Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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It is a well-known fact that a single man without a penny to his name must be in want of a rich wife.
Darcy, Bingham and Wick Austen are about to lose the family business.
Without a miracle or a substantial cash investment, Austen's - the bookstore chain that was established by their great-great grandfather - will go into receivership.
A chance encounter at a charity ball with the attractive, single and filthy-rich Bennet sisters has Wick Austen convincing his brothers that the way to save their livelihoods rests at the Bennet's red-soled-shoe clad feet.
But these three women are far more than your average, simpering, society-loving heiresses.
Darcy isn't so sure about his youngest brother's plan, especially when the smart, feisty and ridiculously sexy Eliza Bennet shoots down his advances in a ball of flames, and accuses him of being a proud and egotistical jerk.
Meanwhile, Bingham meets the sweet and approachable Jane, and insta-love ensues, and Wick gets used up and spat out by the youngest and most flighty sister, Lydia.
Will the Austen bachelors secure a wife and save the family name or will they become the Bennet sister's latest conquests?
*Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, The Bachelors is a contemporary twist with added naughtiness* (less)
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I’m in love with the Austen brothers! As we all know there are many subgenres in Romance and one of my absolute favorites is the Romantic Comedy. Not everyone can do it well, unfortunately, and Rom-Com is where so many authors try too hard and end up with a mess on their hands. Luckily for us this is not the case with The Bachelors! Everything about it is sheer perfection. Taking her cues from one of classical literature’s most beloved books, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, Ms. Carter has given it a modern age spin, and it is going on my list of Top Ten for this year! With so many things to love about it I just want to mention my favorite one: Mr. Darcy Austen! Ladies, you’re in for a treat.
The Austen family has owned Austen’s Book Stores, a nationwide chain, for five generations. The current owners are Darcy, the eldest, followed by Bingham, or Bing for short, and Wickham “Wick”, the youngest at twenty-four. All three Austen brothers are handsome, single and, unfortunately, soon to be unemployed. They might have to sell the failing company. Now, with the boom in eBooks and audio books, it’s in dire straits, and Wick desperately wants to save it. He convinces Darcy to give him six months, to find a way to do so, before they have to sell it. Wick has to find someone with deep pockets who can invest in it. The more he thinks about it, the clearer the solution is: He needs to find a rich bride. With his playboy and bad boy reputation, that might be little problem. But, as fate will have it, there’s a charity ball being hosted by the Bennet sisters, all three sisters single and very wealthy. He just needs one of them to fall madly in love with him in less than six months. Or, maybe he can talk one of his brothers into it. Darcy, who’s the straight-as-an-arrow, no-nonsense brother, might be hard to get on board his plan. And Bing, being the nose to the grindstone, nerdy one, will be just as hard to convince. Wick’s not too concerned with the schematics of it, he’s sure it’s a good, solid plan.
Eliza, Jane and Lydia are the Bennet sisters. Known as being “richer than the Royal family” the beautiful, single sisters all have very different temperments. “Lize”, the eldest, has been the head of The Bennet Group, a multibillion dollar company, since her father died less than a year ago. The savvy businesswoman is headstrong, practical and very stubborn. Jane, the middle one, is the gentle one; she’s very generous and is proud of her charity work, something that was near and dear to their late mother. Lydia, at twenty-one and the youngest, has always been thoughtless and selfish. As the bad girl in high society, she’s always in the tabloids, equal parts due to gossip and her high fashion sense. As with all sibling dynamics, there’s a little rivalry, and it’s usually Lydia against her two sisters. Elize and Jane are unusually close to each other and seem to agree and understand each other best.
So, when Lydia does the unexpected at the Charity Ball, with Wick on her coattails, the Austen brothers and Bennet sisters join forces, to shake some sense into them. And forces are not the only things joined **wink, wink**
“I knew it would feel like that.”
“Like I was tasting a thousand of our lives on our lips.”
As the couples pair off there’s one couple that gets along as well as a fly and vinegar. Or rather not very well at all. I felt like I wanted a bucket of popcorn, to munch on, every time they interacted together.
“The ice princess has been hiding her talents beneath her frosty outer-layer. Why, Miss Eliza, if you ever lose your place at The Bennet Group you’ll always get work as a stand-up comedienne. I’d pay good money to see what other material you have.”
“You couldn’t afford it.”
This book had me reading nonstop, I practically read in one sitting. I loved the witty, laugh out loud dialogue and I had a huge grin on my face while reading. Any book that has my clutching my Kindle to my chest, at the end, is a great one!
****On a very personal note: This is one of the most beautiful book covers that I’ve seen in ages! I absolutely love it!!!
“I’ll take a Dirty Martini,” the man to her back said, the smile in his voice evident with every word.Lydia remained silent and focused on her task, spotting a corkscrew in a small tray of implements just below the counter.
“Isn’t it rude to ignore a paying guest?” he continued, his tone still humorous.
Lydia rolled her eyes even though he couldn’t see her and punched the tip of the corkscrew into the cork. As she twisted, he continued to talk to her back.
“Careful,” he warned. “You’re going to force it into the bottle, and the trick is to get it out, or you’ll spoil the wine.”
Her hand paused mid-twist, and she turned to face the man once more. She stared at him for a beat, until his face began to look uncomfortable under her gaze and she watched him fight the need to squirm under her scrutiny.
“What are you looking at?” he queried, attempting to mask his discomfort under bravado, but Lydia knew men. She knew how to entrap them, seduce them or even scare them away.
Passing her gaze from his waist to the top of his head and back to his eyes, she stated flatly, “Your father’s incorrect use of a condom.”
The man’s gaze widened briefly before sharpening, and Lydia awaited his response, enjoying this game more than she’d thought she would.
“Are you trying to insult me?”
“I would love to—” she continued, twisting hard against the corkscrew and watched him gloat when the cork slid deeper into the neck of the bottle before plopping into the liquid below. Unperturbed she finished, “—But I fear I would not do as well as nature already has.”