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The Bachelor by Carly Phillips
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Feb 04, 11

bookshelves: humor, romance, sensuous

Chandler Brothers, handsome, honorable, charming, women magnets, all against marriage though... Their father died when they were young, and Raina, their mother, mourned for a long time... (hence anti marriage - anti hurt?)... and they all love their mother a lot...

Charlotte - her father left for Hollywood when she was young, her mother (frail and depressed) refused to go - but they still loved... he would come home periodically, and her mother was only really alive (lively) when he is home... and Charlotte felt abandoned by her father (that he wanted Hollywood more than her), and decided to not be like her mother, so dependent on a man for her happiness... (and only after she is in love with Roman, and dad comes home, do they tell her the truth, that mom refused each time to go to California with him, and refused to let her - feeling as if she needed her daughter more).

Roman Chandler - the youngest, an AP reporter, travels the world and reports on injustices... Charlotte graduated HS, went to New York, took business classes, worked in clothing, and returned home to open her own lingerie/fun women's clothes shop (and she crochets her bras/panties for sale)... there was attraction in HS, though Charlotte was avoiding him... they had one date, they connected on a soulfull level and he shared his dreams of traveling/reporting - and she refused any more dates because she did not want to have feelings for a man who would be leaving town, like her father...

and the story begins with Raina in emergency, fearful that she is having a heartattack... but its only heartburn... but her sons are on their way, and she decides to use a little deception to let her sons think she is unhealthy, and she'd really like grandchildren... so the sons decide to toss a coin to determine who will sacrifice to get married and have a grandchild... and Roman looses the toss...

So Roman (who hasn't been in town for a while) is looking for a woman who would be happy to have his financial support, have his baby, and whom he could visit every once in awhile... and he runs into Charlotte... and the chemistry is still there... and after a few run ins (including a humorous scene where she is modeling her creations for her mother, and her mother leaves so that she ends up modeling for Roman - and she decides to get him out of her system, and comes on to him... but he realizes that he cares enough about her that he doesn't want to hurt her, so he says no.... ) Roman realizes he fully loves her, and wants to make a life with her - and it takes a little time to convince her that it is possible for them both to have what they need, and still be together - what they really need... ahhhhh
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