Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Review: The Bachelor Contract (Bachelors of Arizona #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

"I define our relationship as before the accident. Because after? After, we were nothing, we were too broken, too damaged. There was never an after. Only a before, I'm giving us the after. And I'm giving you the choice you never had." - Brant Wellington

The Bachelor Contract
Series: Bachelors of Arizona #3
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Forever
Published: November 28, 2017
Source: Publisher

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She's everywhere.


Love of his life.

The last person in the world he wanted to see...ever.

And now that he's working beside her every day, he can't escape her. Her scent, glimpses of her smile, even the tension in the air that makes his body hum with the kind of need he'd only experienced with one person-all of it is driving him over the edge.

Brant Wellington was certain of three things:

Alcohol wasn't going to solve this.

He really was losing his F-ing mind.

And his gorgeous ex-wife was going to be the death of him.

When I'm asked what book in a series is my favorite, it is usually the middle book or a book closer to the end of the series. Why is that? Well, most often it is either a character that we've seen from the beginning or (even better) two characters that grew closer as the series progressed. With The Bachelor's Contract, it's the former. Fans of the series have watched Brant stumble while his brother's find their happy endings. Hearts that soared for Brock and Bentley continued to break for Brant. As the series progressed, Brant seemed to fall deeper and deeper into heartache. There is only one woman that can bring him back to the land of the living. The question is... Can they help each other heal?

Going into The Bachelor's Contract, I knew it was going to be an emotional roller-coaster. Just from Bentley's actions towards Brant in the previous Bachelors of Arizona book, I could tell that Brant's story wasn't going to be an easy one to read. And boy was I right. Every time he and Nikki got even remotely close to talking about their relationship I was on the verge of ugly crying. When they were finally ready to face the past with each other and with his family... Well, cue the water works because I cried like a baby. Then watching them heal and fall in love again... Swoon! I loved everything about The Bachelor's Contract. The characters were a hoot, especially Cole. My fingers are crossed for him. He needs a book! The times he made me giggle-snort were numerous. All of the background cast of characters were so lovable and hilarious. This is only my second book of Rachel's and I know it will definitely not be my last. I still need to read the first book in the Bachelors of Arizona series and I'm so looking forward to discovering her other books. If you are in the mood for a book that'll keep you up all night, read this book!

It was Brant.

Always Brant.

Maybe that was because they’d never had any real closure. Just fighting, yelling, and then silence.

God, she’d hated the silence so much more than the yelling.

The silence crackled with tension—it was always filled with more meaning than when words were actually spoken.

It wasn’t the yelling that had killed their relationship.

It was the silence that had followed. When he had every opportunity to fix it—and didn’t.

Why was it so hard to move on? Probably because she hadn’t tried.

Instead, she’d worked. Tried to stay positive. And hoped.

Damn hope. Stupid hope.

 “He’s not coming back for me,” she whispered, knowing that if she finally admitted he wasn’t coming, she would have to take her part of the blame in why. Because it wasn’t just on him to come running back. A small part of her knew that it was her job to meet him halfway. Instead, she’d ignored the need in his eyes, the desperate plea in his voice, and allowed grief to swallow her whole. Because at the time she’d needed someone to blame, and it was easier blaming him than herself.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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