Title: Bad Bachelor (Bad Bachelors #1)
Author: Stefanie London
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 9, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This is surprisingly my first book of Stefanie London’s. I said surprisingly as I recognized the name and thought I’ve read a few of her books already. Couldn’t be more wrong! Bad Bachelor is a nice introduction though. It’s such a funny and heartwarming story of two people with opposing characters who had more in common than they thought.
The book packed laugh-induced witty banter between the librarian and PR expert. Reed and Darcy were interesting characters who masking their (true) self to avoid getting hurt (again). I couldn’t help but FEEL for them, even when I groaned over them refraining from say it like it was to obnoxious friends and/or peers a number of time.
This being the first book of the Stefanie London’s I read, I find I quite enjoy her writing style. That saying, the switching of POVs between Reed and Darcy felt a bit chaotic to me. And sometimes time sequence between scenes were a bit long(er) that I felt being left out of the loop of what’s been happening. Given it’s a romance novel, it’s a given that they would end up together regardless of the initial impression they had of each other. I’m pleased with the way the author span the plot of bringing them together, not too soon yet not overly elaborate (I wish Reed wasn’t suddenly struck with noble sentiment, though thankfully the madness didn’t persist. lol).
While I’m quite entertained by the characters in this story, the book touched on issue that got my attention too, the social media and how vile and repulsive it could be when being exploited; the whole sense of entitlement that comes with anonymity that could make people mean. How one could be powerless during such onslaught, whether or not they were valid charges. So, Reed was not totally blameless and his standoffish fling-only attitude might and did hurt people. But in the era of fake news and stuff, people just had to be more clever before taking in everything the saw on internet. That the author didn’t push the matter to be completely solved is clever in the way: it served the continuation of the series and the step the characters took proven how far they changed for the better. It’s no question that I’ll be following this series, color me curious what other ”sin” the next bachelors be accused of and how they got out of that situation.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.