Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | Reviews

October 31, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 26 Comments

THE BACHELOR AUCTION

Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | ReviewsThe Bachelor Auction
by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bachelors of Arizona #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Forever
Format: eARC
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2 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.

Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy. . .

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I know this had a Cinderella theme which is why I thought I’d enjoy it. It was actually disappointing, to say the least. It was very boring and frustrating. Jane’s sisters were so infuriating! I almost DNF’d because of them. I couldn’t handle all the drama surrounding them and the main character. Out of all the characters, I only liked Brock’s brothers and I’m looking forward to their stories. They made things very fun and were the only reason I kept reading.

I wanted to like the romance but it was so very hard for me to do. Brock would treat Jane as if she were a real servant, almost like a slave. Then when the romance started, it was impossible for me to believe it.

Overall, The Bachelor Auction felt dull and not entertaining at all. I will pick up the following books seeing as I loved Brock’s brothers.

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BILLIONAIRE ON THE LOOSE

Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | ReviewsBillionaire on the Loose
by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 20th 2016 by InterMix
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings.

She just doesn’t expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty...

A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.

When Loch’s secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown—unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she’s truly the queen of his heart...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I really liked the romance of this story: an online gamer nerd and an heir to a crown! I wasn’t sure how this would work out, but it turns out it was quite fun. Loch has lived his life with everything handed to him. He doesn’t know what it’s like to live by himself and depend on himself. Reading about him being in New York and fending for himself was a tad funny. He wanted to explore more of NY, but his tour guide Taylor was always holed up in her tiny apartment.

Taylor frustrated me quite a lot. She was in a bit of a predicament with another online gamer who would manipulate her. Instead of putting a stop to it, she felt very responsible. This lead to her feeling forced to play all the time with this guy and wouldn’t enjoy her life.

Thanks to Loch, she was able to go out more and enjoy the little things in life. They complemented each other and their romance was so very sweet.

Overall, Billionaire on the Loose is a fun and quick read that will have its readers smiling and feeling giddy.

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WRECKED

Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | ReviewsWrecked
by Maria Padian
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Publication Date: October 4th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
Format: ARC, eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss, Publisher via Mail

Everyone on campus has a different version of what happened that night.

Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked.

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with.

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible—especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m upset with this book but not because of the story. I’m upset because it’s actually how it is in real life. And it’s frustrating to think that colleges make decisions that aren’t good just to keep their reputation safe. It’s disgusting. Maria Padian shed so much light to this matter. It showed through her writing that she did a lot of research for this story. I learned a lot about the legal actions when it comes to assaults in colleges and how they handle it.

I was disappointed when it came to what really happened because it wasn’t explained more. I feel like there were holes in the story so I was left a little bit confused.

Overall, Wrecked is a very eye-opening and heart-wrenching story on assault in colleges and how colleges handle these cases. Event though the setting counts for this story to be New Adult, I find that it’s also great for readers of 15 and above.

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MY FAIR PRINCESS

Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | ReviewsMy Fair Princess
by Vanessa Kelly
Series: The Improper Princesses #1
Genres: Historical, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Zebra
Format: eARC
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 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I really tried to finish this story but I couldn’t bring myself to. I couldn’t care for any of the characters nor enjoy the story. I felt like Gillian’s ignorance towards society was forced. It was hard to believe her attitude. I wanted to enjoy this one so much since it seemed like something I would enjoy, but I ended up rolling my eyes a lot until I finally gave up on this story.

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THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER

Bachelor, Billionaire, College, Princess, & Answers | ReviewsThe Best Possible Answer
by E. Katherine Kottaras
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: November 1st 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
Format: eARC
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2.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I thought this book was just okay. I couldn’t connect to the any of the characters. Despite this dealing with topics such as the importance of education, friendships, family, lying, and cheating, everything felt very childish. I also didn’t like some of the characters and felt others were there to fill up space in a story.

I did like that it was a light and quick read. I also really liked the friendships formed. At one point, I thought the author was going to go downhill with an important friendship and I’m glad she didn’t.

Overall, The Best Possible Answer is an okay story that will appeal to younger readers.

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  • Ooohh…sorry none of these totally thrilled you!

    Happy Halloween!

  • I’m sorry to hear that The Bachelor Auction didn’t work for you. I am curious about that one. I read one Van Dyken book a long time ago and loved it. But I haven’t read anything else by her.

    I am curious about Billionaire on the Loose though and may give it a try. It is always difficult when you read a lot of not-so-great books in a row.

    • This was actually my first book by Van Dyken, but I really am curious to know about the brothers so I may pick up their stories.

  • Oh man, I’m sorry to hear that a bunch of these didn’t work for you. Especially The Bachelor Auction but I think I would feel the same way as you since a lot of what bothered you in this book mirrors my thoughts for the book I did read by her ages ago. I guess I’m going to skip that one. Thanks!

    I’m also curious about Wrecked so that one is going on my wish list. I’m pretty sure it would piss me off but still, it sounds like a good read.

  • The Book Disciple

    I didn’t love The Bachelor Auction either. I normally adore RVD books but this one was such a miss for me. It wasn’t bad…it just wasn’t what I normally expect from her books. Sometimes I wonder if I hold some authors to a higher standard because I have LOVED them in the past.

  • Oh, boo. I wanted to check out Bachelor Auction! That’s disappointing. I think I’ll enjoy Billionaire on the Loose, though. I should check that out.

  • Oh man, Genesis! These all sound kind of not great. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of any of them… except sort of the Jessica Claire one, since I just (accidentally) read the novella, The Wedding. It wasn’t great. :/ I’m sorry these were mostly meh! Hopefully you read better romance novels and novellas soon. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Ugh, I think I would have trouble with a slave-ish relationship in The Bachelor Auction too!! I was so excited for The Best Possible Answer, so that’s too bad that you didn’t enjoy it. 🙁 I’m looking forward to reading Wrecked too. That’s really a bummer that there were holes… that’s one of my biggest pet peeves in stories. Great reviews, Gen! Sorry you didn’t love these more.

  • Wow, way to bang out the books that, well…. I’m honestly glad I didn’t spend any time on 🙂 Thanks for taking one for the team, especially with the Auction book. I was sooooooo close to picking that one up but there were too many bad reviews so I didn’t. I’m soooo glad I didn’t. Blech!!! And I didn’t know you read historical romances! Hmmmm… sorry that one didn’t work out! Awesome job on ALL the reviews!!! Phew!!!

    • Haha you’re welcome for that lol I should have checked the reviews for that one ugh! >.<
      I do! Nick got me into reading them. I don't read much of them but I do 🙂 I've reviewed a few on the blog as well. Thank you!

  • Eva

    Sorry that its seems like none of these romances really worked — I have felt that way lately too. A lot of low ratings and DNFs. The Bachelor Auction intrigued me the most but definitely sounds like a pass. Great mini reviews and hope your next reads are better!!

  • This is quite a mix. That’s too bad about the first one, I like a good Cinderella theme. Wrecked is one I really want to read!

  • Ugh, sorry to hear The Bachelor Auction was such a letdown. I hate when there are characters that I can’t stand. I end up annoyed the whole book. LOL Wrecked sounds like it could be a tough read – just because it’s all too common and real. 🙁 Sorry to see this was a batch of ones that really didn’t work for you. Thank goodness there are so many good ones to be read!

  • Aww, that’s too bad about The Bachelor Auction! It sounded like it had a lot potential. I hope your next batch of romance does better for you!

  • Yikes, this is a depressing bunch hahah. I AM glad that Wrecked worked out the best, because I think that one is SUPER important, and I do hope to read it myself one day. I was kind of worried that The Best Possible Answer would turn out that way, so I am feeling better at least in crossing it off my list, but I am sorry it didn’t work out for you! Great reviews, thanks so much for sharing them!

    • I know right?! Haha. And you should check out Wrecked 🙂
      I hadn’t read anything by the author of The Best Possible Answer so I didn’t know what to expect. Now I know to avoid this author.