11 October 2013

Review: The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

What they say: Luke Carney has no idea what possessed him to move back to Shelter Springs, Colorado, to set up his veterinarian practice. His parents have long since left, the small farming community is on the brink of extinction, and only one close friend from his childhood remains--Taycee Emerson, his best friend’s little sister, who isn’t so little anymore.

Then there’s the matter of Shelter’s Bachelorette, an online reality dating show created to raise some much needed funds for the town.

Unwittingly cast as the bachelorette, Taycee wants out, especially when she discovers that Luke, her childhood crush, is back in town and will be one of the bachelors. To make matters worse, it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go. And they all seem to like Luke.

Unwilling to let him break her heart again, Taycee launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. But she’d forgotten that Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.
What I say: Taycee's friend persuades (i.e. forces) her into taking part in an internet dating show to raise money for their struggling town. As the bachelorette Taycee has to 'date' the bachelors who are gradually voted off by an internet public vote.
When her high school crush (and older brother's best friend) Luke returns to Shelter, she's somewhat bitter about him never noticing her in that way as a teenager and sets to get him voted off the show. The charm in the story is the banter and subterfuge between Taycee and Luke.
The Reluctant Bachelorette is both romantic and funny. Taycee's antics had me in hysterics for most of the book. Some of the guys competing to be her bachelor were ridiculously clueless, whilst others were just ridiculous. I couldn't decide if I felt sorry for her or if I wanted to carry on suffering for my entertainment.
It's a light and fun story which made me smile and determined to NEVER take part in any sort of reality TV/web show!
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • He was a toad, that's all there was to it. The kind that never turned into a prince no matter how many times you kissed him.
  • Sometimes Taycee felt like hunting him down just so she could punch him hard in the face. More than once, like one of those scenes in a movie.
  • "Polygamy and matchmaking?" a man said from the back. "What century are we living in anyway?"

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