The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1) by Rachel Van Dyken #mf #review


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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 . .

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I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed tremendously, which may have set me up for failure when it came to this book. Don’t get me wrong, the words flow and I have no complaints about the technical aspects of this book; it’s the tired story and characters that drove me a little insane.

This book is Cinderella with a twist. It doesn’t hide that fact from you, it’s even hinted heavily at in the description of the book. But this whole “fairy tales made new again” thing has some serious pitfalls for me, and they all seemed to surface in the storyline of this book. My main problem is that I just felt no connection to the two main characters. In fact, I liked Brock’s stepbrothers more than I liked Brock – and I don’t think that was the aim of the story. I just felt zero emotional investment with the main characters and Jane – who does that? She’s a doormat for everyone in her life. There’s a difference between nice, gentle, and caring and being walked all over. I found that the main characters annoyed me and I wasn’t all that interested in where the story was going to go.

As I said, my reading of this author’s previous books may have been my main problem here I have really enjoyed a couple of her other books and found none of the problems with them I did here. In the end, I found the whole trope to be a bit exhaustive, and it was all I could do to really finish. It was just OK for me. 3 stars.

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