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The Playboy Bachelor
     

The Playboy Bachelor

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by Rachel Van Dyken
 

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She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door.

Overview

She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/08/2017
It’s hard to make a hero out of a shallow guy who let his best friend down when she needed him the most, but Van Dyken manages it in her satisfying second Bachelors of Arizona contemporary (after The Bachelor Auction). Margot McCleery is still scarred by the accident that killed her parents. Even years later, she can’t understand why her best friend, Bentley Wellington, never showed up to support her during that difficult time. Margot, who now has a thriving career as a romance author, has become a recluse. Her grandmother “buys” Bentley at the bachelor auction, hoping he’ll pull Margot out of her shell. Bentley isn’t exactly thrilled by the prospect, knowing Margot will never forgive him for abandoning her. The two angrily dance around each other until the emotional walls come down and they admit their true feelings. Readers will cheer for Margot, who has lost so much, and even Bentley, who has more depth than is initially apparent. Van Dyken succeeds with this well-characterized, tightly plotted tale. Agent: Erica Spellman-Silverman, Trident Media Group. (Aug.)
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455598748
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Series:
Bachelors of Arizona
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
6,410
File size:
2 MB

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 Playboy Bachelor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 29 days ago
I loved this book. I knew after reading the Bachelor Auction that Bentley would have an interesting story. And he did. Bentley was bought at the auction to spend a weekend with Margot, his high school best friend who he lost contact with after her family's accident when they were sixteen. Little did he know that his grandfather and her grandmother had other things planned for them. His weekend stay was to turn into a month-long stay. I look forward to Brant's story now. After seeing a bit more of him in this one, I just know that his story is going to be good.
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book_junkee 5 months ago
The BFF to more is one of my favorite tropes, same with the hate to love and this is sort of a mash up of the two. I had read the first book in this series and the twins were one of my favorite parts, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on their stories. I liked Margot and Brantley. They have have quite a history. There's a lot of backstory and a lot of hurt and it was in the background of every scene. I did enjoy the way they pushed each other's buttons, but wished there would have been some sweeter, more genuine moments. The majority of the story is miscommunication and lies and that took away from my enjoyment. There would be conflict and resolution and just when it seemed things were fixed, there would be another huge fight. However, the last couple of chapters and epilogue were great. Overall, I did enjoy the story and I'm definitely looking forward to Brant's book. **Huge thanks to Forever and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
shrlygrll 5 months ago
Great book! Can't wait for the next one to hear all about Brant. Could not put it down.
IreneC 5 months ago
4 stars The Playboy Bachelor was a fun, heartfelt and entertaining read. I found the storyline well written, the characters were strong, stubborn, funny and watching them reconnect had me turning the pages late into the night. Margot and Bentley used to be best friends, they also had strong feelings for each other but never acted on them. But after a horrible accident, both Margot and Bentley find life taking them in different directions and both losing touch with each other. They've both dealt with the loss differently, after being apart for over 10 years I enjoyed seeing them reconnect. The walls they both had erected start coming down slowly and with time, communication they were able to finally open their hearts to each other. Overall, The Playboy Bachelor was a good read that will bring out all the feels. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, I was frustrated with some of the actions both Bentley & Margot made, and then I swooned again with their HEA. The Playboy Bachelor is the second book from The Bachelors of Arizona series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them both. Looking forward to Brant's book next!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 6 months ago
3.75 stars--THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR is the second installment in Rachel Van Dyken’s contemporary, adult THE BACHELORS OF ARIZONA romance series focusing on the Wellington brothers-Brock, Bentley and Brant. This is romance author Margot McCleery, and Bentley Wellington’s story line- a second chance/friends to lovers romance that saw two people destroyed by fear and fate. Told from several third person perspectives including Bentley and Margot THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast but the Beast is our heroine- a woman who has secluded herself since the accident that claimed the lives of her parents, and sent our heroine into a world governed by the romance novels she writes. When Margot’s grandmother wins the services of Bentley Wellington at the recent bachelor auction for charity, Margot’s well-ordered and secluded life begins to spiral out of control when the man that she has loved for most of her life, but hasn’t seen in close to ten years, is forced to spend thirty days in the same house with the woman he pushed out of his life. What ensues is the rekindling friendship, relationship and romance between two people broken by mistaken beliefs, and a ten years of heartbreak and pain. The relationship between Bentley and Margot is one of second chances. Margot’s life changed the day her parent’s died; not only did Margot blame herself for the accident but when her best friend disappeared from her life, Margot found herself alone, wallowing in depression, trying to recover from the loss. But Bentley Wellington had a difficult time with the accident that almost killed the young woman that he loved, and in the ensuing weeks found himself struggling to comprehend where everything went wrong. For ten years Bentley buried himself in alcohol and women finding neither solace nor comfort for the pain of losing the only woman he would ever love. Margot and Bentley never again made contact, and in the ensuing time, anger and heartbreak festered into self-loathing, and darkened dreams. The $ex scenes are mostly implied or fade to black. There is plenty of back and forth banter (both negative and positive) that ricochets between the leading characters adding some humorous moments between hostile aggression and heartbreak. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Bentley’s struggling twin Brant Wellington, and their elder brother Brock whom we met in book one-The Bachelor Auction. Bentley’s grandfather returns, alone with Margot’s grandmother as the two continue to play matchmakers for their heartbroken grandchildren. Brant’s story is next in the Bachelor Contract. THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR is a story of second chances; of miscommunication, mistaken beliefs, and broken promises; of consuming loss, and impulsive decisions. The premise is passionate; the romance is challenging; the characters are broken and struggling.
ljtljtljt 6 months ago
3.5 Stars! THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR is the second novel from Rachel Van Dyken’s THE BACHELORS OF ARIZONA series. The premise of the book is good and the emotional scenes are quite meaningful. In addition, Ms. Van Dyken does a nice job of bringing about the many facets of the characters. Romance author Margot McCleery is a recluse. She lost her parents and half her leg in a tragic car accident when she was in high school. Due to guilt and all the stares, finger-pointing, and hushed voices, Margot has not left her mansion in years. So imagine her surprise when her ex-best friend from high school, wealthy womanizer Bentley Wellington, shows up on her doorstep. Margot’s grandmother, in cahoots with Bentley’s grandfather, purchases Bentley at a charity bachelor auction for the sole purpose of matchmaking. Bentley has many regrets, and not keeping in touch with Margot is at the top of his list. He deserted her when she needed him most, even though his mental stability during that time was iffy. Bentley wants more than just a platonic friendship with Margot, so he has to work really hard to overcome his demons while gaining Margot’s trust. Once they are both able to forgive each other and themselves, they can forge a future together. I liked this novel. However, I found the pace to be a bit on the slow side. Margot and Bentley spar with clever banter and their discoveries about each other are pleasantly unexpected. The secondary characters are unique in their own right and add a lot of importance to the present happenings. Overall, this is a nicely written story and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. This book can be read as a standalone. LJT, Romance Junkies, 3.5 Hearts. I was given a copy of the book for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 6 months ago
When a life altering accident changes the course of Margot McCleery's carefully planned life she has trouble seeing past it, and struggles to find a healthy way to overcome the loss she was dealt. Instead of facing it head on, she chooses to retreat into herself, and spends her time hidden away from the outside world, working on her romance novels. Her meddling grandmother is constantly trying to drag her out of her secluded little world, but so far nothing seems to encourage her to step outside the confines of her home, so her grandmother decides it is time for drastic measures. She wants Margot to let go of the hurt and experience joy again, and the last time she saw that on her granddaughters face was when her best friend was still in her life, so grandma decides it's time for him to make a reappearance in her life, and finds a very creative way to make it happen! Bentley Wellington is spiraling down a path of destruction, cycling through countless woman, and tons of booze, and his grandfather can't bare to see him ruin his life any longer, so he decides to intervene. There is a spot open at the family business that is perfect for him, but in order for him to get the job he must show his grandfather that he is worthy of the opportunity. So with the help of a special friend, his grandfather devises the perfect plan for Bentley to follow, not only will it help him clean up his act, but also help him land the job he wants! Now he just has to find the courage to face the girl that has been haunting his dreams for the past few years... Thoroughly enjoyed this one, it stirred the emotions, made me smile, and touched my heart!! It had everything a good romance novel should have; captivating story line, characters with undeniable chemistry, and lots of blush-worthy moments! This is a well written series, with each book centering around a different brother on his quest to find love. They can be read as standalone titles, but I have a feeling after reading one, you'll be dying to get your hands on the next book! Highly recommend them, their sure to leave you with a happy heart!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title!!
AboutThatStory 6 months ago
I had so much fun reading this. Incredibly entertaining and sexy! I was smiling like a crazy person the majority the time. Loved this so much! Bentley and Margot's story was so awesome and I was so excited while reading it. It started off with a bang and I was all in. I loved the storyline, the development, and the emotion (so much emotion!). I loved their verbal sparring and enjoyed their building heat. Let’s not forget the funny… because it had just the right amount of humor. Bentley and Margot were great characters, both so locked into past pain, scarred from past events and working through issues. I loved learning all their ins and outs and just enjoyed their drama even though some of it was rather heartbreaking. Honestly though, the entertainment factor was super high and I just had a fun time reading it. It was filled with so many sweet, sexy moments as well. I enjoyed it all. I loved the added mix of Bentley’s brothers and their meddling grandfather (he’s rather priceless). There were just so many moments and things that made me smile. I am super excited for Brant’s story next and loved the insight learned about him. These boys with their problems but so full of heart. Is it twisted that I love watching them break down and be built back up? It makes for seriously awesome stories. The writing was great. It was a fast paced read and I couldn't put it down. It had great details and an excellent pace and I enjoyed the build, the drama, the sexy, the fun... all of it. If you want fun - seriously high in the entertainment value department - with a good mix of sexy and emotion, then this is it! Everything about this put a smile on my face. Excellent read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
DannyJeffbooks 6 months ago
The Playboy Bachelor is a lovely standalone second chance romance and I have to say I really enjoyed it. With touches of Beauty and the Beast it was a real page turner. This book centres on Bentley and Margot; childhood best friends who through circumstance lose contact with each other. This book was far more emotional than I was expecting (especially after the first book) and I loved that about it. Bentley and Margot both carry some deep routed emotional scars and RVD does a wonderful job of getting across the emotions and I really felt everything with them. I adored Bentley and he's one of these characters that just gets under your skin; the guy simply hiding behind the playboy facade to keep his feelings buried deep. Bentley and Margot had fabulous chemistry and the journey they go through together is lovely. This was an emotional read but it was laced with great touches of humour throughout that just cuts through the drama and gives you a little light relief. I really enjoyed this and I can't wait for Brant's book next! I was provided with a copy of this book from the Publisher; there was no inducement or obligation.
Brotherhood_Lover 6 months ago
"You show true friends the ugly and trust them enough to turn it into something beautiful." L. O. V. E. This one word sums up my feelings for this story. Rachel grans your attention at the beginning and keeps it throughout this second chance story. Getting to watch Margot come out of her shell and see Bentley start to redeem himself in her eyes as well as his own was beautiful. Rachel has you fully immersed in their life's and what is happening to them. I can't wait to do a re-read of this book!
etoile1996 6 months ago
it's all about beauty and the beast lately. i just recently read a different contemporary romance take on the story and i've rewatched the animated movie more times that i can count with my daughter, and i also just went to the movies to see the new live action version. generally speaking, the original story of beauty and the beast is not my favorite. but these modern versions take the highlights and make the stories very much their own. in the playboy bachelor our beast character is played by margot mccreery, a reclusive romance novelist who was in a car accident and lost one of her legs in the aftermath. she has a history with our hero, bentley wellington. they were best friends in high school, but lost touch after her accident. what happened then very much influences their present. they carry so much hurt and anger and anguish from that moment in their lives. margot believes that bentley walked away because she was no longer whole. but that's not it at all. the truth is that bentley couldn't live with the idea that margot was hurt, that she almost died. caring for her made him feel too fragile. and because they both feel so fragile, they are afraid to open themselves to love. but the only way either of them will ever heal is if they let themselves be vulnerable. if they are honest about what they are really feeling. something that sounds so easy, but is actually very hard to do. these books are written with a light touch, but what i liked about this one was the fact that these characters were actually dealing with some heavy emotional problems. they had to work through things in order to be able to move forward. and what they go through, the way they reach a new understanding of who they are and who they can be together is really satisfying. **the playboy bachelor will publish on april 11, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
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