Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor
The Bachelors of Arizona, 2
Rachel Van Dyken
August 29, 2017

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 . . .

My Thoughts:
I'm going to offer one caveat and that would be read the first book. Granted you don't have, but you may want to see how the auction went down. This way you can see how Bentley was stuck in the situation he is in. Plus, watching on an old lady bidding on a stud sounds like a lot of fun. Moving on to the actual story.

Okay, we have Margot and Bentley they have been friends forever, but they kind of fell apart after her accident. So, we see flashbacks in the story how their friendship grew overtime and how it came collapsing down. After the accident she started to shut herself off from the world. She didn't want people looking at her like she was a freak. So, her grandmother decided that she might need an intervention she basically hired Bentley to intervene into her life. Let's say that was super rocky and awkward. As Bentley and Margot spend more time together, Bentley starts to chip away her wall.

I love Bentley. Yes, he started out as this playboy, but he did have a good heart. I love that he loved Margot for who she was. He didn't try to change her, but loved her for who she was. They did have special friendship, but he had to make some serious mends. For a prickly heroine I did like Margot. In her own way she did try to protect the ones she love by being prickly.

Rachel did an amazing job with The Playboy Bachelor. Then again I haven't been disappointed with Rachel's books. Even though the story could be a little rough, there were light fun times between the two of them. I love that they had to be quick on their toes for one another. Overall, a pretty good story.

Favorite Quote from The Playboy Bachelor
"In my experience, we tend to push away those we love the most for fear that the other shoe wis going to one day drop, and they'll see us for what we really are. Weak. Scared. Insecure."

Copy provided by Forever Romance.

“I’m writing a kissing scene!” she blurted, mentally kicking herself for screaming it in his face. “And the guy’s a complete jackass. Since my only experience with jackasses is you…” Her voice was shaky, just like her body. Could he tell how much she wanted him? How much she hated that her response was this—raw. “I-I figured you were the only one who could show me what it’s like.” Good one, Margot. Do you really have to sound so…desperate?
“What what’s like?”
“A kiss. From a jackass.”
“Got the jackass part.” He treaded water and then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her deeper into the pool until they were on the opposite end, his body pressed against hers. At least his eyes were still locked on her face. “And you’ve never been kissed?”
She rolled her eyes. “Not by someone like—”
“If you keep insulting me, this kiss won’t ever happen, Red.”
“Don’t call me that,” Margot whispered. Was she so weak that she’d forgive his abandonment for one kiss? “Please?”
“This kiss.” His calculated gaze didn’t make her feel any better about the situation. “How long does it need to be? How deep? Where do you want my hands?”
Margot’s mouth dropped open. “That’s not how kisses work! You can’t just map out the kiss. That takes all the romance out of it!”
“Oh, so you want romance?”
“Yes! No! I mean. I didn’t say that!” Her face flamed, and she sagged in defeat. Admitting she wanted romance kind of felt like she was on the losing end of the little battles they’d been having, like she was giving him an in. And if he got in, he’d only hurt her again.
“I was joking,” he said, just before his lips brushed hers. His tongue slid across her bottom lip and then sucked it for a few seconds before he slid it into her mouth and deepened the kiss.
Her lips softened beneath his gentle coaxing, and his hard thighs pressed against hers as a deep hunger awakened within her.
Oh, this was bad.
So bad.

And very, very good at the same time.

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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!


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