Title: The Bachelors
Author: E.S. Carter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: Third Person
Expected Publication: October 23, 2017
It is a well-known fact that a single man without a penny to his name must be in want of a rich wife.
Darcy, Bingham and Wick Austen are about to lose the family business.
Without a miracle or a substantial cash investment, Austen’s – the bookstore chain that was established by their great-great-grandfather – will go into receivership.
A chance encounter at a charity ball with the attractive, single and filthy-rich Bennet sisters has Wick Austen convincing his brothers that the way to save their livelihoods rests at the Bennet’s red-soled-shoe clad feet.
But these three women are far more than your average, simpering, society-loving heiresses.
Darcy isn’t so sure about his youngest brother’s plan, especially when the smart, feisty and ridiculously sexy Eliza Bennet shoots down his advances in a ball of flames, and accuses him of being a proud and egotistical jerk.
Meanwhile, Bingham meets the sweet and approachable Jane, and insta-love ensues, and Wick gets used up and spat out by the youngest and most flighty sister, Lydia.
Will the Austen bachelors secure a wife and save the family name or will they become the Bennet sister’s latest conquests?
*Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Bachelors is a contemporary twist with added naughtiness*
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
The Austen family owned a bookstore business for generations, but modern method of reading was slowly killing their company. The brothers Darcy, Bing and Wick all had their own thoughts on how to get out of the predicament. When opportunity presented itself, the youngest brother Wick devised a plan that he thought would bring the family business back to the glory days.
The Bennet sisters Eliza, Jane and Lydia were not only known for their beauty but also their immense wealth. As the oldest, Eliza worked hard to keep the family legacy. But attention from the Austen brothers had each of the sister flustered one way or another and they had to decide on listening to their heads or hearts.
I don’t read a lot classics because the language can be tedious. But I certainly won’t shy away from modern reinterpretation like this book which was inspired by Pride and Prejudice.
Being the first woman to head The Bennet Group didn’t help. The board members weren’t just waiting for her to go up in flames, they had their marshmallows already on sticks to toast on her pyre.
There are six main characters in the book and each one of them brought their own set of personality to the table. However, I feel because of the high number, the characters didn’t get enough individual spotlight shone on them. My favorite is Eliza who I could relate to the most. Actually, Pemberley was very entertaining too lol!
This book had a light, amusing vibe which I enjoyed. I also like the dynamics between the character especially the sibling comradery and rivalry. I do wish a little more sexiness though, because personally I need more motivation when it comes to light stories haha!
The Bachelors is a story of family connections and personal ambitions. It would appeal to readers looking for light hearted stories.
P.S.: I tend to read with British when a book is very British lol!
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ES Carter lives in Cardiff, South Wales. The home of castles, dragons and folklore.
Her family joke that she was born with a book in her hand, and the urge to write stories soon followed.
At eleven, she won her school’s literary prize. At ages fourteen to sixteen – her poetry phase after falling in love with Dylan Thomas and e.e. cummings – she had a few poems published, but life, love and family overtook her dreams, and she was in her thirties when she began the scary journey of self-publishing.
Her debut and internationally best-selling series, ‘Love by Numbers’, are a set of interconnected stand alone romances, all with varying themes of love. From second-chance to romantic comedy and M/M romance. These stories do not need to be read in order, in fact, she is often guilty of advising readers to start at the last book and work their way back through.
Contemporary romance is not the only genre she writes, her second series, ‘The Red Order’, is as dark and twisted as you can get, but there is beauty there too if you can open your eyes and look.
With many more stories bursting to be set free, she hopes you stay along for the ride.
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