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Beauty and the Bachelor (Entangled Indulgence) (Bachelor Auction) by [Simone, Naima]
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She may be the highest bidder, but this bachelor's price is blackmail and passion...
Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake-the stunning daughter of his enemy-is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail...followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no choice but to accept.

Sydney has been controlled by her family her whole life. When Lucas threatens to reveal her father's shady business, she is once again forced to do her duty for her family. But worse-oh so much worse-is the rush of lust that Lucas ignites in her blood.
Lucas is determined to make Sydney suffer, but it's tough when he can't keep from touching her-or thinking about touching her-all the time. She's not fairing much better since she's engaged to a darkly handsome beast intent on destroying her entire family...along with her heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1022 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (10 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0122RZLTI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.75 stars-- BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR is an adult, contemporary, romantic retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. This is billionaire Lucas Oliver, and socialite Sydney Blake’s storyline.

Told from dual third person perspectives BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR focuses on betrayal, revenge and blackmail. Lucas Oliver is determined to destroy Sydney’s father starting with blackmailing Sydney into marriage. What ensues is a building relationship that begins with a bachelor auction, a series of lies and lies by omission-ones that finds our heroine understanding that she has become a pawn in a financial war between billion dollar enterprises.

The relationship between Sydney and Lucas begins acrimoniously as Sydney feels she has no other recourse then to marry Lucas Blake to protect her father from financial ruin. As the storyline builds so too does Lucas and Sydney’s relationship blossoming from spite to friendship to love but all does not go according to plan when Sydney’s believes that Blake has broken his promise. The $ex scenes are intimate, romantic and seductive.

The secondary and supporting characters include Blake’s best friend Aiden who believes that Blake’s need for revenge will not end as expected. We are also introduced to Sydney’s ex fiancé Tyler Reinhold, and her parents Charlene and Jason Blake. Sydney’s mother is all about appearances and with that comes a judgmental attitude and air of superiority.

The world building reveals two family histories connected by lies, deceit and betrayal. The lifestyle of the uber-rich and famous is wrapped in the clichéd beliefs of dominance and power; and sticking it anyone who gets in the way.
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Hell bent on revenge, Lucas Oliver serves up a little blackmail, followed by a marriage proposal but has a tough time making Sydney suffer when all he thinks about is touching her in this exciting contemporary romance.

Tricked, blackmailed and forced to do her duty, Sydney has no choice but to accept Lucas marriage proposal and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the turmoil as well as the flying sparks that ignite when both Lucas and Sydney is caught by their unwanted attraction to each other. The chemistry sizzles with lots of heat from every page but with this explosive start to their relationship is it any wonder that it’s full of turbulence as well as passion. Strong, compelling characters grab reader’s attention from the very beginning and refuse to let go while the fast paced, smooth flowing plot keeps the readers on edge with lots of suspense and romance.

Anticipation of explosions and highly turbulent emotions keeps tensions high as Lucas’ friend warns of the danger ahead and the personal demons that keep both Lucas and Sydney’s hearts locked away gripping readers by the heart. Well written scenes and details bring the emotions and vivid images to vibrant life making it easy for the reader to become caught up in this passionate tale while the suspense draws readers in and guarantees that there is never a dull moment.

This captivating story keeps emotions high as something wrong turns into something so right despite such an exciting but questionable beginning and I was on pin and needles throughout the story as I awaited to discover the outcome and I have to say that after that extremely cheerful epilogue and the fact that it seems that Lucas didn’t learn his lesson very well, I can’t wait to read Aidan’s story as well.
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Beauty and the Bachelor was essentially a narrative about revenge, but it also highlighted body issues, emotional abuse, awakenings and forgiveness. Lucas was scarred and ruthless, but as alluring as a sleek, powerful and dangerous panther. His motivation was revenge, retribution and justice, Sadly, he had a tragic backstory, but he fought hard to claw his way to success. After planning for fifteen years, he was hell-bent on taking revenge on the man responsible for his family's demise -Jason Blake whose mantra was greed, power and money. As part of his long-term plan, Lucas blackmailed the lovely Sydney (Blake's guilt-ridden and seemingly brow-beaten daughter) into marrying him. Although already engaged, via an arrangement by her father, Sydney agreed to Lucas' demands. The reason? To save her father from the vendetta to disgrace and ruin him - loyalty, duty, sacrifice was the motto she grew up with. And yes, she had her own tragic backstory. But rather than a meek martyr, Lucas found she was lovable, honest, ethical, brave, compassionate and very clever.
BATB's plot and characters were rich and well developed. It focused mainly on the present circumstances while referencing past events as the story was gradually revealed. The tone was an emotional mix of drama, ferocity, tenderness and sensuality. My only criticism was to do with the conflict and resolution - while an interesting surprise, it was a little too neat and tidy for me - hence the 4 stars.
However, BATB was still a good, quick read and Naima's love of language was a feature. She seems to have a very workable and engaging formula for these books, so I look forward the next book in the series (I read book 2 first). I recommend BATB for lovers of romance, with a fairytale feel (Beauty and the Beast in this case).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story by Naima Simone 26 November 2015
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A great love story by Naima Simone, that will not only be filled with trust issues, utter betrayal, and revenge, but with love and desire too, and what two people will do, to find their true each other!.............Riddled with hatred and revenge, billionaire, and CEO of Bay Bridge Industries, Lucas "Luke" Oliver, was about to carry out his plan, without any regards to who he would hurt in the process, and furthermore, he not only knew who he planned to destroy, but why, and for that alone, he would do whatever it took, to get the job done. Controlled by her family her entire life, socialite and heiress, Sydney Blake, daughter of the infamous Jason Blake, not only sat silently at the bachelor auction, but she was told by her father to bid on number five, her fiance. With all of the bachelors wearing masks, Sydney outbidded on number five, only to be stunned by another face and a gorgeous one at that. Who was he? Did she bid on the right number? As he slowly approached her table, she was not only left speechless, but was in awe with his good looks, and turquoise eyes, but could she really go out on a date with him, as the winner? Against her family's protests, Sydney decided she was, as Luke guided her to his helicopter, to fly her to New York, for a dinner and a play. However, little did she know, that this would be one dinner, that Sydney would soon regret. Luke thought Sydney was beautiful, and deep down he felt bad, but he had a plan and he meant to carry it through, if it was the last thing he ever did. Over dinner, when Luke showed Sydney the paperwork, his threat was one thing, but blackmail her into marriage? Really? Realizing that she had no other choice but to agree, she soon became Mrs. Lucas Oliver, and found herself disowned by her family, her friends, and home, only to be standing inside of Luke's brownstone, bewildered and scared. Agreeing to stay married for one year only, only to move on for a quick divorce after, she wasn't quite sure if she would even last a day. With both of them also agreeing to no infedelities of any kind, during that time span, the more time that went by, the more they wanted each other. Luke never believed in the notion of love, or had a problem getting a woman into his bed, but he never wanted a woman, like he wanted Sydney, and as much as he tried to keep his promise to her, his resolve was melting bigtime! Sydney was running scared, because she not only wanted Luke desperately, but she was beginning to fall hard for her sexy and gorgeous husband. But did he love her? When Sydney discovers the truth and Luke's true intentions, she is devastated and walks out of his life permanently, never looking back, but not before, letting him know how she felt. With a decision made, Luke finally realizes what and who, has been holding him back, from finding true happiness, as he forsees his future, and the shocking conclusion of who that person is.....himself! Will Luke and Sydney survive the emotional storm? Or will a lifetime be over, before it even got started?.........great book!....I loved it!......thank you....♡♡
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly finding your happiness..... 27 October 2015
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This story was exactly what I needed...romantic and light-hearted without intense, serious drama. The blurb pretty much explains the gist of the; vengeance from our hero and our heroine blackmailed into marriage. But the enjoyment was the journey towards healing of our two protagonists.

Sydney Blake (25) is a tall, statuesque socialite with lovely almond shaped hazelicious eyes, long, straight golden brown hair and golden honey skin. Due to her low self-esteem (which her mother reinforces)...she's constantly reminded that she's merely "passably pretty"...not drop dead gorgeous and not super model thin..because she's curvy and voluptuous. But in reality, she's da'bomb..(heheh). Sydney is vulnerable in appearance only...she's actually a very strong individual. In spite of her parents' wishes, Sydney's passion is mentoring teen girls through the Youth Center she's involved with. She lives for these young teen girls and is not immune to the inelegant task of sweating or getting down and dirty in a game of volleyball or kickball. She believes in these young girls and listens to them without judgement and doesn't feel they're beneath her. She encourages them in every way...and they adore her. The Maya Angelou Youth Center is Sydney's only escape and outlet for enjoyment. Her life as a socialite is slowly strangulating her. The responsibility, obligations and loyalty to her parents is like a noose around her neck. Her life is dictated by others' desires and guidelines and the resentment of her parents and her life has grown to insurmountable proportions. But she hides it well...after all, she's not her fathers daughter for nothing. Sydney is engaged to a man she doesn't love (which is how she likes it). She doesn't expect passion or fidelity from her future husband. Their engagement is nothing more than a business deal between two wealthy families. A merger....and Sydney is not ignorant of the fact that it's her father's fortune and powerful influence that has drawn her suitors throughout the years....and not her looks. Happiness and feelings of love have nothing to do with this match.

Lucas Oliver (29) was born into wealth but raised on the rough streets of Chicago after his father died. Lucas was 14 when he moved from the wealthy influence of Boston to Chicago's lowly south side. He vowed to exact his revenge against the person who caused his fathers' death and his fifteen year vendetta is finally coming to fruition. He's now a powerful and brutally intimidating mogul. Lucas is gorgeously handsome with his tall frame and broad shoulders. His startling beautiful turquoise eyes are stunning in their intensity and stand out against his black hair. And even the deep scar that slashes through an eyebrow, ending below his right eye doesn't detract from his handsome, masculine beauty. It only adds to and enhances his dangerous warrior/predator air. Lucas Oliver is called the Beast of Bay Bridge...not only because of his looks, but also because of his lethally, cunning financial intelligence.

This "feel good" story wastes little time getting off the ground. Lucas Oliver has a score to settle and allows nothing to get in the way of his vengeance. Sydney Blake is merely a pawn he uses to exact his revenge against her father. She's guilty by association. But he never expected to be attracted to her...the daughter of his nemesis. She constantly surprises him --- more than that, she genuinely challenges and delights him. This fabulous story was about two damaged people who have been wounded by unfaithful parents...who never expected to find the answer to their healing within each other. And Ms. Naima Simone tells it brilliantly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simone does it again... 7 March 2017
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Another hot and heady concoction by Naima Simone. I swear, I'm not even a super-fan of the millionaire trope but it makes no difference. None. She hooks her claws in me and draws me in...every...single...TIME. Such compelling characters and alluring storytelling. Love.

Recommended to readers who want to laugh their ass off but also get a heavy dose of smexy and heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars all the way 20 August 2016
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Naima writes the best stories and this one is no exception. Lucas, hell bent on revenge directed at Sydney's father blaming him for the falling apart of his family 15 years ago. Now the power wielding, wealthy Lucas sets himself up at the Bachelors Auction and sets his sights on Sydney. Sydney is strictly a means to and end for him. She's already engaged to someone she doesn't love, marrying into the family for the financial stability to save her fathers ailing business. This woman knows only self sacrifice. Her mother is beastly to her, treating her like she is a nonperson simply because she doesn't fit her mother's ideal of appearances and damn if Sydney can do one thing right in her eyes.
Lucas makes Sydney a deal she can't refuse, I said a deal... it's a non negotiable, she has to marry him for one year, so he can dismantle her fathers company piece by piece and exact his revenge. Sydney is left with no choice but to agree. Meanwhile Sydney has to break off her engagement and marry this man, really not aware of what Lucas intends to do. Lucas obviously leaves a bad taste in your mouth, his demeanor and treatment of Sydney are less than, but so fit his character (or lack of) What transpires and Lucas doesn't count on is seeing Sydney for who she is, her kindness and how she is treated by her family angers him. The story unfolds as we see him questioning what he's doing, and still hiding his real motives from Sydney. And what happens when she finds out? The interaction between Lucas and Aiden was a point of interest as well, best friends growing up and now business partners, Aiden was somewhat the voice of reason when Lucas needed a reality check and man, there were times he really needed one. I loved this book, the storyline and Lucas and Sydney... these two were well developed and great to see them both flourish in the love. The book has some steam, as only Naima can write it and can she ever. I highly recommend this book. Aidan's story is up next and I am expecting a wild ride with that one.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Candi Kisses and not only because it made me ugly cry at the end.... 27 August 2016
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Were should I start. The Author: OMG can this chick write. I love her style and seeming realistic story telling.

The Story:
What a ride. From deceit, hope, love, hate, desire, misery, and every other emotion you can think of, this story has it all. The plot is sound, the story solid, and you just fall in love with her imperfect perfect characters.

The Characters:

Lucas: is a man on a mission, and Sydney is just the next step in his real life game of chess. He is strong and confident (sometimes more than her should be), charismatic, and HOT!!!

Sydney: is a woman with no purpose except trying to repair a wrong from 15 years earlier that she has blamed herself for. She has dedicated her to to not being selfish and being the perfect socialite daughter to her extremely overbearing and sometimes rude parents.

The Ending: HOLY SMOKES BATMAN!!!! Did not see that coming at all....

Favorite line: "God, he could make breathing foreplay." Simply genius.

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