*I received a free copy of Bachelor from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart, Nelson Hobbs
Series: Rixton Falls #2
Published by Tantor Media on September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Tantor Media
Derek Rosewood is never going to marry-ever again. Fresh off the heels of a bitter divorce, there are only three things he cares about: his daughter, his career, and his bachelorhood. An attorney by trade and happily married to his job, he saves the drama for the courtroom and keeps women at arm's length. Their fragile, sequined hearts are safer that way. And besides, he's not in any condition to offer them the love and attention they so foolishly seek from him. It's not until he's assigned as the financial conservator for an aloof, enigmatic heiress that he finds his professional-and personal-boundaries pushed to the wayside. They're all wrong for each other. Emotionally unavailable. Bitter. Jaded. And he's supposed to look out for her best interests. Protect her. But this wasn't supposed to happen. And for that reason, Derek Rosewood pleads the fifth. Contains mature themes.
I enjoyed my return visit to Rixton Falls but Bachelor was a bittersweet read. While I like the Rosewood family and was eager for Derek’s story, Bachelor left me wanting. There was just a little something missing in Derek and Serena’s relationship that kept their story from being stellar.
After his wife left him for her plastic surgeon, Derek became a confirmed bachelor. His life revolved around his law practice, his daughter, and casual hookups when he could manage. Serena, recently split from her fiance after finding him in bed with two of her best friends, has been relegated to her family estate after some erratic behavior. She and Derek meet because he’s been designated her estate conservator. After spending some time with her, Derek decides there’s more going on within her family, and to protect her he removes her from her estate to…his apartment in Rixton Falls.
Although I enjoyed watching Serena get acquainted with the Rosewoods – Demi in particular – many of Derek’s action were dubious considering his profession and status as Serena’s conservator. These actions were dealt with in the story but it made some of the character development inconsistent and parts of the plot were made to feel contrived. Serena showed growth and I appreciated that. She found something she’d always wanted in the Rosewoods – a close-knit family. Derek changed too, realizing he could give his heart again, and I was happy for them but I felt there was something missing that kept me from really feeling their relationship. The resolution to Serena’s problems was more than a bit too tidy for my tastes and the reasons behind the issues were melodramatic.
Elizabeth Hart and Nelson Hobbs did a fine job narrating Bachelor. The kept their character voices distinct, conveyed the proper emotions, and kept the flow of the story smooth.
Overall, Bachelor was a bit of a letdown. There’s only one more story available in this series at the moment and I’m torn. I’d like to go ahead and finish the series but I’m thinking maybe I need a break from Rixton Falls. I will return eventually though.