Title: The Bachelor Contract
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: November 28th, 2017
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #3 (Can be read a standalone)
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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.
It was Brant.
Maybe that was because they’d never had any real closure. Just fighting, yelling, and then silence.
God, she’d hated the silence so much more than the yelling.
The silence crackled with tension—it was always filled with more meaning than when words were actually spoken.
It wasn’t the yelling that had killed their relationship.
It was the silence that had followed. When he had every opportunity to fix it—and didn’t.
Why was it so hard to move on? Probably because she hadn’t tried.
Instead, she’d worked. Tried to stay positive. And hoped.
Damn hope. Stupid hope.
“He’s not coming back for me,” she whispered, knowing that if she finally admitted he wasn’t coming, she would have to take her part of the blame in why. Because it wasn’t just on him to come running back. A small part of her knew that it was her job to meet him halfway. Instead, she’d ignored the need in his eyes, the desperate plea in his voice, and allowed grief to swallow her whole. Because at the time she’d needed someone to blame, and it was easier blaming him than herself.
When I first read the blurb and discovered this would be a second chance romance book, I expected it to be packed with punches of emotion. I didn’t expect it to be so real, raw, and heart breaking. It truly brings out every emotion, and is such a lovely tale that shows that true love never fades away.
Brant has been on the road of self destruction, in the form of endless booze and women, sine his divorce. He is broken, filled with guilt and anger over what happened between him and his ex wife, Nikki. He made me both want to slap and hug him.
Nikki is also dealing with a lot of pain. She really breaks your heart at times. Since the divorce, Nikki has been filling her days with work- working as a masseuse at a resort. She finds her own little “family” there, and their love and friendship helps numb the pain a little.
Suddenly Brant finds himself working with Nikki. The two are obviously still attracted to each other, and still love each other, underneath the pain. They have a chemistry that can’t be denied.
The book also shows glimpse of the past, showing Brant and Nikki so deeply in love and happy, and gradually losing that along the way due to circumstances. (I don’t want to spoil it by saying too much).
During the emotional roller coaster that Brant and Nikki take you on, there are also moments of joy, humor, flirty banter and oh so sexy scenes. This is one of those books that is equally heart warming and heart breaking.
As I mentioned, it is number 3 in the series, and while you absoultly do not have to read the previous two (The Bachelor Auction and The Playboy Bachelor), I would recommend it! Those books feature Brant’s brothers, and you do meet Brant in them.
If you love angsty, emotional and steamy books, with a happy ending, you have to check out The Bachelor Contract!
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