Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Bachelor Contract by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Bachelor Contract
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #3
Main Characters: Nikki and Brant
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Forever
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A second-chance romance from the #1 NYT bestseller of The Bet, Matchmaker and Elite series!

She's everywhere.

Ex-wife.

Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things: 

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this. 

He really was losing his F-ing mind. 

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

My Review:
This is a second chance at love story and it's almost lyrical in the way that it's written. It's hard to describe it, but there is most definitely a unique style to the writing of this book and it really worked for me. 

This book is so emotional. It's been four years since Nikki and Brant's marriage fell apart in the worst way. They were both left completely broken and that's a wound that's just not healing. So powers that be converge to get them together so they can heal. 

The pain from the characters leaps off the page in the way this book is written. If you don't like angst in your romance, then you should steer clear of this book, because it has angst on every single page that makes you want to weep with the sheer pain of it. Personally, I loved it. 

It's obvious that these two desperately loved one another. What isn't obvious as the reader goes through the first half of the book was exactly what destroyed that love and their marriage. There are hints, but it takes a long time for the full story to come out. Part of the problem is that neither of the characters knows the full story either...and that's just another way that makes this hurt so incredibly painful. They just blew up and fell apart at a time when both of them were already reeling. It was all reaction and pain and hurt. 

And I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to spoil anything. I thought the book and story telling was gorgeous. It was unusual, but the style worked for me in a very big way. The author does a really good job of not dragging the reader into the angst. Yes, the book is emotional. Yes, it is heart-breakingly sad, but there are moments of light and joking that balance out the sad parts and keep it from becoming too heavy. 

In one word...Cole. OMG, I loved this character...and I'm going on record right now requesting that Rachel Van Dyken write his story. He was so amazing...both as a character and as Nikki's best friend. My heart hurts for him, though. He needs his own HEA...PLEASE!

But Cole is a side character in this book. At the center are Nikki and Brant and they are everything. I loved them so, so much and adored this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. Definitely one of the best books of 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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