The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken (Review + Excerpt)


Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona (Book 2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay

Synopsis: 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 . . .

Now available in Mass Market Paperback ($7.99)

The Playboy Bachelor by Rachel Van Dyken

Book Review

The Playboy Bachelor is the second book in Rachel Van Dyken’s The Bachelors of Arizona series. A well-written and intriguing read, The Playboy Bachelor follows the story of fictional historical romance writer Margot McCleery and Bentley Wellington, the boy-turned-man who hurt her years before when he walked away just as she needed him the most.

Margot and Bentley are the very definition of fire and ice when they meet again after her grandmother buys him for her at a charity auction. For her part, Margot wants nothing to do with Bentley, and she wants to discuss what happened after he walked away from her even less.

Major trust issues abound for these two, and even deeper rooted psychological issues. They have both been through the wringer and yet, the easiest and hardest thing for each of them to do is talk to each other. Really talk, and that’s what makes them such flawed and complicated story people. Real people with real complex emotions that make life difficult even when it doesn’t quite have to be.

Margot and Bentley are both stubborn. Both afraid to put themselves out there. To risk the hurt they felt in the past. And their issues go so deep, it made for an intense, multi-layered, and surprisingly sweet and  fun romance read.

Really loved this book. Absolutely cannot wait for the next one in the series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | iBooks | GooglePlay

Book Excerpt


“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.

So bad.

And very, very good at the same time.

Series Spotlight


The Bachelor Auction, #1

The Playboy Bachelor, #2

Goodreads Series Page

About Rachel Van Dyken

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!


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