Lawyer Rochelle Ransom isn't looking for love. That ship had sailed—and sunk. Now all of her time is spent working and supporting her charity. But when an opportunity to win a large amount of prize money opens up, she's willing to sacrifice a little pride to raise some funds for a good cause.
Grant Duke has never forgotten Rochelle. And now he finally has a chance to get even with her for how she destroyed his heart. But when his plan for revenge takes a series of wrong turns, things head down a hilarious path of rediscovering love
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Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. She is the author of The Syrena Legacy series: Of Poseidon, Of Triton, and Of Neptune.
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How to Lose a Bachelor
By Anna Banks, Liz Pelletier
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Rochelle Ransom hadn't worn a dress like this since ... actually, she'd never worn a dress like this. Short, tight, lots of cleavage. Hooker red. Any judge would kick her out of the courtroom if she traipsed in looking like this, hauling a briefcase and with a mortified client trailing behind her. Of course, she'd never make it to the bench. Not in these ankle-breaking stilettos.
But this wasn't a courtroom. This was the set — or rather, the dining room of a humongous mansion — of Luring Love, the reality show she'd signed up for six months ago. Oh, at first, she'd thought it was funny that the show was auditioning in her city. She thought women had to be desperate to put themselves out there like that, and chase after a man. The last thing she needed in life right now was a man interfering with her career and the time she spent working for her favorite charity, Helping Hands. But as the audition date drew near, she began to think of a very good reason to try out. Of course, there was the prospect of meeting an attractive man who was probably only interested in sex (and Rochelle's sex life was nonexistent), but there was also the exposure on national television for Helping Hands, and the prize money if she actually won the show. Yep, she was all in when she realized the possibilities. She could sacrifice some pride in order to raise funds for a good cause couldn't she? Of course she could. And so, after dozens of interviews and near-painful home videos outlining the very boring details of her life, she'd somehow made it as a finalist. She was going to be on TV. But more importantly, nothing was going to stop her from winning the grand prize money for her charity.
Oh yeah, and the bachelor's heart or whatever.
But seriously, the winnings would free up time to take on the cases that meant something to her — instead of all the time she wasted making rich corporations even richer. Sure, being a corporate attorney paid the bills but representing penniless, battered women who came through Helping Hands was her real passion. After most grueling workdays, she would head over to give the last of her energy to the incredible women staying there. It was a shelter without other connections or financial options, and she would often find herself rotating between the roles of pro bono legal advisor, amateur therapist, and housekeeper depending on the daily needs and demands.
Becoming a contestant on this show put her in a better position to meet those needs and demands.
It was a shallow means to a worthy end. Her closest girlfriends could tease her all they wanted about "ulterior motives" but Rochelle stubbornly refuted them. This was NOT about finding love. That ship had sailed — and sunk and was rotting on the ocean floor.
She took a generous sip of champagne, wondering how many times she'd have to tell herself that over the course of the next twelve weeks. I'm whoring myself out for money, after all. She'd never even seen an episode of Luring Love, but she'd overheard her assistant Jennifer and her paralegal Gemini talking about past seasons, and the word "scandalous" came up every few sentences or so. Who slept with whom. Who threw a colossal temper tantrum and got voted off. Who had the bikini "mishap." (Apparently there was always a bikini mishap.)
One thing she had already decided, though, was that there was no way she was sleeping with the guy. He was lucky enough to have all these women vying for his attention, but to expect them all to sleep with him, too?You've got to be freaking kidding me. We might as well inject ourselves with an STD cocktail.
But all else was fair game. Charm him, wine and dine him. She was even willing to do her own version of a bikini mishap in order to rouse his, er, heart — or at least, borrow his affection for the duration of the show. Maybe after the show, they could even be friends. As long as she could talk him out of his half of the prize money.
Either way, this poor guy didn't stand a chance. Jennifer and Gemini saw to it that she knew all the ways to win his heart and all the ways to avoid getting voted off the show. If there was one thing Rochelle had cornered the market on, it was persuasiveness. Her track record in the circuit court system was evidence enough of that. How hard could romancing a bachelor be, anyway?
A man was a man was a man. They were all the same. Clean-shaven sasquatches dressed in suits and ties.
She glanced around the room with a self-satisfied grin and began sizing up the competition as she sipped her champagne. And her confidence abruptly faltered. She was the least attractive out of the entire bunch — and that was after she'd put more effort into her appearance than ever before.
Oh crap. The nine other women were nothing short of gorgeous, each in their own way. And "gorgeous" was something Rochelle had never considered herself. Not even now, in her prostitute uniform.
But the one who worried Rochelle the most was the tall woman who lingered shyly in the corner, acting oblivious to the fact that she was the most striking female in the room. Long, straight black hair. Smooth, dewy skin the color of a perfectly crafted cappuccino. Legs that went on for decades, and lips that formed a perfect come-hither pout without even trying.
I'm so screwed. Rochelle took an unfeminine gulp of her drink, downing the last of her champagne and motioning for another. The waiter paused as she switched out the empty glass for a full one on his tray. Down the hatch it went.
The waiter gave her a startled look. "No need to be nervous," he whispered in an Australian accent. "He's actually quite nice."
"Who?" Why would he think she was nervous? Didn't everyone, on occasion, guzzle champagne?
"The Bachelor." The waiter turned on his heel. "I think you'll find him to be decent."
"Oh. Right." The Bachelor. The poor sucker who was about to be subjected to irresistible temptation by the sumptuous Nubian princess over in the corner. I might as well go home.
And that was when she realized why she had been chosen for the show. Someone had to represent the ninety-nine percent of women who didn't make the cut for this show.
The waiter left, making his way around the room, catering to all the other women who probably were well aware Rochelle was there for a quota, but didn't have a clue they were about to lose this competition to the shy black woman in the corner.
After the second glass of champagne kicked in, Rochelle decided to be proactive. And why shouldn't she? After all, she had more to lose than these other women. Attracting rich bachelors was probably just their hobby. Risking her life in the six-inch stilettos, she eased her way around the dining table, hobbling in the heels like a newborn calf, one graceless step at a time, until she reached the hands-down winner of Luring Love.
"Hi," she told the princess. Even I'm irritated by how perky I sound. In fact, she was usually allergic to perky people herself — especially before 9 a.m. and two cappuccinos — but she suspected dry sarcasm wasn't going to win her any points on the show or with the beauty queen standing next to her. It wasn't wise to piss anyone off just yet, because her assistant had told her — over and over again — that would be asking for immediate sabotage by the other contestants. So perky it was. "I'm Rochelle." I'm here to represent the normal Americans who couldn't make it today.
The princess smiled, revealing the teeth of a dentist's daughter. Of course. "I'm Maya," she replied. "I like your dress." Maya swirled the champagne in her glass. "Are you nervous? Because I'm about to pass out."
So Maya was lovely and honest. "Don't be nervous. The waiter tells me our bachelor is a nice guy. So, no need to poison him just yet." Oops, too morbid.
But the other woman laughed. "Honestly, I'm more nervous about the competition. He's just a man, right? But look at you, for instance. You're rocking your dress. And have you seen the twins? What's up with that?"
Lovely, honest, and humble. Triple threat, which means I'm doubly screwed. "They're really twins, you think?"
"I know so. I asked."
"So if one of them wins ..."
Yep, she officially liked Maya. Which wasn't good, since she was going to have to be ruthless in getting her voted off. Preferably first.
Just then, the producer, Richie Odom, a buttery-smooth-talking man with a slicked-back hairpiece — and an ego the size of a tank — interrupted Rochelle's strategizing. Holding up both his hands, which revealed that his tacky red velvet jacket was a bit too short in the sleeves, he announced, "Okay, ladies, we're about to start filming. The bachelor is going to enter through the door behind me. When he does, I want you to act naturally. Do whatever pops up first into your head when you see him — which I hope looks a lot like insta-love googly eyes. Remember, there are ten of you and only three cameramen, so if we're going to get a shot of his first impression of you, you'll have to hold your pose — in the most natural way possible, of course. Remember, this is a reality show. Everything is real. So make sure real looks good." He consulted the stopwatch in his hand. "We've got a twenty-second countdown."
"Here we go," Maya whispered.
Rochelle took the opportunity to swap out another empty glass of champagne for a full one from the waiter's tray as he passed by. He shot her a disapproving look but continued on his way. Yeah, that's right. Keep walking. You're not the one about to trade your dignity for cash.
"Ten seconds!" Richie yelled.
All eyes focused on the entryway, waiting for the moment when the small talk would end and the rivalry would begin. The second that Bachelor hit the door, he'd be the center of attention for the next twelve weeks.
And for the next twelve weeks, Rochelle was going to have to be perky. Likable. Non-snarky.
Think of the money, think of the money, think of the money.
Rochelle hadn't realized she'd been holding her breath — until Grant Drake stepped through the entryway. Then she let it out in a heaving gasp.
And her champagne glass plummeted to the floor.CHAPTER 2
They had instructed Grant to smile at each and every bachelorette in the room, at least long enough to give the camera a slight reaction. But his attention immediately fixated on the sound of shattering glass — and on the woman who stood in a puddle of champagne and glass shards.
The woman who'd stormed out of his life like an all-consuming hurricane.
He would have been a jackass if he'd asked her to stay in Florida after she'd been accepted to Berkeley. As it turned out, he'd acted like a jackass anyway. But what had she expected? She'd applied for Berkeley behind his back and suddenly sprang it on him at the dinner — where he was going to propose — that she was leaving for the west coast. Of course he'd been mad. And, all truth told, he'd been destroyed, too.
Now he was going to have to relive it all over again in order to get his vengeance.
Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all.
The producers of the show had outdone themselves this time, sifting through hundreds of applicants, trying to find perfect matches for one lucky bachelor. To him, Rochelle Ransom was, and always would be, his perfect match. Obviously, the casting director of Luring Love agreed with him. That guy deserved a special crevice in hell.
But God, Rochelle was still a knockout. Red had always been her color, but stilettos? He'd never seen her flaunt her assets like this, not even at college parties. The way her dress clung to her every curve like static electricity, how the halter exposed the corresponding perfection of her breasts. They may not have been the largest pair in the room, but he remembered vividly how they'd felt in his hands. How good they'd felt pressed against his bare chest.
And she couldn't have picked a better shade of red lipstick. Lips that knew just exactly how to make him growl with pleasure.
Yes, she was the most tempting thing in the room, by far. The lust shooting straight through him was evidence enough of that.
Still, it made him furious, all of it. She always dressed in T-shirts and jeans for me, and now she's dressed like a supermodel in hopes of tempting some joker on a reality show to marry her?
Then he remembered — he was that joker. And this reality show could be his chance for revenge. After all, his friend just happened to be the show's host, Chris Legend, who helped get him on in the first place. This had to work. In theory, it had sounded brilliant. But by the withering look Rochelle was giving him, he only had it half right. He was a joker — but this might not be a chance at vengeance.
Richie Odom was about to make things much, much worse, he could tell. "You two, come with me. Now."
The grand, elegant set of Luring Love erupted in whispers and pointing as he followed Rochelle and Richie out of the room.CHAPTER 3
How many times can Grant Drake ruin my life?
Rochelle took the seat next to him in front of Richie's desk, unwilling to look in his direction. Instead, she let her eyes wander everywhere else, taking in the majestic gentility of the mansion's library, which Richie had obviously claimed as his personal office space. Books lined each of the walls, and the shelves were adorned with tracks for a rickety-looking sliding ladder — a reader's paradise. A hint of stale cigar smoke wafted in the air, lending the room a distinctly male atmosphere.
She scooted her chair as far away from Grant as possible before fixing her gaze on the flustered producer in front of her.
"You two know each other. How?" Richie leaned to the side of his high-backed office chair, drumming his fingers impatiently on the giant desk. It reminded her of the many times she had been called into the dean's office at university. Who knew debating a professor's view on every single subject was a mortal sin?
She didn't know how to answer Richie's question. Not like a lady, anyway. She certainly didn't want to re-hash their story to anyone, especially a snide producer who wouldn't understand insignificant things such as feelings and pride and random urges to attack the man sitting next to her.
She stopped herself cold. Feelings? The only feelings she had left for Grant Drake were borderline murderous — right? So why are my insides whirling like a tornado?
Grant wasn't talking, either. Probably too ashamed of himself. And rightly so. He'd stolen her heart and then river-danced on it with cleats. The thought of it made her nearly choke on the fiery bile erupting from her stomach.
Her insides screamed at her, What's the deal? Why am I letting him affect me this way? For the past ten years, she had successfully suppressed all the anger and hurt he'd caused, never letting it bubble to the surface, never letting it affect her life, her career. Sure, there had been a time when she'd thought Grant was The One. That was before he'd abruptly ended their relationship just when she was going to ask him to take it to the next level. Just when she was going to ask him to up and move with her to the west coast after she got accepted to Berkeley.
But Rochelle had risen above all that, the pain and humiliation. She had picked herself up from the proverbial floor, finished college, then law school, and went on to start an amazing career. At twenty-nine, she was in a prime position to make partner soon. She'd worked her butt off, finding strength in the fact that she could leave the past in the past. That she could overcome insignificant obstacles like Grant Drake.
Heck, she had become an obstacle-devouring beast.
Except that now, with the insignificant obstacle himself sitting a few feet away from her, she felt like a certifiable lunatic on the verge of a meltdown. And "meltdown" was not in her vocabulary.
"I'm waiting," Richie said after what seemed like an eternity.
Grant cleared his throat. "Chelle and I —"
"Do not call me Chelle." Grant was the only person who ever called her Chelle, and she used to love it. Now she despised the sound of it on his lips — and what it did to her heartbeat.
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This is a first time read for me with this author, and I’m glad I took the chance. It was the premise of the reality show romance that was the hook for me. I am shamelessly addicted to reality TV. This story actually had me giggling under my breath (mainly because I was reading it at work). Loved it!!! I will definitely be adding Anna Banks to my favorite authors list. I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future.
Anyone who followed my old blog knows that How To Lose A Bachelor made it onto one of my Waiting on Wednesday lists, and trust me when I say I was excited for it for a variety of reasons, including the cute cover, the whole second-chance romance trope, and the plot of having a woman purposefully act like a madwoman on television in order to put off her ex while he looks on in amusement and yes, love. It sounded perfect. Unfortunately, it was anything but. • This entire book was based on the circumstances that caused Rochelle and Grant to break up in the first place, but to me, the reasons behind the break up seemed like nothing but a ton of misunderstandings and utterings of things that did not need to be uttered. This made it nearly impossible for me to sympathize with the ex-couple, and their ridiculous antics and not-at-all hidden attraction only went downwards on the comprehendible scale from there. • I've never watched any reality tv that isn't on HGTV, but I knew to expect a lot of drama. I was fine with the drama for the most part, but a lot of it had no reason for it and I soon got annoyed with it all. • The story itself was very shallow. I loved the idea of the plot, but to me, it didn't seem like the potential was fulfilled. I had expected so much more richness and emotions, but I feel like all I received was a cheap knockoff of what I had been hoping to read. • The characters didn't have any depth and made little to no rational decisions, and this only made it harder to understand their points of view, become invested in their story, and empathize with their feelings and consequent decisions. - I don't really have that much else to say about this book. It was a quick read - partly because I was rushing through it since it was so bad - and not a memorable one either. Unfortunately, I was constantly annoyed by everything I read after the very beginning of the story (which was actually hilarious). The characters, the plot, the breakup, the make-up - everything about this book had me rolling my eyes, and not in an oh this is cute way. When I first started reading this, I thought hmm, maybe I should try watching some reality tv, but about halfway through the book, I changed my mind. That should tell you enough about how much this romance disappointed me.
I almost stopped reading this book after 50 pages, then again after 100 pages, and again after 125 pages. It is just so juvenile. I did not find it hilarious, or even funny, as other reviewers predicted. But, the story does pick up and becomes more interesting. The ending is worth the read. This book will never win prizes for excellence in literary circles, but if you want a totally satisfying, feel good ending, this is one to read.
I so enjoyed this it was different a nice twist on reality tv. This one you can't go wrong. Rochelle is funny and lovable
This was a sweet and hilarious story with a different story line. I enjoyed the characters and laughed throughout the story. This is the first story I have read by this author but will definitely look for more. It is great to find an author who can tell a great love story and leave parts to the imagination.
How to Lose a Bachelor was funny and entertaining. Rochelle pulls some crazy stunts to try to get herself voted off the show. The girl's got guts that's for sure. Grant is pretty swoony. He pulls some stunts of his own. Between their stubbornness and immunity to embarrassment, I don't know how these two don't know they're a perfect match. This was a quick and engaging story that I read in about a day. So, as you can guess, I liked it quite a bit. The ARC of How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
I loved it - It was a cute and funny second chance romance! The reality show both hindered and helped them in their journey towards happily ever after and it definitely provided funny moments. I loved the moments they were able to spend alone and talk about their past. It's the first book I've read by this author, but I'm looking forward to reading more! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
This one was cute and sweet. I’m not big on reality shows in … reality … but I do tend to like the drama they provide in books books. Plus, sometimes I want nothing more than an antagonist love story and Rochelle and Grant definitely provided that here. Added bonus: it’s a second chance romance, so I’m all over it. Neither Rochelle nor Grant were immediately likable to me, but I grew to really enjoy both of them. By spending time reading from both of their POVs, I understood each of them better. Rochelle was a good, strong, feisty woman. She wasn’t on the dating show to find love, but to raise money for a reason close to her heart. Grant was trying to move on and happened to agree to this dating show, but his heart really wasn’t in it once he saw Rochelle. She’s the one he wants, even after all this time. He was a sweet guy. How to Lose a Bachelor had a lot of really fun (and mortifying) moments and I breezed right through it. It read like a romantic comedy movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is, surprisingly enough, my first Anna Banks book but I guarantee it won’t be my last. I hope she continues to write adult contemporary romance for Entangled’s Bliss line. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great book to laugh away at. It will definitely brighten your mood! This is a book of second chances. Both Rochelle and Grant have never stopped loving each other. They just needed a reminder. Grant let Rochelle go by pushing her away when she was going to law school. He was going to propose to her. Rochelle was going to ask him to come with her. Grant thought she was done with him by applying to a school far away without talking to him first. But they didn’t talk about it first and when Rochelle was going back to talk to him she saw something that made it clear in her mind that he was done with her. Now they are both on a reality bachelor show. Rochelle is on it to win it only for the money to give to the women’s Domestic Violence Charity she supports. She is willing to humiliate herself for the cause. Grant is the bachelor because his friend from the show told him Rochelle was on it and Grant wanted a little revenge. Now Rochelle doesn’t want to be on it anymore. But when the producer saw the reactions from both of them, he saw ratings increase and gave Rochelle double the winnings himself if she stayed on the show and it didn’t matter when she was voted off. Well, she tried to make sure she was voted off. She wore a stinky sweatshirt that would irritate Grant. But it also made her look ridiculous. She did everything to make him vote her off. But the producer has other things up his sleeve too! Rochelle continued to try stupid stunts to get her voted off. She got drunk and went into a maze. That was funny but my favorite was when they all went skydiving and Rochelle vomited all over everyone. I doubled over laughing so hard because the description was very detailed. Well, when they both realized that they still did care for each other, there were more obstacles in their path and being on a reality TV show where they aren’t supposed to know each other and are constantly on camera there isn’t any time to talk alone. So, they both make assumptions and both get played and the other women are fed up with Rochelle except for Maya and Ellie. Those two are sweet. Anyway, the book has many sweet moments too. There are also twists and turns and reminders why I hate reality TV. I found myself laughing so hard at several situations that my husband thought I was a Looney tune for it! The characters were very believable and women can be very nasty! Men can be nasty too!! The story kept me engaged. One thing that bothered me is that both Rochelle and Grant had hang-ups over their breakup and it drove me crazy when I was in their head with their thoughts. Some of it seemed petty. But I suppose they couldn’t talk it over until they were finally able to near the ending. THE NEXT SENTENCE IS A SPOILER SO BEWARE: The other thing that bothered me was in the epilogue. I am a nurse in a hospital and the whole thing was way off and where it may not bother you, It more than bothered me!
Rochelle had signed up for a reality show Living Love, 6 months ago. She auditioned to earn some money for her favorite charity Helping Hands. Rochelle was a corporate lawyer. The bachelor came forth and it was Grant, a man she had a history with. Rochelle had a lot of bitterness in her, but with the twists and turns of this story, and some unknown truth comes forth, her heart melts and she find love unexpectedly. This had a good plot and story with great characters. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
For all the reality tv show fans, this book is for you! A fun, laugh out loud read that will keep your turning the pages. Rochelle has gone on the Luring for Love, dating show to win money for her favorite charity, domestic abuse. When she has been chosen, then to find out the bachelor is her ex boyfriend, Grant. She tries to get off the show but the producers think this will be great for the ratings. Rochelle's antics will have you laughing out loud. Grant soon realizes that he still loves her, now can he win her back. This is very light fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed, it will leave you smiling at the end. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
Rochelle auditioned for Luring Love in the hopes of winning and giving the prize money to her favorite charity. When the bachelor walks in she's in shock. He's her childhood sweetheart, Grant, and he broke her heart in the biggest way. Grant is determined to make Rochelle pay for breaking his heart and moving on to "better things". Rochelle tries everything to get kicked off the show. Grant discovers now that she's back in his life he never wants to let her go again. All the crazy situations Rochelle got into had me laughing at times and at others I was cringing. Though when not trying to aggravate each other their connection and attraction is off the charts. If you enjoy a romance with a touch of comedy mixed in I would recommend How to Lose a Bachelor.
This was the first time I have read this author and it was a really fun read! Based on a reality television show, old flames Rochelle and Grant are reunited. Rochelle knows she needs to get away from the man who broke her heart but she is enticed to stay on the show in order to get good ratings. But that does not mean she has to behave! I laughed out loud at some of her antics. As the book goes on Rochelle and Grant are able to reconnect and work out their issues. Once again while trying to remain loyal to Rochelle there is major comedy as Grant goes to great lengths to avoid being intimate with the other women. This was a fun read with laugh out moments that I read in one setting. NetGalley ARC
4.5/5 stars Even though I'm not a fan of shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I couldn't help but be interested in this one. It was more The Bachelor meets How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days without the promiscuousness and I LOVED that. I was easily sucked in, even despite Rochelle's prickly exterior. It was just so much fun to watch her try to get kicked off the show after she realizes the bachelor is none other than her ex, who broke her heart so many years ago. Second chance romances are one of my favorites and I really liked seeing it play out here. Both Rochelle and Grant let the other go without sitting down and talking it out- both fearful they would lose the other anyway. To say these two have unfinished business is an understatement. The opposing dynamics are great. Once Rochelle finds out Grant is the bachelor, she is desperate to get kicked off the show and is not afraid to show a pretty ugly side of her to do so. It made for some great comedy even though I cringed a few times at the thought of seeing a woman act like she did on national television. Grant, however, wants to torture Rochelle and keep her on, hoping to break her heart like she did his so long ago. What he didn't plan on was still having intense feelings for her. Grant really has to work to earn Rochelle's affections again. I was afraid there might be some drama with the other contestants in this one like there is in the real Bachelor, but it's obvious no one holds a candle to Rochelle. There was one scene with another contestant, Maya, that had me a bit nervous, but it worked out like it was supposed to and I really liked Maya. She was sweet, kind, and ended up being a great friend and ally to Rochelle. I had a feeling something big would happen to upset the newfound balance towards the end and while I'm all for conflict, I was a little annoyed at Rochelle for how she acted, considering she knew Grant and should have known the truth, considering the type of show they were on. Overall, this was such a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Rochelle and Grant are explosive together and I loved seeing these two slowly find their way back to one another. It's not an easy journey and I was relieved once they finally hashed out their past and understood what really happened back then. Even though Entangled's Bliss line doesn't usually go too in-depth with the sexy times like their Brazens, I still thought this book was plenty sexy enough and even though we don't see anything happen, it's alluded to really well. I'm really glad I picked this one up.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* How to Lose a Bachelor is a second chance romance that takes place during the filming of a fictional reality show (modeled on The Bachelor) called Luring Love. Rochelle's only in it for her charity, the money and publicity will help them so much. The last person she expected to see walk through the door as the bachelor, is Grant, the man who broke her heart ten years ago. Grant thought he was doing the right thing by breaking up with Rochelle all those years ago, but now he's not so sure. Rochelle does every wacky thing she can think of to be sent home but Grant is determined to make her stay because he's not going to let her get away again. The story is amusing, sometimes crazy, but still kind of sweet. This romance put a smile on my face while I was reading and I really enjoyed it.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Bachelor or Bachelorette were paired with an ex on their reality show? Well this story is the Grant and Rochelle dealt with this situation. They dated in college, but split up after a miscommunication. 10 years pass and Rochelle decides to audition for a reality show as a way of raising money for her favorite charity. She is surprised to learn that Grant Drake is the bachelor and almost quits. Grant tries to exact revenge by keeping Rochelle on the show. They are forced to spend time with each other and after a lot of manipulation by the producers, they start to admit their feelings are re-emerging. Will they find their happily ever after or will circumstances for them apart? This was a cute book that was an enjoyable spin on reality television. I enjoyed getting to know the contestants and liked how realistic both Grant and Rochelle were. I don't watch the bachelor, but like to read about romances that are set around contests. If you like this book I would recommend Jill Myles Games series. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
Rochelle Ransom sets out with the perfect plan to help earn money for a cause near and dear to her heart, she is going to sign-up and audition for the show Luring Love. And while the show is about finding love, she is more so interested in winning the prize, all she has to do is be the girl that captures the hot bachelors heart. Sounds easy enough, until she finds out that the hot bachelor is actually her ex-boyfriend Grant Drake, whom of which she left broken-hearted ten years ago... Grant Drake is looking for love, and decides maybe the way to find it is by signing up to be the bachelor on Luring Love. He has high hopes of meeting a lovely lady, never expecting one of the bachelorette's to be one of his ex's, especially the one he let slip away ten years ago. Her breaking his heart is something he has never quite gotten over, and so he figures this is the perfect opportunity to exact a little revenge. She is doing everything she can to get the boot, but he keeps her around in spite of it, just to torture her a little more. But what happens when a little harmless revenge, ends up being a second chance at true love...something neither of them is expecting... This was my first experience with Ms. Banks work, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was fun to read something a little out of the norm for once and turned out to be a refreshing change of pace for me. Rochelle and Grant were quite entertaining and I truly enjoyed their story, especially all of the heated banter!! Definitely a book I think everyone should add to their reading lists, it's sure to provide you with plenty of laughs!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
This book was exactly what I needed. Fun, whitty, and full of emotional ups and downs. Rochelle had me in tears laughing at some of the things she came up with but having an allie in Maya for the duration of the plan was even more epic. I guess her first instincts of a friendship was right. I could have choke Mr. Odom but his plan was flawless and even had me worried there for a minute. This is a MUST read for many reasons but more the one that stands out was the flow and development of the misunderatanding. Just a light read that will surely keep you engaged.
Loved It! Sometimes a little mindless TV is exactly what I need for some much needed stress relief. In my quest to clear my brain of life's daily pressures, I became addicted to The Bachelor/Bachelorette reality TV series. So it was only natural for me to request How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks, a novel that closely resembles some of the themes and dalliances that occur on this very popular TV show. This is a fun and entertaining story that I read from cover to cover in less than a day. No doubt about it, you will definitely enjoy this book if you are a fan of the TV show! Attorney Rochelle Ransom, and Grant Drake, a tactical training consultant, fell madly in love during college. Due to a huge miscommunication, they broke up and went their separate ways after graduation. Now they meet again after ten years on Luring Love, a reality TV show that brings singles together. Rochelle is on the show to win the monetary prize and donate her winnings to a charity that is near and dear to her heart. However, once she learns that the bachelor looking for love is Drake, she does everything in her power to get voted off the show. Grant has no intention of getting rid of Rochelle, because he believes she broke his heart way back when and seeks revenge. This novel is chuck full of excitement, deceit, and a love story between two people who truly belong together. Rochelle is hilarious as she creates chaos in order to be voted off the show. Simultaneously, Grant's change of heart and determination to get them back together is heartwarming. Their chemistry is lively and the feelings they have for each other have never dissipated. Ms. Banks does a wonderful job of unveiling the politicking that occurs behind the scenes in order to achieve the highest ratings possible. The secondary characters add a lot of hoopla to the story and Cassandra is especially amusing. Overall, this is a solid second chance romance that twists and turns in all the right places. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
What a truly FUN read!! How would it feel to walk onto the set of a reality dating show you agreed to do for charity and see the one man who completely broke your heart standing there as the bachelor?? That's exactly what happens to Rochelle Ransom. Grant Drake ripped her heart out when they were in college so she's not sure she can go through with this. But when the producer guarantees her double the prize money win or lose, she's determined to exact a little revenge and get herself kicked off the show. Things don't work out quite as planned though.... This fun, light read had me laughing out loud at Rochelle's antics. She and Grant were great together and made the book very entertaining. This is one I highly recommend!
Brilliant, behind the scenes shenanigans in this hilarious romance! With the chance to raise much needed funds for her favourite charity, “Helping Hands”‘, taking part in a reality television programme, “Luring Love” seemed like a good idea. Sometimes, however, even the best ideas can have unexpected consequences! Attorney Rochelle Ransom has agreed to be one of ten female participants in the show which hopes to find a love match for the male participant. She really isn’t interested in finding love – she had her heart broken into little pieces by her college boyfriend ten years ago – she just hopes to raise awareness and much needed funds for the shelter for abused women where she volunteers. When the male participant is revealed as her ex from ten years ago, Grant Drake, she wants to run. The show’s producer, however, thinks this will make great viewing and anticipates the show’s ratings to soar if she continues to take part and bribes her to do so. Grant may have been the one to break up with Chelle but he only did so because she was going to study at Berkley Law School and he believed she was about to break up with him. He’s never found anyone to replace her, she’s still the one he loves – will this give them an opportunity for closure or give them both a second chance at love? Get ready now for secrets from their past to be uncovered, love to be rekindled, media manipulation, competition between the contenders for his love and lots of behind the scenes action in this heartwarming second chance romance. The reality television aspect adds much to the story and explores some of the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of such situations in a sometimes humorous and at others heartbreaking manner. It has great characters, a strong plot and is written in a style that makes it an easy read and a great story to get lost in. Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A light and look at the world of reality television through the eyes of cynical Rochelle. A good heart, a worthy cause and the lure of prize money leads Rochelle to vamp it up for a dating show. The experience quickly becomes her worse nightmare when she discovers who her perspective date is. How to Lose a Bachelor is full of fun moments, and great characters that will have you rooting for this long lost couple to get their second chance. Requested an ARC from NetGalley and Entangled.