Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.
Sold to the highest bidder!
Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.
Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.
As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?
* I received a copy of this book through NetGalley *
When Jesse Grey gets conned by his uncle to participate in the Marietta Bachelor Auction, he isn’t expecting to actually get sold to the highest bidder. But he does, and what’s worse, the woman who wins him is engaged to a guy Jesse can’t stand. Jesse has no idea how Terrance Polk managed to land a woman like Michaela Townsend, but he knows she’s a complication and temptation Jesse himself doesn’t need. Except somehow he winds up offering to drive her back to Seattle and the two of them get snowed in at a motel partway there.
I enjoyed reading this story, though the characters were a little hard for me to warm up to at first. But about halfway through the book, Michaela and Jesse became easier to identify with and understand. They made each other question their choices and how they viewed themselves and their past, which prompted them to make decisions to change something in their lives they may not have made otherwise. They each challenged each other to be better people, stronger people, and that’s what makes these characters and this story stand out.
This is a good, quick read and my first from the Marietta Bachelor Auction series. Reading this story makes me want to find and read the rest of the books in this series, which is an indication of both a good author and an enjoyable read.
Rating: 3 Stars
Bachelor Auction Series
Book 1: Bound to the Bachelor by Sarah Mayberry – Buy @ Amazon!
Book 2: Bachelor at her Bidding by Kate Hardy – Buy @ Amazon!
Book 3: The Bachelor’s Baby by Dani Collins – Buy @ Amazon!
Book 4: What a Bachelor Needs by Kelly Hunter – Buy @ Amazon!
Book 5: In Bed with the Bachelor by Megan Crane – Buy @ Amazon!
Book 6: One Night with her Bachelor by Kat Latham – Buy @ Amazon!