I Liked It!
The second installment of The Bachelors of Arizona Series by Rachel Van Dyken is another hit! The Playboy Bachelor is Bentley‘s story and is a second chance romance where we see two best friends reunite after years apart and sparks fly even though they try to deny them.
Bentley is the “playboy” of the Wellington boys, known for his antics in the bedroom and for always having a different girl on his arm. When he was auctioned off for a weekend he wasn’t so happy, and when he finds out that the girl he will be spending his weekend with is his best friend from high school that he hasn’t spoken to in years things are about to get interesting. Margot hasn’t seen Bentley in years and wants to keep it that way, but thanks to her grandmother she’s stuck with him, and now that he’s back in her life, things are about to get difficult.
Things changed for these two in a matter of a night all those years ago, and neither of them truly realized how big of an impact that night really had on their lives. These two just know that they lost each other and it was painful, and there is pain and hurt there, but where Margot has hatred and resentment towards Bentley for leaving her high and dry during a horrible time in her life, Bentley has regret and is scared to be near Margot again. Watching these two try to navigate around each other and try to live in the “now” and step around all the elephants in the room is quite hilarious. Margot lashes out at Bentley often and it’s funny to watch, and Bentley doesn’t know how to handle a strong willed woman like Margot. These two used to be so close, and the more time they spend together they realize they are still the same people, yet so different. They push each others buttons and fight like crazy, but the underlying sexual energy between them is too strong to ignore.
The tiptoeing around each other that these two did in this book at times could get frustrating, but it led up to some amazing things. They both had so much to work out, and my heart really went out to both of them. I just really wish Bentley would have been a bit more mature about some things than he was. He seemed to have needed everyone around him to tell him how to handle things and spell everything out for him, instead of him figuring it out himself. He always seemed to assume the worst and was moodier than most woman I know at times. I could say the same for Margot but I won’t because of her circumstances, to me she was a spit fire and a strong character. She may not have always dealt with the circumstances she was dealt in the best way, but with the help of Bentley she finally learned to live again, but she didn’t let him or anyone really push her around, and I adored this about her.
This book had me all over the place with my emotions, I was laughing with the antics of some of the characters, and then wanting to strangle them at times, and then swooning and falling in love. This is the type of book I adore because it pulls at my emotions and makes me fall in love with the characters and really pulls me into the story. I loved the back and forth between these characters and how their story progressed, but there was something missing compared to other Rachel Van Dyken books that I just can’t put my finger on. I wasn’t left with that feeling of OMG this was the best book I’ve ever read. Now don’t get me wrong, this was a great read, and I highly recommend it, but something was missing for me compared to other RVD books I’ve read in the past. I will admit though, I am definitely looking forward to Brant’s book, The Bachelor Contract, especially after the sneak peek at the end of this book…. when does that release, because I need it ASAP!
If you’re a lover of second chance romances and angsty reads with some laughs, then definitely add The Playboy Bachelor to your TBR list today!