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As I mentioned when the book blast went up last week, I had the opportunity to read The Reluctant Bachelorette for a review as well.
Synopsis of The Reluctant Bachelorette
Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go.
Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge. But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?
About the Author
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four, can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
My Thoughts about The Reluctant Bachelorette
I really loved reading this story. I enjoy a good romance, especially when it is considered a ‘clean romance.’ Although the characters are not acting upon every urge they might have, there is still expression of desires and longings. They are just more about wanting to be physical close to that person as they desire the connection and intimacy than the prevalent sexual agendas in many mainstream books and movies.
Beyond the romance aspect, there is just lots of good, light hearted fun and a little bit of relationship managing in this particular book.
While I am not a fan of reality shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, that type of reality situation provided an interesting backdrop for the story. For a character that has never wanted to get serious with any one guy, the idea of dating so many different men shows just how unappealing that lifestyle of jumping from one person to the next can be. And, even when the situations are different (an internet streaming show with voting options versus a broadcast TV show), the pressure is on to take things up a notch (by holding hands and kissing with enthusiasm) to keep people interested.
Relationships do play a crucial role in the story. Taycee finds the show to strain the relationship with her best friend (who came up with the idea and is producing the show) as well as tension with the long loved Luke. And, Taycee discovers that all the eligible men who came out for the show have their own feelings and desires that she must manage.
If you are looking for some truly ‘deep’ fiction, then this isn’t it. But, if you enjoy books that entertain with positive messages, then this could be a great fit.
Don’t forget to enter The Reluctant Bachelorette Book Blast giveaway. Also, check out the brief guest post from Rachael Anderson about writing clean romances.
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