Title: Bachelor Games
Author: Daire St. Denis
Series: Tropical Temptation #3
Genre: Hot contemporary
Length: Short novel
Brilliant, but plain scientist Becca Evans has always done everything she could to make her beautiful sister, Grace, happy. So, when Grace started entering beauty contests, Becca did everything she could to make sure her sister won.
Now, she’s looking at another pageant—at a resort in the Caribbean. The prize? A date with America’s most eligible bachelor, Calum Price. For Grace, it would be the ultimate coup—landing a billionaire. Unfortunately, Calum seems to like Becca better…
Still, she’s determined to help her sister win. Calum doesn’t have to know that she’s the brains behind the beauty, the voice behind the veil, the finger behind the sexting…
But when things go too far, Becca must decide where her loyalty lies—with her sister…or the man she’s falling in love with.
Let the games begin.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
This was an odd one. I couldn’t quite work out whether this book wanted to be funny or sexy. It’s perfectly possible to be both, yet this one somehow managed to be neither. I wasn’t particularly convinced by the chemistry between Becca and Calum, especially at first. When they originally meet Becca is plain annoying, while Calum seems to think sexual banter is the best way to go forward when trying to distract a complete stranger. It felt forced and not particularly sexy.
Things on the island are a little better, in that Calum and Becca seem to have more chemistry, although I never quite bought the idea of them in a relationship. However all that D/s stuff was nonsense. Becca tells Calum to dominate her, then bosses him about. He’s supposed to love being in control in the bedroom, but he let’s her get away with everything. Complete rubbish. Either do it properly or just have them messing around and giving it a go before finding that Becca is not in the least bit submissive.
Also, when it comes to sex, this book tends to take things only so far before jumping ahead to the next day, leaving the more x-rated stuff off scene. Are you a sexy Brazen read or not? Fake BDSM does not count.
Then there’s the contest, which is… awful. Run by a misogynist and full of nasty, 2D competitors who haven’t a single personality between them. Seriously, the women were barely even given names, let alone redeeming qualities, they’re just mean girl props to make Grace – and therefore Becca’s amazing coaching – look totally wonderful. I did like Becca’s sister Grace, and I liked their relationship, even if I found it hard to believe Grace could be that sweet and naive, while Becca was so smart and worldly. Meh.
As for the ending. Despite not being impressed by Calum’s foolish attempts to be a white knight (just tell her), there is a nice triumphant moment, although I would have preferred it to come with police charges, but the very end was over-the-top saccharine. This book is about forbidden sex, a non-existent love triangle and a horrible, exploitative reality show, then it tries to be all sweet and cuddly at the end. No. Just no.
So, in all, sorry but this one just didn’t work for me.
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