Review: The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken
Series:  The Bachelors of Arizona (# 2)
Release Date:  August 29, 2017
Publisher:  Forever
Pages: 264
Source: book provided by the author for review



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 . . .


Review:  The Playboy Bachelor was a fun read at times but most of the book was very dark.  There are two hurting souls, Margot and Bentley, who were best friends ten years ago.  When tragedy strikes neither knows that tragedies have befallen each of them and thus the it brings an end to their friendship and connection.  She becomes a damaged recluse and he becomes a playboy who will bed anyone but half the time doesn’t even know their names.  When their meddling grandparents get involved in the present day under the guise of charity, look out! This is a second chance at romance book and what a second chance it is!

As we get to know Margot and Bentley a little at a time, there’s a sadness and defeatist attitude and each has to break down the walls of the other.  When they reconnect, against each of their wills, there’s still a charge between them but will it flame into more? She lives in her house in the dark and he’s known for all his sexual and drunken shenanigans.  Life just isn’t fair sometimes but can they help each other even if it’s what neither of them wants or do they?

There were lots of family and money, romance books, flowers, whispers, gawking, hurtful comments, hurt, tears, anger, sadness, fear, injuries, lack of communication, secrets, untruths, laughter, happiness, pets, romance and ultimately love.  There are a lot of burn up the sheet moments and teasing.  As Bentley does his best to get Margot to live again he’s fighting his own demons.  Their playfulness was heartwarming but they weren’t always on the same page at the same time.  Their feelings hit highs and lows throughout but didn’t always match the others.  Their inability to talk about themselves, their lives, the missing years and not be sarcastic was often heart-wrenching.  There was nice closure with enough loose ends for Bentley’s twin’s story.  There was a happily ever after in the offing that left me wanting more.

Van Dyken is an author whose books I’ve enjoyed and I’m always looking for more!

Favorite Quote:  …”Oh I read this really great romance author, maybe you’ve heard of her?  Writes these crazy sex scenes though they may be too explicit for your eyes.  But they may help you with your new friend;  I’ve heard he’s amazing in bed.”