THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR by Rachel Van Dyken (August 29, 2017; Forever Mass Market; $7.99; The Bachelors of Arizona Book 2)




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She’s no Sleeping Beauty. And he’s definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again-her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot’s whiskey-augmented grandmother “buys” Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he’s at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley’s just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love-nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that “just friends” will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .



“I’m writing a kissing scene!” she blurted, mentally kicking herself for screaming it in his face. “And the guy’s a complete jackass. Since my only experience with jackasses is you…” Her voice was shaky, just like her body. Could he tell how much she wanted him? How much she hated that her response was this—raw. “I-I figured you were the only one who could show me what it’s like.” Good one, Margot. Do you really have to sound so…desperate?

“What what’s like?”

“A kiss. From a jackass.”

“Got the jackass part.” He treaded water and then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her deeper into the pool until they were on the opposite end, his body pressed against hers. At least his eyes were still locked on her face. “And you’ve never been kissed?”

She rolled her eyes. “Not by someone like—”

“If you keep insulting me, this kiss won’t ever happen, Red.”

“Don’t call me that,” Margot whispered. Was she so weak that she’d forgive his abandonment for one kiss? “Please?”

“This kiss.” His calculated gaze didn’t make her feel any better about the situation. “How long does it need to be? How deep? Where do you want my hands?”

Margot’s mouth dropped open. “That’s not how kisses work! You can’t just map out the kiss. That takes all the romance out of it!”

“Oh, so you want romance?”

“Yes! No! I mean. I didn’t say that!” Her face flamed, and she sagged in defeat. Admitting she wanted romance kind of felt like she was on the losing end of the little battles they’d been having, like she was giving him an in. And if he got in, he’d only hurt her again.

“I was joking,” he said, just before his lips brushed hers. His tongue slid across her bottom lip and then sucked it for a few seconds before he slid it into her mouth and deepened the kiss.

Her lips softened beneath his gentle coaxing, and his hard thighs pressed against hers as a deep hunger awakened within her.

Oh, this was bad.

So bad.

And very, very good at the same time.

About the Author


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!

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The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken was both a slow burn and sweet romance. A recluse and playboy who could not be more different, but who have a strong chemistry both try to deny.

The last person Margot McCleery ever wanted to see again was Bentley Wellington. Her once best-friend deserted her when she needed him the most. So when their meddling grandparents force them so spend time together, neither is happy.

Margot’s life changed forever when she was sixteen. Lost and feeling broken, she needed Bentley’s friendship more than ever, but he was nowhere to be seen. Heartbroken, she moved forward without him, but as time went by, Margot became a recluse. Her only company were the romance novels she wrote.

Bentley Wellington lost more than his best friend all those years ago, he lost a part of himself. Now he is known as a playboy who takes nothing seriously. With no direction, he has only been getting by. When he takes part in a charity bachelor auction, he is not prepared for how his life is going to change.

Both hurt and not ready to talk to each other, they take shots at each other constantly. But forced to spend thirty days together, they have no choice but to actually spend time together. Slowly the walls they built begin to crumble. Can they find a way to rebuild what they lost or is it too late?

The Playboy bachelor was both sad and sweet. Both Bentley and Margot carry past demons that hold them back. I loved the characters especially the meddling family members and seeing the connection between Margot and Bentley. This story kept me intrigued as both main characters pushed and pulled between each other.

~ Liz


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