Series: Bachelor Auction, #2
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on February 8th 2016
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Plain-Jane computer programmer Khloe Richardson needs a date—one to make the prince of her dreams jealous. Maybe then he'll finally see her as a desirable swan and not the ugly duckling in the second office from the left.
But when she bids on a bachelor at a charity auction, the man she wins is millionaire Niall Hunter—who once made intense, passionate love to her and then left without a word. She's determined not to let her guard down again—among other things—around the infamous Irish lothario.
Niall never imagined his penance for one hot-as-hell night with his best friend’s little sister would be transforming her from a shy wallflower to a sultry siren. Helping her attract another man is torture...especially when he promised his friend he’d stay away. Plus, she wants forever, and he's not a forever kind of guy. But Niall can't stop wanting her. Can't stop touching her. Can't stop, period. And damn if he can remember why he has to...
A take on the brother’s best friend-Cinderella story, ‘The Millionaire Makeover’ is sort of a typical read from Naima Simone: confidently executed, with left-field exaggerated analogies and metaphors and turn-of-phrases that do dig deep into the romance genre’s exploration of need, want and that time can do to emotional scars.
Yet, as tantalising as this formula is in the hands of a talented author is, I’m left however, sitting on the fence when it comes to the H/hr in question. Niall Hunter is too much of a dislikable protagonist for me; his callous, jaded and cynical manner overwhelm any redeeming qualities that he might have displayed at the very end of the book, but for some inexplicable reason, his apparent predatory manner, good looks and so-called tortured past prove enough to snare a somewhat spineless heroine whom I wish stood up more to him instead of melting into a lump of quivering flesh each time he stalks towards her. And when a character incites more anger rather than reader support, it is consequently near-impossible to bet on this guy whom I can’t honestly say deserves a HEA.
In all, a disappointment because of the rather gormless main characters, but what I felt redeemed the story was the secondary character called Morgan (who should rightly become a fan favourite), whose sneaky, devious but loyal ways made me wish that she had a story of her own to flaunt.