The Bachelor by Carly Phillips
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|Fri, 01-26-2007 - 12:07pm|
I had really high hopes for this book. I read "Hot Stuff" and "Under the Boardwalk" both by Phillips and liked them both. This was also a selection in Kelly Ripa's book club. It was ok, but didn't really live up to my expectations.
This is the first in a trilogy about the three Chandler brothers looking for love. They are from a small town in upstate New York and are known for being quite the ladies men. Their mother, a widow, decides it's high time that they settle down and get married and give her some grandchildren. She fakes a heart condition and implores them go get busy. The guys do a coin toss, and Roman is the one who is to lose his bachelor status.
The trouble is, Roman is a wanderer. He works as a foreign correspondent and loves his globe-trotting life. He thinks maybe finding a woman who will accept a marriage of convenience is the answer, but his long-lost teenage love, Charlotte Bronson is back in town to complicate things. He doesn't want anyone but Charlotte, and she wants a man who will settle down in their hometown and not take off like her father.
The family relationships are pretty well-written, but everytime the two get together it's full of every sex/love scene cliche you've ever read.