The Bachelor Auction (The Bachelors of Arizona #1)
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.
Who doesn’t love a modern day Cinderella story? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that fairy godmother? You know the whole bippity boppity boo and poof! You are the bell of the ball.
Nothing in life is easy. For Jane, she loves her cleaning business and cleaning, she is continuing in her late father’s footsteps. She also finds herself being a servant of sorts to her ungrateful and selfish sisters. Since losing her parents, happiness is just a dream for her and in regards to her meeting a prince? Forget about it. Still, she finds herself hoping and wishing that her true love is out there.
She is reluctantly dragged to a party that she has no desire to be at, especially because she has to babysit her older sisters while they make fools of themselves. For Jane, things go from bad to worse. She likes to hide in the shadows and go unnoticed but her drunken sister crashes into her, causing her to fall, ungracefully while breaking her shoe. On the floor, in the middle of a crowd, she is humiliated and hurt. One minute she is on the floor and the next she is being swooped up into the arms of the most handsome and sexy man she has ever seen.
Brock has been surrounded by beauty his whole life, although that beauty is more cosmetically created. All he wants is for his twin brothers to get their acts together and to get out from under his grandfather’s thumb. While shooting back a few whiskey’s to drown out his sorrows, he sees a damsel in distress. He finds himself having a sudden urge to protect her. She is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.
In a private room, they find themselves enjoying each other’s company and flirting just a bit. She tries to excuse herself but seeing she is in a bit of a pickle, he has his brother go out and buy her a new pair of shoes. It is the nicest thing anyone prior to her parents has done for her. Then she overhears his brother mention the auction and an upcoming marriage, her prince just turned to a frog or maybe even a pig. She politely thanks them and makes a hasty retreat.
Jane made a huge impression. He can’t get her out of his head. He finally finds someone who is genuine and his grandfather is adamant on taking it away.
A mysterious phone and crazy phone call to Jane, a business opportunity she can’t pass up as well as a much needed break from her sisters antics, she finds herself a ranch. Little does she know that ranch belongs to none other than Brock.
A second chance and a very rough start, Brock is not the man that Jane though he was. He is an infuriating, rude, spoiled dick.
Brock is battling ghosts of his past in the ranch he grew up in and he is taking it out on a women he can see having a future with. Like most fairytales, getting that happy ending isn’t an easy task. There are battles along the way. Jane and Brock know one thing and that is, they are going to fight for what they want.
I love Jane’s fire and her determination. She is a selfless person to the core, even when she is being treated like shit, she still treats those who do with kindness. She is a fixer and a helper by nature and it is enduring and sweet and makes her beautiful, inside and out.
I liked Brock at first, then he became an ass, then he wasn’t but I loved that Jane was able to put him in his place quickly without being bitchy about it.
You can never go wrong reading one of Rachel’s stories. She has such an amazing talent when it comes to her characters and her story telling.
From the first page to the last, I felt the longing, the excitement, the hurt, the lust, the fear and the love.
She did a wonderful job of bringing a fairytale classic and turning it into a modern day romance.
I can’t wait for Brant and Bentley’s stories.