Rating 3.5 Stars
The Bastard Bachelor Society is the first book in a brand new adult rom-com series by Sara Ney. I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this book as I’ve only previously read Ney’s NA sports romances (the How to Date a Douchebag and Jock Hard series are incredible and I highly recommend!) but I’m so glad for the chance to see this author flex those wonderful writer’s muscles and wow us with this new series. Don’t worry Ney fans, the familiar sarcastic wit and humour you know and love still dominates this series!
The story begins with Brooks Bennett creating a secret men’s society, known as the Bastard Bachelor Society, with his two best friends and forming a wager to see who can remain a bastard bachelor for the longest.
The rules are simple:
1) Remain single
2) Don’t see the same woman more than 3 days/nights per week
3) Don’t talk about the society
Cynical, workaholic Brooks thinks he has it in the bag — until he meets his neighbour, Abbott Margolis, and the two develop a fast friendship. But when the friendship includes hanging out for days on end, constantly thinking about each other and mentally stripping the other person of their clothes; just how long can this ‘friendship’ last and just how far is Brooks willing to go to win the bet?
This story was so fun to read and the chemistry between Brooks and Abbott was fantastic. Despite their different upbringings, Brooks and Abbott were very similar. Both were quite lovable characters with a drive to succeed professionally, a silly and sarcastic humour, and neither minded the meddling nature of sassy Nan Margolis. These two were so in-sync that they even decided to friendzone each other at the same time – though for very different reasons.
I already decided to friend-zone her—where does she get the audacity to friend-zone me? Doesn’t she realize the pecking order here? It starts with me. Me, at the top, hen-pecking away and deciding who gets what. I do the zoning in my relationships. Me. Not her.Brooks Bennett
There were just a couple of minor things that stopped me from completely loving this book. Firstly, Brooks’ whining at the beginning of the book. He was so overly dramatic that I immediately found myself not liking him and wondered why none of the characters reached over and just slapped him. However, Ney is a fantastic author who allowed Brooks to grow as a person and by the end of the book, he was significantly less whiny. The second thing was the cat, Desdemona. Without giving any spoilers away, I just didn’t understand Desdemona at all. I know a lot of people enjoyed Desi but I wasn’t one of them, unfortunately.
Overall, I found the Bastard Bachelor Society to be quite enjoyable and think the series has a lot of great potential! I feel like the rest of the series is going to be a wild ride and I’m definitely eager to see how things pan out for Brooks’ two friends.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Sara Ney and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!
About the Author
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 in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.