Beauty and the Bachelor by Naima Simone

Beauty and the Bachelor by Naima SimoneBeauty and the Bachelor (Bachelor Auction, #1) by Naima Simone
Series: Bachelor Auction #1
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on August 10th 2015
Pages: 236
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She may be the highest bidder, but this bachelor's price is blackmail and passion...Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake-the stunning daughter of his enemy-is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail...followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no choice but to accept.
Sydney has been controlled by her family her whole life. When Lucas threatens to reveal her father's shady business, she is once again forced to do her duty for her family. But worse-oh so much worse-is the rush of lust that Lucas ignites in her blood. Lucas is determined to make Sydney suffer, but it's tough when he can't keep from touching her-or thinking about touching her-all the time. She's not fairing much better since she's engaged to a darkly handsome beast intent on destroying her entire family...along with her heart.

Yet another twist in the Beauty and Beast tale, with corporate blackmail and high-flying reputations at stake in this modern version of it. And it all starts with blackmail, a web of lies and a woman who cannot say no to a man who’s feral in the elite business ranks and is out for revenge that’s 15 years in the making.

Lucas aka The Beast, has very little going for him, to be honest. Driven by revenge, consumed by it and letting its fire burn all those around him, it seems his turnaround in the last 5 pages is too easily earned and unbelievably shallow. But Sydney is on the other hand, such a heroine to remember – vulnerable yet dignified and incisively perceptive with a self-sacrificing mien so wide that it threatens to destroy her. Caught between a rock and a hard place, she earned my utmost admiration with the way she handled every manoeuvre with Lucas’s unreasonable blackmail.

Naima Simone’s flowing prose, as always, cuts to the heart of human emotions, peeling them raw for the reader with the sheer power of words, which is primarily the reason why I’m always drawn to her writing, even if some characters appeal less than others.