Bad Bachelors Series, Book 1
From the publisher:
Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”―NYC’s most notorious bad boys.
If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.
When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. But as she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.
This story had an interesting premise, a new app that gives women the chance to post reviews of men they have dated, sort of like Yelp for dating. The setting is Manhattan, which was the part I had to overlook for this. In a city that populated, the app works like it is in a small town in upstate NY. Sort of odd, but maybe that’s just me. Suspend your disbelief and go with it.
Darcy is a librarian, but not really stereotypical. Okay, she is an introvert and she loves books, but she’s also young and tatted up, much like several librarians I know. So maybe hipster stereotypical? Oh, and she lives in Park Slope. So a well-paid librarian? But I digress, these details are not really important. What is important is that she is a well-developed character, and her enemy to lover hunk is as well.
Reed is the number one Bad Bachelor on the app. There are so many horrible reviews about him that it starts to affect his job. He loses his biggest client and his boss is breathing down his neck. He goes online and reads the reviews, recognizes some of the women but also realizes some of them are completely fictitious, he never went where they say he went and so forth. He decides to try and find out who is running this app and why they are targeting him.
Meanwhile, he has been voluntold to help the library with its fundraising. He has to work with Darcy, and they are coming from two different worlds. He is used to fancy parties and raising thousands of dollars; she is used to asking for donations from library patrons and raising hundreds, if that. They clash but there is also an attraction there, and soon Darcy has wormed her way into Reed’s life, and he finds himself enjoying it. Until everything goes sideways.
No worries, this is a romance so they reach their happily ever after but not until there have some hot sex, fights and eventually makeup. This was a one night read for me and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
4/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
BAD BACHELOR by Stefanie London. Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 3, 2020). ISBN 978-1728213774. 368p.