Hand Me the Reins: The Bachelor Auction Series, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bought in an auction by a shy baker? No problem.
Pretending to be her boyfriend for her sister’s wedding? On it.
I can pretend all day long because I’m Thatcher Manning, the guy who doesn’t do relationships.
I’ll give a woman a wild romp. Hell, I’ll give her anything. Anything but my heart.
I decided a long time ago I’d never get serious with a woman. The fact that I’m leaving town in a few months only cements that decision.
But then Astrid has to get under my skin. She hands over the reins in bed - and out - and now I’m catching feelings.
The kind you can’t fake.
Trouble is - I wasn’t playing for keeps. Now, that’s a problem. A big one.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 11 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 31, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #100,136 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#536 in Western Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,755 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,935 in Western Romances
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Thatcher is a good-natured man who own the successful local bar. He is steadfastly against romantic relationships because he has a deep-rooted fear of the pain and loss he’d feel if such a relationship ended badly. Astrid owns the wonderful bakery in town and she has a problem; she has to go home for her sister’s wedding and if she goes alone, her already horrible family will be intolerable. When I described them as horrible, believe me, that’s actually an understatement. The only normal relative she has is her great-aunt, the town librarian. Her aunt buys Thatcher at the bachelor auction so Astrid can ask him to be her date for the wedding. He’s a really good guy and is happy to help her out, but he can’t understand why she’s so insecure about her appearance because he finds her incredibly attractive. When he meets her terrible family it all becomes painfully clear, as does the fact that the ‘fake’ relationship between him and Astrid is the best relationship he’s ever had. Suddenly, he’s questioning plans and decisions he’s been making about his life.
This story manages to be incredibly sweet and also incredibly sexy. Both Thatcher and Astrid have issues to overcome, and they are such likable characters that as the reader you keep cheering them on. If you read the other books in this series you’ll be happy to see characters from those stories appear in this one. I was excited to see Nix and Kit from “Mountain Darkness” make an appearance, too, which was unexpected but a lot of fun. There are some heartbreaking moments in this story, but I promise that the heartwarming feelings you’ll have at the end make it all worth it.
aunt bids on Thatcher for her. Thatcher, was surprised that the
town's librarian who won his bid, isn't his date, but her voluptuous
niece is. It's just a date for the weekend of the wedding but Thatcher
sees how Astrid is treated by her family and comes through for her.
Thatcher and Astrid are a great couple and you cheer both of them
on as the situation is revealed. There's only one problem, Thatcher
is leaving for Mexico soon and will be gone for at least 6 months, he
has not obligations at home and Astrid will be alone again once the
wedding's obligations are fulfilled. This was a wonderful story, sprinkled
with some heartbreak, disappointments and tears, but Thatcher sees
the truth and guides Astrid through and shows her what love and loyalty
can be like for the first time in her life.
I love these bachelor auction stories and hope they can continue.