Black Tie Bachelor Bid by: Karen Booth

Little Black Book of Secrets book 2

The Problem with Playboys [Little Black Book of Secrets book 1] Review

Going once, going twice…and falling straight into her bed? A bachelor auction gets out of hand in the second Little Black Book of Secrets novel by Karen Booth!

I paid quite a lot for time with you

and I intend to get my money’s worth.

Romance is not on socialite Taylor Klein’s mind when she wins a night with super-sexy Roman Scott in a charity bachelor auction. Buying a date is the only way to meet the famously reclusive hotelier—and pick his brain on how to launch her dream boutique hotel. Besides, Taylor’s done with romance. But sticking to business gets tough when their sparks explode into passion. And even tougher when the notorious gossip account Little Black Book threatens to expose all their steamy secrets…

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Content Warnings: sexual scenes, loss of loved one, blackmail, and mention of being cheated on.


Taylor wants to turn one of her family’s many estates into a getaway retreat but she isn’t confident about where to start. Having been to every hotel Roman has ever built she’s convinced he’s the perfect person to guide her. Determined to elicit his help she’s willing to bid, however much it takes, to win some of Roman’s time.

Roman prefers staying out of the spotlight but when his sister-in-law asks him to be part of her charity action he agrees. Roman regrets agreeing…until he sees the stunning blonde in the gold dress. It’s been a long time since romance and relationships have entered Roman’s mind but now that he’s met Taylor she’s all he can think about.

I loved the idea of Taylor bidding on Roman to finally get time to pick his brain about what it takes to be a hotelier. She’s determined and hopeful while he’s reclusive and somewhat jaded.

Though I loved the overall idea, and these are tropes I enjoy, I just wasn’t feeling the chemistry between them. I don’t even know if I could put my finger on what I needed but I needed something more. Perhaps if this had been a slightly longer novel and we had a little more time I could see the how/why they were drawn together and connected.

The Little Black Book mystery, in this book, felt like we just have more to speculate but not that we’re getting closer to uncovering who’s behind it all. I’m hoping that book three will give me the chemistry and mystery that I’m looking for.


Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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