Series: Bachelor Auction #2
Published by Tule Publishing on April 12th 2016
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When Navy firefighter Nick Palotay returns to Marietta to go on the bachelor auction block for a good cause, he expects it to be risk free. But when he needs someone safe to bid on him and his sister's best friend is coaxed into stepping up, Nick isn’t prepared for the effect Cassidy has on him. She sends his mind to all kinds of dirty places…places his battered heart can’t afford.
Freelance photographer Cassidy Ware is in waaay over her head. She’s always been Nick’s other little sister, but she’s all grown up now and just a glance from him leaves her hot and bothered. Still, she can stay immune to his charms and keep him at an emotional distance because she’s got an agenda, too. She’ll help the too-handsome Nick with his charitable deed, and, in return, he’ll help her keep an unwelcome suitor at bay.
A deal’s a deal, but when their “business transaction” turns into more pleasure than duty, can they walk away from each other without losing what matters most?
‘Falling for Her Bachelor’ is yet another take on the best friend’s brother’s trope, which I’m a sucker for when done exquisitely.
My personal quibble with the story is simply the nagging feeling that Nick seemed to find every excuse – except for his raging libido – to put above the heroine, as well as his dubious ability to only see her as a pest for so long while putting his long-gone ex on a pedestal. I found that I liked Cassidy more for what she has managed to overcome in her personal life, even if she sold herself short when it came to falling so quickly for Nick and his non-committal ways. The HEA that rolled around simply left me questioning the validity of their relationship beyond the bedroom and frankly, wondering if this would be a couple that could last.
It’s a short, entertaining read nonetheless, but I wish it didn’t quite leave me feeling so unsatisfied with an unbelievable end.