Tuesday, September 20, 2016

seriously romantic: the bachelor auction by rachel van dyken

who doesn't love a good cinderella story? i'm that girl who loves the old school disney version and the more modern live action version and the one with drew barrymore and the one in the childcraft encyclopedia set i grew up reading at my grandmother's house. i mean, ever since the grimm brothers first published the story people have been remaking it in some form or another. and i wanted to like the bachelor auction. i really did. cinderella story, yes please. pretty cover, awesome. but then you start reading and jane and brock are two of the biggest pushovers you've ever seen. so much so that instead of rooting for them you just want to shake some sense into them.

their families were each going out of their way to be so epically terrible and jane and brock just took it. and it just didn't feel believable. who would let people treat them that way? i mean, it makes it clear that these two are perfect for each other. but one of the things i like about most romance novels is that the secondary cast of characters tend to be generally great people you can also
root for. and in this one you kind of just hope esmeralda and essence, jane's horrid sisters, and bentley and brant, brock's brothers just find some cliff to drive off of so that your eyes aren't subjected to anymore of their terrible dialogue and selfish, self-centered ways.

i think if everything hadn't been so heightened, and if the characters had been drawn more realistically i would have liked this more than i did. as it stands the two leads get their happy ending, but you wonder if they'll regress into spinelessness in the near future.

**the bachelor auction will be released in ebook form on october 4, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.


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