Title: The Bachelor B~st~rd Society
Series: The Bachelors Club #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 28 Jan 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads
What is the Bastard Bachelor Society?
It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.
Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.
We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually…
We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes.
Laugh it up, but I’m no loser.
Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to lose this bet for anyone? It would be for Abbott.
Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down. Especially when there’s a bet to win.
You could easily be forgiven in thinking that the story would be full of angst and dominant male behaviour; I am happy to say this is not the case, despite the title the story is surprisingly sweet and endearing.
Brooks is a successful architect although it is a far cry from his upbringing where money was a problem and he barely scraped along the poverty line. It is his memories of the struggle he faced in childhood which ultimately drives him in the present, however, they also cloud his judgement.
Abbott is the other end of the economic scale but you wouldn’t think so with her down-to-earth nature. She has worked hard to achieve her position in her career and yet still feels the need to continually prove herself to her colleagues. She is a glorious introvert while able to be assertive in her personal life.
Abbott and Brooks are neighbours in their apartment building where Brooks inserts himself into Abbott’s life in the quest for free food. The underlying issue could be seen as both Abbott and Brooks are lonely and together they provide the care and companionship they have been missing in their lives.
Despite the easy and natural flow of the relationship between Abbott and Brooks, Brooks is determined to hold himself back because of the ridiculous bet he has going with his friends; a bet that he himself devised. It is this bet which creates friction between Abbott and Brooks.
I have to say this is the second book I have read with a wonderful matriarchal figure in the form of Abbott’s nan who Brooks immediately adopts as his own. If she wants to also adopt me and meddle in my life I would be totally cool with that 😂
The narrative also demonstrates how very immature men can be when it comes to handling their emotions. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for the two remaining bachelors.