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    Cute Cinderella Style Romance

    This was an adorable spin on a Cinderella romance. Jane was the perfect mix of Cinderalla and modern woman. She was introverted enough that I could easily relate to her hatred of going out on the town, but not so shy that she didn't stand up for herself when push came to shove. She even owns a cleaning company - a great modern twist on the theme - and loses a shoe along the way. The downside was Brock (I think). The hero was great. I loved him and his family, although they got a bit over the to towards the end. It was the names that did this book in for me. Even by the end I couldn't keep the brothers apart. All with similar names that start with B, and we meet them within pages of each other. The similar names just sort of merged into one giant Wellington son instead of one older brother and two younger twins. I made a cheat sheet half way through so I could keep them straight. I didn't like it. The story was a lot of fun. There were some sad moments as both Brock and Jane deal with their past and how it has changed the way they cope with the present. There are happy and laughing moments that I didn't want to see end. But the whole brother name thing just hung over it all. I'm hoping that book two helps to separate the brothers a little more for me because they were all a lot of fun and I really want to see how their separate lives all intertwine as they find their love. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
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    Not for me but I still recommend for light romcom

    I really like this author, but this book didn't work for me. Most of the characters' behaviors and attitudes put me off. I didn't care for either of the leads. It's sort of a modern tale of Cinderella slashed with a reality tv-ish feel. I do recommend checking it out for those that have enjoyed other Cinderella retellings in book or film.
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    Fabulous fun!

    Brock Wellington – Boring Brock – lives his life according to his grandfather’s wishes and for the family business, out of guilt. He can’t say no to him, not anymore. And when Brock’s grandfather announces that he’s auctioning him at a charity event, Brock wants to say no, but of course, he doesn’t. Even when it’s clear that his grandfather set up the auction to marry off Brock to pacify the shareholders, mostly because Brock’s wayward younger twin brothers Brant and Bentley are decidedly not helping, image-wise. Poor Jane – Plain Jane – runs her deceased father’s business, the Cinderella Cleaning Company, and she is frazzled, mostly due to her two selfish, lazy older sisters: Esmeralda and Essence, who treat her like a slave. Jane can’t help herself but try to deal with it; she promised her father that she’d keep the family together, and her two sisters are all she has, but it’s killing her. One evening, her dreadful sisters drag Jane to a club, where Jane breaks a shoe, and is rescued by a gloriously handsome and charming man in whose world she does not belong: Brock’s. I knew going in THE BACHELOR AUCTION that I should not expect a realistic story, after all it is based on Cinderella, so no big surprise there. Right from the start, the premise is rather preposterous and highly improbable, and this more than I could have imagined. Brock comes off as rather beastly; Brant and Bentley are obnoxious, oversexed jerks; Essence and Esmeralda are broad caricatures; and Brock and Jane are, let’s be honest, doormats. THE BACHELOR AUCTION is a book I should not have liked, and yet I loved it! I am not exactly sure what makes it work as well as it does, apart from the sheer comic genius of Rachel Van Dyken writing the most hilarious dialogues I have ever read! How funny? Think classic Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello! THE BACHELOR AUCTION is an uproariously funny farce, with characters painted in neon colours, and where the events unfold at a dizzying pace. This book is a magnificent comedic tour de force that might have been an epic fail in the hands of a lesser writer. And yet, amidst the surreal hilarity there is a tender and sweet romance, ingenious plot twists, and superb character development; the proof? I ended up loving Brant and Bentley, and I can hardly wait for the next instalment featuring the latter. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud while reading, and few books have made me laugh so much over the years. If you need a really good laugh, THE BACHELOR AUCTION is THE book to read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    The Bachelor Auction

    THE BACHELOR AUCTION is a modern-day Cinderella story full of laughs, saucy sexual innuendo, drunken playboys, evil witches, a conniving grandfather, a lonely workaholic prince and a beautiful maid that’s anything but plain. WOW! Rachel Van Dyken captured my attention from the very first page and held it tightly all the way to the end! I am thoroughly enchanted! Brock Wellington is super dreamy! Of all his brothers, he’s known as the responsible, level-headed and boring one! He’s busy helping his grandfather run their company and looking after his twin brothers who spend more time partying and womanizing than being in the boardroom. Jane is a sweet, kind and hard-working woman with two of the most ungrateful sisters ever created. They share a house and the evil sisters (witches) guilt Jane into cooking, cleaning, laundry and even loaning them money. Jane’s parents both passed away and her father asked her to keep the family together, so that’s what Jane’s been doing, despite the mental and physical toll it’s taking on her. One night at a party, Jane falls into the eyes of the most handsome, kind and charming man she’s ever met. This perfect stranger rescues her from a humiliating wardrobe malfunction and when she breaks a heel on her shoe, he buys her new ones. This simple act of kindness sets off a chain of serendipitous events neither Brock nor Jane ever expected or imagined! I loved so many things about this story! I loved that Brock and Jane are so much more than their labels and their stations. They hurt and bleed and yearn and hope and they tugged hard on my heartstrings. I loved the idea of a Cinderella story with so many exciting twists. I loved the humor and witty dialogue. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud! What I didn’t love were Jane’s sisters. They were mean, cruel, heartless and mean. I hope something equally nasty happens to them….like going to jail for tax fraud or losing their hair or maybe having a house dropped on them! It was hard to read their scenes, but they were needed to shape Jane’s character throughout the story and then to give her the strength she needed in the end. And then there’s Brock’s younger brothers who are twins—Bentley and Brant—and blatant womanizers, philanderers, man whores, alcoholics and a whole bunch of other naughty/bad boy things. They were fun for a laugh and definitely loved their brother enough to help him find happiness. I loved that Bentley and Brant were so much more than the stereotypical playboy. I’m excited to see if they get their own books! The boys’ grandfather was tough to figure out. He was both hard and soft and yet held his cards close to the vest. I wasn’t sure what he was up to until it was finally revealed! There’s also a wacky “fairy godmother” type that was a hoot and a half! I absolutely loved her and I know readers will too! This is my first read by the author and I absolutely loved it. I laughed, I cried, I loved. And I highly recommend THE BACHELOR AUCTION to any reader searching for her—or his—happily ever after. ***I want to thank the publisher for generously offering me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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    sexy, fun,romantic

    THE BACHELOR AUCTION is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken’s contemporary, adult THE BACHELORS OF ARIZONA romance series focusing on the Wellington brothers. This is thirty five year old billionaire businessman Brock Wellington, and Cinderella Cleaning company owner twenty two year old Jane’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jane and Brock) THE BACHELOR AUCTION follows the modern retelling of Cinderella’s fairy tale rife with glass slippers, horse drawn carriages, wicked sisters, fairy godmother, mischievous animals, and the ‘king’ who is hoping to marry off his bachelor ‘prince’. Jane is the owner of Cinderella Cleaning services and since the death of her parents she has struggled to keep one step ahead of her sisters (Esmeralda and Essence) self-centered, social climbing and demanding ways. When an invitation to the Wellington social event of the year finds our heroine tagging along, Jane will meet her future-Brock Wellington-the man who will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Brock’s eighty-something grandfather is hoping to one day step down from the family business but needs to ensure that his eldest grandson is married and in a respectable relationship therefore he organizes a bachelor auction where his grandson is the ultimate prize. When Jane is hired to clean a local ranch, she will, once again, come face to face with Brock Wellington and a three week seduction will ensue. The relationship between Brock and Jane begins as employer to employee. Jane was hired by Brock’s grandfather to clean the family ranch but Brock wants nothing to do with the hired help when all he can think about is getting our heroine into his bed. There is some definite sexual chemistry between our leading couple but heartbreaking memories, ghosts from the past, and a strong sense of familial obligations cause a number of problems between Brock and Jane. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. We are introduced to the evil-sister: lawyers Esmeralda and Essence who continue to make Jane’s life miserable until the very end. Brock’s twin brothers-Brant and Brentley- who will make you laugh out loud, and giggle at the most inappropriate times. Their sexual banter, double entendres, and hilarious outlook on life hide some dark and brooding emotional secrets. THE BACHELOR AUCTION is a sexy, fun, romantic comedy; a modern fairytale; a reimaging of Cinderella and Prince Charming. The premise is lighthearted and fun; the characters are entertaining; the romance is a seduction to a happily ever after. I am looking forward to Brant and Brentley’s stories- I can only hope their stories are as humorous as The Bachelor Auction
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