Review: Bachelorette for Sale (West Side Romance #1) by Gail Chianese

June 19, 2015 Review 0

Review: Bachelorette for Sale  (West Side Romance #1) by Gail Chianese

This sparkling debut dives right in to everything funny, flirty, and fiery about modern dating with the tale of a sexy singles auction that comes with the prize of a lifetime…

As far as Cherry Ryan is concerned, the bright lights of Hollywood are nothing but glare after her heart is broken on a reality show for millions to see. Instead she’s throwing herself into fundraising for the local community center that was a priceless lifeline to her as a kid. But when a volunteer for the singles auction bails at the last minute, Cherry finds herself on the block—and sold to Jason Valentine, a handsome contractor with a gorgeous body—and a really bad attitude about her days in the limelight…

Cherry soon finds that Jason’s more than eye candy, and not entirely sweet—especially his quest to win the bid for the center’s renovation. Mixing business with pleasure doesn’t seem like such a good idea—until Jason has a chance to reveal the big heart beneath his surly exterior. Cherry’s falling for him hard, but trust isn’t easy when you’ve been burned. To conquer her fears will take a giant leap of faith—straight into the spotlight again…

Title: Bachelorette For Sale
Author: Gail Chianese
Series: West Side Romance #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: June 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 269 pages
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

Cherry Ryan is a former reality TV star on Finding Mr. Right. Her former fiancé(from the show), humiliated her publicly and she just wants to stay out of the limelight. When she heads a fundraiser auction for a charity dear to her, she’s forced to be auctioned herself after a person doesn’t show up.

Jason Valentine owns a small construction company specializing in remodeling. He plans on putting in a bid for the community center job. When he attends the fund raising night with his friend/business partner to network for the project, he ends up winning Cherry in the auction after his friend won the bid for her.

Both have preconceived notions about the other when they go on their auction date. Once they settle in though, they actually have some chemistry going on. He is drawn to Cherry and her compassion for life. But things go awry when she assumes the only reason Jason won the auction was to get a shoe-in for the community center bid. She doesn’t like being used!

This is a very sweet romance about normal every-day people. I felt bad for Cherry because the tabloids were incessantly after her and dredging up story after story. She tried so hard to stay focused on the community center and not let them get to her, but they were winning the battle. I wanted her to fight back against the accusations. Maybe if she had, they wouldn’t have assumed she was a pushover and left her alone. Jason was a bit hard to warm up to. We don’t really know his history except being badly burned by an ex. I wanted to know more about him.

All in all I liked the story, but felt the reality show stuff really was overdone, and the mystery of the job sabotage seemed thrown in at the last minute. It ended up being totally predictable so it seemed a little unnecessary to the storyline. Bachelorette for Sale is book one and a good start to the West Side Romance series. I look forward to book two featuring Cherry’s BFF and Jason’s business partner!

 

Deb
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