Bidding on Brooks by Katy Regnery


25545588Bidding on Brooks is the first of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Preston. He’s been down that road before and only escaped by the skin of his teeth. And maybe Cameron, because he’s super hot, but too hot-headed to be decent boyfriend material…)

Railroaded into a bachelor auction by his sister, Jessica, Brooks Winslow asks his friend, Skye Sorenson, to bid on him to avoid the possibility of any romantic entanglements. Fiercely competitive and protective of those he cares for, Brooks was profoundly affected by the loss of his father at an early age. A witness to his mother’s terrible loneliness and his siblings’ grief, the ex-Olympian has never allowed himself to fall in love.

Skye Sorenson, the plucky mechanic at Sorenson Marina, where Brooks moors his three sailboats, is a credible sailor in her own right…and has quietly lusted after Brooks for years. But her longstanding friendship with Brooks has always made romance seem impossible.

When Skye agrees to bid on Brooks, the two cast off for a weeklong ocean adventure on Brooks’ sailboat, The Zephyr.

And…what happens in Zephyrland stays in Zephyrland.

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My Review:

4 stars — You know what I love about this series of books by Ms. Regnery? They are consistent….I know that sounds like a lame word, but when you *really* need a book to give you a certain kind of experience, it’s nice to know of an author that will give that to you. And this book was no exception. I used to be a huge reader of Harlequin novels, and I get a similar experience from these books, only plus plus, if that makes any sense…. I want intriguing characters dealing with their own issues, and guaranteed great chemistry. Brooks and Skye totally fulfilled that for me. I liked how the issues were resolved as well (wasn’t sure how the escort one would be, but it left me satisfied).

My only negative? is that I had certain expectations going in about Skye’s tomboy character and her unrequited love for Brooks, and it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Though, I suppose in some ways that’s good, b/c the author broke the mold I’m used to. My problem is that it’s a mold I really love, so I was looking forward to that. Skye’s tomboy-ish-ness just didn’t play as big a role as I wanted.

Regardless, if you’re looking for a classic romance tale, this is definitely the book (and series) for you!!