Love of his life.
The last person in the world he wanted to see…ever.
And now that he’s working beside her every day, he can’t escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he’d only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.
Brant Wellington was certain of three things:
Alcohol wasn’t going to solve this.
He really was losing his F-ing mind.
And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.
Review: The Bachelor Contract is the third book in the Bachelor of Arizona series and it was nice to be back with the Wellington brothers and their family. This is another second chance romance book and this time it is Brant and Nikki’s story. They were married but parted ways four years earlier, after two tragedies hit. When they are reunited again at the Bachelor Auction, and I use that term loosely, things get interesting fast. He’s not happy that she was the highest bidder for him and she’s not happy that she could have lost her job if she didn’t win. When they don’t take advantage of fulfilling the requirement of the winning bid things take on an interesting twist and there’s a lot of darkness involved in both of their lives but some laugh out loud moments too.
Nikki has had it hard the last four years since he walked out of her life and Brant has no one to blame but himself, or does he? He has no idea what Nikki has had to endure and he doesn’t like her best friend, Cole, who always hopes for more than friendship with her. When Cole and Brant are in close proximity there are fireworks each and every time. They don’t see eye to eye on anything and definitely don’t like each other. It doesn’t help that Brant is now the new boss of the hotel where they work. There were vivid descriptions of the hotel and the spa that made me feel that I was there.
It was nice to see the interactions with his brothers, his grandfather and some of the staff since there was a lot of non communication going on! Brant was a hard guy to like but he did finally earn some respect. Nikki had a big support system that Brant had a hard time getting through at times. Nikki and Brant were thrown together often and things between them were either very hot or very cold. There were laughter and tears, heartache, sadness, hurt, arguments, physical altercations, lots of history revealed along with loving and love. The story flowed nicely and the ending was unexpected but gave nice closure. I would love to return to this series even with a Christmas novella to see how each of the brothers lives turned out.
Van Dyken is an author whose books I’ve enjoyed and I look forward to reading more of her writing.
Favorite Quote: “You hurt her, and I’m going to run you over with my cement-filled SUV.”
Brant shook his head. “And there’s cement in your SUV because?”
“Because I plan on running you over, and I need it extra heavy.”
It was Brant.
Maybe that was because they’d never had any real closure. Just fighting, yelling, and then silence.
God, she’d hated the silence so much more than the yelling.
The silence crackled with tension—it was always filled with more meaning than when words were actually spoken.
It wasn’t the yelling that had killed their relationship.
It was the silence that had followed. When he had every opportunity to fix it—and didn’t.
Why was it so hard to move on? Probably because she hadn’t tried.
Instead, she’d worked. Tried to stay positive. And hoped.
Damn hope. Stupid hope.
“He’s not coming back for me,” she whispered, knowing that if she finally admitted he wasn’t coming, she would have to take her part of the blame in why. Because it wasn’t just on him to come running back. A small part of her knew that it was her job to meet him halfway. Instead, she’d ignored the need in his eyes, the desperate plea in his voice, and allowed grief to swallow her whole. Because at the time she’d needed someone to blame, and it was easier blaming him than herself.
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!