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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: Bachelor Games by Daire St. Denis

This story had some promise but I couldn’t get completely behind the pageant set up or the petty heroine.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: October 9, 2017

Brilliant, but plain scientist Becca Evans has always done everything she could to make her beautiful sister, Grace, happy. So, when Grace started entering beauty contests, Becca did everything she could to make sure her sister won.

Now, she’s looking at another pageant—at a resort in the Caribbean. The prize? A date with America’s most eligible bachelor, Calum Price. For Grace, it would be the ultimate coup—landing a billionaire. Unfortunately, Calum seems to like Becca better...

Still, she’s determined to help her sister win. Calum doesn’t have to know that she’s the brains behind the beauty, the voice behind the veil, the finger behind the sexting...

But when things go too far, Becca must decide where her loyalty lies—with her sister...or the man she’s falling in love with.





What’s it About? Becca Evans has always looked out for her older but less worldly sister Grace, including making sure Grace won every beauty pageant she entered. Now Grace has the chance to compete in a pageant in the Caribbean and to win the ultimate prize: A date with billionaire Calum Price. If Grace wins this particular pageant, maybe Becca could step aside and get on with her own life. Unfortunately, Becca meets Calum on their flight and he is nothing like she expected and he seems to be attracted to her. As the competition heats up on the resort so do Calum and Becca but when things blow up Becca has to choose between loyalty to her sister and her new feelings for Calum.



Overall reaction to the story? I wasn’t overly impressed with the characters in Bachelor Games. To me they were either shallow, petty, or immature throughout the whole story and nothing ever changed. The plot was fun but the whole pageant atmosphere felt a little slimy now and again which if that was the author’s intention then yay but I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the sleazy feeling. I didn’t exactly get the feeling that there was a romance building either, just a hot fling with some friendly conversations here and there. Overall an okay read but not something I’d repeat.


Describe the hero in five words: Rich. Ambitious. Protective. Smart. Charming.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Calum wasn’t a bad guy he was just driven to follow his plan for the resort, that’s the only reason he agreed to do the pageant. I liked his easy going nature but I never felt like he let the reader get to know him. What there was of him I liked, he came from humble beginnings and never made Becca feel inferior because she wasn’t wealthy.


Describe the heroine in five words: Smart. Petty. Immature.
Did you like her? No.
Why? Becca had all the makings of a good, strong, different-from-her-sister character yet for being so smart (She was studying to be an astrophysicist) she was incredibly stupid in how she handled the situation with Calum and even her sister Grace. What didn’t sit well with me was how Becca helped Grace with her pageants.
So yeah I wasn’t a big fan of Becca other than to admire her brains for academic endeavors because with her life she was kind of stupid. And I got tired of her “I’m not as pretty as my sister but I’m okay with that in public but in secret I’m so not okay with it” attitude. There was something else that bugged me about her too.




Let’s talk about the romance: What romance? I didn’t feel like Calum and Becca ever really moved past the lust infused fling they started on. There were a few friendly and somewhat sweet moments but those moments didn’t really influence their fling. It was one sexual encounter after another and because of the pageant these two really didn’t spend time doing anything other than sneaking around and having sex. Where those scenes hot? Absolutely but that’s all they were to me, hot scenes with very little emotional growth.


How about that supporting cast? Aside from the catty contestants and sleazy host, there was only Becca’s sister Grace who I’m sorry was eye rolling stupid most of the time. If the intent was to make her seem naively good that didn’t come across. The stereotype of a dumb blonde wasn’t funny or endearing here. Grace was like a child in the body of a bombshell. She felt like more of a burden than anything else and yes, that was Becca’s fault because she just babied this woman. Becca was the YOUNGER sister but she mothered the hell out of Grace to the point where it was annoying.I just wanted to kick someone, anyone in this story would do.

Click It or Skip It? I’d skip it. I would be willing to try this author again just because no author writes great books every single time and nothing about this author’s style screamed “Turn Off.”



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