Title: The Reluctant Bachelorette
Author: Rachael Renee Anderson
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Release Date: September 8, 2012
Rating: *4 stars*
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Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go. 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…
The Bachelor meets Shelter Springs, Colorado….
Taycee’s hometown, Shelter Springs, is going way downhill due to financial issues. Its residents can not afford to stay around because the farming business has not been good. The solution? Taycee’s best friend creates Shelter’s Bachelorette. It is reality TV Show’s The Bachelor meets American Idol. Voters can choose which bachelor will stay and move onto the next round. If the show is successful their town will be saved and the farming families will not have to move out. Taycee thinks this is a great idea…that is…until she finds out who the bachelorette is.
Could they be any cuter...?
Luke is Taycee’s best guy friend from her childhood who left and never came back. He doesn’t even bother to give her a call, and she’s been troubled by it since the day he left. When he finally shows up again old feelings and fuzzy memories start coming back and she’s fallen for him all over again. Taycee and Luke are absolutely amazing together! They’re both very fleshed out and quirky characters. I especially enjoyed the parts about Taycee’s addiction to curly fries. Yum! And the sweet dates that he had planned out for her were amazing. The banter between them is so incredibly fun to read. Luke and Taycee were the perfect couple and seriously had amazing chemistry together. I almost teared up a bit at the end. It was so perfect how things turned out.
What I had a problem with…
The only thing that really bothered me about the book was mostly Taycee’s friend, Jessa. She came up with the bachelorette idea and made Taycee the star of the show without her consent. At first it was okay, but she increasingly became more pushy in forcing Taycee to string along guys who she didn't care about. Guys who were actually serious about a relationship with Taycee and not in it just for show. I feel like no best friend would ever do this to someone they cared about while hurting other people in the process. She's willing to force Taycee to risk the most important person in her life for her obsession with getting more money through votes, even though Taycee never agreed to being bachelorette in the first place. She also tried to force Taycee to fall for one of the guys, and made Taycee feel bad for not being romatically attracted to him. Seriously? Who does that? In the end, I didn't even feel like it was about saving the town for Jessa. It was more like an obsession she couldn't get over and that she was willing to hurt and stomp on anyone in order to get it--including her best friend. If I were Taycee I could never have forgiven her.
*To read my interview with author Rachael Anderson [ Click here! ]