ARC Review | The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

ARC Review | The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van DykenThe Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Published by Forever on January 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Amazon US

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Who doesn’t love a good rags to riches love story? Especially one very (huge emphasis on the very) loosely based on Cinderella. The Bachelor Auction stars Brock Wellington, the eldest of Charles Wellington’s three grandsons. For some reason, Brock’s grandfather wants to auction him off. Highest bid gets a date, and hopefully a walk down the aisle. In one of the pre-auction parties, he meets Just Jane with the broken heels. Jane who saw him as Just Brock.

After saving Jane from a mishap with her sisters, she disappears with only the broken heel as his reminder that she exists. He only sees her again when his grandfather forced him to go on a vacation in their ranch and he finds Jane cleaning the house. Apparently, she was hired tidy up the place for the new tenant… a.k.a. Brock. Now, he has to fight off his attraction for her all the while fighting the ghosts he left  behind when his parents died.

Loved Rachel Van Dyken’s previous works, so I figured I would love this, too. Her writing style is amazing as always, and I love the humor injected in this story, but sadly there were things that put me off from loving this. I almost DNF-ed this multiple times, but well, my momma taught me not to be a quitter.

The only character I probably liked was Bentley. He’s immature, sure, but he’s sweet and mischievous in an annoyingly-endearing little brother kind of way. He made me laugh and a little interested in how his love life would go. For me, he’s the book’s saving grace. And maybe Nancy, the grandmother from one of the partner companies of the Wellington’s business.

Brock is an entitled a*hole. Putting it here now because he just pissed me off. I hate it when characters act like total d*ckheads and excuse it with a tragic past. Just… no. I hated how he treated Jane like she was his emotional punching bag. Just because she was “the easy target”. He said that, too. Multiple times.

“He was literally going to get a medal for being an a*hole. It wasn’t her fault, but she was the easiest target…”

He knew it was wrong to release his anger and frustration on her, but he still did it anyway because of the ghosts from the past haunting him. Cut the crap boy and sit down. I need to teach you how to treat a girl.

Jane’s a good person who likes to clean up things, but I wasn’t a fan of her being a pushover. Brock treated her meanly yet she still somehow falls for him. He treated her like crap then gave her a few crumbs to make it up for her, and there she was, eating it all up. Her sisters, the perfect evil Cinderella-esque sisters in the story, were horrible, horrible people, and I hope to never meet anyone like them.

Mainly, what bothered me was that both the hero and heroine made their own excuses for not doing what they should have been doing the whole time. There’s selflessness, and there’s blaming everything else for choosing not to do what it is you gotta do.

This is a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situation. It had too much drama for my taste. I like my men broody, but Brock is not it.

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