Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Published by Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Romance
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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 . . .
I really do love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, plus she’s kind of hilarious on social media, so I’ve been waiting to get my paws on this book. I love the whole idea behind a bachelor auction, plus the guy who orchestrates the whole thing, the grandfather, well he just seemed like such a character, I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book.
This book is very much a retelling of a fairytale. I mean our Just Jane is the owner of Cinderella cleaning, and she breaks a shoe pretty early in the book (oh and did I mention that her prince Brock sleeps with the shoe). And no Cinderella is complete without the evil stepsisters, except in Jane’s case, they are her actual sisters. I actually really likes Jane, except for one thing, how she handles her sisters. She lets those horrible women just walk all over her, taking over her entire life, she runs their errands, cooks their food, and basically pays all the bills and bails them out whenever they need it. It sucks. I wanted so much for her to tell them to just get lost. I mean really. They really are the most horrid vapid people. But other than that, Jane was easy to like. She really sees people, and more than that she wants to help them, make them happy. It was hard not to like her.
Brock is, well, let’s go with complex. He has this thing about saying no, especially to his grandfather. So much so that he does things that bring him no happiness at all. He just goes through life, going through the motions, never really having anything for himself. So when his grandfather wants to put him up on the auction block, and possibly MARRY the woman who bids for him, he says yes, even if he does grumble about it along the way. I get that this “no” thing is his hang up, I really do, but it sucks for him so bad. So when he takes time off before the auction and Jane is the woman who is staying at his house cleaning it until he goes up on the block, well it creates and interesting situation to be sure. Brock really knows how to be a jerk, I mean there are moments where I was thinking to myself, what are you doing dude, I mean he clearly likes this girl, so how is at every turn he is the worst? But of course he turns it around, and I was so glad when he did.
So much of what makes this book funny is the cast of characters. I mean you have grandpa with his raves and pet chickens, and just overall behavior that should not be coming from a man referred to as Grandfather. The twins, otherwise known as Brock’s brothers, are also equal parts horndogs and sweet guys. They are also kind of hilarious. And towards the end there is a woman who gives grandpa a run for his money. All these people make the book so funny, and just and enjoyable read. Everything all together, in its own crazy bizarre way, just works. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series that’s for sure.