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Megan Crane | Top Three Relationship Philosophies from the Hero of IN BED WITH THE BACHELOR


You know how it is. You start dating this guy, and he’s nice. Well, nice enough. And maybe you’re a people pleaser sort, who contorts herself to fit. And it turns out that you’re pretty good at fitting with this guy and his liberal philosophy on relationships, so much so that you decide that it’s your philosophy too—and all that plus a little momentum and that’s how you find yourself engaged to marry the guy with the dedication to the open relationship you’ve agreed to be in though you’ve never actually taken advantage of it yourself…

in bed with the bachelor

Michaela Townsend is in this exact situation in my new novella for Tule Publishing Group’s Montana Born Books Bachelor Auction series. So deep in it, in fact, that she doesn't even see the problem until she comes face to face with the bachelor her family buys for her at the small town Marietta, Montana Bachelor Auction—the very surly, very scowly, very smoking hot Jesse Grey.

It will take a road trip back to Seattle and a blizzard (in Montana they just call it “weather”) to show Michaela the error of her ways.

Oh, and Jesse. Because after the betrayals he’s suffered, he has his own philosophies about relationships. Here are the Top Three:

A Man is Chivalrous

“Be nice,” he growled. “Or I’ll make you carry your own bag.”

She couldn’t breathe. Or process that.

“I always carry my own bag,” she informed him, on auto-pilot. “I’m a liberated woman, thank you. My partner isn’t a bell hop. What does that even mean?”

He muttered something that sounded filthy, which Michaela told herself was further evidence that he was terrible in every way, but that wasn’t what that swirling, heated thing inside her felt about any of this. Definitely not.

“It means your man is a douche,” he growled at her.

A Man Questions Liberal Philosophies on Relationships

He stood then, and stretched, and that was a whole symphony of unfair. That long, lean body. The wedge of his lower abdomen that showed when he raised his arms, packed tight with muscle and dusted with dark hair on its way beneath the low waistband of his jeans. That amused expression on his face when he caught her looking. “Let me guess. You have an open relationship that you both agreed to because that’s the kind of liberal people you are, but it turns out only he ever takes advantage of it.”

“There’s nothing stopping either one of us from ‘taking advantage of it,’ though that’s an unnecessarily dim view of things. That’s the point.”

“So that’s a yes?”

A Man Makes A Commitment

“I don’t need an archaic display of ownership to make other people feel comfortable about my private, personal commitments,” she gritted out. “Also, I’m not a cow.”

“That doesn’t sound like adulthood,” Jesse told her, though what she saw was that perfect abdomen of his, that magnificent chest, burned deep into her brain. Maybe forever more, like the kind of brand she’d always been so sure she didn’t want. And he wasn’t laughing anymore. “That sounds like BS. A whole lot of rationalization to explain away not wanting to actually settle down and make a real promise with real consequences if it’s broken. If you choose to spend the rest of your life with one person, that’s the whole point. That person. Only them. Forever. Or you might as well not bother.”


Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

Book 1: BOUND TO THE BACHELOR by Sarah Mayberry – Available now!

Book 2: BACHELOR AT HER BIDDING by Kate Hardy – Available now!

Book 3: THE BACHELOR'S BABY by Dani Collins – Available now!

Book 4: WHAT A BACHELOR NEEDS by Kelly Hunter – Available now!

Book 5: IN BED WITH THE BACHELOR by Megan Crane – Coming Friday!

Book 6: ONE NIGHT WITH HER BACHELOR by Kat Latham – Pre-order now!

About Megan Crane

USA Today bestselling and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than 40 books from women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels to Harlequin Presents as RITA-nominated Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance, from her special brand of cowboys to sexy bikers and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She lives in California with her husband who draws comics and animation and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.




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Re: Megan Crane | Top Three Relationship Philosophies from the Hero of IN BED WITH THE BACHELOR

I've read all books in this series so far. Can't wait for the next one.
(Mirjam Leunissen 2:44pm March 18, 2015)

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