What is the Bastard Bachelor Society?
It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.
Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.
We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually…
We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes.
Laugh it up, but I’m no loser.
Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to lose this bet for anyone? It would for Abbott.
Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down.
Especially when there’s a bet to win.
I truly wonder why successful businessmen need to show off their competitive prowess by betting on ridiculous situations – ones that deal with other people who aren’t privy to these high stakes’ games and could end up breaking their heart or hurting them in ways they might not be able to endure.
In some ways, I completely understand why Brooks Bennett and his group of friends would create a society that revels in being single and promotes that kind of living until the end of days, and the fact that there are rules to follow and a club to be a part of indicates just how much Brooks and the others don’t want to be hurt by the fairer sex.
But it’s not like they swore a blood oath or anything, and while money is on the line because of their ‘friendly’ wager, when the best thing, or in this case, person walks through your door, literally, you stand up and listen…you spend every moment with that person as you can…you fall head-over-heels because there’s someone who gets you on a level you never thought possible. What you DO NOT do is friend-zone her and pretend like there’s nothing between you but friendship.
Too bad Brooks didn’t seem to get that memo until it was almost too late.
Brooks and Abbott together – no matter the situation or non-relationship status – is proof that some people just click instantly and no matter how hard they fight it or appear oblivious to their own feelings for one another, they’re bound to want to act on those feelings, throwing caution and perhaps money, out the window.
The way that Abbott and Brooks hit things off almost immediately in what has to be one of my absolute favorite meet-cutes is proof that insta-lust, probably not love, exists. And their connection only grows with the more time they spend together and the witty exchanges that seem to define just how on point they are when it comes to one another.
I will admit that Brooks rubbed me the wrong way from the start, but that’s probably by bias about the society that he and his friends created and the fact that their need to win the bet makes him, at least attempt, to push the best thing that may have ever happened to him away, caring more about everything other than the woman who seems to own him.
Abbott’s meddling sweetheart of a grandmother is one of my favorite aspects of the book, and the way she nudges her granddaughter and Brooks toward each other, every chance she gets, makes it impossible not to be in her corner, pushing these two to fess up and try ‘more,’ even if they think it won’t work. And, Grams’ relationship with Brooks also adds a layer to the perplexing man that Brooks can be at times and shows a side of him that is patient and kind and oh so swoonworthy.
I intrigued by the other ineligible bachelors and I’m ready to see them dropped squarely on their butt when their girl enters their lives and shakes up their beliefs in the society and their singledom.
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About the Author
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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