and strode down the corridor. The watchdog waited until she reached the swinging set of double doors, where noises of clanging pans and shouted orders emanated, before he returned to his post. And as soon as he disappeared from view, she retraced her steps. This time, however, she didn't park it in front of the entrance like a dumbstruck ninny. Slinking to the side, she leaned against a wall next to a couple of towering plants that could've doubled as trees. Their shadows provided nice coverage where she could watch and hopefully not be seen.

A moment later, unbelievably cheesy music that wouldn't have been out of place on The Young and the Restless rolled through the room. She snorted, scooting forward and peering out between the trees. With all the money floating around this room, they could've at least sprung for music from the twenty-first century.

"Welcome to the Rhodonite Society's Eleventh Annual Masquerade Bachelor Auction," a slender blonde in a gold, tight-as-a-gnat booty dress announced as she strolled to the center of the stage at the far end of the room. A bachelor auction. What the hallowed fuck?

She shook her head. This is what Aiden did? Who he'd become? Maybe he'd been so long removed from the poor South Side Chicago neighborhood they'd grown up in, that silly, self-aggrandizing events like bachelor auctions had become the norm.

"And welcome to a wonderful night filled with fun and luxurious, once-in-a-lifetime dates courtesy of ten of Boston's most handsome, eligible bachelors. Every penny of the proceeds will benefit the Blake Literacy Foundation, which raises awareness of illiteracy as well as providing programming, tutoring, and technology to Boston's underprivileged youth."

Uh-huh. Every penny right after fees, expenses, and whatever else the "charity" could trump up were deducted.

Applause, chatter, and a few whistles filled the room. Because these people were so gung-ho about the idea of stamping out illiteracy.

"So, without further ado, here is your first bachelor!" Blondie eased out of the spotlight as a man in a black tuxedo and a white mask strutted out of the wings and paused center stage. With one hand in his pants pocket and a hip slightly cocked like a wannabe Abercrombie and Fitch model, he radiated arrogance. Noelle didn't need to see his face behind the disguise concealing his features. Handsome or not, it was clear this guy thought he was the shit.

"Our first bachelor considers himself a risk-taker," Blondie announced. "Whether it's in the conference room, on the slopes, on the racetrack, or in love, he doesn't play it safe. As a very successful financial manager, he loves to discover new avenues of earning money for his clients and longs for the same excitement in his love life. The woman who eventually wins his heart will have the same adventurous spirit, be spontaneous, and have a wonderful sense of humor." And a double-D rack and be as smart as a box of rocks. Noelle snorted. "Since he's a gambler in life, the lucky woman who wins this bachelor will spend a thrilling weekend in ... Las Vegas! Three days and two nights spent in a luxury resort. Enjoy the finest restaurants, the best shows, and of course you'll try your luck at the most famous casinos on the Strip. So who would like to win this fabulous, thrilling weekend in Sin City? Let's start the bidding at $5,000. Excellent." Blondie grinned. "I have $5,000. Do we have $6,000? Six. Seven?"

The bidding continued, fast and furious, until it topped out at $13,000. Jesus Christ. Who the hell dropped that much money at one time? On a date? And Noelle had never understood the big deal about Las Vegas. Wasting money on a chance and a prayer. That wasn't risk-taking or excitement — it was stupidity. Growing up and living with an alcoholic father with a spotty employment record, as well as a shady brother who could've earned W-2s for using women, had schooled her early on the value of a buck. But if a person had never known the gnawing emptiness of going to bed hungry or had never lit enough candles to erect a shrine because the power bill hadn't been paid, then plunking down more than ten grand with the wave of a paddle probably didn't register on their What the hell? meter.

Four more men appeared on the stage and exited with exorbitant price tags hanging over them. Ten thousand. Fifteen thousand. If she had the kind of money these people threw away, she wouldn't be in a strange city, hiding behind trees in an honest-to-God ballroom. She wouldn't have to seek help from a man who detested her and her family with a passion usually reserved for sex and religion.

"And here's bachelor number six."

A tall man emerged from the wings, his long, unhurried stride covering the distance to the center of the stage in just a few steps. His black jacket draped over his wide shoulders and tapered to his slim waist as if he'd been sewn into it, while the crisp white shirt hugged his chest like a woman who just couldn't take no for an answer. Pants the same ebony color emphasized and flattered the powerful strength of his legs. Powerful — a perfect description of this man. He controlled it, exuded it, wore it.

Noelle straightened, an electric current surging through her body. Everything within her — every sense, every thought, every cell of her damn body — tightened into narrow focus. Nothing else existed in that moment but the bachelor standing at the front of the room, hands tucked in his pockets, his elegant grace and confidence evident in the very absence of the snicker-inducing posing and posturing of the men who'd preceded him.

A mask might've hid his features, and he donned the same formal monkey suits as the other bachelors, but this man she would know anywhere. It'd been six years since she'd last seen him, but not for a second did she doubt who graced the stage.

Aiden Kent.

Even as an eleven-year-old girl, she'd been fascinated by the masculine beauty of the son of her father's girlfriend. His hair was a bright blending of canary, goldenrod, and chestnut, three of the colors in her most prized possession — the 120-crayon box her father had surprised her with on her tenth birthday. She couldn't glimpse his brilliant green eyes from her hiding place, but she knew they were the same. Even when he'd stared at her with icy disdain or, for a precious short while, gazed at her with blistering heat, the beauty of his eyes had never changed.

That gaze had always contained the power to wound her like no other. To make hurt crawl through her like a living thing. To cause joy and love to burn bright like the Olympic torch ... like no other person had been capable of stirring.

To cause guilt and shame to snake through her, even when the sins his stare accused her of weren't hers to bear.

"This bachelor may not be a Boston native, but our fair city has certainly become home to him. Though his business and personal interests — such as travel, history, and classical movies — take him all over the country and world, he always looks forward to returning to the welcoming, open arms of ... Kupel's Bakery." Laughter rippled through the room. Noelle shrugged. Must be a Boston inside joke. "Still, he is on the elusive search for a woman who will tempt him like his favorite bagels. And he does believe she's out there. She will be intelligent, independent, and have a sharp wit. She won't need him but want him. My, my." Blondie made a show of fanning herself with the note cards in her hand.

Bullshit, Noelle scoffed. She hadn't met a man yet who didn't prefer a woman reliant on him for something. Money. Sex. Attention ... Love.

"The lucky woman who wins this bachelor will fly in his private jet to Los Angeles for two days and one night of sightseeing, fine dining, and shopping on the famous Rodeo Drive, all topped with a red-carpet movie premiere. Exciting, isn't it? We'll start the bidding for this star-studded evening at $7,000. Seven. $8,000? Wonderful. Eight ... and nine over here."

Noelle watched the paddles fly up around the room, the rapid flickering of wood soon turning into a blur. Eleven thousand came and went, with fifteen fast approaching. One woman in particular seemed intent on winning. Whenever an amount was shouted out, the stunning redhead raised it by a thousand, never hesitating. She must've really wanted to rub elbows with celebrities. Or maybe it was the man himself she wanted to rub elbows — and other body parts — with. Noelle would bet her most treasured graphite pencil set that the draw was the trip, but the prize was the bachelor.

"Seventeen? Eighteen? Eighteen-thousand dollars! Do we have nineteen?" Blondie scanned the audience, her bright smile gleeful. "Eighteen going once. Going twice. Sold to number 51 for 18,000. Congratulations!"

Holy Christ. Eighteen-thousand dollars. Noelle blinked. Then exhaled, staring as Aiden nodded to the redhead and strode off the stage. The rest of the auction passed without Noelle paying much attention to it. Her heart thudded against her rib cage. Each second that passed drew her inexorably closer to the moment when ... when ... Oh, God.

She closed her eyes, pinching the bridge of nose, wishing she could shut off the queasiness she felt as easily.

"And now the moment you've all been waiting for ..." Blondie trilled as all ten men filed back out on the stage. "Bachelors, please remove your masks."

Unbidden, Noelle inched forward, focused on one person. The only one who mattered. The one who would determine thye path of her future — whether it would be hard, or hard as hell.

Slowly, bachelor number six lowered his mask, and Noelle glimpsed the features of the man she hadn't seen in six years.

Moisture fled from her mouth as if chased. There were the same chiseled planes that never failed to make her fingers itch to grab a graphite pencil and draw them. Try to capture his vitality and masculine beauty with paper, lead, and ink. He still possessed the same mouth that seemed incapable of losing the full, sensual curves whether flattened into a grim line or quirked in a lazy half smile. The same hard jaw that begged for a woman's lips to brush over it.

As many probably had. She clenched her fingers into fists at her thighs. Not that who kissed him where was any of her business. She didn't give a damn. Not anymore. Who he fucked, how many — and according to the Boston society gossip pages, there were many — wasn't what had brought her here. Only a promise.

Cautiously, she edged from the safety of the trees. No one had noticed her yet, and she took comfort in the inattention while it lasted. Because it wouldn't last.

Her heart lodged in her throat, each beat threatening to cut off her air supply. With feet that became heavier with each step forward, she eased toward the crowd of gowned and bejeweled women and tuxedo-clad men. Like the Red Sea, they parted, staring and murmuring at the oddity in their midst. Heat blazed up her neck and poured into her face, but she jacked her chin higher, dragging on the I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude she'd acquired early on in life.

Ahead of her, Aiden greeted the redhead who had won the date with him. He lifted one half of that beautiful mouth in a teasing, flirtatious smile that still haunted her. The seductive gleam in his green gaze caused the breath to stutter in Noelle's lungs, and it wasn't even aimed at her. He clasped the woman's hand, but as if sensing the tension whispering through the ballroom, he glanced up.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Bachelor's Promise by Naima Simone, Tracy Montoya. Copyright © 2016 Naima Simone. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Naima Simone's love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown, and Linda Howard many years ago. Well, not that many. She is only eighteen...ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading, and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days-and nights-creating stories of unique men and women who experience the first bites of desire, the dizzying heights of passion, and the tender, healing heat of love.

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The Bachelor's Promise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 8 months ago
"He'll never trust the daughter of his enemy."" So he thought. He never had his resolved tested this way before and with something that he wanted very much. I had fun with this one. More than the other two books in this series. The whole family drama, second chance, never again, deathbed promise all makes for an intense read with two characters that just could not figure out if what they was doing was what they wanted. Noelle came across as a bit of pain. She had to work hard to get my vote. Aiden had me from the opening pages. I'm just not sure about Noelle almost 50% of the read. Things them began to come together for me with her. Aiden had a lot that he needed to overcome. He did not want to feel the way he was for Noelle but the heart has a way of wanting what it wants. Betrayal, lies, family, trust all melds into a should I. . . shouldn't I. The back and forth POV makes for a more involving read that allows for glimpses into more of both Aiden and Noelle. There are depths not exchanged but viewed thought their eyes only. Rich and engaging. Bachelor Auction, #3 has become my favorite of the three thus far. I look forward to what else and who else become the next bachelor up on the block.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Just in case you've been missing the summer heat (which has not been an issue up here, thanks!) pick up The Bachelor's Promise by Naima Simone--whoa, does it generate a lot of steam! Noelle and Aiden have a past--one with a foundation of secret longings that, just as things had started to get interesting, came to an abrupt, and seemingly permanent, end. Except now it's several years later and Noelle's in a jam. She'd been trying to do it on her own, but caring for her father has left her resources depleted. If she wants to ever make her dream of owning her own art gallery happen, she needs to swallow her pride, find Aiden, and ask him to honor the promise his mother had made him give as she lay on her deathbed--to gift Noelle with the funds needed for school. She's managed to work her way through undergrad; it's a graduate degree she needs help with. The Bachelor's Promise of the title is taken care of early on--Aiden honors his mother's wishes almost without argument. But staying away from Noelle (his wishes--not his mother's!) proves impossible when he offers (sans prior promises, this time!) to help her out of another dilemma she finds herself in. The more they're together, the more the sparks are flying...hence the aforementioned steamy scenes. There's a lot of them. They're definitely NSFW...even on my lunch break, they were a bit much. But I persevered ;) So...all that's left is for Aiden to find a way to get past his issues and prejudices against Noelle's family (they're doozies) so they can get to their HEA. I do have to admit, I didn't have a clue what his actual main issue was--but once Noelle pointed it out, everything totally clicked. Yep, makes sense! Unfortunately, it took Aiden another chapter and a half to come to the same realization. (But his grand gesture's a good one--and goes pretty far toward making up for his earlier butt-headedness.) There were a few elements of the story that bothered me a bit, hence the 1.5 star reduction. There was a bit of unnecessary repetition (we’re told the same thing multiple times, as an internal thought of Noelle’s—nothing new is added and though it’s presented like news each time, it isn’t) and the "bachelor's auction" part of the storyline is conveniently forgotten about halfway through, making the auction feel like nothing more than a flimsy excuse to bring Noelle and Aiden together--the lack of follow through there was bothersome. The Bachelor's Promise is the third book in the series, but it works fine as a standalone. Aiden's business partner was the hero of book one ( Beauty and the Bachelor ) and there's references to his story, but we're told the important bits we need to know about it. If the second couple is mentioned at all, it went over my head completely since I didn't look up the synopses for the other books until after finishing this one. (Spoiler alert: they're on my TBR now.) Rating: 3 1/2 stars/ C+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
I devoured this one in one sitting! THE BACHELOR'S PROMISE is the third in author Naima Simone's Bachelor Auction, but the first one I've read. I loved this one even without the backstories of the others, but you can bet I'll be going back and reading them now! Aiden was the perfect hero, reluctant though he professed to be. A faithful and loving son of a single mother who struggled to provide for him, who then in turn grew up to work hard to make something of himself. Now he is the founder and CEO of a million dollar company. Although she had refused help from him for herself, on her deathbed she asked Aiden to promise to make sure her boyfriend's young daughter was taken care of, specifically that she had the means for a college education. Aiden agreed even though he despised the man and his son, for good reasons too. Noelle Rana is nothing like her father or brother, both basically drunks and con men. She was eleven when her father moved them into the Kent house and loved Aiden's mother who was the only mother she'd ever known. She grew up admiring Aiden and when she was older realized she loved him. When Aiden's mother dies he turns his back on the Ranas, including Noelle even though they had grown close, breaking Noelle's heart. Six years later Noelle is very close to achieving her dreams, but needs help... she needs Aiden to keep his promise so she swallows her pride and goes to him. Neither of them really trust each other. Neither was prepared for the irresistible chemistry between them. Both fight their feelings and try to deny the pull of intense attraction between them. So much happens... old wounds are hard to heal... the past interferes... but these two are soooo good together. The story is amazing. Well-written, great fully developed characters, awesome dialogue and banter, and eventually some very steamy scenes. Definitely a must-read! 4.5 stars
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
The story between Aiden and Noelle was full of emotion, trust issues, heart, regret. My heart went out to Noelle throughout their entire story. She wanted to be accepted for herself, not her last name or family. She was a sweet, determined young lady. I enjoyed her character and cheered her on. I wanted her to succeed and find her happily every after. And Aiden helped her do that, while at the same time, making her doubt. He drove me crazy, being wishy-washy, causing Noelle undue stress. But I loved seeing Noelle and Lucas keep him in check. Both made him examine his life and feelings. The ending was absolutely sweet and brought a smile to my teary eyes.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Aiden and Noelle have a complicated history in this sexy enemies to lovers romance. Noelle's family was the cause of much grief for Aiden - his mother having been in love with Noelle's no good con artist father that resulted in some poor decision making on her part. And then Noelle's brother Tony got involved with Aiden's fiance, ruining yet another relationship in Aiden's life. Aiden wanted nothing more to do with Noelle, but when she turns to him as a last resort, to get him to honor a promise his mother made before she died, he can't turn her away. What follows is two people learning to trust each other, while dealing with some searing sexual chemistry. The author does a stellar job of crafting the steamy love scenes between these two, while showing the challenges involved in letting go of the past. Sometimes their reactions were a little over the top, and I would have liked to see Noelle make a stronger effort to keep her obviously trouble making brother out of her life. But I sympathized with her conflicted loyalty. In the end, it was an entertaining story about two people learning to let go and move forward with their lives, together.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Noelle and Aiden stole my heart from the first chapter; they’re story is one of loss, heartbreak, betrayal and a bit of love mixed in there as well. The story is very well written, it has the perfect feel of fast paced but also slow and enjoyable, the things and moments that needed to pass and be resolved quickly were and the sexy swoony moments we were all waiting for were perfect. This entire series so far has been a delight to read, with likeable characters and stories that stay with you long after you finish them, in fact I’m thinking about re reading the past books just to get myself into the Bachelor’s world again.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor’s Promise brings together two characters with a shared history, both in need of a fresh start and redemption. Aiden Kent and Noelle Rana first met as teenagers when their parents were dating and moved in together. To say Aiden detested the Rana family is an understatement. But when Noelle needed Aiden’s help, he was there for her. A budding friendship began until the death of Aiden’s mother. Due to events involving her family, Aiden cut Noelle out of his life and in the process broke her heart. Six years have passed and Noelle is ready to reclaim her life, but she needs Aiden to keep the promise that he made to his mother on her deathbed. What Naima Simone has given readers is a true story of fighting for the love of the person who holds your heart. Noelle and Aiden are characters that I love for their strength, conviction, and courage. Neither truly believes in love and they definitely don’t trust each other. Noelle may be a pixie, but she’s tough as nails and when push comes to shove, stands up for herself. I have to admit that immediately I saw no way these two could be a couple and have a happily-ever-after. Aiden’s hatred for Noelle’s family runs deep. While Noelle knows her father and brother aren’t perfect, they’re the only family she has. I found timing of certain events in the past to be a little unclear, adding to some frustration and confusion on my part. I ultimately liked the ending, however I’m still not sold on how the family issue was resolved. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Marta1 More than 1 year ago
I love Naima Simone's work and this latest novel does not disappoint! This is the second book in the Bachelor Auction series. Aiden Kent and Noelle Rana have a history - her dad was his mom's errant boyfriend. Aiden promised his mother on her deathbed to take care of Noelle, but an incident that broke his trust in her made him turn away from her for years. She's in town to collect on that promise now. What ensues is a series of situations that tests these two people - people who have been let down and disappointed in the past by people who should have loved them unconditionally and who have built armor around themselves to protect themselves from further hurt. The story was sexy indeed - if you've ever read Naima Simone's writing, you expect steamy and hot sex scenes. But it's also a story that tugs at your heartstrings. Their lives up until now have been so full of turmoil that you just want them to open up to each other and be happy. Getting there will definitely give you all the feels! Love this book and I can't wait to read the rest of this series!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Emotional second chance romance . . . Talk about trauma, angst, turmoil and drama - this story is packed with it! Aiden Kent was Noelle Rana's first love and his mother, Caroline, was like a mother to her, too. Unfortunately Noelle's father and older brother's actions following the tragic death of Caroline mean that Aiden no longer wants anything to do with her or her family. However, a deathbed promise brings the two together again and their mutual attraction is even more powerful than ever! Can he overcome the walls he's built to protect his heart and give their love a chance? Dare she risk her heart being broken by him again? This is a enthralling second chance romance where the relationship between their parents brought them together then tore them apart. It explores the emotional upheaval those experiences created and the serious impact these have on their current attitudes, behaviour and expectations. It has many humorous moments as well, so don't think it will be a dour read - it certainly isn't! I enjoyed 'The Millionaire Makeover' and recommend both to anyone who enjoys their romance with plenty of angst and surprising twists and turns en route! Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
Carrying the burden of guilt, lack of trust and the inability to forgive is the road to destruction. Aiden is a self made millionaire. He moved to Boston to put his past behind him. He would rather forget about anyone who is a reminder of his misery, especially the Rana family. Noelle is a talented artist. Her life with her father and her brother was far from ideal and she gave up her dream due to the sequence of events. She is now ready to take the leap to go after her dream and moves to Boston to claim what is owed to her. Aiden is attending a batchelor auction and the last person he expects to see is Noelle. His first reaction is anger and maybe a little denial! He has always blamed her family for what happened to his mother. Even though Noelle is far from being guilty, he puts her in the same category and he is not going to make it easy for her. As far as he is concerned, forgiveness is out of the question. There is an incident which makes Noelle temporarily homeless. Aiden just happens to drop by to give her the answer to her request and for whatever reason, he offers help. Noelle is suddenly his house mate. The thing is that there is history between them. The awkwardness between them is palpable but so is the heat that burns between them. This is a heartfelt romance which holds a myriad of emotions. Aiden is torn between his feelings and forgiveness. Noelle is adamant on not having to rely on any man and stand on her own two feet. The author paints a vivid picture of the relationship between Noelle and Aiden. I was gripped by this story from the first page and taken on a real emotional rollercoaster. I loved everything about this novel and would recommend to romance lovers. I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Bachelor's Promise was such a good read. The storyline was entertaining, emotional and kept me turning the pages late into the night. The characters were complex, passionate and had previous hurts holding them back from revealing the real person behind the front they allowed people to see. I loved watching Aiden and Noelle's relationship develop. I enjoyed seeing them battle the love/hate emotions they struggled with, especially Aiden. They had amazing chemistry and once Aiden opened his heart and let Noelle in you knew these two would have a passionate and happy life together. The Bachelor's Promise is a great addition to the Bachelor Auction series, I highly recommend them all!
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor’s Promise by Naima Simone has some serious sexual tension that will heat up your e-reader! Even though the sexual tension is high, the characters share a painful history together that must be dealt with, before anything good can come from it. Once upon a time, Noelle Rana and her family inserted themselves directly into Aiden and his mother’s world. Her father and his mother hooked up, even though the Rana family was bad news. When Aiden’s mother died, everything went south and Noelle got caught in the crossfire. Years later Aiden is a millionaire and Noelle has no choice but to turn to him. Aiden can’t trust Noelle but he can’t refuse his mother’s wishes. She wanted Noelle to be taken care of and get the education she deserves, so Aiden reluctantly agrees to pay for her graduate school. He figures he’ll write the school a check directly and he won’t have to deal with Noelle again, but things never work out the way we hope and he’s stuck with her. But sometimes being stuck is the best thing you can be. For Aiden, the truth comes out, insecurities are dealt with, and love breaks through their deeply closed walls. Overall, I adored the Bachelor’s Promise and will definitely file this book away in my favorites list, to read over and over again.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE BACHELOR’S PROMISE is the third installment in Naima Simone’s contemporary, adult BACHELOR AUCTION romance series. This is CEO and billionaire businessman Aiden Kent, and college student/ artist Noelle Rana’s story line. THE BACHELOR’S PROMISE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Told from dual third person points of view (Aiden and Noelle) THE BACHELOR’S PROMISE follows the second chance relationship between billionaire Aiden Kent, and twenty five year old artist and college student Noelle Rana. Six years earlier Aiden pushed Noelle out of his life. Raised together when their parents met and presumably fell in love, Aiden and Noelle fast became best friends one day leading to love and a possible happily ever after. But upon the death of Aiden’s mother, Noelle’s father Frank destroyed what little was left of Aiden’s life and Noelle got caught up in the betrayal and mistrust. Fast forward to present day and Noelle will reluctantly ask Aiden to make good on a deathbed promise by his mother, and our hero is, once again, pushed to limits of his patience as it pertains to the woman who had previously broken his heart. Noelle is determined to get on with her life but circumstances have changed and she is desperate for Aiden’s help. What ensues is the rekindling of a romance and relationship that was destroyed by betrayal and lies, that will falter when Noelle’s past returns and makes more demands of the man that she loves. The relationship between Noelle and Aiden is acrimonious at best. Noelle has never stopped loving Aiden but our hero’s life was destroyed when his mother passed away, and Noelle’s father and brother betrayed any love and friendship between our story line couple. Aiden is a man determined to rip apart our story line heroine but is caught between memories of the past and a potential future with the woman he loves. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive. The secondary and supporting characters are colorful and animated including Aiden’s business partner Lucas Oliver and his wife Sydney Blake (Beauty and the Bachelor #1). We are also introduced to Noelle’s questionable brother Tony whose connection to Aiden goes much deeper than anyone could have imagined; and Noelle’s boss at the art gallery -Lo. The world building looks at betrayal and broken promises; heartbreak and pain; anger and forgiveness. Aiden’s apprehension with Noelle’s return is understandable but his original reasons for pushing Noelle out of his life were as a result of deflecting his anger about what happened upon someone else. THE BACHELOR’S PROMISE is a passionate story line. The premise is emotional and intense; the characters are dynamic and vibrant; the romance is captivating and energetic. Naima Simone adds another provocative and fascinating addition to her Bachelor Auction series.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Noelle is a sweet girl with horrible family members. Her father never met anyone he didn't lie to or try to scam and his brother is the same way. Once her father passed, her brother is all she has left. Aiden despises Noelle's brother and can't look at her without thinking of him. Shortly before Aiden's mother died, she made him promise to help Noelle. Years later, she shows up to collect...and turns Aiden's world upside down. What follows is a book that kept me hooked until the very last page. If you enjoy feisty women in a sexy romance, you will love this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Sizzling hot and heartwarming are the first words that come to mind when I think about this one. Naima Simone has given us a story that you won't forget. Aiden and Noelle have history. Painful gut wrenching history but a promise Aiden made to his dying mother won't allow him to turn Noelle away. And if he's truthful, he couldn't. The fierce attraction between them is still there but getting past what her family has done will not be easy. He can only hope they will be able to walk away with their hearts in tact. If they CAN walk way. I highly recommend this one.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Noelle’s mother had left right after she was born.Aidan had met Noelle when she was eleven years old fifteen years ago. Aidan’s mom- Caroline had been Noelle’s dads girlfriend and since Noelle had never known her mom like a mom to Noelle but Aidan didn’t know that. It had been six years since Aidan had seen Noelle. Aidan was now Bay Bridge Industries Chief Operating Officer and Lucas- was Aidan's best friend and he was the Executive Officer of the company they owned. Noelle didn’t believe in love but she did have a dream and that was to own her own art gallery and she needed Aidan’s help to make that dream come true. Caroline had told Aidan she had money for Noelle to go to graduate school . when Aidan offered her a check after Caroline passed away it was from hate and to get rid of Noelle right after Caroline had passed and her father and brother Tony had went to Caroline’s home and stolen anything of value they could carry out. Great story and I really loved reading this. How strong the pain and hatred was that Aidan felt for Noelle’s family. But he had to separate Noelle from her family and know her for herself. This story had some excellent little twists to it. Once I started reading this story I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and how some had to grow and heal. I loved the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend. This has become one of my favorite new books. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
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Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Easy is not a word that either Aiden or Noelle are familiar with. Fight is the motto that plays on repeat like a theme song in their lives. He's the guy with the chip on his shoulder and enough anguish and guilt to last a lifetime. Noelle's the woman that carries shame and heartache around like her own personal zip code. Events beyond their control has left these two at odds. Can a promise to a dying woman heal two broken hearts? The Bachelor's Promise paints a picture of so much pain, but out of all the bitterness, two people learned how to hope again. Naima Simone blended the passion and heat of a complicated rivalry to make for a fiery story of forgiveness and courage. Powerful message: Love can stomp out hate.