Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
When I saw the sign-up for K.K. Allen’s British Bachelor, it wasn’t for any interest I may have in the television show, The Bachelor. I know that K.K Allen adores the show, but I gave up on that many seasons ago. What drew me to this book was (1) the storytelling of K.K. Allen, whom I adore, and (2) the Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward story that inspired this book, British Bedmate aka Dear Bridget, I Want You. And K.K. Allen’s British Bachelor did not disappoint in living up to my love for both of these.
This story follows Liam and Chelsea. Chelsea is a woman at a bit of a crossroads. She has just quit her Ph.D. program in the hopes of writing books. The problems are (1) she hasn’t told her parents and (2) she’s afraid to share her stories with the people who can get them made. To be honest, Chelsea is kind of stuck. She’s comfortable: she’s a nanny for an esteemed physician and his nurse wife, so she isn’t in a hurry to prove herself. Enter Liam. She accidentally runs into Liam in her parents’ tea shop. British, handsome, and enticing, he catches her eye, but she doesn’t act on it, thinking she will never see him again. Until she does. In her pool when her employers are away. Liam is hiding something. He’s run from his home country, England. He is also friends with Chelsea’s employers. From first sight, these two are drawn together, but there are obstacles in their way. Are they destined for a happy ending, or will these two fail to fully ignite?
As she does so well, K.K. Allen develops a story that grabs you and keeps you engaged. British Bachelor is more of this. Her story illustrates the world of a Bachelor-type show, but she presents the seediness of it. While it’s easy to get trapped in the glamour of finding love among a plethora of women, Allen uses her story to show us the complications of finding “love” when reality doesn’t match the fantasy. As Liam’s story progresses, you see the dichotomy between reality and fantasy as he falls deeply for Chelsea.
Chelsea and Liam have clear chemistry from their first accidental meeting. Throughout their evolution, Allen builds on that initial chemistry moving us further into a relationship grounded in love. Allen is adept at complicating the situation for her characters, and she does this easily. There are several balls to juggle: (1) Liam being from England and needing to return, (2) Chelsea evolving her life, (3) their burgeoning relationship – are they in love or lust? And (4) the complication of Chelsea’s employers finding out about them. All of these conspire to create a book that is engaging.
I loved that this book was inspired by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s British Bedmate, a book that stands as one of my Keeland and Ward favorites. The same feel of that book, the hero holding back something out of fear, is present in K.K. Allen’s British Bachelor. Allen has done well at capturing that feeling in her own story. In the end, you leave British Bachelor with the promise of a greater happily-ever-after for Chelsea and Liam. This book is the perfect lazy read if you love The Bachelor and a $exy British hero who charm their way into the heart of a reticent heroine.
In love and romance,