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The Bachelor's Bed

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  316 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

Lani Mills had a secret crush on gorgeous diehard bachelor Colin West, along with half the women in town. But she was just his cleaning lady, so she'd have to content herself with dusting and dreaming...or would she?

Colin needed a fictional fiancée to end his mother's matchmaking attempts. Lovely, loyal Lani was his first choice, and, to his relief, she agreed to pretend t

Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Harlequin Books (first published February 1st 2000)
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Lisa  Montgomery
Jan 23, 2015 Lisa Montgomery rated it liked it
Lani Mills had a secret crush on gorgeous diehard bachelor Colin West, along with half the women in town. But she was just his cleaning lady, so she'd have to content herself with dusting and dreaming...or would she?

Colin needed a fictional fiancée to end his mother's matchmaking attempts. Lovely, loyal Lani was his first choice, and, to his relief, she agreed to pretend they were madly in love. But his relief turned to dismay when she kept forgetting the "pretend" part...

The problem with this b
Mar 18, 2011 Kayla rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Usually really like Jill Shalvis but this book was a let down. Couldn't careless about the either character. I normally have little or to no trouble suspending belief or ignoring the silly set ups but this one was just a bit to much for me.
Jul 04, 2011 Bri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars. If you suspend reality for a bit, you'll enjoy this book more. Loads of UST, cute characters and a fun storyline.
This was 2 novels in one. Both of them by some pretty competent authors. These were not however, their best work. They each in my opinion deserved 2 stars - they were okay.

The Bachelor's Bed by Jill Shalvis
The hero, Colin, askes the heroine, Lani, to pretend to be engaged to him to get his mom to stop trying to fix him up so he can work on an invention without distractions. She keeps forgetting it's pretend. Worst part is she lets him know it. I was embarrassed for her for most of the book. Wri
Jan 21, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
I have always been a little weary of harlequin novels. I think it's because my grandma used to read them when she would babysit me and I kind of threw that into a certain genre itself. Grandma word porn, if you will. I always pictured a half nakey woman clutching Fabio's manly chest as both of their long silky hair blew lightly in the breeze as the stood on a mountain top declaring their undying sexual need for each other. Being quite honest, I never thought I would fall into the realm of romanc ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Lyndi rated it it was ok
Shelves: heroine-ruins-it
Oi. 1.5 stars for this one. You're killing me, Shalvis. I really liked the last book, but this one was hard to not put down.

This was basically 200 pages of Lani (look up 'desperate' in the dictionary and you'll find Lani) deluding herself into believing that her pretend engagement has very real feelings behind it. Of course, those feelings do eventually form and they love each other fo'realz and live happily ever after or whatever. But seriously? I almost shut this book down like 4 or 5 times be
Dec 22, 2013 Melinda rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I read this in a state of disbelief and enjoyment. For some reason, I've been reading a lot of romance novels where the hero is ridiculously clueless of the consequences of actions.

Colin just wants peace from his busybody family, which makes him come up with a ridiculous plan of pretending to get married. His plan backfired and his family is more in his hair than ever.

Lani on the other hand is kinda a victim of circumstance. She's in the right place at the right time and she has a major crush
Aug 13, 2013 Kezermezer rated it it was ok
Housekeeper Lani Mills is about to receive the proposition of a lifetime. Pretend to be Colin West's fiance so his loving but meddlesome family will stop pestering him to marry and he can finally devote all of his concentration on his work. Since Lani's secretly head over heels for Colin, this could either be the best thing that's ever happened to her - or the worst.

Ah, Jill Shalvis. She's one of my favorite authors. Her books are quirky, funny, heartfelt, emotional, and hot - usually. For me,
Sonia Root
Jan 17, 2014 Sonia Root rated it it was ok
Borrowed this book from my local e-book library and I gotta say, I was disappointed.

I LOVE Jill's books and series. I've read my fair share, but his short story (136 pgs) could have been even shorter say 70 pages.

It repeated itself and staggered along with a really thin story line.

Free read so not complaining too badly but it could have been way better.


Sonia Root, Book Junkie
Becky MoJo
Mar 13, 2014 Becky MoJo rated it liked it
Almost a Cinderella story but with a modern twist. Lani owns her own cleaning business but she's not rolling in it and has to go out and work just like everybody else. One client in particular, the steamy bachelor Colin, whom Lani fantasizes about. Colin is an inventor and is working on his biggest project, but his mother and aunts are driving him mad with trying to marry him off. Enter plot here. Colin decides to find a pretend fiance so he can get some privacy and finish his project. You see w ...more
Alvster Lucas
Dec 03, 2015 Alvster Lucas rated it really liked it
Another of my earlier readings. Great, great book. Wonderful story. Well written.
Deanna Drake
Mar 04, 2011 Deanna Drake rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this book was so simple in its storyline, HOWEVER I loved it. Lani was adorable and knew what she wanted from minute 1. Colin, the man who keeps feelings locked up deep inside, pushing love away from him, confused at how he can be drawn to someone like Lani.....nice. I have to give props where they are due...the women in Colin's life (his mom and aunts) were immediate loves of mine. I like when a writer can introduce secondary characters and make you just giggle in joy at their pr ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Beate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, erotica
This book made me very, very happy. It's a quick read, unless you have a billion interruptions like I've had, it's sweet, and it's bound to pick your mood up if you're feeling down. A bit sad towards the end, before the girl gets her man in the end.

Ms Shalvis is sliding up on my fave author list rather quickly with each book I read by her. I think I might need to go and find me some more books to download to my Kindle. :)
aaaaaw This book made me happy and warm inside..such cute and sweet story.

Lani's adorable and Colin's a real sweetheart and the mother and aunts adorable to

it' a quick read and it's bound to lift your spirit.

I am a huge Jill Shalvis fan but I knew that somewhere in her back catalogue she must have a dud and I think I've found it.

I am pleased to say that she has come a long way since this!
Mariah Bowman
Apr 08, 2014 Mariah Bowman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books. It has been on my shelf for a long time. I have reread it at least 20 times. Amazingly written and wonderful to go back to when I need a pick me up.
Aug 28, 2014 Dee rated it liked it
Two-haiku review:

She's his housecleaner
He suggests sham engagement
To stop matchmaking

Early Jill Shalvis
Short, typical Temptation
Not really much depth
Dec 13, 2011 Kristin rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, e-books, chick-lit
This was a quick, one-day read for me. It was a cute story, and I liked the characters. Definitely something light and easy. Would be a good beach read.
Marblezzie (Blez)
Jan 05, 2011 Marblezzie (Blez) rated it really liked it
It was a very funny and romantic story. Although, the hero was absolutely daft at first but in the end realized the folly of his foolhardiness!
I expect a certain caliber of writing from Jill Shalvis which I didn't get in this book. Definitely skip it, she has done better.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
this book is proof that writers can improve! This book is sooo bad, but Jill Shalvis's later novels are some of my favorites, so go figure
Jul 23, 2013 Rochelle rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2013
Well, I think this is my first 3-star read by Shalvis - normally she is a 4- or 5-star read.
The book wasn't bad, just not very much depth.
Jan 20, 2016 LilyLanie rated it did not like it
(1 star = couldn't finish it)

Halfway through and still just don't care about these people. The female lead is an idiot.
Jun 09, 2012 Trish rated it it was ok

Typical harlequin romance. Plot went by way too fast and left me feeling in a whirlwind of "what just happened?".
Cute, kind of fun and sexy. I felt for Lanie, and I really liked her and that unwavering loyalty of hers.
Mar 25, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Good short weekend read. Great Characters. You'll definitely fall in love with them!
Irma04 rated it really liked it
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