The Bachelor Contract

The Bachelor Contract

by Rachel Van Dyken
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Overview

The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

A second-chance romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She's everywhere.

Ex-wife.

Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

The Bachelors of Arizona series:The Bachelor Auction
The Playboy Bachelor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455598755
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Series: Bachelors of Arizona , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 39,475
File size: 6 MB

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

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The Bachelor Contract 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Love this series...it really made me laugh and cry. The loss of a child is devastating and was written with compassion in this book. Love those Wellington boys!
FromTheSouth 9 months ago
2.5 stars - Toxic love would be a better title for this one, my fellow romance book loving friends. Actually, scrap that, because the hero’s behavior most of the time wouldn’t fall under the love category. He was certainly toxic to her, as he was like a poisoned apple she couldn’t say no to. This couple has a sad past in this second chance tale. They might be mourning the loss of what they had, but I’m drowning in sorrow about what could have been myself. This should have been an epic read, folks. Instead, what I got was a drunken all the time, parties every night manho, sometimes with drug using prostitutes, who was not celibate during the four years after the couple’s sad breakup. All while, of course, she stayed celibate the entire time. It is a personal beef with me when the leading lady is still so wrapped up in love she couldn’t possibly be with another man, while the manho hero uses his broken heart as an excuse to screw anything that moves. Like it is somehow his right and the only way for him to find healing and closure. The spa scene felt wrong because they didn’t know who each other were in the dark, though they kept inadvertently thinking about the other. The fact he was the owner and she an employee, well, don’t even get me started on that. It felt like she was just going to be another one of his mindless sexcapades he’s had over the last four years. She lost a big chunk of my respect and dignity in the process of that scene. Though she was likeable, I didn’t like her being on a date with Cole, a close friend who wanted to be her boyfriend, then see her leave with Brant to have a good-bye ONS. I was so repulsed by the idea I thought I was going to puke. Brant mentally kept thinking it was the goodbye screw he deserved for what she put him through in the past. H-E-L-L-O! Who’s the one that ended up blind??? Who’s the one who has suffered the most these last four years? Blind, poor as dirt, broken hearted, and still carrying a torch for him. Yeah, she got the raw end of that deal. Yet, he always acted like he was the only wounded party. He was so hurtful when he found out who she was. It was unbelievable, folks. I absolutely loved Cole, despite his implied manho reputation. It was hilarious how he at first tried to protect her from Brant. He was absolutely awesome! The pool scene was epic! It’s pretty sad when you find yourself wishing the heroine would sleep with her best friend instead of the leading man. In fact, I was thrilled when Cole gave her a quick kiss to dream about. I wanted Brant to suffer..suffer...then suffer some more. Oh, there’s more. She starts taking on the blame for Brant’s past behavior. Then he offers her money after sleeping with her. Then he plays the let’s be friends card, all while pushing her out his bedroom door. OK. That’s enough. My rant is over. You get the point. Sure, he “finally” at the end sees the light. But it’ll be up to you if you want the journey to get there. This author’s writing style is wonderfully engaging. I just wish she choose better character portrayal. Would it have been too much to ask for to have the hero also celibate? If four years wasn’t too long for the heroine, why not the hero, as well? How about her coming across strong and making him really work to get back in her good graces, instead of falling into bed with him? Yeah, all sorts of better scenarios come to mind, but it is what it is. (These comments are based on a library edition.)
Colleen_Snibson More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say about this book except that I loved it. I loved the witty comebacks and thoughts of the characters. Brant and Nikki's story will give you lots of feels. Angry, sad, funny, happy, angry, sad, funny, and happy all over again.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this, it was such a great read! I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster I went on but it was so worth the ride. I've been curious about Brant’s story since book one, The Bachelor Auction, and was excited to get to know him. He was such a hard, closed off guy and the why is heartbreaking but I loved the healing that came from him and Nikki reconnecting. Nikki was great and I really liked her strength and resilience. Brant and Nikki's story is intense, it's full of ups and downs and a lot of push and pull. I was filled with so much anticipation while learning their history because I wanted to know the reason they were so broken. It was so heartbreaking and raw. I really liked how the details were presented between past and present and I felt so much for these two as they came back together. There's a lot of tension and pain between them and breaking down their walls to get them to their HEA had me choking up. The writing was good. I enjoyed the details, the build, and the timeline in which things were learned. There were times when the flow was off for me and I felt like I was missing something. Sometimes things felt slightly disjointed but I was so invested in their story and caught up with all the emotion I just had to keep turning the page. The second half was a bit slower for me but by the time the end rolled around, it all evened out. I really enjoyed all of Brant’s family and the humor they brought to the table. Sometimes it could be chaotic and crazy, and a bit over the top but as intense and emotional as it was, I found myself laughing because that lightness was needed. The overall story with this book is what hooked got me. All that pain coming to a head as Brant and Nikki truly start to heal and come together again. It was a really wonderful second chance romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Multiple life changing tragedies tore their marriage apart. Loss hammered their love and left great pain and anger. Four years later the memories refuse to die so is it possible for these two lost loves to find their way back to each other? This was such a well written story of tragedy loss recovery and second chances that I was emotionally held hostage from begining to end rooting for their happy ending. A great ending for the bachelor auction trio of brothers. My favorite of the series.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Compellingly addictive with a passion that had me glued to my seat from start to finish. A story about heartbreak, pain and anger conquered by hope and infinite love. Oh the feels!! I have loved the Bachelors of Arizona as individual standalone stories and a series. The dynamic between each couple and as a family has been unique and intriguing with secrets and pain and so much love necessary to heal beaten, battered hearts. For the past four years, Brandt’s life has been defined by pain, guilt and a necessity to numb all the ugly emotions that threatened to knock him down. I met him in book one but hadn’t a clue as to how deeply his feelings thundered within. But he let them loose, lashed out and I felt it. The story begins in the present and has small glimpses from the past from which the reader can understand the incredible love he had for his wife and the events that led to the demise of their marriage and his complete misery. I won’t spoil you so let’s continue... From having everything, Brandt was left with nothing as his life was ruined by one too many tragedies. Choosing to anesthetize his feelings he had spent the last four years drowning in alcohol and faceless hookups. But when Brandt refuses fulfill his bachelor contract and go out with his ex-wife who bought him for a date in a charity event, his meddling family presents him with a challenge he can’t refuse, unknowing that he’d be working side by side with the love of his life. Nikki had no one after her split from Brandt, forced to get a job as a masseuse she made the resort’s employees her family and the sexy concierge became her best friend who tried to run interference when Brandt arrived, but there was only so much Cole could do before the these two broken halves of a single whole would come face to face and tackle the past and their mistakes. As their walls slowly lower, we see how much they both suffered, how guilty and helpless Brandt felt and how his love for her has never diminished. My heart broke for both of them, for what they lost, for their time apart, but at the same time it delighted when they both realize that love can heal the rawest wounds and theirs is worth fighting for. As lovely and heartfelt as this story was, I also need to mention that this wasn’t all heavy feelings. There were moments of fun and levity, mixed with flirty sexiness that balanced everything out. But yes, expect to lose your heart to Brandt and Nikki and their emotionally naked tale of second chances. The Bachelor Contract is book #3 in the Bachelors in Arizona series by Rachel Van Dyken. It is a full length contemporary romance. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC at no cost to author on behalf of Social Butterfly. Please take out your tissues because my friends you will need them..This was heartbreaking..We have lost loves, grief, anger. Brant and Anger, self blame, grief, and words that can never be taken back drove them permanently apart. In the four years since, Brant has done his best to numb the loss with alcohol and women. There where times that I hated him, but he finally ended up fixing things. Poor Nikki, she went thru so much but she still loved Brant even though she had tried to move on..We do have some humor, when there were times you didn't think your heart could take anymore..This shows what a good author Rachel is, to have you feel so many emotions..Bravo Rachel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series, but this book was by far my favorite! RVD never disappoints! Now I just need the Grandma/Nadine book. ?
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about The Bachelor Contract to be honest. I was a little nervous because I didn't like The Playboy Bachelor as much as I normally like all of Rachel's books. I also wasn't the biggest fan of Brant in the other 2 books so I didn't know what to expect from him. I am happy to say that I ended up enjoying The Bachelor Contract more than I thought I would. The book is filled with loads of emotion, mainly sadness and anger, but it's a story about overcoming those emotions and realizing that happiness can be found when you let go of the past. Brant isn't always the most likable guy, he's often angry, drunk, or both, but once he gets out of that funk he can be a really great and sweet guy. Both Nikki and Brant have been through unbelievably sad things in life that I wish people didn't have to experience. They lost so much and basically turned into shells of their former selves. Nikki is a kind and caring person who is trying to move on from her tragic past, but just can't. She's often sad and reminded of what she doesn't have anymore. Both Brant and Nikki deserve to be happy again, and that happiness is found with each other. Their relationship is far from typical. They have had so many ups and downs and that continues to be seen now. It was hard to read at times with all the anger and sadness. There were definitely times that I didn't like what characters were doing and/or saying, especially in the first half of the book. It was hard to connect with some of them when I couldn't understand why they were acting a certain way, and basically just being mean. I really liked the second half much better. A lot of that anger is lost and now it becomes more about moving on and focusing on the present and future. One thing that I would have liked is more explanation about the past, especially about Nikki and the fire. It felt breezed over in a way. I still don't fully understand what happened with all of that besides that it was super sad and scary. Overall it was a good read and I'm happy with the way it ended.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
sometimes giving love a second chance is what you need to soothe what ails you. as the bachelor contract opens brant's family is convinced that he needs to settle things with his ex-wife, nikki, and either talk things out and close that chapter of his life or start over. but the drugs and the alcohol and the women who don't matter needs to stop. so when brant is challenged by nadine titus to take on management of a luxury resort and spa he signs the papers without a second thought. of course, once he is at the resort he finds himself in nikki's path. at first, they are both too angry, too hurt to really understand what happened between them. there is so much pain, and loss, and grief they need to work through. they were young and alone and when they lost the ability to trust each other. they lost their way. rebuilding that trust isn't an easy thing. brant, in particular, has done some pretty horrid things, but he loves her. and she loves him. and because of that, he can find a way to make things right. he has to, because there is no other option for him. when it comes down to it, the only person he wants to share his life with, the only person he wants to live for is nikki. if you've read the other books in the series, you will be satisfied with how things tie up for brant. as with the other books in this series, the family dynamics and external intrusions into the relationship aren't my favorite. and some of the weird, physical comedy falls flat, but how brant and nikki find their way back to each other is still emotionally satisfying. **the bachelor contract will publish on november 28, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! Can there truly be a second chance at forever? Brant & Nikki find themselves hoping against hope that there can be! These two wounded hearts have spent their time apart being gutted and wishing things had been different. Now they are faced with the opportunity of being in the same vicinity again and have to decide whether to forget it all and go about their separate lives ... or to bear their wounded souls to each other in hopes that the other might decide to stay. This is my first book by this author, and I wasn't a huge fan of her style of writing ... but I did enjoy the story as a whole. I'm not a fan of a story that leaves us to play a guessing game of what happened and fills in bits and pieces here and there. I find it easier to connect and become one with the characters if I'm living the heartache right there along side them. In all, it wasn't my favorite style of book, but in the end I did become a fan of the characters and stood right there beside them rooting for that happily ever after! Brant Wellington comes from a supportive family who also loves to butt their nose in where it doesn't belong every chance they get. None of them have been able to pull his head out of the sand over the years since he split with his ex and have worried that he's a lost cause. Finally someone comes up with a plan to make him address his heartache head-on, once and for all ... but having her in front of him again, no, he's not going to be able to handle it! His ex-wife Nikki is also blindsided to have him all of a sudden in the same room with her. She thought she was working towards moving on and starting a new life ... but she's really just been spending these years wishing he'd turn back around and give her another chance.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--emotional and heart breaking 3.75 stars- THE BACHELOR CONTRACT is the third instalment in Rachel Van Dyken’s contemporary, adult THE BACHELORS OF ARIZONA romance series focusing on the Wellington brothers Brock, Bentley and Brant. This is hotel manager Brant and spa masseuse Nikki Wellington’s story line. THE BACHELOR CONTRACT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Brant and Nikki) including memories from the past, THE BACHELOR CONTRACT is a second chance romance for new hotel manager Brant, and masseuse Nikki. Four years earlier Brant and Nikki’s life imploded leaving our couple a shell of their former selves. Fast forward to present day wherein Brant is now his ex-wife’s new boss, and he struggles to come to terms with everything he lost including the woman he apparently still loves. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Brant and Nikki, and the potential fall out as memories from the past continue to destroy any happiness our couple once shared. The Bachelors of Arizona series follows Nadine Titus, as she, along with Charles Wellington, devise and scheme to reunite and otherwise find love for the old man’s three grandsons. As the final hold out Brant struggles with heartbreaking memories from the past-memories he has tried to drown with alcohol and women- memories too painful but hard to forget. When Nadine ‘orders’ Brant to take control of one of her luxury hotels she is well aware that Brant’s past, present and future is working nearby. Nadine knows that Brant is still in love with the woman that calls to his heart but hurtful words said in anger and pain may have all but destroyed any possibility of reuniting two people who have never moved forward in close to four years. The relationship between Nikki and Brant is one of second chances; a redkindling romance that struggles with betrayal and fear; pain and suffering; grief and loss. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Brant’s twin Bentley Wellington (The Playboy Bachelor) and their elder brother Brock whom we met in book one-The Bachelor Auction. Bentley’s grandfather returns, alone with Nadine Titus grandmother as the two continue to play matchmakers for their heartbroken grandchildren. We are also introduced to several hotel employees including Nikki’s best friend and concierge Cole Masters, and spa receptionist Annie. I am hoping Rachel has plans for Cole-this man deserves his happily ever after. THE BACHELOR CONTRACT is an emotional story with heartbreaking memories and humorous, playful moments. The addition of Cole Masters is like a breath of fresh air in between the tears and pain of one couple’s grief and loss. The premise is entertaining and energetic; the characters are broken and colorful; the romance is fated, passionate and hurting as two people, who love one another, are unable to let go and move on from the past.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time Brandt found the kind of love that most people only dream about finding, and it lead to a marriage, but then life got in the way, feelings got hurt, hearts bruised and then he lost that love. And it has haunted him everyday since, if only he had done things differently, tried a little harder to hold onto it, then maybe he wouldn't be so miserable now. He has tried to move on from what he had with his wife, but no matter how many nameless/faceless women have followed him home and into his bed, she still manages to find a way to mess with his head and his heart. His family sees how he is struggling to move on, and tries to help, but forcing him to face his past isn't what he has in mind... nor does going on the date with the ex-wife that still holds his heart! Nikki has never stopped loving her ex-husband, there is a part of her that still belongs to him, but admitting that outright isn't something you will see her do. She knows what they had is the forever kind of love that most people are never lucky enough to find, but what good is love when the person you have those feelings for leaves your heart in ruins, and doesn't return those feelings. She has tried to move on from what they had and find it with someone else, but no matter how hard she tries to let go of him and those feelings, they always seem to find a way to creep back in, and continue to hold her heart hostage. She knows they belong together, if only they had a second chance to fix what they broke... The Bachelor Contract is a poignant story that inspires, makes you believe in the possibility of second chances, and reminds you that when you have love, you have it all! Settling down to read this one I thought I knew what I was in for, judging by the previous installments that I had read, but honestly I don't think I was prepared for what I found at all, this was such a moving read! I think for more than half of it my heart was in my throat, the tears were welling in my eyes, and my heart felt like it was in a vise, but every now and then there was a smile too... fair warning this one packs a serious emotional punch!! It was such a joy to watch these two re-discover what they lost, and I'll admit at times I wasn't real impressed with Brandt's behavior, but little by little he found a way to redeem himself, and by the end the man had stolen my heart! Of the three installments I have to say I favored this one the most, it had an emotional depth I wasn't expecting, and I feel like I took so much more away from it... but with that being said I really loved meeting all the bachelors from Arizona! Highly recommend this series, Ms. Van Dyken's bachelors are sure to win your heart and have you swooning throughout!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“The world had been theirs—until the world turned on them, and they turned on each other. It was so much easier blaming someone else than taking responsibility for your own pain.” “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” he whispered. “And you’ve always owned mine.” “I’ll always choose her.” Even when it hurt. Even when he knew it could destroy them all over again. If they couldn’t face their demons four years ago, then what the hell made him think they could face them now? Hope. And the face that he wasn’t going to give up again. “Words are easy, actions are hard.” My heart didn’t stand a chance with The Bachelor Contract. The Bachelor Contract is breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly well written. This story will give you the feels and delivers a romance unlike any other…. The Bachelor Contract is one those reads that you know within moments of starting it, that it is just going to destroy you. It is going to hurt and it is going to rip your heart to pieces. Your eyes will be glued to the pages and your mind will be consumed with Brant and Nikki’s story. Their story is hard and fate had been unforgiving. Words were said and hearts were broken. They both have suffered greatly and have spent years dealing with the pain. Only to have fate bring them together again. The journey for these two won’t be an easy one. With bitterness and anger clouding their minds, these two will be in for the fight of their life. Can they forgive? Can they forget? Will they finally be able to move on? Can there be a happily ever after? You’ll just have to read this book for yourself to find out….. The Bachelor Contract was an incredible read for me from beginning to end. The writing is absolutely flawless and the story-line just steals your heart. I was swept up in this story instantly and could not put it down. I have so many quotes, phrases and paragraphs highlighted. I don’t want to forget a single word, or moment. This book and the characters are so real. Their emotions incredibly palpable. You can’t help but FEEL. The characters are flawed, broken and utterly perfect. The pull is undeniable and the angst just pulls at your heart. And there is hope. Hope that despite how cruel life can be and despite how many demons you may have to fight, there is hope for a happy ending. Hope that true love will conquer everything. Rachel Van Dyken has knocked it out of the park with this book, delivering another unforgettable and timeless romance. This book broke my heart and put tears in my eyes. It gave me much needed laughs and an undying love and appreciation for Grandma Nadine’s antics–I will never get enough of that woman! I fell in love with the families and their interactions. I believed in second chances and a love that was worth fighting for. I fell head over heels. I swooned and in the end fell helplessly in love.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
The Bachelor Contract is book three in The Bachelors of Arizona series by Rachel Van Dyken. From the start I’ve been hooked on these Wellington brothers in this series. Raised by their Grandfather and each broken in their own way. I think perhaps Brant is the most broken of the three. We met him in the previous books but didn’t know what darkness he harbored within him. I want to admit up front that this book was pretty emotional, almost too much for me. Although there is also plenty of humor, I found myself walking that fine line bordering on feeling overwhelmed. What this says of the author is that she did a great job of drawing me into the book and feeling the emotions she strived to illustrate. I don’t always deal well, though, with too much sadness and this one was right on the brink. It’s been four years since the divorce between Brant Wellington and his wife, Nikki. Life dealt them a one two punch, two losses that were too great for their marriage to withstand. Anger, self blame, grief, and words that can never be taken back drove them permanently apart. In the four years since, Brant has done his best to numb the loss with alcohol and women. But none of it worked. Nadine is up to her conniving ways and convinces Brant to work for her at a new hotel resort she has purchased. He is to spend a week there evaluating things. Brant is determined to clean up, dry out, and do this job. It’s what he needs, a fresh start. Nikki is a masseur at the spa in the hotel Brant is traveling to. She’s been working here since the divorce. If it weren’t for her best friend, Cole, that runs the hotel, she wouldn’t have survived. Nikki is blind. She can see vague shapes and swirls of color but that’s all. She hasn’t seen Brant in four years. When she enters the room for her next appointment, there is something about the client, a familiar scent. She feels things she hasn’t felt in four long years. What is it about this man that is affecting her this way? “Death had a way of breaking the living. And maybe that was why they didn’t survive. Because they were both halves of a whole that didn’t make it. Maybe that was their destiny, to always be in each other’s lives but never get the happy ending.” As Nikki and Brant are finally forced to face each other, they are also forced to relive the events that drove them apart. But they are also finally given the chance to say the things that should have been said four years ago. To finally talk through things. They both had so much that needed to be said. Can they now heal and move on separately? Or perhaps is this a second chance for their love to once again blossom? This book wasn’t without humor. The entire Wellington family comes to Brant’s aid when he needs them. And then there is Cole, Nikki’s friend. A man who has been in love with Nikki from the start but kept himself in the friend zone because he knew that Nikki still loved her husband. At first his attempts to keep them apart were comical. But then, as a best friend, he helps them to come together. I would actually like to see more of Cole. I really liked him and felt so bad for him. He deserves his own chance now for a happy ending. “She was his. She’d been his since the minute he walked into that bar. She would always be his. She was real. In his arms. I’d find you anywhere, his heart beat.” This is a true love story. These two were each other’s first loves.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
DNF at 51%. Okay, my bad, I've realised that I don't get on with Rachel Van Dyken's novels so it's on me for requesting a book by her. The trouble is she changes genre and the 'look' of her books so I don't instantly recall that I don't like her writing and then it's too late. Anyway, I liked the look of the cover and the blurb sounded good so I requested an ARC. All that aside, or taking that into account, this was just one big hot mess for me. Brant and Nikki were married, they were young and poor and they married in the face of his wealthy family's disapproval. They were blissfully happy until she lost their baby, he wasn't there to support her (because he too was devastated) and then something happened (I'm pretty sure I know what happened but it is clearly something the reader is supposed to discover slowly). In the present Nikki is practically blind and she is a masseur in a very up-market resort which Brant's family has just acquired. Brant is blackmailed into taking his aunt's place to spend a week at the resort reviewing the staff and facilities. Ever since whatever happened, Brant has been a broken man, spending his days drunk and whoring around he is full of hate and self-loathing. At first he thinks he is hallucinating about Nikki, Nikki's boss tells him the masseur is deaf and he tells Nikki that her client is dumb (or vice versa) so it takes them both a while to realise that it is each other. Nikki goes around crying at the drop of a hat, Brant spends his days drinking whisky, they kiss and have sex and then leave each other, rinse and repeat. At over half way through there didn't seem to be any plot, there was no progression and I disliked both of them. My apologies Rachel, I promise I won't request any more of your books. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Never have I lost my heart as quickly as I have with Rachel Van Dyken's, Bachelors of Arizona series. Brock and Jane were the beginning of something wonderful. Bentley and Margot were the culmination of something special and Brant and Nikki were like a dance with destiny. The Bachelor Contract is as captivating as it is heartbreaking. What began as a beautiful romance, lost it's innocence and became a journey of pain, guilt and salvation. I have yet to piece my heart back together. Every author has a story that symbolizes the best of them and I think, The Bachelor Contract is Ms. Van Dyken's signature tale. The message is powerful, the hope is inspiring and the love story is everlasting.