Bachelor At Her BiddingTitle:  Bachelor At Her Bidding
Series:  Montana Born Bachelor Auctions (novella book 2)
Author:  Kate Hardy
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 27, 2015
My Rating:  4 star
Source:  NetGalley

Story Blurb:

Your date with Parisian-trained chef Ryan Henderson promises you’ll get the best meal of your life cooked especially for you. His Red Velvet cheesecake is to die for – but we know he has even better desserts up his sleeve…

How to win a girl in ten cakes…

When Dr. Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a broken heart and a divorce under her belt, going to a Bachelor Auction fundraiser doesn’t sound like her idea of a good time – and when her sister and friends “buy” her a dinner date with sexy Parisian-trained pastry chef Ryan Henderson, that sounds even worse.

Ryan doesn’t have time for dating – he’s put his dreams to one side and come back to Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when he agrees to help a charity fundraiser by offering to cook a special meal to one lucky bidder, he gets more than he bargains for and discovers a woman he might just dare to let himself fall in love with.

Then tragedy strikes, just when Rachel and Ryan think they might have a future, opening up old scars and pushing them apart.

And if they’re to stand a chance of getting back together, then Ryan’s going to have to be seriously inventive. Can he win the love of his life with ten cakes?

Read on for my thoughts on Bachelor At Her Bidding.  No true spoilers, promise.

Sometimes love hurts.  More often than we really want to admit.  Rachel and Ryan have both been badly hurt recently.  Neither want to ever go “there” again – so what’s a girl supposed to do when her friends set her up with a handsome chef who’s food is better than sex – so, what’s  guy to do when he’s put on the spot by a well-meaning, stubborn friend to be a stand in bachelor for the auction to help out an injured kid.  Go along with it and hope it’s over fast.  Yeah, right.  *wink*

This was a lovely fun love story.  Two people who have been badly hurt in the love department come together in spite of their reluctance.  She vows to never let a man close enough to hurt her again.  He has such a strong sense of family that he won’t allow anyone to help him take care of his grandmother who is now in failing health.  But no one can do it all… alone.

The romance is sweet.  These two deserve to find their happy ever after together – but just when things start to look good… Ryan makes a huge – huge – mistake and Rachel backs away, forever in her mind.  Now it’s up to Ryan to convince her that his love is worth the risk in the way he does best.  Bombarding her with a cake a day until she sees he is the one for her.

I would recommend this novella to anyone who just wants a sweet, loving and sexy love story.  It’s a short read, but a powerful story.  It gets a 4 outa 5 rating from me.  Enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of Bachelor At Her Bidding from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

This novella is available for the Kindle at Amazon.