Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

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 . . .

4.5 of 5 Stars

It is rare that I ever close a Rachel Van Dyken book and find myself even a little disappointed.  Unfortunately I was very on the fence when I finished The Bachelor Auction, book 1 of this series.  I loved the humor and the characters, but it was a tad too over the top at times even for me.  With all that being said I have to admit I was a little nervous starting book 2, The Playboy Bachelor.  You see RVD is one of my favorite go to authors and I didn't want a book I just sort of enjoyed I wanted it to be one I totally loved.  Guess what?  I am more than thrilled to report The Playboy Bachelor was everything I hoped it would be and all that I love in a Rachel Van Dyken book!  In fact, I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face and it's been hours since I finished reading it!

Bentley Wellington is a cocky, hot, jackass of a millionaire who seems to do nothing other than get wasted and screw his way through life.  Obviously, there is a back story and a reason for his self-destructive ways, but you don't immediately know what they are and I found myself wondering if he would ever be able to redeem himself.  Having finished I'm really not sure why those thoughts ever crossed my mind.  Rachel ALWAYS writes characters I love and Bentley Wellington is no exception.  He will worm his way into your hearts as well, I simply guarantee it!  You'll find he is actually this incredibly sensitive, loyal, decent man who is scared to put his heart on the line because putting it all out there means risking his life spiraling out of control.

Margot McCleery is Bentley's former BFF and her red hair reputation is no joke. The girl has a temper, and I love it.  She is a successful, regency romance author which a huge pile of her very on baggage.  Imagine a reclusive who never leavers her house.  Now imagine a concerned grandmother desperate for anything that will bring the "life" back into her granddaughter's eyes and a grandfather desperate to make amends for poor decisions while raising his grief stricken grandchildren.

Next imagine the fireworks that occur when these two are stuck together in Margot's mansion for 30 days after a discarded friendship and years of silence.  To say Margot and Bentley have a love/hate relationship is an understatement.  I loved the emotions, the POV, the characters and the plot line.  Sure, parts of it were predictable, but they were so good, so swoon worthy you don't mind because your spending your time reading for the enjoyment that comes from being engrossed in a good rom-com.  You can almost always guarantee a HEA with Rachel, but the journey to the end is simply delightful.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and highly recommend you one-click it for yourself!


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