The Bachelors by E. S. Carter
Date read: 1st February 2018 – 1st February 2018
Page count: 236
Genre: Adult contemporary
Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley)
I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Yes, this is a Jane Austen retelling (specifically of Pride and Prejudice). Do you need to read Pride and Prejudice before you read this? I wouldn’t say you really have to, but it would definitely add to the reading experience if you did, or have in the past.
I was first drawn to this book because of the title. The Bachelors sounded exactly like the kind of feel-good romance that I need at this stage in my education – when coursework deadlines are coming thick and fast, important exams are looming right around the corner… This was exactly what I needed, and I’m glad I decided to give it a try.
The Bachelors is an Austen retelling, set in the present day. Wick, Bing and Darcy Austen are heirs to a multi-million bookshop business that is quickly going down the drain. So, Wick decides that the best course of action is either marrying one of them off to the ultra-rich heiresses the Bennet sisters or getting their company sold to them.
And, of course, this doesn’t go the way anyone planned it. It is a much, much raunchier story than I initially anticipated, so if you’re going into this expecting a clean run, you will be sorely disappointed. It’s going the way of cringy sex scenes (think “his touch made me heat up with lust” and “all the heat flooded to my core”) in this book, as well, which is probably why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have had done otherwise? That’s just my own personal preference for books, though.
I did enjoy many of the other aspects of this story though, I thought the sisters were really well characterised, and changed accordingly to fit their newfound scenario. The “Bachelors” themselves, though, did feel a little clunky at times, especially in the case of Darcy. Their characters weren’t as fleshed out, and it really showed.
Apart from that, though, this was a really enjoyable read. A definite, and strong, four stars out of five.