Also by this author: The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2)
The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors Of Arizona
Published by Forever on August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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 . . .
“Give her a new meaningful compliment once a day until her cheeks glow with the knowledge that what you say is true. Unless you own a woman’s heart, you will never truly have her. Give her compliments that mean something. You’ll know when she finally believes you, because her demeanor will change. If it doesn’t – you’re an idiot and doing it wrong.”
“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.
And very, very good at the same time.
I just love this series. Not only does it have my favorite trope in books but it’s sweet and funny as well. I can’t get enough of the “thrown together/forced together for a reason and then they fall in love” story lines. All though this is usually done with them having to get married but Rachel has put a new spin on it and it works well.
Brantley was just as love-able as Brock was. He wasn’t as playboy as I was expecting but his fall was still as good. I love it when they fall hard and I think he did. I have a feeling that Brant will be my favorite one though. I do love a tortured soul and I think he is one.
This one did exceed the first in the series for me. That is only because I didn’t care for how close she wrote the last one to its partner fairy tale. It was to Cinderella for me. This one showed enough for it to be compared to its counter part but not enough that it was over the top. Perfectly done Rachel! I can’t wait for the next one to be released!