The Chandler Brothers from New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips are back!
He’s got wanderlust and no intention of settling down.
She’s home to stay and has put her bad boy ex in her rearview mirror.
After spending his life abroad, embracing his freedom at every turn as a foreign correspondent, Roman Chandler finds himself the brother nominated to deal with his ailing mother’s matchmaking shenanigans. Thanks to a coin toss, he needs to find someone to marry and fast. It shouldn’t be that hard in sleepy Yorkshire Falls where women fall over themselves to hook a Chandler man.
But Roman only wants the one woman who got away.
Charlotte Bronson is back home to put down roots and get her lingerie business off the ground. She’s not interested in her past or a man that chose to chase breaking news stories to the far corners of the earth over her. No matter how good they used to be or how combustible their chemistry still burns.
It’s up to Roman to convince Charlotte he’s a changed man and here to stay.
In honor of THE BACHELOR’s 20th Anniversary all three books have been updated and will be reissued with gorgeous NEW covers with the same content but modernized for your reading pleasure. The BACHELOR was the first book that Kelly Ripa chose for her Reading with Ripa Bookclub.
The small town of Yorkshire Falls and its colorful inhabitants including a mysterious panty-raider and a fun-loving but devious mother are a sturdy stage for Phillips's (Erotic Invitation) romantic romp. After news of his mother's weak heart summons him home, globetrotting journalist Roman Chandler loses a coin toss with his brothers that determines who will relinquish his bachelor status to give their mother a grandchild. Roman decides to "settle down" without giving up his travel-intensive job, and as one of the most handsome men in town, he can have his pick of the local women except for Charlotte Bronson, his high school crush. Thoughts of her parents' miserable long-distance marriage keep Charlotte from accepting Roman's proposal, despite the sexual sparks that fly at their every encounter. Mutual attraction eventually proves too powerful to resist, however, but first Roman must win her trust. Though Phillips gives sensual friction and emotional introspection equal attention, the emotional chemistry between Roman and Charlotte merely simmers while the sexual chemistry explodes. The first in a Chandler brothers trilogy, this entry will encourage readers who enjoy dining on passion to pick up the next book, but those who prefer more emotionally bonded characters may chose a different course.
This was such a sweet romance, with some hot moments. Roman has traveled far and wide covering hot topics. Charlotte went to New York in order to become a fashion designer and come home and open her own shop. These two are so different and yet deep down they are the same. They don't want to repeat their parents' mistakes.
The one thing I did not like about Charlotte was at times she acted like a petulant child. Her beef with her father is based on misinformation yet she is unwilling to even talk to him. Roman seems too willing to give up his dreams to make Charlotte happy and that kind of bothered me. But I think deep down, they are meant for each other. She really wants to travel and see the world and who better to do it with than someone who has been there and can show her the hidden treasures. I hope they take advantage of their time and go many places.
As for Raina, she needs a better hobby than matchmaking. And what's up with her and good Doctor. Hopefully we will see more of them and see how their relationship progresses.
I thought the book started out a little slow, but then moved along better. I enjoyed the witty banter & would recommend reading it.
Not a true 5, but a definite 4.5. I enjoyed that it was a complete story in that all the loose ends were tied up and not in a sudden hard to explain rush. Good story and decent characters. My main complaint is the hero came across as a stalker at first and not just an “alpha male”.