Review: How to Lose a Bachelor

cover-how to lose a bachelorTitle: How to Lose a Bachelor
Author: Anna Banks
Series: ?
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Nov 9th


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.

Source: ARC from Entangled: Bliss via NetGalley

I love a tale set in the weird world of reality TV and this one’s take on the Bachelor was fun, with its rating wars, plans of revenge, half-baked schemes and a second chance romance. However, you may need to suspend your disbelief along the way, because there are a few things that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Let’s start with Rochelle. She’s on the show because she wants to raise money and awareness for the women’s shelter she volunteers at. Which is great, as far as it goes, but it seems an odd choice for a highly successful lawyer like herself. You’d think that this kind of exposure on national television would bring her the wrong kind of attention, and that’s before she launches into her crazy schemes to get knocked out. To be honest I forgot she was supposed to be a lawyer for most of the book, and it might have been nice if she’d made more effort to raise the awareness of her charity – since it’s the whole reason she’s there.

Then again, she does have quite the distraction in the form of Grant. I was a little confused about why he was on the show, since it isn’t all that clear at the start that he knew Rochelle was going to be there. Or it wasn’t to me, anyway. After a few chapters it becomes obvious that she’s why he’s there, but I thought at the beginning he was as shocked to see her as she was to see him – which made me a bit confused later on. Oh well, details, details.

The story itself is pretty silly, but in a fun way. Rochelle’s schemes to get voted off are brash and attention-seeking, trying to be as annoying as possible, but are frequently funny. She’s a fiercely independent woman who also has a mile-wide stubborn streak and a heart that she’s determined to protect from getting hurt again. I liked her, though mostly because I found her entertaining. As for Grant, he’s a nice if not entirely memorable guy. He starts off a little confused about whether he’s seeking revenge or not, but he soon sorts himself out. However, like Rochelle, he’s a stubborn one and doesn’t always speak up when he should.

When it comes to the show there’s a manipulative producer stirring things up for better ratings and the other contestants to keep things ticking along. It might have been nice to have known more of Rochelle’s competitors, rather than them being mostly cardboard cutouts, but I did like Maya a lot (and have hopes for reading her story some time).

If you’re looking for something light and easy and fun, then you should probably give this a try – especially if you like a reality TV tale that definitely doesn’t take itself (or the show it’s based on) too seriously. The characters are likeable, the shenanigans are amusing and the romance is sweet enough to keep things interesting. I enjoyed it and will definitely be looking out for more stories from this author.

How to Lose a Bachelor is out November 9th!
Visit Anna Banks for more details.


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