“The Playboy Bachelor” has the right elements for a reunion romance, but it didn’t quite gel for me. I had difficulty connecting with the characters even though I couldn’t help but sympathize with them for the horrendous challenges that changed their lives forever. The awkward maneuverings that force Margot and Bentley back into each other’s lives and the half-truths, omissions, and lies that seem to be hallmark of their interactions is uncomfortable for me. The issues between the twins is also a sore spot and I was never quite sure whether a love triangle was going to be the issue or not, nor did I understand how it transpired that the twins seemed to have gone through a role-reversal. I wonder whether things would have been clearer if I was familiar with the other book in the series or the other series that is connected to this one.
Unfortunately, the action was jerky for me, and while some of the evolution of the relationship was predictable, understanding motivations was difficult. I suspect there is plenty of backstory between the members of the older generation that explains why they have concocted such a transparent excuse to get the main characters together but that was missing in this story, which made it awkward for me. I think this book would probably appeal to someone in search of a light romance to read on the beach.
This contemporary romance is part of ‘The Bachelors of Arizona’ series and centers on Bentley Wellington’s task to romance his former best friend, Margot McCleery, despite her agoraphobia and reclusiveness. Margot lives vicariously through the books she writes and has been content with her life, or so she thinks until Bentley disrupts her life. Each of them has to cope with the results of past mistakes in order to work toward a future, but neither is convinced that the other is destined to be part of that future. It will take courage to let someone else in, but hopefully the prize will be well worth it.
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 . . .