Title: Stealing the Bachelor
Author: Sonya Weiss
Series: Stealing the Heart #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Jan 11th
She needs his help, but he has a price…
Having missed out on the “drop-dead-gorgeous” gene in her family, Ann Snyder decides to kick a little butt in the business world instead. That is, until her skeezy manager’s “side business” has the FDA raiding her chocolate shop. Now Ann’s in huge trouble…and the only person who can help her is the adorkable guy who completely humiliated her in high school.
Lawyer Eric Maxwell has been in love with Ann as long as he can remember. He figured he never stood a chance-don’t the beautiful girls always prefer the bad boys to the nerds? So he makes Ann a deal. He’ll provide her with free legal services…if she’ll move in and help transform him from nerd-without-a-clue to bona fide bad boy.
And once the transition is complete, all he has to do is prove that he’s the only bachelor for her…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley
This book sounded so adorable that I couldn’t resist, but while I found it readable enough, I have to admit that it didn’t live up to my expectations. Part of this is because of Ann, but the plot also plays a part too.
See, Ann has rather a big complex about not being as beautiful as her two sisters – but I have no idea why. I don’t know what it was about them that was so beautiful, or what it was that made Ann a complete troll by comparison, something just did and I was supposed to be happy with that and agree that it clearly explained away all her issues. Which it didn’t.
Then there was the whole humiliation thing with Eric. Don’t get me wrong, Eric’s love for Ann is adorable and all, and his fumbling words around her can also be quite cute, but he also hurts her feelings a fair bit. But they never talk about why! She just gets huffy, he gets confused and eventually it all just goes away. I found this a touch annoying.
A bit like Eric’s makeover. He doesn’t need one. He’s lovely – but even though Ann sort of sees this too she never once tells him he doesn’t need to change. Which I found pretty sad. Plus he’s not even that nerdy, for all he keeps saying he is. So he has a quirky taste in ties and dresses well – ’cause, you know, lawyer – but beyond that, meh, he’s just normal.
Then there’s the plot, the big serious going-to-jail-for-years plot that kicks this whole book off. Regardless of how things go with that, the way Ann hands it over to Eric and then ceases to really worry about it baffled me. Not only is the future of her business in serious doubt, so is her freedom – and she doesn’t seem to care!
Add in the fact that for me that side of things fell really flat, and let’s just say this book didn’t quite meet my expectations. Considering the fact that blurb isn’t actually inaccurate I expected a little more drama, and maybe a bit of excitement as things were sorted out. Instead this is very low on the drama scale, pretty light on emotions and barely musters up a whimper of excitement. It’s all kind of pleasant and has plenty of sweetness, but overall it didn’t do much for me.
Stealing the Bachelor is out January 11th.
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