Bachelor's Special by Christine Warner {Guest Post & Review}

Bachelor's Special CoverSaute, simmer, and flambĂ©…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Published by Entangled Publishing - Indulgence Imprint

He tossed the towel on the counter. “I’m attracted to you, and after that zipper-popping kiss, I’m going to assume the feeling’s mutual.”

“That’s neither here nor there. I don’t mess around with someone I work with and definitely not someone I work for.” Jill jumped off the counter and pushed past him. She feared she’d combust from the friction of her heartbeat working against the rush of heated blood in her veins.

“I really don’t fall into either category. We don’t work together, and I’m far from your boss.” His voice held a tinge of humor laced with steel. “This is strictly a business arrangement.”

“That might be worse.”

He moved toward her. “Jill—”

“I’m tired of men assuming because I’m a woman, because of the way I look, that I’m open to a sexual relationship with them to get ahead.”

“What are you talking about? Who said anything about getting ahead?” He brushed his hand through his hair, confusion littering his face.

“Is this the payback you’re expecting? You offer to help me with my catering business, even so far as co-signing for a loan, and all I have to do is lay back, close my eyes, and grit my teeth while you have your way with me?”

A vein hammered along the side of his neck. “I seriously doubt you’ll be gritting your teeth, unless it’s to stop yourself from screaming my name.”

There’s something about that hero…

I admit it, I love writing and reading about the stereotypical tall, dark, and handsome hero. I really don’t know why, but I always picture a hero that way in my mind. Is it because I imagine that type of man strong? Or is it just because that’s the type of man I’m most attracted to? Maybe it’s because a majority of the romance books I’ve read over the years feature a hero who is described as tall, dark, and handsome—maybe not in those simple terms, but in the overall description that is basically what you end up with.

Yep, I’m shrugging here. I really haven’t taken the time to analyze my reasoning, but I know as I read a book that is the picture that develops in my mind. Unless the author throws in a wrench and mentions he’s blond, or some other contradiction to the image in my head. lol

But I do have another trait that I love in a hero.

Come on, lean in closer and I’ll share…teehee.

I love when a hero has a sense of humor. He doesn’t have to be slap-stick funny, but just a bit of teasing humor, or the way he’ll say something to diffuse a heated discussion, or maybe turn an awkward moment into something comfortable and bearable for the heroine. I love it when a hero can do that.

In my latest release from Entangled Publishing titled Bachelor’s Special—squee…—my hero Chet Castle is my perfect hero. You’d almost think I wrote him with me in mind…lol. Of course he’s tall, dark, and handsome, (picture me swooning here) but he’s also the proud owner of a wonderful sense of humor. And his heroine Jill is his equal, able to dish it out as well as take it. I love couples like that. They are fun to get to know and to travel with on their HEA journey.

How about you? What do you require in a hero? Tall, dark, and handsome with humor like me, or do you prefer your men blond, copper-haired, blue-eyed, stocky, lanky, arrogant, serious—or something else?

Talk about Romance . . . Holy Hot Flash, this book has it in spades with the combustible combination of sexy and sweet!!! 

In Bachelor's Special, Jill Adgate is a young woman who loves to wear 50's vintage clothes and is a successful, up-and-coming chef . . . That is until she meets Chet Castle, a seriously hot committaphobe, at his grandmother's birthday party. The sexual tension is there from the moment these two lock eyes, which causes a series of unfortunate events resulting in Chet wearing his grandma's birthday cake and Jill being fired from her job.

We next meet Jill and Chet a year later, when they both agree to a blind date set up for them by Jill's friend Mel and Mel's fiance, who happens to be Chet's brother. Jill has had a difficult year, since the "cake incident" has followed her from job to job, and has once again caused her current unemployment. 

Once Chet realizes who Jill is, the story and the heat level between Jill and Chet gets notched up several degrees. Of course, you know there's going to be a HEA, but the getting there is a quite a ride.

I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Ms. Warner's writing is a wonderful combination of tastefully sexy scenes between Jill and Chet with just the right amount of humor woven throughout the story, which had me laughing out loud at times. I can honestly recommend this book as an excellent read, and I'm going to give is a 5 Swan Review!

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Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.


  1. I'm so happy that you enjoyed Bachelor's Special and connected with Jill and Chet :) And thank you for the awesome've made my day a lot brighter! HAPPY READING!!!

  2. Hi, Christine!
    The excerpt was wonderful--witty, funny, and hot! "Who said anything about getting ahead?" LOL!! I loved that! And then of course, gritting her teeth to keep from shouting his name? I want one of him like, now. In my hero, I adore sarcasm. I think it's why I find Tony Stark so sexy--and he's tall, dark and handsome, too. Well, maybe not so tall, but definitely dark and handsome! :-D

    Awesome post! And Bachelor's Special is already tucked away on my Kindle!

  3. Hey Naima, thank you so much for coming by! Glad you liked the excerpt...and Tony Stark...OMG...YUMALICIOUS to the extreme!!

    Hope you enjoy Bachelor's Special....thrilled you're going to read Chet and Jill's story!