REVIEW + Giveaway: The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

the-bachelor-auctionAuthor: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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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 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…

The Bachelor Auction is a topnotch fusion of modern, fun and way sexier Cinderella with a dash of sass and light drama that’s so sweetly satisfying.

This book = All. The. Feels!

Jane has been helping her two obnoxious sisters with everything after their parents died. She’s the breadwinner of the family and it seems that it’s not going to change anytime soon. Until she met a dashing billionaire, Brock Wellington, with a broken shoe accident. I like Jane a lot. Though, I must admit not in the beginning where she lets her evil sisters rule her life and treat her like shit. She’s had a rough start in life, dedicated, thoughtful and fiercely strong for what she went through and has being going through. It helped a lot that she wasn’t intimated with Brock. She could just keep him on his toes, thank you very much. And Jane’s attitude? Goodness, I wanted to high-five, waist-bump her right now. I was cheering her on right from the start!

Brock Wellington, however, was this boring, devilishly and deliciously boring billionaire who’s been holding on to his past for far too long. It’s what motivated him to do the right thing with everyone, especially with his grandfather, and that’s to say yes to his every whim. Including auctioning his grandson off just to save their company. Yep, no big deal, right? Wrong. Because enter Jane. Jane whom felt was the one for him. Jane who challenged him to be a better person, to face his fears, to stand on his own feet. And once he set his eyes on something he truly wanted his entire life, he’s ready to cross every boundary including having to deal with a devil (whom I think should have a book of her own)—just to have Jane and their company. I swooned so hard with Brock but he’s not like that all the time. If anything, I wanted to bitchslap him because he was so freaking frustrating like a girl with her period. But I understood where his attitude was coming from. He was blaming himself for something that happened in the past that he didn’t have control over. But he couldn’t see it that way. Not when a single word could change everything.

I found myself enjoying every little thing about the story especially the smooth transition of events from where Brock and Jane met at the party and to how they ended up together in the auction she can’t possibly afford. Thank God, fairy godmothers do exist in this book. The chemistry was blazingly believable because t-e-m-p-t-a-t-i-o-n. I mean, Jane was poor, a maid while Brock was what, perfect and loaded? Put them both in a secluded place and bet on who’s going to cave in to the temptation. Must be so entertaining! The amusing banter of the characters was hilarious as hell, too! I was grinning from ear to ear at how truly impressive the characters’ conversations (including that of the secondary characters’ like the twins Brant and Bentley and their grandfather) were at one another. The characters were developed in a way that they both learned one thing they have in common: to say no when all they did all their lives was to say yes. Even when it’s not what they want. Even when they’re not happy with that. The drama even minimal was just with a heartfelt and swoon-worthy punch to it. And OMG, the auction itself was freakishly perfect! I had my dreamy eyes on reading it!

Overall, this first book in the series with tough and fun characters, solid fairytale-ish HEA to boot and hotness overload? SOLD! Looking forward to the next which is Bentley’s book. Oh my, this is going to be sooo interesting! I am so excited!!

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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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