Title: The Bachelor Auction
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.
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 neveragree 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 . . .
The Bachelor Auction is a sweet, sexy and hilarious start to what promises to be another addictive RomCom series. This modern Cinderella story had my heart all over the map as I experienced Brock and Jane’s delightful fairytale. Rachel Van Dyken delivers all of the wit, charm, and slapstick comedy I’ve come to adore from her and then some, easily reeling me into the world of Wellington, Inc. and keeping me hooked on the vibrant personalities that color the pages of The Bachelor Auction. Brock and Jane were a fantastic pair and Rachel Van Dyken conjured up some serious chemistry between them. I absolutely adored the ridiculous banter, sizzling flirtations, and delectable sexual tension that Brock and Jane shared, finding myself fully invested in their happily ever after right from the start.
“Didn’t she say that was her specialty? Looking at something that others would pass by, picking it up, cleaning it, and making it shine?”
Both Brock and Jane came from similar family situations, instantly allowing them to find common ground despite their seemingly opposite lives. I loved seeing the character growth they both experienced as they encouraged one another to face their ghosts and live life on their own terms. As Rachel Van Dyken unraveled Brock, I couldn’t help but fall harder for this kind, selfless soul who had been hurt way too young. As he worked through his fears and faced the decisions he’d made since losing his parents, Brock transformed into someone tangible, relatable, and absolutely lovable. In turn, Jane won my heart with the feisty outbursts and nurturing personality that seemed to absolutely sparkle under Brock’s attentions. I loved watching her confidence make itself known and reveled in the strength and self-respect she uncovered as the story progressed. Jane proved herself to be a worthy partner for Brock and the kind of woman you can’t help but root for.
“You’ve never been plain a day in your life.”
I very much enjoyed the modern twist that Rachel Van Dyken put on the Cinderella story with this novel. From the blaringly obvious parallels to the subtle hints of the popular fairytale, I found myself remembering why that story has always held my heart. Admittedly, there were a few things that detracted from the overall story for me. For example, most of The Bachelor Auction felt very derivative. Having been a longtime fan of this author, I felt like this story drew a little too much from some of her other RomComs, to the point where the basic outline felt repetitive. Even as a spin-off of The Bet series, I felt like the plot of this novel walked the line too closely to both The Bet and Cinderella to come off as a totally unique and memorable entity. This took away from my overall enjoyment of the story, as I was hoping for something that felt undeniably original and fresh.
“My greatest fear eventually happened. I gave power to it, and it destroyed us all.”
The Bachelor Auction was an incredibly quick read. I found myself breezing through the pages, anxious for more of Brock and Jane’s awkward and sweet story. However, as hilarious as this story was, there was still quite a bit of depth in terms of the characters’ personal challenges and painful histories. Rachel Van Dyken did a great job balancing the lighthearted humor and delicious steam with the heartfelt emotion that grounded the couple for the readers. This allowed me to not only enjoy this book wholeheartedly, but to connect with it as well. Probably the best part of The Bachelor Auction for me was Brock’s twin brothers. They totally stole the show with their relentless flirtations and hysterical advances. They had me laughing out loud right up until the end when Rachel Van Dyken skillfully dropped a few truth bombs that left me anxious for the next book in the series. An enticing start to an intriguing new series, The Bachelor Auction is another fun, sexy RomCom from Rachel Van Dyken!
When I saw that Rachel Van Dyken was writing a brand new series with a Cinderella twist, I was so giddy excited! She has a way of building these worlds where readers can’t help but be sucked in. The Bachelor Auction was no exception in that I became so invested in the idea of family obligation and how far we become ruled by duty. The set up and initial build-up drew me in and definitely left me wanting more.
“It wouldn’t hurt to stop trying to control the memories. Maybe in order to get through the grief, you need to face them.”
Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t rate this one a five star. Despite Rachel’s excellent writing and a fun storyline, The Bachelor Auction lacked originality to me. I fell in love with this author’s writing because of the antics in The Bet, but this book was so much of the same stuff. There were different characters (mostly), different names, and a new set-up, but the matchmaking and silliness were aspects that I had already seen from this author in previous novels.
“They didn’t say any more; words were pointless anyway. Words couldn’t and wouldn’t solve their problem, and honestly, he just wanted to touch her, feel her.”
However, I will say that the brothers seriously stole the show for me. They kept me laughing and intrigued. Van Dyken strategically gives us morsels of their back story at the end, and it definitely made it so that I’ll be reading the other books in the series. Overall, I wouldn’t say that there’s anything wrong with this story; it just wasn’t my favorite from this author. If you’re a fan of laugh out loud comedy with a hint of growth and crazy antics, you won’t want to miss this one. The fairytale aspect was woven seamlessly throughout and made this princess feel right at home.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
The Playboy Bachelor (Bachelors of Arizona #2)
The Bachelor Contract (Bachelors of Arizona #3)
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of 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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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