REVIEW – THE BACHELOR AUCTION (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken



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 . .

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Publisher}


The Bachelor Auction is a modern-day spin on the classic fairytale, Cinderella. The story is filled with humor, angst, and steam – enough to keep this reader fully entertained. I’m not quite used to reading this type of story by Rachel Van Dyken but it’s obvious that she is a very versatile author and can practically write anything she puts her mind to.

Brock Wellington is the oldest of three sons. His parents were killed in a tragic accident years ago and since then he has thrown himself into the family business. He seems to think his parent’s deaths were his fault and to escape the pain he spends all of his time working and has not bothered with personal relationships. His grandfather plans to remedy the situation. He informs Brock that he is going to auction him off to marry a woman who makes the highest bid. At first, Brock is more than pissed and totally against going through with the auction but when his grandfather’s health comes into question, Brock backs down and agrees to go through with it. No woman has ever been lucky enough to catch his eye, but at the auction announcement party, he ends up rescuing a damsel in distress, but it could turn out that she ends up rescuing him instead.

Jane is the youngest of three sisters. Her father recently passed away and his dying request of Jane was to make sure she kept the family together. It’s been a rough time for Jane because her two older sisters are anything but loving towards her. They spend all of their time whining and bossing poor Jane around. Her sisters force her to attend some fancy party with them and she ends up getting into a scuffle with them on the dance floor, which causes a wardrobe malfunction but a handsome stranger comes swiftly to her rescue. Brock and Jane feel an instant attraction to each other but Jane runs off thinking that she doesn’t stand a chance with Brock since for most of her life she’s been the invisible and dull sister. Days later Brock is still thinking about the woman who captivated him at the party and does his best to try and find her but her name wasn’t anywhere on the party guest list. His luck is about to turn around thanks to his Grandfather.

Brock heads out to his family’s cabin for a vacation which was forced upon him by his grandfather. Jane owns her own cleaning service and one day receives a call from a strange old man, claiming to be her fairy godfather, who hires her for a three-week assignment in which she will stay at a luxurious cabin and only has to clean the place and take care of some of the farm animals. At first, she thinks the man is nuts but when he offers her a hefty salary and her sisters get a little more than overbearing, she decides the job could also serve as a much-needed vacation from her life. When Brock and Jane run into each other at the cabin, they don’t exactly get off on the right foot. Gone is the Prince Charming who saved Jane from being trampled on and in his place is one seriously rude douchebag!! Brock is anything but respectful towards Jane. He is belligerent and condescending every time he’s in her presence. But later on we’ll find out what has Brock all wound up and it does help Jane to forgive some of his rude behavior. Even when he was being a complete prick to her, Jane couldn’t help fight the strong attraction she felt for Brock.

These two have never felt such a connection with anyone else before but they both believe nothing can become of it since Brock is due to marry whoever the highest bidder is at his grandfather’s auction. They try to keep things platonic but that will prove to be an impossible feat.

Will love prevail and allow the girl who has lived in the shadows for too long, to ride off into the sunset towards her HEA with her very own Prince Charming? You’ll have to pick this one up to find out!!

If you’re looking for a light enjoyable read that is low on angst, then this book might just hit the spot for you! THE BACHELOR AUCTION is available now!

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