The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelors of Arizona, Book 1

**advance reader copy received via NetGalley**


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 . . .

My Review

I have not read a lot of Rachel Van Dyken’s work, but I really enjoyed Rip and her Wingman, Inc. series is fabulous.  This is a modern twist on the Cinderella story, with billionaire meeting cleaning lady.  Parallels can be traced throughout the tale, right down to the evil siblings and shoe.  I appreciated the humor, especially while the couple was at the family ranch.  The interactions with his siblings were entertaining, and I hope that their stories are going to be even better than this initial book in the Bachelors of Arizona series.  I was not left with an overwhelming urge to read the story again, and I think it was mostly because of the connection between the lead male and female.  They gravitated to one another immediately, which is okay, but they did not seem to gel well.  I cannot quite put my finger on it, but I expect more depth to the connection between hero and heroine.  If someone reacted to me the way he did to her, I would have cut my losses.  Maybe not immediately, but by the second or third instance…it would be over.  For the billionaire bachelor aspect, the fairytale theme, and the meddling guardian figure, I give it three tropetastic stars.  This was an entertaining read.


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