Series: Preston Brothers Book #2
Author: Darah Lace
Blurb: Marcus Preston wants a relationship built on love and trust, but the woman he wants made it clear long ago she’s only interested in fun and games. Yet, moving on proves difficult when no one else can erase the memory of the night they shared last summer.
Charlotte Reese doesn’t believe in love, marriage, or happily ever afters. An occasional one-night stand is all she needs to take the edge off her loneliness and enhance the bad-girl image she uses to discourage commitment-seeking men’ especially Marcus, the only man to melt both her body and her heart melt.
When Charlotte wins Marcus hot off the block of Houston’s Most Eligible Bachelor Auction and they’re forced to spend the weekend together, she seizes the opportunity to seduce him and extinguish the attraction sizzling between them once and for all. But for Marcus, it’s all or nothing. He won’t be seduced. Instead, he’ll show Charlotte she has more to offer a man than sex.
Thoughts: Things aren’t always what they seem….and Marcus learns that the hard way in Bachelor Auction. Both Marcus and Charlotte are fighting their very real desire for each for their own personal reasons. Charlotte isn’t interested in anything permanent, and goes above and beyond to portray an image of herself that is fun and fancy free. Marcus on the other hand is interested in anything less! Unfortunately, he has also bought into the whole ‘image’ Charlotte shows to the world – and he also believes that Charlotte is a little too free with her affections. Their chemistry is not going away though – and when a few of their family and friends get together to set them up by changing Charlotte’s bid to win a date with Marcus, the couple winds up spending far more time together than they had anticipated. Marcus slowly finds himself given peeks into the character of the ‘real’ Charlotte…and he wants to see more!
This is a sweet little romance that has a depth to it that pulls you in slowly and has you really rooting for these two mixed up characters. Both are attracted to each other, yet they never seem able to get their acts together and get over some of their baggage and hang-ups to take a chance on each other. I was a little irked at Marcus for being so willing to believe all the bad publicity and negative image that Charlotte had and fight for what he wanted, but overall I really enjoyed the story and the romance between these two characters.