Title: How to Lose a Bachelor
When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.
Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.
After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.
When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.
Author: Anna Banks
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: November 9, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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My favorite part about this story was the hero. I really enjoyed Grant’s character; he was compassionate and caring, and just a stand-up kind of guy. I liked how his revenge against Rochelle started out red-hot, but when he realized they’d had such poor miscommunication the night they broke up, he quickly realized that they were meant for each other, and he made the decision to go after her. I appreciated that the author didn’t have him hemming and hawing about it – that definitely made me like him immediately.
Rochelle, however…well, this was my biggest hangup with the story, and why I couldn’t fully suspend belief to get into the book as much as I would have liked to. Her profession is an attorney.
The author could’ve chosen anything else – anything else – and I would’ve been all in. But I could not believe that an attorney would do the things that Rochelle did on national television. I understand that Rochelle was there for the prize money for her charity, and I also understand that no one could know that was her reason for staying. But there’s just no way a woman who was “about to make partner” at the tender age of 29 would damage her reputation in such a way. It just wouldn’t happen. I felt that the attorney profession was chosen to make the ending as dramatic as possible – and it all felt so forced.
The ending also had me rolling my eyes quite a bit. Laying everything out there – all the behind-the-scenes drama and antics pulled by the producer – would, again, never happen. Any television station in their right mind would’ve cut to commercial immediately. And the other dramatics that happened in the final episode? Again – it was much too forced. There were other less dramatic but still incredibly emotionally satisfying ways this story could have ended.
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All that aside, though, the turmoil as Rochelle battled with herself over her feelings for Grant was very well done. Her antics were indeed over-the-top, but I could see why fans of reality television would love this book – drama such as this would most likely be eaten up by viewers.
Overall, this story was a fun, flirty romance that was a good way to pass the time. While I can’t say it had me riveted to the page, it definitely provided what I was looking for at the time – a light-hearted laugh and, while it didn’t hit me in the feels, it sure did make me smile. Three and a half stars.