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 . . .
It's hard to make a hero out of a shallow guy who let his best friend down when she needed him the most, but Van Dyken manages it in her satisfying second Bachelors of Arizona contemporary (after The Bachelor Auction). Margot McCleery is still scarred by the accident that killed her parents. Even years later, she can't understand why her best friend, Bentley Wellington, never showed up to support her during that difficult time. Margot, who now has a thriving career as a romance author, has become a recluse. Her grandmother "buys" Bentley at the bachelor auction, hoping he'll pull Margot out of her shell. Bentley isn't exactly thrilled by the prospect, knowing Margot will never forgive him for abandoning her. The two angrily dance around each other until the emotional walls come down and they admit their true feelings. Readers will cheer for Margot, who has lost so much, and even Bentley, who has more depth than is initially apparent. Van Dyken succeeds with this well-characterized, tightly plotted tale.
Loved Bentley and Margot
The Playboy Bachelor is book 2 in the Bachelors of Arizona and it's a series I'm falling in love with.
Bentley and Margot have a history, they were friends before a tragic accident tore them apart. Margot has since become a recluse who spends her time writing historical romance novels, Bentley spends most of his time making bad press so when he is given the opportunity to prove to his grandfather and himself that he is better than the press paint him he jumps at the chance but that means proving to Margot that deep down he is a good person, it's time to win his best friend back !!
This book had me on an emotional roller coaster, I cried, I laughed and I fell in love with this couple. If you love second chance romance then this is a must read, it will also hit all the right notes with rom-com lovers, I do believe you could read it as a standalone but I also recommend you pick up book one as that's also a great read. Rachel Van Dyken has a way with words, this series is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I can't wait for book 3 .
4.5 star Review of The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
This is a friends, or should I say ex-friends, to lovers story about Bentley Wellington and Margot McCleery.
As with the first book in the series, there was certainly some extremely funny moments interwoven with some passion and angst.
When their meddling grandparents wreak havoc in their lives, the two ex friends find themselves in a situation they cannot get out of. I was intrigued as to what had occurred to drive such a wedge between Margot and Bentley and was surprised how the story unrolled.
Bentley finally realizes what he has lost with Margot and is determined to not only get their friendship back, but to cross the never before crossed line and become more than friends.
Margot whilst appearing to hate Bentley, really has unresolved feelings for him and it was those feelings that pulled at my heart strings. Can Margot forgive him for leaving her? Or will she remain bitter and buried in her past? At times the banter between them was so funny, whilst the words they both used to hurt one another made me angry and frustrated.
It was great to see them both finally work through their past, not only coming to terms with it but forging a new path together.
It was also good to catch up on Brock and Jane. This story kept me captivated and I cheered so much for Margot and Bentley to get their happily ever after.
I loved Bentley
I loved this book. I knew after reading the Bachelor Auction that Bentley would have an interesting story. And he did.
Bentley was bought at the auction to spend a weekend with Margot, his high school best friend who he lost contact with after her family's accident when they were sixteen.
Little did he know that his grandfather and her grandmother had other things planned for them. His weekend stay was to turn into a month-long stay.
I look forward to Brant's story now. After seeing a bit more of him in this one, I just know that his story is going to be good.