4.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

14524619_1230805046940978_6269544298186844464_oCinderella 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 . .

 

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Another take on a famous fairy tale. This one has a few differences, but overall was a pleasant read. Our main characters don’t have parents, nor step siblings. “Plain Jane,” our Cinderella is the youngest of her sisters. She has been taking care of her older sisters ‘needs’ since their parents have each passed away. Jane sisters are vicious. They make her pay all the bills and get her to use her hard earn money to pay for their debt and expensive. Jane allows her sisters to manipulate her and guilt her into doing all their dirty work.  Her first true way of escaping was to take a job to clean up a house that would take approximately three weeks. She thought she would get a vacation from the drama of her family. Only to end up in the middle of a romantic drama of her own.

Brock is the eldest of his 3 brothers. The other two being twins. He bears the burden of being the responsible child. After his parent’s death, at the age of 12, he closed up to everyone. His grandfather became the sole caretaker of all the boys, and with that Brock became the miniature version of his grandfather.  He grandfather dictated everything in Brock’s life. What school he should go to, what sports he should play, what degree he should obtain, etc. Even if Brock wanted to make his own choices, he couldn’t bare the thought of saying “No” to his grandfather. He learned that when you say no, bad things will happened and there will never be a chance to fix the mistake. So Brock became a push over and a people pleaser, more specifically a grandfather pleaser. Even to the point, where is is allowing his grandfather to auction of a date (no a marriage) to him for the highest bidder.

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These two first encounter one another at a club and a shoe malfunction. Brock comes to Jane’s rescue and the chemistry between them is explosive. They part ways, but are thrown back together because of meddling family members.

I enjoyed the story. It was fun, light-hearted, silly, dirty at times, and yet still romantic. Men and their sexual innuendos. Brock’s brothers are hysterical. They would be the type of guys you would love to hang out with. We have a few Fairy God Mothers and there is even mice in the story. The mice don’t talk, but they do cause a commotion.

Jane and Brock are both push overs and allow people to walk right over them. This story is about them finding the inner-strength to stand-up for what they want. It is a story of finding internal power and to be whom you want to be, all because of love. The love that Jane and Brock have for each other is tender. He acts like a complete jerk to her on their second encounter, but redeems himself as the story goes on.

I think Rachel Van Dyke did a fantastic job of bring to life a modern interpretation of Cinderella.

All you hard-core-fairy-tale-romance-fans this is right up your alley.

Highly recommend.

4-5-hearts

 

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