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Bachelor Auction by Darah Lace

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  • 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.

    (Pages 290) Hot

    Print ISBN: 1-60154-759-5

    For more books by Darah Lace, check out the Wilder Catalog.

    Excerpt:

    Marcus lost interest in the emcee when Charlotte nuzzled his neck. He jerked his head away and tried to step back, but she held on tight, causing him to stumble. His hands fell to her waist as they regained their balance. Damn, when had he become so clumsy?

    “What’s the matter Marcus? Can’t you handle her?”

    Marcus tried to locate the joker in the back of the room but to no avail, and his anger once again rose to overshadow shock and embarrassment. He returned his attention to the cause of his humiliation. “Would you mind telling me what the hell you’re doing?”

    She smiled seductively, continuing to play to the crowd. “Paying you back.”

    His jaw clenched tighter. “For what?”

    “Someone altered my bid.” Her finger twirled around the hair at the back of his neck. “I’m thinking it was you.”

    Of all the things she could be paying him back for, that wasn’t one of them. “Why would I do that?”

    She leaned in close, her angry whisper betraying the sultry expression she presented to the crowd. “You tell me. You’re the one who chased me down. You’re the one who had his hands all over me in the closet.”

    “I already told you I followed you to apologize, and I seem to remember an invitation.”

    She glanced at his mouth, and her smile widened. “And I seem to remember how quick you were to accept.”

    The fact that he couldn’t deny her statement pissed him off royally. He’d been a fool to let desire rule his actions. “That doesn’t mean I can’t put a stop to this farce right now.”

    Her blue eyes clouded then hardened. “Yes, you could walk away. We both know you’re damn good at that.”

Reviews

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10/09/2010

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4 1/2 Stars & Top Pick

I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Lace. I loved Charlotte and Marcus and...the dialogue between these two
characters...I enjoyed seeing them try to convince the other of what each of their intentions were for their weekend-only partner. After reading this story and enjoying it so much, I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Ms. Lace in the future!~Diana, Night Owl Reviews

    Grade 
    10/09/2010

    Review

    I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Lace. I loved Charlotte and Marcus and...the dialogue between these two
    characters...I enjoyed seeing them try to convince the other of what each of their intentions were for their weekend-only partner. After reading this story and enjoying it so much, I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Ms. Lace in the future!~4 1/2 Stars - Diana, Night Owl Reviews

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      10/09/2010

      Review

      This storyline is an attention-getter and one hard to put down. The subordinate characters help make the book a poignant travel through the ups and downs of their relationship...I recommend this book as one which is explicitly written but also has a wonderful plot. Readers should rush out and get this book. You will not be sorry. Kudos, Ms. Lace!~5 Hearts - Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

        Grade 
        10/09/2010

        Review

        This storyline is an attention-getter and one hard to put down. The subordinate characters help make the book a poignant travel through the ups and downs of their relationship...I recommend this book as one which is explicitly written but also has a wonderful plot. Readers should rush out and get this book. You will not be sorry. Kudos, Ms. Lace!~5 Hearts - Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio

          Grade 
          10/09/2010

          Review

          The characterization in ‘Bachelor Auction,’ complete with the wealth of emotion Ms. Lace weaves with language left me completely absorbed, pulled in, and draw so tight I could barely tear my eyes away. More than that, the slow, steady journey on which Marcus and Charlotte embark leads to sizzling chemistry, a half dozen “is this it????” moments, and complete, utter satisfaction with the conclusion."~5 Tea Cups - Lynnemarie, Happily Ever After Reviews

            Grade 
            10/09/2010

            Review

            The characterization in ‘Bachelor Auction,’ complete with the wealth of emotion Ms. Lace weaves with language left me completely absorbed, pulled in, and draw so tight I could barely tear my eyes away. More than that, the slow, steady journey on which Marcus and Charlotte embark leads to sizzling chemistry, a half dozen “is this it????” moments, and complete, utter satisfaction with the conclusion." ~5 Tea Cups - Lynnemarie, Happily Ever After Reviews

              Grade 
              10/09/2010

              Review

              Oh yeah. Now THIS is what I am talking about!

              Hot man...no SCORCHING HOT MAN! Sexy story, heroine with flaws but still a strong woman...the total package :) A totally rocking, super great read, that was not only sexy, but full of emotion. Now I have to say that at one point I was very disappointed in Charlotte but she redeemed herself in the very next paragraph so all was good and right in the world again :)

              I fell hard for both main characters...as it should be in a well written story. Emotion, drama, lust, drama, conflict, lust, fight, make-up, love, passion. It was all there and then some. Ms Lace has done it yet again with this winning book. I can't wait to see what she has coming next :)

                Grade 
                10/09/2010

                Review

                h yeah. Now THIS is what I am talking about!

                Hot man...no SCORCHING HOT MAN! Sexy story, heroine with flaws but still a strong woman...the total package :) A totally rocking, super great read, that was not only sexy, but full of emotion. Now I have to say that at one point I was very disappointed in Charlotte but she redeemed herself in the very next paragraph so all was good and right in the world again :)

                I fell hard for both main characters...as it should be in a well written story. Emotion, drama, lust, drama, conflict, lust, fight, make-up, love, passion. It was all there and then some. Ms Lace has done it yet again with this winning book. I can't wait to see what she has coming next :)

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