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The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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"If you want a story with make you laugh til you cry parts, heart melting sweet parts and melt your panty parts, this is the book for you! The family is in rare form, and the wedding week festivities are a hoot. What I really love, though is how Rachel's books are sexy, funny and romantic, but they also have serious issues for the main characters to work through. You might be rolling on the floor laughing one minute and tearing up the next. That's when books are the best! All I can say is, "Bring on book three, Rachel!"―The Book Hookers
"If you need a funny, light read ..., I promise you this is a superb choice!"―MustReadBooksOrDie.com
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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! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.
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These 2 started as best friends as teens. Then, they started really liking each other in an unrequited way. Then tragedy struck for Margot in a big way, and Bentley fell down the rabbit hole because of it.
That's the first part of the set up. The rest, is about over coming fears, being honest, digging out feelings and forgiveness when these 2 are set back into each other's hemispheres courtesy of their grandparents. Years and bad feelings later, they bring Bentley to Margots door who for all intents and purposes has been hiding from life and writing romance books in seclusion.
There's a lot of work to be done on both their sides. I found them both brave, even when their characters would relapse back into their safety modes. Their was just that much to forgive. That much trust to regain. What Margot went thru? Painful. The guilt Bentley has? A lot. He really had to acknowledge he was pretty gutless. I found myself getting pretty upset with him. But in the end it worked.
I'm really looking forward to Brants book. There were enough clues in this one to set up the fact it's going to be as emotional as this one. But I really want his story. His interactions in this book were important to our H and h and I want to see him get his happily ever after.
I love second chance romances and this is a doozy. Really different from what I normally read and well written. Recommend.
The second thing that she knows is that her dear old grandmother just spent $10,000 dollars in a charity auction, and the prize she won on Margot's behalf? The pleasure of Bentley Wellington's company. For the entire weekend.
Though not all Bentley's fault, those ten years have left Margot a recluse. A virtual shut-in, working from home as a romance novelist while Bentley lives large the life of a millionaire playboy. Ten years in which her initial hurt at Bentley's non-appearance at her hospital bed has had time to fester and morph into anger and possibly even hatred.
There are things she doesn't know too, and has always been so caught up in what happened to her that she never asked.
It's no secret that I love Rachel Van Dyken's writing. I find her style to be effortless to the point that the pages almost seem to turn themselves and I seem to read her words much faster than many of my other favorite authors.
That said, with this latest book I found myself, time and again pausing for just a moment. Stopping to ponder the ideas and ramifications of what was occurring between the characters living inside my kindle.
Once again Rachel has developed two incredible main characters. Each broken in their own way, each avoiding the reality of their own situations by diverse techniques, but these two really grabbed at my heart. I think particularly with the case of Margot, since the idea of being what would be considered by many as permanently disfigured hits terribly close to home, I found myself enthralled by these two characters and the interplay between them.
Throwing onto that volatile mix Bentley's grandfather, Margot's grandmother, and the irrepressible Grandma Nadine that reader's might remember from Rachel's Bet series, and it's a lot like throwing gasoline onto a fire, and everything starts to get hotter in a variety of ways.
Told third person from alternate points of view, this second book in The Bachelor's of Arizona would read well as a standalone, but nevertheless picks up almost straight after the ending of The Bachelor Auction and teases the reader just a little for the forthcoming book The Bachelor Contract that promises to expose what's going on with Bentley's twin brother Brant
Suddenly, I find that I might have to re-evaluate which RVD book is my favorite
“Are you there, God? It’s me, Margot.”
Awwww Rachel Van Dyken certainly delivered with The Playboy Bachelor. This was a book that held me rapt from the very beginning and gave me one of my favourite heroine’s in Margot. This was a second chance romance of sorts, one of my faves and was chock full of love, angst, swoony moments and a hero that never knew what he wanted until it was gone.
Both Margot and Bentley are from influential and wealthy families and as children were inseparable. Bentley and Margot were best friends, where one went the other wouldn’t be far behind and even though these two were complete opposites, together they just clicked. These two had never crossed the “friend zone” and our book worm Margot was just a witness to the menagerie of women that graced Bentley’s arm. Neither of these two wanted to ruin what they had so they treasured what they did until life ripped them apart. Now their paths are to cross once again thanks to their meddling grandparents and though the past is a distant memory, emotional wounds run deep and are unforgettable.
“Just because one holds battle scars doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful…Survival always is.”
There is a fine line between love and hate and while Margot most certainly hated Bentley, underneath that anger and ire was the love that she had always had for him. Their past was thwart with tragedy and misunderstanding and the biggest hurdle for these two would always be to listen to the other before making blanket judgements.
“I’ll always be the guy you f***ed in order to stop being sad. And you’ll always be the girl I wanted too much to have.”
The banter between these two was hilarious at times and while some honest and horrible truths escaped their mouths in anger the intense chemistry that these two had was never far behind. These two bounced off each other in the best and worst ways and often their battle of barbs became a battle of the past but Rachel Van Dyken never kept that undercurrent of chemistry that sizzled between them far from the reader.
“…we tend to push away those we love the most for fear that the other shoe is going to one day drop, and they’ll see us for what we really are. Weak. Scared. Insecure.”
I loved Bentley, even though he was the most eligible bachelor and had different arm candy most nights this was all a front for the one that got away. No-one had measured up to his best friend and no-one ever would. He cursed his grandfather’s interference but when push came to shove the feelings that were always there only got stronger as soon as he was in Margot’s presence once again. Underneath that bravado was a man that suffered immensely, a man that had taken the world upon his shoulders and yet never knew his place within it.
“But that doesn’t change the fact that you think so little of me…when I think the world of you.”
Margot was a recluse, an author and a woman who had suffered more hurt than she knew what to do with. Underneath her unapproachable façade was a woman that was desperate to live again, to see daylight, to be a normal person but who was too afraid to take it. Margot was stronger than she gave herself credit for and if anyone deserved a happy ever after it was her.
“Because Bentley had done the impossible. He made a half...feel like a whole.”
I loved the way that these two come together, how they work through their past and embrace their present. It wasn’t pretty, it was raw, honest and real with some brutal truths and tear inducing battles. But life isn’t always a bunch of roses, mistakes are made, but the heart wants who the heart wants and these two hearts were always destined to beat as one. Loved this one, painful at times, poignant, hilarious, swoon worthy and emotional. Fantastic read.
“If he died. Would the world even notice?”
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DNF @ 45%
I did not like this author's writing style at all.Read more
This is the second book in The Bachelors of Arizona series and it was awesome.
I loved reading the second chance story of Bentley and Margot.Read more
I love Rachel Van Dyken's books, they are always books that suck me straight into the story and keep me hooked right until the bitter end.Read more