Review: What a Bachelor Needs (Bachelor Auction 4) by Kelly Hunter

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Title: What a Bachelor Needs
(Montana Born Bachelor Auction #4)
Author: Kelly Hunter

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her saviour in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult..

Jett Casey is a handyman and a famous ski athlete, and he’s a famewh0re. He likes the attention and the posse of women thrown at his feet. But he isn’t a playboy. He can have any girl he wants, but that’s not what he needs. His eyes and heart is recently captured by Mardie, a shaken and beat-up girl he helped in an alley a few years back.

Mardie, on the other hand, keeps her distance, knowing that Jett can tell anyone about what happened in her past. Their paths meet again during the Bachelor Auction Bidding, though this time, Mardie doesn’t bid for him but her friend Ella. All along, Ella intends to bid for the handyman so that she can throw him at Mardie and have him fix her dump house. Floors, carpets, walls, babyseats and kitchen later, they found themselves kissing and dreaming at the top of mountain slopes. Is there hope for Mardie for a second chance, knowing Jett’s only going to be with her in just a week?

Well, your guess is as good as mine.

I liked the story a lot. Although this was quite the typical trope, it still engages the reader to finish until the end. Kelly Hunter’s writing is eclectic, sweet and hot and easy to devour. The next thing I knew, I’m on the last chapter of the book and can feel my jaw hurting because of all the smiles I did while reading. There’s this one scene that really cracked me up; the one where Mardie’s father went on a surprise visit to her daughter, and Jett tries very hard to hide the fact that he spent the night in her bed.

And then, just when it couldn’t get any worse, he heard footsteps, followed by a sleepy voice coming from somewhere in the hallway.

“Jett Casey, there had better be coffee made and ready to drink in that kitchen, because I distinctly remember you saying something about sleeping in. You promised, when you woke me up with kisses at four am and we —” Mardie rounded the doorway, all sleep soft and disheveled, rubbing at her eyes with the back of her hand and wearing nothing but a watermelon-colored tank top and white panties.
“Dad!”
“Daughter!”
She closed her eyes with a wince, and opened them as if this time the view would be different.
“He’s still there,” Jett offered helpfully.

That was totally humiliating (on Mardie’s part) yet I found it sweet and funny and cheesy. Ha Ha, I’m a goner! Can’t wait to read the next book!

Release Day Blitz: Taken by A Trillionaire series

Prince Ballasare Stephan Demande needs a bride before his thirtieth
birthday or he’ll lose his crown. Unlike their barbarian twin island,
Rubare Virgina’s royal family is above kidnapping and murdering as a
means of choosing their queens. Historically, they’ve cultivated their
own selection, ensuring the purity and perfection of each. Prince
Ballasare wants more, so he comes up with a plan. It’s genius really. He
invites three hundred of the most beautiful and intelligent virgins
from around the world to his island under the guise of attending a
conference. Those who are willing to stay and participate in a series of
tests are offered a chance to win one million dollars. He can only
imagine the joy that the woman he chooses will feel when she discovers
he and his title are the real prize.

Jessica Quincy is at a
crossroads career wise. She hadn’t expected anyone to actually read her
blog posts about her lonely life. She certainly hadn’t expected Virgin
Territory to go viral. But who can stay a virgin forever? And what does a
woman do when she’s no longer what she’s made a career out of writing
about? She takes a risk, that’s what. Jessica attends a conference that
promises to end with one participant winning a million dollars. Any
ex-virgin could start over with that kind of money.
 She makes him laugh.
He scares, infuriates, and totally turns her on.

Unfortunately, on Rubare Virgina, being chosen by a sexy prince can have deadly consequences if you haven’t updated your blog.

Like
the first novella trilogy, Taken by a Trillionaire, these novellas are
escapism fantasy. If you are looking for a historically accurate
representation of a monarchy or a serious depiction of how royals
maintain their bloodlines, neither trilogies are for you. If you love
larger than life characters and fun storylines that take you to exotic
places with sexy alpha men, then welcome to our imaginary kingdoms. The
men are insanely rich, the traditions are potentially deadly, and the
sex will leave you craving a night on this dark isle.

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June 6, 2017
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July 3, 2017
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 Taken By a Trillionaire
Three New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
One wild project.

Taken by a Trillionaire is an escapism fantasy that was born at a party at
RWA. Over cocktails, J.S. Scott, Melody Anne, and Ruth Cardello laughed
as they plotted this book with the help of two industry friends, Chris
and Brian.

If you are looking for a historically accurate representation of a monarchy or a serious depiction of how
royals maintain their bloodlines, this may not be the book for you. If
you love larger than life characters and fun storylines that take you to
exotic places with sexy alpha men, then welcome to our imaginary
kingdom: Rubare Collina. The men are insanely rich, the traditions are
potentially deadly, and the sex will leave you craving a night on this
dark isle.

If you’ve ever fantasized about what it
would be like to be swept off your feet—or tossed over a prince’s
shoulder and taken—then you’ll enjoy our trilogy.

Novella One: Xander by Ruth Cardello 

Royal Prince Xander Demande needs to choose a wife before his thirtieth
birthday, or he will lose his crown. His list of potential candidates is
long but shortens to one woman after a brief encounter with the
socially inept, but beautiful and brilliant, Dr. Reanna Fielding. She
never thought Prince Charming would come for her. He never thought any
woman would melt his heart. Love makes its own rules, but will it save
her when she defies not only him but the laws of his kingdom? In Rubare
Collina, a marriage proposal can be a dream come true—or a death
sentence.

Novella Two: Bryan by J.S. Scott 

Get married . . . or die. Prince Bryan Demande was left with only two
unpalatable choices. When he decides to take his chances rather than
marry, his father and the busybody royal adviser take matters into their
own hands.

Like it or not, Bryan is delivered a
kidnapped bride, and it isn’t a woman who’s a total stranger. She’s an
American female who has haunted his dreams for the last five years, the
only woman who has ever wanted him without his trillions of dollars or
his royal title. Suddenly, marriage doesn’t look like such a bad option
to Bryan, but he’ll have to convince his angry, kidnapped, bride-to-be
that she belongs with him.

Novella Three: Chris by Melody Anne

Christopher Demande wants nothing to do with marriage and is willing to renounce
his title to the throne to prove it. That is until he meets independent
Adara Burnadette and decides he must have her. Unfortunately, Adara is
opposed to marriages of convenience. So what does a young prince do when
his chosen bride refuses his proposal? He kidnaps her of course.

Review: Better At Weddings Than You by Mina Esguerra

Better At Weddings Than You
by Mina V. Esguerra

Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster?

Planning a wedding is Daphne Cardenas’ expertise. She’s the one who meets every bride’s demands, who talks to couples having second thoughts, who makes sure that their dream wedding come true. When she was asked to take over her friend’s wedding, she was stumped. Not only did she feel bad for the one she was replacing, she knew a wedding disaster would unfold if the bride had other groom in mind.

I can always count on Mina Esguerra to level up her game and make sure that the cliched insta-love wouldn’t make readers cringe. Daphne and Aaron may have met a few days before spending their “honeymoon” together, but this kind of relationship is slow-burning and intoxicating. I wouldn’t mind getting a backrub from Aaron Trinidad on our first date, mind you.

Better At Weddings Than You is such a fun read; I had a grin on my face nearly the whole time I was reading it.  Daphne isn’t your typical lady-in-waiting, she’s smart, defined and professional on the outside, and a one hot dynamite inside the bedroom. Aaron needs all the help he can get when it comes to planning a wedding; but he’s an expert in the honeymoon phase. Go figure.

I always found Esguerra’s writing very captivating. I love how she engages the reader from the beginning and allows to connect with the characters until the end.  This isn’t my first book by the author, and it definitely isn’t the last.

Review: The Bachelor’s Baby (Bachelor Auction 3) by Dani Collins

Title: The Bachelor’s Baby
(Montana Born Bachelor Auction #3)
Author: Dani Collins

ebook provided by Netgalley
Published by Tule Publishing

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Linc Brady thought the bidding for the Montana bachelor was a joke. He never wanted to be auctioned, he didn’t do this kind of thing. But Meg Canon was persistent, and boy was she lucky enough to win him on the bidding. It was supposed to be just one night with Meg. One night of lust and need.

And after that fateful evening, they both agreed that they wouldn’t do relationships. Meg went back to Chicago to live her life as a news anchor. Things turned sour when she learned that her jailed stalker posted bail, and on the same day, she discovered that she was pregnant. With Linc. She decided to go back to Montana, tell Linc about their situation and raise her kid. Unfortunately, Linc didn’t want anything to do with the baby. Oh Poor Meg.

I think I’ve said too much already, forgive me. But I wasn’t readily convinced about Linc and Meg’s chemistry. It was kind of a bit rush to me, Linc and his changing moods, Meg and her emotional outbursts. I can understand Meg’s condition though, and I felt her pain and apprehensions about raising a kid without a father, when she herself didn’t have the luxury of having a mother the moment she was born. Linc, well, he’s unlike the other bachelors I read, he was a little too intimidating for my taste.

The bed scenes, however, were hot hot hot! And I liked that the story was fast-paced too. Wasn’t too boring and didn’t dwell too much on one subject alone. A lovely one-night read!

Review: Bachelor At Her Bidding (Bachelor Auction 2) by Kate Hardy

Complete-A-Series Challenge: Montana Born Bachelor Auction series

Second book in the bachelor auction/bidding series: Bachelor At Her Bidding.

So far, so good!


Title: Bachelor at her Bidding

(Montana Born Bachelor Auction #2)
Author: Kate Hardy
eBook provided by Netgalley
Published February 27th 2015 by Tule Publishing

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fund-raiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

 

I can’t believe I’m now on book 2. Let’s all meet Chef Ryan, a successful pastry chef, whose sweet confections was “almost better than sex”.

Ryan didn’t want to fall in love; he didn’t believe in dating, and heck, he even didn’t have time to even find the one for him. All he cared about was his grandmother Phyllis, who had stood by him since childhood when he lost his mom and dad in an accident. When his last relationship failed, he vowed to focus all his energy and attention to his ailing grandmother.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rachel Cassidy was back to her hometown after an unsuccessful married life. People at Marietta looked down at her after her divorce; they thought she would never find a man again who’d take her seriously nor love her because her attention is all on her books. Sometimes, she thought, all those hurtful rumors might just be true.

Until the night of Bachelor Auction bidding, when somebody else bid for Ryan but Dr. Rachel Cassidy ended up with him.

These two lonely and brokenhearted souls found each other. Then came the dates, the cakes, the flowers, the sweets, the affection, the emotions. When Grandma Phyllis’s delicate condition worsened, things started to get sour between the lovers. Would there ever be a sweet ending for them at all?

I thought I liked Beau & Lily’s story in the first Bachelor Auction series. Turns out, I was wrong. I think I like Rachel & Ryan’s story better, because theirs was lighter, sweet and mushy and fun. There was an instant attraction between them, but both were afraid to take the plunge, so they decided to test the waters and waddle slowly. I liked that kind of relationship, not pushing too much, not expecting too much. Not too sweet, not too sour, not too bland; just perfect!

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No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For six years, I’ve never lost focus.

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Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
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Review: Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry (Bachelor Auction 1)

Complete-A-Series Challenge: Montana Born Bachelor Auction series

Starting today until next week, I will be reading and reviewing books from the Montana Born Bachelor Auction series. The series consists of six contemporary romances, set in Montana during and after an auction for its young, eligible and hot gorgeous bachelors. Although the books are part of a series, the individual stories can be read as stand-alone.

This is part of my new Complete-A-Series Challenge. I hope to get to finish all six books in one week.

Wish me luck!


Title: Bound to the Bachelor
(Montana Born Bachelor Auction #1)
Author: Sarah Mayberry
eBook provided by Netgalley
Published February 20th 2015 by Tule Publishing

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…

You’re in an auction, and you have ten grand somewhere in your pocket, would you bid for the most beautiful girl that you see?

Bound to the Bachelor is the first book in the Montana Born Bachelor Auction series. Lily Taylor asked Beau Bennett, as well as other hot bachelors of Marietta, to participate in a Bachelor Auction, to raise funds for their friend, Molly & son Josh who was recently involved in a tragic accident. Long before this auction bid took place, Lily & Beau had tried really hard to get away from each other. I basically didn’t really know what made Beau dislike Lily so much; is it just because she’s got the notorious reputation of being a stripper/exotic lap dancer once? I say, he was quite judgmental if that was his reason for avoiding her. But as the story progressed, we learned the real reason why Beau couldn’t trust his heart to be near her.

On the other hand, Lily’s past was catching up on her, haunting and taunting her, ultimately putting her life in danger. An inheritance of some sort, amounting to ten thousand dollars, shook up Lily’s nerves, and brought about the memories of her past. To get away from it all, she decided to use the money to bid on Beau Bennett. And their lives took a spin from thereon.

Loved this book by Sarah Mayberry. The author knew how to make readers swoon for the guy and cry with the girl. This book melts my heart, Lily & Beau have the perfect chemistry. Although their instant love connection and profession of love at the end of the book was too soon, I still liked that “having butterflies in my stomach” feeling after reading their book.