Bachelor Auction series
by Naima Simone
Plain-Jane computer programmer Khloe Richardson needs a date—one to make the prince of her dreams jealous. Maybe then he’ll finally see her as a desirable swan and not the ugly duckling in the second office from the left.
But when she bids on a bachelor at a charity auction, the man she wins is millionaire Niall Hunter—who once made intense, passionate love to her and then left without a word. She’s determined not to let her guard down again—among other things—around the infamous Irish lothario.
Niall never imagined his penance for one hot-as-hell night with his best friend’s little sister would be transforming her from a shy wallflower to a sultry siren. Helping her attract another man is torture…especially when he promised his friend he’d stay away. Plus, she wants forever, and he’s not a forever kind of guy. But Niall can’t stop wanting her. Can’t stop touching her. Can’t stop, period. And damn if he can remember why he has to…
These two together are absolutely fantastic! I love the fact that there is something about Khloe that no one else really sees (not even herself), but that Niall does. He’s got such an artistic soul that he’s buried under a hard veneer but with her it is hard to keep up the act. I feel bad that he feels like he has to hide it because of the way his dad treated him, but it is so sweet the way that Khloe understand and supports him.
My only complaint is that we spend a lot of the book getting the two back together again that I feel like Niall’s acceptance of himself is a just a tad rushed. He’s spent so long feeling unloved & unworthy, and fought so hard to stay away from Khloe, that I would have liked to have a little more time for his introspection and realization that he really is the good man that both Khloe and Michael know he is. It is there, I just wish it was a tiny bit more involved (probably nitpicking here 🙂 ).
Niall does quite a few dummy moves, thanks to his issues, but he mans up like a champ – what a great ending! Amazingly sweet and a little teary for what they both lost and found together.