Bastard Bachelor Society by Sara Ney is the start of a new series and it’s a bit different for her which was cool. Not college students (though both the main characters are in their first careers). I was eager to explore what would happen to Abbott and Brooks.
Brooks has had his heartbroken and is well, somewhat bitter about women at the moment. He convinces his two buds to form the “Bastard Bachelor Society” where they swear off women (one member even breaks up with his current girlfriend), wear velvet smoking jackets and just behave like guys in the bar they like to frequent. It seems like a great idea to Brooks! But then… he meets Abbott Margolis, her cat, and her Nan.
Abbott lives in the same building as Brooks and they get acquainted when Abbott fails to hold the elevator door open for him when he is coming back from the office with a giant box in his hands. Cue their second meet-cute where Abbott is picking up food and bringing it back to her apartment when Brooks notices. He is hungry and well, they instantly have a fun time trading jokes and laughs.
But Brooks cannot fall for Abbott. He absolutely cannot. Not only did he found the Bastard Bachelor Society but he gave up season tickets so if he loses their bet, he is out expensive tickets too. But Brooks may just be falling fast.
Let me start right away and say that Brooks and his cohort are kind of…. old school bros. They aren’t nasty about women but they are definitely the type of guys you’d see belonging to a fraternity. That being said, Brooks grew on me a lot. He clearly cares about Abbott almost immediately and they do have a really comfortable friendship initially. That changes as the attraction grows and Brooks has to figure out what he really wants in his future. A dumb velvet smoking jacket or time with Abbott. It should be a no brainer but as I pointed out, Brooks is definitely thinking with guy brain.
Abbott is really sweet. She comes from a wealthy family but she is working to make an impression in the family company. She is just a genuine, fun woman who wants to please her Nan, take care of her cat, and avoid any marriage traps the family sets for her. But she is not immune to Brooks and his charm.
The dialog is fast-paced and funny in this book. It reminds me of Gilmore Girls style dialog! Heck, the book even has a cat and features a few chapters from the cat’s point of view. (Not the highlight for me really but it wasn’t awful.)
I am very interested to see where Sara Ney takes this series. I’m not sure if Brooks’ two friends, Blaine and Phillip, are meant to be the next bachelors. Neither of them jumped out at me as leading men material so I am curious to see how they can be fleshed out and made a bit more three dimensional.
I really liked Abbott and Brooks together. They have really good chemistry and it is clear from the get-go they just genuinely like and enjoy each other’s company. That was really nice to see and it started their relationship off on a strong footing for me.
I think if you can get past some of the initial “bro” speak between the three guys, this book is going to be a lot of fun. I’m always glad to jump back into a Sara Ney book and Bastard Bachelor Society is no different. Solid read!
Bastard Bachelor Society is available now!
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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