Posted:  April 15, 2015

In Bed with the Bachelor by Megan CraneOur 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?

     This is a story of two people from Seattle, Washington who are in Marietta, Texas visiting family.  They’ve never met but the family sure have.
     Jason Grey the uncle to Jesse Grey local boy-turned tycoon.  Once he went off to college at U.W. he never returned.  He became a contractor and created an empire in Seattle.  Anything to get away from his endlessly cheating father who tore his family apart.  As if that wasn’t bad enough he stole from his son.
     Not in the way you would think.  You see the Grey family every year gets together every last dysfunctional one of them and meet at his grandma’s.  Even if he hated being with crazy people they were his crazy people so 3 years ago he brings his girlfriend, Angelique home to meet everyone.  By the time they were going to go home on New Year’s she was going home with his father.  They are now married and have twin daughters.  Needless to say they’re not speaking.
     To avoid his father and his new family he now comes at Valentine’s week.  Which saves him from all the crazy women who throw themselves at him trying to convince him they are in love or at least a couple.  Yet, on this one particular morning of his visit his uncle tells him, “Oh by the way signed you up to be one of the bachelors to be auctioned off for charity to help a little boy who is ill, tonight.”  Jesse just wants to write a check.  But his uncle kinda throws in there, “Maybe you need to see if your body can cash one of them, for a change.”
     That night on the block he never smiled in fact he scowled but especially at Michaela Townsend and her table because they kept driving up the bid until they won.  He didn’t know but it was her unofficial bachelorette party.  So all her aunties and cousins pulled their monies together to buy him for her.  She tells him to help her fiancé Terrance Polk who everyone in his circles knew was an egregious loser.  He was a self-proclaimed “money and ideas guy” who never had much in the way of either – renowned to be the biggest slut in the Seattle area.
     Michaela was too beautiful and to wholesome and nice.  Then she started sprouting all this stuff about open relationships and he figured that Terrance’s was brainwash working.  He told her flat out not date with Terrance.  Which disappointed her so not sure why that tightened his chest but it did.  So he agreed to allow him to call and if he had time he would have coffee with him.
     The next morning as she was starting her day she hears a loud knock at her aunt’s front door.  He aunt calls to her it’s Jesse in all his tall, broad, and seriousness.  He says he’s her ride for the long drive and if she was ready.  She says ready for what.  Then he tells her that a big snowstorm was coming, his uncle and her aunt talked and thought it would be best if I tried to outrun the storm by driving us since with business I can’t get stuck.  After heated words she agrees.  So does the adventure of their lives.
     I totally enjoyed this story it is so Alpha of him in his speech at times but his actions the exact opposite.  Chivalry is not dead when Jesse is around.  Even as stubborn as Michaela was Jesse still saw the softness and the fear, vulnerable, and tender sides of her.  He knew she needed and should be treated like a gift.  And he so wanted to be that for her but couldn’t or could he?  Michaela saw almost the same thing in Jesse he was hurting from his past and she needed to help him through it and be his safe place to land.
I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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