Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.
Sold to the highest bidder!
Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.
Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.
As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?
Jesse and Michaela have an instant attraction upon meeting each other. That would be all great, but Michaela is engaged to be married. But no fear, Michaela and her fiance have an open relationship. Though Michaela has never acted upon this freedom she has. The attraction is so strong, it leaves them breathless, and acting awkward. Lots of thoughts and battles are fought in their minds, and the inner reflections, constant flow of thoughts just gets convoluted.
In principle, the idea of the story, the study between the traditional relationship with commitment, and open, free relationship is fascinating. I know exactly where I sit on that fence, but the plot and the idea were original.
Michaela comes off so defensive of her relationship, somewhat naive when it comes to her fiance's behavior, or is it just denial, but if it is, why does she have a need for it? Jesse is hurting from his past, from the betrayal of his father and ex-girlfriend. He comes off a little arrogant. I felt it was really difficult to connect with them, Michaela especially. I didn't find her very likeable, or charming.
We learn so much about the characters, their inner thoughts, their development as a person - and all that is great. But there's no much room for the development of the relationship, and their feelings, so the ending seemed rushed and slightly off.
Overall, the story left me breathless and wondering what just happened. But if a story makes you think, hasn't it reached its point?
~ Three Spoons
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me