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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. ...
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?
Posted September 30, 2014
This book was very funny, and turned out to be the perfect book to read while all of my friends were at homecoming! It definitely took my mind off of not getting a pretty dress - making me laugh, smirk, and smile the entire time I read it instead!
Why did I enjoy it so much you ask?
Well, it pulled me right in from the beginning you see, because Luke Carney is more than Taycee's childhood crush. After ten years she can't get over him, comparing every guy she dates to the image she's had all this time of Luke. I found that to be very sweet, and I loved how it all seemed so realistic. Then we find out that Luke is back in Shelter Springs, and of course there are the hilarious circumstances of the Bachelorette show, and the fact that Shelter Springs needs a miracle. All of this just pulled me in, and come on you'd need a heart of stone not to root for Luke! And she had just sworn off men! But before we get into that...
I found Taycee to be very realistic. Her personality made her seem real and her reluctance to be the Bachelorette even if it was just to save her town? Well, it was very well done. Her sarcasm, humor, kindness, charm, and love of flowers made added so much to the book, making it come off the page. Jessa, Taycee's stubborn know it all friend, added another touch of realness to the book, because I can totally relate (though I'd never ever let them drag me into something like that) - but we're grateful to Jessa, because the plot just wouldn't have been the same without her!
The undercurrent between Luke and Taycee was palpable. She was so determined to guard her heart from him so she wouldn't get hurt again, scheming to get him kicked off the show then attempting to ignore him. Luke? Well, his eyes had just been opened to the grown up Taycee she had become, and he was determined to get to know her no matter the crazy cirmcumstances!
Cue hilariousness! Warning, warning, warning. Get ready to laugh and smile when you read this book!
I loved the parts of the book where Luke and Taycee were together. Their history! They were just so obviously perfect for each other! I was definitely swooning and smiling throughout those parts, and laughing (can't forget to laugh).
This book was lighthearted at times, which was exactly what I needed but there was also just the right amount of depth to it, because let's face it the idea of the reality show the bachelorette, just wouldn't cut it for me - but this was so, so, so much better than a reality show! This book deals with facing and embracing change, letting go and holding on, learning how to trust again, soaring free, and honesty (always important).
I did not want to put this book down, ever - not while I was reading or when I was finished! As soon as I finished though I had to add all of Rachael Anderson's other books to my TBR shelf on Goodreads and I'm sure they'll make to a shelf on my Nook or wall really soon, because after The Reluctant Bachelorette I must have more! Why did this book sit on my shelf for so long? Well done Rachael Anderson!
Posted December 24, 2013
How nice to read a completely clean romance! No profanity (of any kind), and no sex scenes--not even any innuendoes! This is honestly the major strength of this book. It is a clean, light read, and it will appeal to the hopeless romantics out there.
I really did enjoy the premise of the book--a small-town Bachelorette show for charity. There were a few moments of irony that did keep my interest, but I also found the typical stereotypical characters. I didn't feel I connected with this romance the way I normally connect with them. I also felt that the characters were nice but only 2-dimensional at best. And--I have to say this--it is a sappy romance. Not as bad as some I have read, but it still is.
This book is truly a nice, light romance that can be read in the span of a few hours. I did feel that I was compelled to finish it because I wanted to see exactly how things worked out. The humor is light (but I wish there had been more, as is the romance. I am glad that the message of telling the truth is stressed. That is probably the only moral message in the book, but it certainly comes across well.
If you are looking for a clean romance, this is definitely the book for you. I certainly would read more books from this author in the future!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.