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 . . .
*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I love it when there is a lot of humor in a story. Though in this case Bentley uses his humor to deflect. With a playboy bachelor reputation, he plays into the image people have of him. Under the surface there is so much more going on. He’s the one who keeps the family together, craves the respect of his grandfather, and fears losing those who he loves most.
Now forced together with his ex-best friend, it would be so easy to fall back into old patterns. Except Margot sees through his facade. Having to face his issues, and possibly have his heart broken, again, might be more than he can handle. This whole deeper side of Bentley was a pleasant surprise.
Meanwhile Margot has become a recluse over the years. She never fully recovered of losing her parents, and at the same time losing her best friend. Hiding behind her books has suit her just fine so far. Though there is a difference between being alive, and living. Now that Bentley is back in her life, he gives her a taste of what true happiness feels like, all Margot now has to do is dare to jump.
The Playboy Bachelor was a fun, and fast read with enough surprises and twists to keep things interesting. Plenty of humor, and I love Bentley’s tenacity. The witty conversation was a welcome counteract towards the fighting. There were a lot of issues between Margot and Bentley that needed be resolved. Not an easy path to get there, but remember that truth, and love always prevail.