Bachelor’s Return by Clarissa Yip
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe
Returning home brings the most unexpected surprises…
Melissa Johnson, aka, the Brat, didn’t believe in happily ever after. She also blames James Bauer for ruining her for other men. After years of crushing on him, Melissa knew she had to get him out of her system.
James Bauer needs to protect his bachelorhood. He's always enjoyed the single life and dreads returning home to see his matchmaker mother. Fate had other plans however, when he finds his nemesis in tight black leather...working at a dance club, of all places.
One touch ignites a fire between Melissa and James, but will it be enough to keep them together?
He’s tired of his mother’s matchmaking. Every time he comes home she has several “dates” set up for him whether he wants any or not. He’s NOT getting married!
Ms. Yip has created two characters that are independent, like to do things their way, and have a long history together from childhood. She sets the scene by bringing James home for his sister’s wedding. He’s not expecting to see Melissa there, all grown up. He used to call her “Brat” when she was younger and still does now.
The interplay between the two main characters is what gives this story its charm. They are sexy, smart mouthed and determined to be their own persons. They also have an undeniable attraction. Since they are both stubborn, there is a lot of banter, some anger, and lots of dancing around the main issue.
In addition to the main characters, there is the wedding party (frazzled as usual), the parents who want the best for their children, and the issue of where Melissa works and how much James hates it. The author makes you empathize with James’ desire to choose his own dates and women. You also can easily understand why Melissa fell in love with him so many years ago.
The author makes her romance spicy which fits well with the storyline. The story read wells and keeps your interest. The emotions are authentic. I found myself rooting for both of her main characters. They were “real” enough you could take sides. This novella was a good read, the pages kept turning. Why not get a copy of try it for yourself?