Beauty and the Bachelor, A Bachelor Auction Novel, Naima Simone


Beauty and the Bachelor, A Bachelor Auction Novel,  Naima Simone
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance,
Strange how things work out. I’ve got two books on my list currently, carrying the same theme – revenge on the father by way of the daughter – and yet they are two very different books, and treat the plots totally distinct from each other. ( The other book is Sins of my Father,  Lisa Cardiff) They’re both romances but this one delivers the plot more by way of romance and revenge than the suspense of the other read.

Lucas. Cold, calculating and determined to revenge his father. He’s been planning this for fifteen years, and now everything is finally coming together. He needs Sydney though to finally get his plan to fruition. He doesn’t know her, but doesn’t think of how this will affect her life, how breaking her engagement will hurt her, change her life, just that she’s integral to his plotting. Then he meets her as part one of his plan, and starts to feel for her. For a long while even though his heart is telling him he’s wrong he’s sticking to his plan, pushing away thoughts of tenderness towards her, pulling forward his original thoughts that she is just a typical spoiled rich girl, even though he can see the opposite applies. He can’t let go of his plan now even if he can see how much it will hurt her.
Its a shortish read at 2431 kindle locations, and yet delivers a sensual read, with some real heat and sexual tension between Lucas and Sydney. That surprised me, as for me usually shorter books just don’t have the space to let me feel I know the characters and care for them.  I liked Sydney, felt for her with her cold parents, obsessed it seems by appearance, and her mother was so objectionable and critical of poor Sydney’s looks. You’d think “ why take it?” and yet there’s a reason why she does, that’s realistic and heart-breaking. Lucas seemed so cold at first, and then as we knew him better there was a real dichotomy for him, stick to his revenge and hurt Langley beyond recovery, or take his new found feelings for Sydney and give up his long held plans….knowing too the events that occurred made it easier to understand his motivations and his stance on women.
I’ve read and loved a few of Naima’s fantasy novels, but this is the first contemporary romance I’ve read from her. It was a fun read, and worked  well for me despite its brevity.
Stars: Four, a sensual and thoughtful romance
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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