Beauty and the Bachelor by Naima Simone

Beauty and the Bachelor

byNaima Simone

Kobo ebook | August 10, 2015

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Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake-the stunning daughter of his enemy-is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail...followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no choice but to accept.

Sydney has been controlled by her family her whole life. When Lucas threatens to reveal her father's shady business, she is once again forced to do her duty for her family. But worse-oh so much worse-is the rush of lust that Lucas ignites in her blood.
Lucas is determined to make Sydney suffer, but it's tough when he can't keep from touching her-or thinking about touching her-all the time. She's not fairing much better since she's engaged to a darkly handsome beast intent on destroying her entire family...along with her heart.

Each book in the Bachelor Auction series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Beauty and the Bachelor
Book #2 The Millionaire Makeover
Book #3 The Bachelor’s Promise
Book #4 A Millionaire at Midnight

Title:Beauty and the BachelorFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 10, 2015Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633753700

ISBN - 13:9781633753709

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beauty and the Bachelor Lucas Oliver has spent fifteen years planning revenge on Jason Blake, the man who ruined his life and the perfect weapon? His daughter, Sidney. What he does not count on in is his attraction to Sidney and his need to protect her. So what happens when the person who is supposed to be his instrument of vengeance becomes an endless craving? Oh, what a tangled web! Sidney Blake has spent the last fifteen years trying to atone for her one act of defiance and its results and has gotten used to the lack of affection and put-downs from her parents. Her value to her parents lies in a marriage merger with a suitably wealthy family, which she is set to do. When a mistake results in her bidding on the wrong bachelor at a charity auction and being subsequently blackmailed into marriage to protect her family, she steps up to the plate. The chemistry between her and Lucas is unexpected and unwelcome. I loved reading BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR because it's a perfect mix of passion and emotion with very fun and enjoyable characters. Lucas though his plan was fool-proof, with every variable accounted for but he does not expect the complicated relationship Sidney has with her parents and he definitely does not expect his need to protect and defend her. Even though he didn't plan for his attraction to Sidney, he's sure as heck not going to pass up on a chance to get her into his bed! The treatment Sidney received at the hands of her parents made my heart ache for her but her need for her parents' love and approval is one anyone can identify with and I loved seeing her grow more self-confident and assertive especially with Lucas encouraging her to stand up for herself. While the passion is what brings them together, their emotional bonds grow as they open up and share their secrets with each other and in spite of how they came together, you can't help but hope they find happiness. Ms. Simone was a recent find for me with her Secrets and Sins series and I enjoy how she combines very intense passion with emotions in a way that is not overdone. I enjoyed BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous romance!!! Lucas Oliver wanted revenge for events that took place when he was a child. Sydney Blake, the daughter of his target, is his way in. He blackmails her into marrying him but he just can't seem to keep his mind or his hands off of her. Can he stay married to her for the required year and not give into the feelings he doesn't want to be having about her? Fabulous! This author never disappoints. This is a well-written story, that has terrific flow and characters with great depth and personality. Lucas is a sexy billionaire, dark and brooding. Sydney is not your typical beauty but to Lucas she is stunning and everything he didn't know he wanted. This is a beautiful romance! I can't wait to see what's next for this amazing author. Maybe Aiden's story? Review copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.75 stars--entertaining 3.75 stars-- BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR is an adult, contemporary, romantic retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. This is billionaire Lucas Oliver, and socialite Sydney Blake’s storyline. Told from dual third person perspectives BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR focuses on betrayal, revenge and blackmail. Lucas Oliver is determined to destroy Sydney’s father starting with blackmailing Sydney into marriage. What ensues is a building relationship that begins with a bachelor auction, a series of lies and lies by omission-ones that finds our heroine understanding that she has become a pawn in a financial war between billion dollar enterprises. The relationship between Sydney and Lucas begins acrimoniously as Sydney feels she has no other recourse then to marry Lucas Blake to protect her father from financial ruin. As the storyline builds so too does Lucas and Sydney’s relationship blossoming from spite to friendship to love but all does not go according to plan when Sydney’s believes that Blake has broken his promise. The $ex scenes are intimate, romantic and seductive. The secondary and supporting characters include Blake’s best friend Aiden who believes that Blake’s need for revenge will not end as expected. We are also introduced to Sydney’s ex fiancé Tyler Reinhold, and her parents Charlene and Jason Blake. Sydney’s mother is all about appearances and with that comes a judgmental attitude and air of superiority. The world building reveals two family histories connected by lies, deceit and betrayal. The lifestyle of the uber-rich and famous is wrapped in the clichéd beliefs of dominance and power; and sticking it anyone who gets in the way. BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR is an entertaining storyline; an enemies to friends to lovers storyline that begins as an act of betrayal leading to a fifteen year plan of revenge and retribution. The characters are colorful, charismatic and spirited; the romance intoxicating and emotional; the happily ever after passionate and fated when the Beast falls in love with his Beauty.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story, lovely ending Lucas Oliver is a self-made billionaire. His focus; to destroy Jason Blake, his weapon, his enemy's daughter Sydney. For Sydney, it's out of the frying pan and into the fire. All her life she's done exactly what her family has told her to do and now she's being manipulated by Lucas. For Lucas though, the poor guy really tries to stick to his guns, he really does. But his cold heart is totally unprepared for Sydney's big one. She throws him off his game with her generosity and commitment to the youth centre. She's not at all what he pictured in his mind. And though the plan is to destroy the Blake family, he mans up and does the right thing in the end. I loved the chemistry between Lucas and Sydney. Their single-minded focus and natures are so similar but directed on to completely opposite paths. He's looking for revenge, she's looking for freedom and they both end up finding love. Since this is a series, I hope we will see more of them in the upcoming titles and hopefully more of Aiden and his woman-wooing ways. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scandal, Passion, Revenge I was not a fan of Lucas at the beginning his attitude rubbed me the wrong way, but of course he won me over. Can the love of the One can be what thaws Lucas' cold heart. He's on course to seek revenge against the man that cost him his family with any means necessary. Sydney is stuck between a rock in a hard place. Blackmailed into marrying Lucas or let her father's company go down. Now in the middle of a scandal she marries Lucas. Lines start to get blurred for Lucas when he gets to know the real Sydney behind the socialite facade. The chemistry between these two is HOT! I have to say Sydney is one of my favorite heroines. She is very relatable because of her own struggle with body image. I love the self confidence she finds with a little encouragement from Lucas.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sexy revenge love story! This sexy revenge love story is the romance between Sydney and Lucas. Lucas has waited 15 years to enact revenge on Jason Blake, his father’s business partner who had an affair with Lucas’s mother and destroyed their family. The best way to do this? Secretly buy out pieces of Jason’s company until he owns controlling shares and blackmail his daughter Sydney to marry him with threats of revealing her father’s shady business practices to the authorities. A 1 year marriage to Sydney should give him time to enact all his revenge plans, starting with the humiliation of having her break her engagement plans to another man, one who would have provided the wealth her father needs to fix his ailing company. But using innocent Sydney doesn’t give him the satisfaction he expected, especially when he discovers that she is nothing like the vapid society women he’s used to. When he finds himself falling in love with her, will it be too late to come clean and earn her respect and love in return? This was my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed her storytelling style and the plot of this particular romance. I’ve always been partial to enemies to lovers and revenge love stories, so the synopsis of this one quite appealed to me. Sydney comes across as a sweet and friendly woman, one who has blamed herself for many years for a family tragedy that occurred when she was younger and as a result has grown up with guilt and the desire to do anything that would please her parents. This includes marrying a man of their choosing, a family friend from a wealthy family whose partnership with her would ensure a good business investment for both families. She is horrified by Lucas’s accusations against her father, and the knowledge that breaking her engagement and uniting herself with Lucas will destroy what little credibility she has in her parents eyes. But she’s willing to do anything to save her father from jail. Lucas is a hard, bitter man, focused on his revenge. When he meets Sydney, having had his plans for her already laid out before even meeting her, he is struck by her openness and beauty. He doesn’t mind that she isn’t model thin like his usual conquests, and has an instant attraction to her, one that he will be quite happy to act upon if she gives him the right signals. Despite the circumstances, the chemistry between her and Lucas is evident from their first meeting and once the marriage takes place, Sydney decides that if she’s going to be married to this ruthless man, she might as well enjoy the fruits of the bedroom too. Their love scenes are hot and steamy, and full of emotion as Lucas battles his desire for keeping this as a sex only marriage with no real feelings involved. But over time, as they open up their pasts to each other, Lucas realizes that he wants Sydney to know the truth of why he wanted revenge and when Sydney treats him with compassion and understanding he realizes he’s falling in love with this woman who is not what he expected. But he doesn’t reveal all his secrets, and when Sydney finds out the truth of his ultimate plans, the betrayal cuts deep and it’s up to Lucas to convince her that his feelings for her are real and can be the basis of a real marriage. Sydney’s relationship with her parents is complex and changes over the course of the story as her father starts to realize how much he has failed his daughter. Sydney’s mother is a typical society matron, determined to put on a show for the public but with no hesitation to dismantle her daughter and her choices in private. I liked how Lucas stood up to her parents in her defense from the beginning (even though he’s the cause of some of her current problems) and how he becomes aware of how mistaken he was to use her in his plans. Equally, Sydney learns from her relationship with Lucas to stand up for herself and she changes for the better over the course of the story too. Lucas has one true friend, Aiden, who has been with him since high school and their friendship means that Aiden can always be counted on to be truthful with him, including his disapproval of Lucas’s revenge plan and his honesty in telling Lucas the mistakes he is making in using Sydney in this way. I liked their conversations and it was great to see this other side of Lucas, the caring friend side and not just the ruthless businessman. Of course, with Sydney he eventually shows his caring and tender side too so you get a real picture of all the facets of his personality. From the beginning of the story to the end I was entertained by this beauty and the beast tale of a man who wants his revenge but realizes how hollow it will be if he loses the woman he loves. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beauty and the Bachelor Hell bent on revenge, Lucas Oliver serves up a little blackmail, followed by a marriage proposal but has a tough time making Sydney suffer when all he thinks about is touching her in this exciting contemporary romance. Tricked, blackmailed and forced to do her duty, Sydney has no choice but to accept Lucas marriage proposal and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the turmoil as well as the flying sparks that ignite when both Lucas and Sydney is caught by their unwanted attraction to each other. The chemistry sizzles with lots of heat from every page but with this explosive start to their relationship is it any wonder that it’s full of turbulence as well as passion. Strong, compelling characters grab reader’s attention from the very beginning and refuse to let go while the fast paced, smooth flowing plot keeps the readers on edge with lots of suspense and romance. Anticipation of explosions and highly turbulent emotions keeps tensions high as Lucas’ friend warns of the danger ahead and the personal demons that keep both Lucas and Sydney’s hearts locked away gripping readers by the heart. Well written scenes and details bring the emotions and vivid images to vibrant life making it easy for the reader to become caught up in this passionate tale while the suspense draws readers in and guarantees that there is never a dull moment. This captivating story keeps emotions high as something wrong turns into something so right despite such an exciting but questionable beginning and I was on pin and needles throughout the story as I awaited to discover the outcome and I have to say that after that extremely cheerful epilogue and the fact that it seems that Lucas didn’t learn his lesson very well, I can’t wait to read Aidan’s story as well.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beauty and the Bachelor Hell bent on revenge, Lucas Oliver serves up a little blackmail, followed by a marriage proposal but has a tough time making Sydney suffer when all he thinks about is touching her in this exciting contemporary romance. Tricked, blackmailed and forced to do her duty, Sydney has no choice but to accept Lucas marriage proposal and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the turmoil as well as the flying sparks that ignite when both Lucas and Sydney is caught by their unwanted attraction to each other. The chemistry sizzles with lots of heat from every page but with this explosive start to their relationship is it any wonder that it’s full of turbulence as well as passion. Strong, compelling characters grab reader’s attention from the very beginning and refuse to let go while the fast paced, smooth flowing plot keeps the readers on edge with lots of suspense and romance. Anticipation of explosions and highly turbulent emotions keeps tensions high as Lucas’ friend warns of the danger ahead and the personal demons that keep both Lucas and Sydney’s hearts locked away gripping readers by the heart. Well written scenes and details bring the emotions and vivid images to vibrant life making it easy for the reader to become caught up in this passionate tale while the suspense draws readers in and guarantees that there is never a dull moment. This captivating story keeps emotions high as something wrong turns into something so right despite such an exciting but questionable beginning and I was on pin and needles throughout the story as I awaited to discover the outcome and I have to say that after that extremely cheerful epilogue and the fact that it seems that Lucas didn’t learn his lesson very well, I can’t wait to read Aidan’s story as well.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Absolutely great read. Lucas and Sydney have great chemistry. Lucas is trying to get revenge but can it be more. Sydney is trying to be the perfect daughter can she. Naima Simone has another win we here.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome When Sydney casually made her bid for the bachelor at the auction, she expected the masked man to be her fiance Tyler. Never did she expect the ruggedly handsome stranger, Lucas Oliver. Really though, what could it possibly hurt to have one dinner with the man. A lot apparently! Lucas Oliver is out for revenge. If it weren't for Sydney's father, his own father would still be alive. He assumes when he forces the man's daughter into an unplanned marriage that cancels out her planned marriage to Tyler it will devastate him. The only problem...his unexpected attraction to Sydney. I really enjoyed this one! It was so much more than the typical fake marriage trope. Lots of emotion, passion, and romance. I definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot, Sexy and Angst filled read!! Hot, Sexy and a marriage of convenience A story of deceit, angst and finally love. A Benefit Bachelor Auction used to trap the heroine Sydney in a loveless marriage to save the family's business. Lucas, out to revenge the loss of his father. Naima Simone weaves a story filled with deception, sexual tension and learning to trust again. A great read that keeps you turning the pages. I received an ARC from the Publisher and NetGalley for an honest review
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms. Simone had me at hello. What started as sweet revenge became the salvation of them both. Ms. Simone had me at hello. Darkly mysterious alpha Lucas is seeking payback. Sincere, gentle Sydney is the his weapon of choice. Lucas' motivation is to see his enemy at his mercy. Sydney is drawn to Lucas. Behind is beastly need for retribution, she sees a broken man looking to be rescued. Beauty and the Bachelor is a modern day twist on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Strong main characters and great writing made for a passionate, powerful read. I received an ARC of Beauty and The Bachelor in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-06