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Beauty and the Bachelor (Bachelor Auction #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  894 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake—the stunning daughter of his enemy—is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail...followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no choice but to accept.

Sydney has been controlled by her family her whole life. When Lucas threatens to reveal he
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Published August 10th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published August 6th 2015)
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The synopsis of this book seemed interesting. I know some aren't fans of novels which employ revenge plots and that carry big secrets for a length of time, but it's something I sometimes find appealing. If done well, vengeance angst and the anticipation for the big reveal can keep me interested and on the edge of my seat. The bonus to this is if the author has a good plot to go along with it, with a cast of likeable characters to keep everything moving forward, and then a good, solid ending to c ...more
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There is nothing like a hot sexy and steamy enemy to lovers stoy to heat up your e-readers!!! And in Naima Simone's latest release, Beauty and the Bachelor, Ms. Simone dishes out one hot sexual tension romance that is filled with revenge, steam, and an unexpected love affair to keep readers like myself entertained.

In Beauty and the Bachelor, the theme of revenge was stamped all over it. Lucas Oliver had only one intention an
Lucas Oliver has a plan. He is going to get revenge on the man who ruined his life 15 years ago. He has to use Sydney, the beautiful daughter of his enemy, to get his revenge. Sydney has always been controlled, from put-downs about her weight or wild hair, to marrying a man she doesn't love to help save her fathers business, she is used to sacrificing herself for those she loves. What should have been a simple bachelor auction where she was going to bid on her fiance, ends up with the wrong man ...more
Juliette Cross
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another hot and heady concoction by Naima Simone. I swear, I'm not even a super-fan of the millionaire trope but it makes no difference. None. She hooks her claws in me and draws me in...every...single...TIME. Such compelling characters and alluring storytelling. Love.

Recommended to readers who want to laugh their ass off but also get a heavy dose of smexy and heart.
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Beauty and the Bachelor begins when Lucas Oliver puts his revenge plan into motion. He's so dead set on getting back what he deserves and making the one man who ruined his life pay that he doesn't care who he takes out in the process. Including beautiful Sydney. But the problem is she's different from what he thought she would be. And while she is now his wife, he has no idea how to deal with everything he's all ready set into motion and the future as we
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 Stars Good

I really liked this one a lot and it had some seriously great potential but I found the inner dialogues, thoughts and descriptions overpowering the actual interaction/dialogue between the H and the h. I WANT and NEED dialogue and this story for me lacked that. The premise was great but the execution fell a bit short for me but I still enjoyed it.
Dirty Dayna
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 please love me stars

This book was almost a five for me it is a great new beauty and the beast story but the big plot didn't release until the 96% mark and then blew up but wrapped back in a bow too quickly for my liking

this is a typical insta love short book which you need sometimes a little heartwarming feeling. if this book had been longer it would have had a 5 from me easy!
*A BEASTY Love Jones*
Beauty &the Bachelor is by far an effortless refreshing Read by Namia Simeon.
A Lovely creative but extremely passionate piece . Definitely an Writing work of Art! A Superb creative Operatic piece casts n modern day , of a timeless love story.
This reader became Alice n Wonderland going down the Rabbit's hole..not 2mention taken back over joyed of having 2 meet that handsome Johnny Dep yayyy me!
lustful filled tendencies channeled n2 fantasies..hehee! Ooh well a gal can dre
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
It could be a wonderful read the plot was promising. But it is nooott. I really wanted to like this. Because I love forced/aranged marriage bookS. Too short for a book like this or for my taste. İt was like the writer herself just bored of her own book and cut it short. No angst or twist. Love in just 1 month (actually in 2 weeks but anounced in 1 month:)) sooo predictable.
Sorry this is not for me...
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rrc-gonna-read
I got a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange of an honest review

3.5 stars

Lucas Oliver is all set to avenge his father. And he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. Even if it involves blackmailing the innocent daughter of his sworn enemy into marrying him. All her life Sydney Blake was controlled by her family. She was nothing more than a disappointment to her fickle, indifferent mother and her driven, controlling and absent father. She was a mere pawn in her father'
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the early read and review copy I received electronically


This read had a surprising amount of emotion that I wasn't expecting in a romance. It isn't just about an expected relationship developing into love. This was about learning to forgive oneself, love oneself, and stop taking other people's crap and expectations of you. It is about learning to forgive, learning how to grow, and learning how to let go.

Lucas and Sydney are pretty wonderful toget
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have brought nearly all of this author's books but this was the first one I have actually read. I know, what was I waiting for!!!

This was Lucas and Sydney's story. For the avoidance of any doubt this is an interracial story, Sydney is biracial. Her dad is black and her mum is white.

I really enjoyed the story, it got me all in my feelings. I felt for both Lucas and Sydney. I liked that Lucas was always honest about his attraction to Sydney. The story felt like one of those early Mills & Boo
Bette Hansen
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Sydney casually made her bid for the bachelor at the auction, she expected the masked man to be her fiance Tyler. Never did she expect the ruggedly handsome stranger, Lucas Oliver. Really though, what could it possibly hurt to have one dinner with the man. A lot apparently!

Lucas Oliver is out for revenge. If it weren't for Sydney's father, his own father would still be alive. He assumes when he forces the man's daughter into an unplanned marriage that cancels out her planned marriage to Tyl
Nanci **Warning**IWasASailor⚓️MyMouthisDirty
This was a quick, cute read. It has a bit of mystery. Trying to figure out why Lucas hates Jason so much. Wanting to hug Sydney because of all her self esteem issues her parents caused her and the hope Luke can let the past go and fall in love.

I enjoyed, it was very entertaining and kept me intrigued.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Revenge is never a good idea but sometimes, it can lead to unexpected feelings. Lucas and Sydney end up together by what seems to be a mistake, but it's just a part of a plan that doesn't include falling in love. I like the internal conflict that Lucas goes through and his chemistry with Sydney is great. Definitely one to pick up :)
Maria Rose
This sexy revenge love story is the romance between Sydney and Lucas. Lucas has waited 15 years to enact revenge on Jason Blake, his father’s business partner who had an affair with Lucas’s mother and destroyed their family. The best way to do this? Secretly buy out pieces of Jason’s company until he owns controlling shares and blackmail his daughter Sydney to marry him with threats of revealing her father’s shady business practices to the authorities. A 1 year marriage to Sydney should give him ...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World.*** :)

Rating: 4.5/5

In Beauty and the Bachelor we get to read about two individuals who are so caught up in maintaining their loyalty to their families that they are willing to do anything to protect them. In this case, we meet Lucas Oliver, the handsome billionaire whose fortune has helped him claim the ladder of the wealthy and is willing to do anything to avenge his father. And then we meet Sydney, the daughter of a wealthy man who is determ
Stacy Reid
I cannot express how much I loved this book. Naima's writing is provocatively sensual and so damn sweet. I have a soft spot for revenge themed romances and this one satisfied me in every way.
From the very first page I was drawn to our hero Lucas. I loved everything about him. He is scarred on the inside from suffering the loss of his family because of another man’s greed, thus starting his quest for revenge. I won’t even get into his bloody mother, other than to say I could slap that b***h. Luca
Eva Millien
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hell bent on revenge, Lucas Oliver serves up a little blackmail, followed by a marriage proposal but has a tough time making Sydney suffer when all he thinks about is touching her in this exciting contemporary romance.
Tricked, blackmailed and forced to do her duty, Sydney has no choice but to accept Lucas marriage proposal and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the turmoil as well as the flying sparks that ignite when both Lucas and Sydney is caught by their unwanted attraction to each o
Nikki Brooks
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Lucas as spent the last 15 years plotting the downfall of the man he holds responsible for the implosion of his family. He is now on the brink of success, the last piece of the plan is within his grasp, Sydney, the daughter of his enemy. But what happens when he realises that she is not the ice-princess, haughty blue blooded socialite he thought she was.

Sydney is tired of being the perfect daughter. She has shouldered some mislaid guilt over a childhood tragedy and feels she is finally doing som
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is a contemporary romance novel. I loved the story line and characters as well. It was quite interesting and chemistry between Sydney and Lucas was off-the-charts, which is a definite plus.
Sydney doesn't think of herself as a perfect daughter but she tries her best. Even then her parents are never happy with her. She knows that her parents may not love her the way she wants but she loves them and that is enough to garner family loyalty. For them she is willing to marry someone she doesn't lov
Shirley Williamson
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lucas has lived most of his life Hell bent on revenge against the man who has ruined his life and his father's.
The Beast of Baybridge will stop at nothing to get his satisfaction including blackmailing the daughter of the traitor to marry him for one year to protect her father.
Sydney is the perfect daughter. Oh not in size or stature but in loyalty. For her parents, she has accepted an engagement from her close friend Tyler so her family would profit from his family's name. Knowing it would be
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good revenge read. The sexy times were scorching!
Isha Coleman
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Release Date:  August 10, 2015
She may be the highest bidder, but this bachelor's price is blackmail and passion...
Billionaire Lucas Oliver is hell bent on revenge. And his plan begins when Sydney Blake-the stunning daughter of his enemy-is tricked into bidding on Lucas at a bachelor auction. Then he serves up a little blackmail...followed by a marriage proposal Sydney has no
Three and a half stars.

Lucas Oliver has overcome his less than privileged upbringing and become a self-made man. With his big build, ruthless business approach and scar under his eye people refer to him as the Beast of Bay Bridge Industries (his business). However, what really drives Lucas is his hatred of Jason Blake, the man who was in business with his father but then took advantage of him and whose actions led to his father's death. Lucas has the perfect plan to destroy Jason, trick his daug
April Symes
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
Billionaire Lucas Oliver is so determined to take revenge on the people who wronged his father and ruined his life 15 years before. He knows it was his father’s former business partner so he sets out to ruin him the only way that can bring pain to him the way he knows will hurt the worst- thru his daughter- Sydney Blake.
Sydney Blake has always been so used at home-having been put down thru words or by actions-been told her h
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Naima Simone is a new author to me but oh my, I am now a huge fan. The concept of her book is straight forward but it turns out to be an extraordinary story of two people finding love and learning to trust. I absolutely could not stop reading Naima's Beauty and the Bachelor - I freaking loved it. Her characters, Lucas and Sydney were enchanting and their plot was incredibly fun. It's a great read.

Lucas wants revenge and is willing to do anything to achieve it. His father's premature death left h
Originally posted at Revenge of the Feels

Rating: 4 stars

Beauty and the Bachelor is unlike anything I have ever read before!

Yes, the story is filled with cliché of how one man falls in love with his enemy’s daughter but in Beauty and the Bachelor, the author brings out a totally different story between the characters themselves!

Lucas Oliver may need revenge more than his next breath, but it doesn’t mean he was an ass towards Sydney. (Well, besides the blackmail!) I’ve read a few novels with simil
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I'm not usually down with revenge-plot stories, but this one wasn't too bad. For some reason I tend to be more forgiving when the male is the bad actor, but not when it's the female. Yes I know what Freud would say... no need to psychoanalyze me.

Sydney was a good female lead. Even though she started out with no voice and cowed to the demands of her parents and the upper echelons of society. Usually this type of heroine will annoy me, but Naima Simone did a good job here of writing an empathetic
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when a bachelor auction, a billionaire, a little revenge, and a marriage of convenience are combined? Beauty and the Bachelor, a well-written novel from new to me author Naima Simone. Ms. Simone's style of writing is easy to comprehend and attention grabbing. I was never lost or had to reread a couple of paragraphs to understand what was going on. I knew each and every character intimately, and only wanted to read more about them after the story very happily concluded.

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USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—a ...more
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