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Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"Bad Bachelor is a romance reader's delight. It has all the sexy-times but it's also emotional and funny, with a fantastic cast of characters. I totally recommend!" - M. O'Keefe, USA Today bestselling author of Ruin You
"The perfect romantic read...steamy." - Fresh Fiction
"Engaging, entertaining, sexy." - Harlequin Junkie
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Darcy is meeting a PR guy to help save her struggling library. She immediately recognizes Reed as the top rated bad bachelor to date. She shouldn't be so attracted to him, but she will do anything to help the library-even if it means working with someone who has such a bad reputation. She'll just keep herself in check for the sake of the library, if she can...
Darcy has been judged her who life for beating to a different drum. She's never lived up to her mother's expectations so she has stopped trying. She's lashed out by getting piercings and tattoos. It's who she is. Even with her family relationships strained, Darcy has some wonderful friends. They have helped her stay sane during the most traumatic times in her life. When she meets Reed, she expects him to judge her just like everybody else has-but he doesn't. He is strangely drawn to her-and she is nothing like his type. Darcy realizes there is a lot more to Reed than what these girls are writing in their reviews.
Reed likes that Darcy is blunt and real. She doesn't sugarcoat things and after having women tell him what they think he wants to hear all the time, its refreshing. Darcy is an enigma to him. As they spend more time together working, they find they enjoy each other's company. As a self proclaimed single man for life, his growing feelings for Darcy scares Reed. He doesn't want a relationship, but with the Bad Bachelors app, dating the field is getting problematic. He's holding onto his job by a string and needs to put a stop to the bleeding!
I enjoyed Bad Bachelor and could totally see something like this in today's world. Obviously it could be used as a tool to hurt people too. I liked Reed and Darcy together! She was a spitfire and called him out on his crap. He was a sincere guy under all the walls he built up. I liked how they were a slow build with sparks along the way. Little by little, Darcy was breaking down his walls, and she, his. The mystery of the app builder was also a good plot twist thrown in. Although it dragged a bit here and there, it was a fun book to read.
“'Apparently, someone started this app that has all the single guys in New York listed and you can rate and review them.'
'You’re kidding.' Darcy blinked. 'So it’s Yelp…for guys?'
'Or Uber? You know, go for a ride and then rate your driver,' Remi said[.]”
Reed has the distinction of being the worst-rated bachelor on the Bad Bachelors app. Initially, he finds it hard to care, as he knows exactly what persona he presents to the world, and his dates: well-dressed, polished but remote, and not interested in any of those pesky emotion things. Working in PR, he understands how to present an image to the world. Darcy, on the other hand, seems like his complete opposite. She's not the stereotypical librarian, with her tattoos and tongue piercing, her 90s goth girl wardrobe (band shirts and jeans, usually all black), and her snarky attitude. At one point, Reed calls her the "human version of Grumpy Cat." Darcy is certainly not impressed by him when her library wins a contest where the prize is pro bono PR representation, provided by Reed himself.
So, of course, they end up working together, and discover that, beneath their personas, neither is quite what they seem, and they may be more similar than either want to admit. While Darcy is attracted to him from the start, she has very good reasons to avoid dating, and his rating on Bad Bachelors (60 reviews!) seem to back that up. Their banter is the best part of the book - part flirtation, part outright snark, part game. The sexual tension from the beginning is excellent, and I loved how at different points in the book each character was the pursuer in the relationship.
“'How did you find Claimed by Cthulhu? It had mixed reviews.' His eyes danced with unconcealed amusement. 'Are you well-versed in tentacle porn?'
'It’s not porn,' she said with a sniff. 'Giant squid monsters deserve love too, you know. It was quite an endearing romance.'”
Besides the banter, there's a fascinating exploration of "crafting a persona" versus "living a lie." Everyone puts forth a certain image to the world, and every day people make choices - through what they say, or wear, or post on social media - to reinforce that image. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, until maintaining that image becomes all that matters, regardless of whether or not it fits you anymore. There's also a very pointed lesson about the effects of social media, and some of the shaming that comes with it.
So, if you're looking for a smart, hilarious opposites-attract rom-com, this is definitely the book for you!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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