Reality can be hotter than fiction.
The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 1
Monica McKellar, associate producer of Finding Mr. Right, is desperate. One of the show’s bachelors has bailed one week before shooting starts. She not only needs a replacement ASAP, he has to get the temperamental bachelorette’s stamp of approval.
Fortunately there’s a hot guy right under her nose who’s a perfect fit. Unfortunately, he pushes all her hot buttons. Until the show’s over, her hands—and every other part of her body—are tied.
When Paul Dewitt signed on to write for the reality show, “Bachelor #10” wasn’t supposed to be in his job description. He fully expects to be cut early on, which will free him to focus on the real object of his attraction. Monica.
Instead, he’s a finalist, and they’re all packed in an SUV climbing the Continental Divide, headed for Salt Box, Colorado. Where stampeding horses, vindictive tabloid editors, and one capricious bachelorette’s waffling over suitors may conspire to end Paul and Monica’s romance before it even starts.
Warning: Contains hot sex on the sly, cold nights, creaking wicker couches, and a gypsy wagon that gives a whole new appreciation for the pioneers.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of reality TV shows, I have to admit I love reading romances set in them. There’s just so much scope for nasty characters, naive ones, clandestine romances, ridiculous stunts and so many, many things that can go wrong – oh, and the few important things that go right, of course. And this book is no different. Taking an amusing side-swipe at The Bachelor/ette style shows, this is a fun, easy read about one seriously put upon associate producer and the writer roped in where he really doesn’t want to be.
Poor Monica! The stuff she puts up with in this book. There are so many places where I wanted her to snap back or at least show some sign of temper, but she’s clearly a much better person than me because she puts up with the orders and demands, the distinct lack of gratitude and the feeble whims of her “star”. Despite seeming so at times, Monica’s not actually spineless, nor is she a doormat. She’s capable of getting things done under pressure and she’s even able to stick up for herself when necessary, it’s just her job itself that pushes her down. But I liked her. She’s nice, she tries to keep as many people happy as possible, and despite extreme provocation she never actually strangles Ronnie, the bachelorette.
Some of that is probably thanks to having Paul around. Unwilling as he is to be involved, he’s also a nice guy who quietly has Monica’s back when plans for the show go somewhat off the rails and land them in an unexpected place. He’s not big or bossy or brash and he never tells Monica what to do, he just quietly sneaks around and helps her take her mind off the mess of the show. If anything he’s a little too quiet at times, letting events overtake him a bit, but then so does Monica. The show is run by some pretty strong characters, some more unexpected than others, and the nice people tend to get swallowed up by it.
Full of daftness of reality TV, peopled with interesting characters and featuring a sweet and sexy romance while set in the Colorado mountains, this book is fluffy, feel-good fun. Sure, there are moments where I wanted to shout rude things at certain people and roll my eyes at the too-sweet-for-her-own-good Ronnie, but it made me smile and chuckle along while waiting for the inevitable plot points to happen. In all I enjoyed it and I will definitely be looking out for more from Salt Box in future.
Finding Mr. Right Now is out June 2nd!
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