Review: The Taming of the Bachelor

cover-taming of the bachelorTitle: The Taming of the Bachelor
Author: Jane Porter
Series: Taming of the Sheenans #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short Novel
Available: Now

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Dillon Sheenan refuses to be tamed…

After three years running the family ranch, sexy thirty-year-old Dillon Sheenan has a one way plane ticket out of Montana. He’s eager to put small town life, with its emphasis on brides, babies, and families, behind him as he’s certainly not interested in being a dad, or even ready to settle down.

Beautiful single mom, Paige Joffe, juggles a lot, between running Main Street Diner and coping with her money-pit of a Victorian on Bramble Lane. She doesn’t have time for anything but taking care of the loves of her life, Addison and Tyler, and working to pay down bills. But one date–and an incredibly hot kiss–with Dillon Sheenan wakes her up and makes her dream again.

Until she finds out Dillon’s already bought his ticket out of town…

Is Dillon about to break the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved?


Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

I’ve been interested in hearing Dillion’s story for almost as long as I’ve been reading these Marietta books – and he certainly doesn’t disappoint. However, I found this book almost as frustrating as it was cute and romantic. Dillion is the youngest Sheenan, the surprising one, who was not only smart enough to start up his own successful company, but man enough to come home and run the ranch when his dad was dying. Three years later he’s ready to get his life back, which has never and will never include a wife and kids.

There’s nothing in Montana he’s going to miss, except Paige. He’s wanted her for as long as he’s known her, but she’s a widow with two young kids and has settled deeply into Marietta life. Every thing that Dillion has no interest in. But the sparks that fly between them are too hot to deny…

I liked this book, I liked Dillon and I liked Paige, I even liked Paige’s kids. Their romance isn’t a typical one, in that they clearly know they like each other and would be good together, but Dillon’s determined to leave and he doesn’t want to break Paige’s heart – even if he can’t stay away. The pair are drawn so strongly together it’s a wonder they managed to live so close for so long without anything even remotely like this happening before.

However, that’s not what frustrated me about this book. What got me was the push-pull between them, how they’re suddenly in so deep and even though they know it’s wrong they go for it anyway and get hurt and are upset because of it, because it’s not like there was any warning, and oh, how could I be so stupid, but it’s love, and we have different lives and it won’t work, but it’s love, so… nope, not going to work. Can’t work. Not interested. Except for the love thing.

Ish. Round and round, and suddenly we hit the end, without actually getting to see how certain decisions are made and why now it’ll all work out fine. In other words, for me, this was too short. After lasting through the mental torture it would have been nice to have seen a revelation or two, or at least a discussion of how they got to certain points.

Overall it’s cute and enjoyable, with a decent amount of chemistry between the two of them, but for me it felt a little incomplete.


The Taming of the Bachelor is Out Now!
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