Review: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken
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 . . .
WOW! Rachel Van Dyken captured my attention from the very first page and held it tightly all the way to the end! I am thoroughly enchanted!
Brock Wellington is super dreamy! Of all his brothers, he’s known as the responsible, level-headed and boring one! He’s busy helping his grandfather run their company and looking after his twin brothers who spend more time partying and womanizing than being in the boardroom.
Jane is a sweet, kind and hard-working woman with two of the most ungrateful sisters ever created. They share a house and the evil sisters (bitches) guilt Jane into cooking, cleaning, laundry and even loaning them money. Jane’s parents both passed away and her father asked her to keep the family together, so that’s what Jane’s been doing, despite the mental and physical toll it’s taking on her.
One night at a party, Jane falls into the eyes of the most handsome, kind and charming man she’s ever met. This perfect stranger rescues her from a humiliating wardrobe malfunction and when she breaks a heel on her shoe, he buys her new ones. This simple act of kindness sets off a chain of serendipitous events neither Brock nor Jane ever expected or imagined!
I loved so many things about this story! I loved that Brock and Jane are so much more than their labels and their stations. They hurt and bleed and yearn and hope and they tugged hard on my heartstrings. I loved the idea of a Cinderella story with so many exciting twists. I loved the humor and witty dialogue. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud!
What I didn’t love were Jane’s sisters. They were mean, cruel, heartless and mean. I hope something equally nasty happens to them….like going to jail for tax fraud or losing their hair or maybe having a house dropped on them! It was hard to read their scenes, but they were needed to shape Jane’s character throughout the story and then to give her the strength she needed in the end.
And then there’s Brock’s younger brothers who are twins—Bentley and Brant—and blatant womanizers, philanderers, man whores, alcoholics and a whole bunch of other naughty/bad boy things. They were fun for a laugh and definitely loved their brother enough to help him find happiness. I loved that Bentley and Brant were so much more than the stereotypical playboy. I’m excited to see if they get their own books!
The boys’ grandfather was tough to figure out. He was both hard and soft and yet held his cards close to the vest. I wasn’t sure what he was up to until it was finally revealed! There’s also a wacky “fairy godmother” type that was a hoot and a half! I absolutely loved her and I know readers will too!
This is my first read by the author and I absolutely loved it. I laughed, I cried, I loved. And I highly recommend THE BACHELOR AUCTION to any reader searching for her—or his—happily ever after.
I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.