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{Review} How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks
How to Lose a Bachelor - Anna Banks

How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks
Publisher: Bliss on October 29, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 256

 

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Our Rating

4.5 Stars

When Rochelle signs on to be one of many women vying for a single man on a reality romance show, she’s only thinking about getting some exposure for her charity, not finding love, making a fool of herself, or furthering her career.  But when the bachelor turns out to be none other than the man who broke her heart years ago, and the producers bribe her into staying, all bets are off.

 

The Verdict:  If this had been just another story about someone going on a reality show and falling in love, I probably wouldn’t have given it so much as a glance.  But two people with a history who didn’t even want to be in the same city with each other, producers manipulating and bribing left and right, and all the craziness that comes with reality TV?  I just had to read it!

 

Rochelle is a successful attorney whose heart was broken years ago, and she’s never really gotten past it.  She’s not entirely opposed to love, but she’s not actively looking for it either.  Still, when she finds out Luring Love is casting in her city, she gives it a shot, hoping that if she has the chance to talk about her charity work on the air, the organization will get some much needed publicity and support.  What she doesn’t count on is coming face to face with the guy who callously dumped her all those years ago.

 

Grant’s not exactly thrilled, either, to find Rochelle in the room with all the other women vying for his attention.  He may have been the one to break things off between them, but it was only because she was planning on leaving him anyway.  And while he may still be in love with her — or at least the memory of her — he’s definitely holding a grudge.  Talked by the producers into keeping her on the show and not divulging their shared past, he’s in more trouble than he ever signed up for.

 

As dramatic as this could have been — and yes, there was definitely some drama — it was also just hilarious.  Rochelle wants nothing more than to be voted off, and she does everything she can to make that happen.   Her antics kept the fun in an otherwise serious story, and instead of following a predictable path, Grant and Rochelle’s second chance at love was just as full of surprises as reality TV can be.  And of course, two people who react so passionately to each other, even when it’s in avoidance, bad behavior, and constantly plotting to get the best of each other… Well, they obviously have some very real feelings between them.

 

Aside from the romance, though, How to Lose a Bachelor is a brilliantly funny commentary on the craziness that is reality television, and it’s clear that most of the shots it takes are aimed at The Bachelor TV show.  Scheming women are relegated to shared bedrooms in a mansion, dates are arranged, dialogue is practically scripted, and everything is done to draw out suspense and rope in more viewers.  There’s even skillful editing in a montage that makes one event seem like an awful lot more than it actually was.  I have no idea if the author actually knows how these shows work, or if she’s just awesome at making up something that seems accurate enough, but easily half the entertainment I found in the story had to do with the behind the scenes chaos and planning.

 

Of course, there’s a solid love story in the mix as well, not to mention some very likeable characters.  Rochelle had my respect the minute she admitted to herself (and readers) that she was only on the show for the publicity, and with each new stunt she pulled, I fell a little more in love with her.  For his part, Grant is just as easy to like.  Once their past situation is made clear, it’s obvious that he’s a good guy, and even as he tries to ruin Rochelle’s plotting and throw in some surprises of his own, there are moments when his genuine love for Rochelle still shows.

 

Whether you love or hate reality TV, record and rewatch every rose ceremony or sit there eating ice cream while silently judging the men and women on the screen, or simply want something different than the usual plots, How to Lose a Bachelor is an awesomely different spin on the modern day dating game.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-10 10:45
Etwas für zwischendurch :)
Das Flüstern der Wellen (Blue Secrets, #2) - Anna Banks
 

Eine Liebe für die Ewigkeit

Emma und Galen brauchen etwas Zeit für sich. Allein. Weit weg von den Königreichen Triton und Poseidon. Emmas Großvater, der König von Poseidon, schlägt den beiden vor, eine kleine Stadt namens Neptun zu besuchen. Neptun ist die Heimat von Syrena und Halbblütern, die sich alles andere als wohlgesonnen sind. Emma und Galen geraten zwischen die Fronten. Sie treffen auf das Halbblut Reed, der seine Gefühle für Emma nicht lange verbergen kann. Plötzlich befinden sich Emma und Galen mitten in einem Machtkampf, der nicht nur ihre Liebe bedroht sondern auch ihre Königreiche.
 
Das Cover ist wieder toll,ein Pärchen das sich unter Wasser küsst.
Der zweite Teil knüpft an den ersten gleich an.
Emma wird von ihrer Mutter entführt um sie vor den Meervolk zu schützen, sie erfährt aber das ihr liebster damals nicht ums leben kam , aber glaubt Emma nicht.Galen versucht Emma vor ihrer Mutteer zu schützen und nach einer Verfolgungsjagd stehen sich alle gegenüber. So muß nun Emmas Mutter zurück ins Meer und ihren Platz als Prinzessin annehmen und die Strafe da sie an Land ging und da zu leben. Emma erfährt vieles über sich und ihrer Familie und trifft einige Entscheidungen um selber ihr Leben in die Hand nehmen. Als aber alle ins Meer zurück gehen und nur Emma und Rayna an Land bleiben und abwarten sollen was passiert spitzt sich unter Wasser alles zu.
Viel kann ich nicht zum Buch schreiben den sonst verrate ich zu viel :(
Ich kann nur sagen eine tolle Fortsetzung vom ersten Teil. Die Personen und die Orte sind tolle beschrieben, auch stirbt jemand wo ich sagen muß das war sehr traurig :(
Ich freue mich auf Teil 3 um zu wissen wie die Geschichte um Emma und Galen zu ende geht .
 
 
Anna Banks ist die Autorin der New York Times-Bestsellerreihe Blue Secrets (Der Kuss des MeeresDas Flüstern der Wellen und Der Ruf des Ozeans). Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann und ihrer Tochter in Crestview, Florida.
 
Blue Secrets - Der Kuss des MeeresBlue Secrets – Das Flüstern der WellenBlue Secrets - Der Ruf des Ozeans
 
 
 
 
 
Cover :2  / 2
Klappentext: 2 / 3
Personen: 2 / 3
Schreibstil: 2 / 3
Spannung: 2 / 3
Gefühle: 2 / 3
Handlung: 2 / 3
 

 



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review 2016-01-02 17:53
Review - How to Lose a Bachelor by Anna Banks
How to Lose a Bachelor - Anna Banks
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.

 

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review 2015-11-30 11:59
How to Lose a Bachelor - Anna Banks

Oh my goodness, this was just a hilarious, romantic, great book!

 

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Blog Tour - HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR
 
 
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HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR
Anna Banks
Releasing Nov 9th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss
 
 
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.
 
 
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Excerpt #1

Grant crossed his arms. “Really? Because I asked around too, and several of our lovely contestants said the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ was that she refused to put on any dress chosen for her. You realize why she wore a FSU shirt, don’t you, Richie. I hate that team. And as for ratings, I don’t give a rat’s—”

“Please, lower your voice. This isn’t as bad as it seems.”

“What did you say to her to make her stay? Don’t give me anymore BS about loopholes in contracts, either.”

Richie pressed his fingertips together thoughtfully. “You say this woman was the love of your life, yet you don’t even realize what she’s doing. I find that difficult to believe.”

“You said she was the love of my life. I told you to let her go.”

“Not going to happen, Grant. Besides, I thought you’d be happy about this turn of events. About what it means for you.”

Grant scowled. “Are you incapable of being direct?”

“Isn’t it obvious, Grant? She’s making what I would call a tremendous effort for you to vote her off. Which means she still has feelings for you.”

You have a warped sense of reasoning.” She might have feelings for him, but they sure as hell weren’t romantic in any way. What, she was trying to woo him with a sweatshirt that smelled like hot dumpster trash? Richie was crazy.

She can’t stand to be around you because of all the feelings your presence dredges up. Is that so hard to understand?”

Grant blinked. It actually wasn’t; he could relate. He wished he could turn off the memories her presence provoked in him. “You can’t let her run wild on the set, Richie. She’s making a joke out of your show. Don’t you care about that?”

Richie laughed. “She’s doing exactly what I’d hoped she’d do. The question is, are you going to let her beat you at this game?”

Grant took the seat behind him and leaned on Richie’s desk with his forearms. Of course, she was trying to get voted off the show. She hated his guts, and had an entire decade to let this medley of hatred and anger simmer. This was her loophole. Her way of getting out of the contract. “You don’t know Chelle. She won’t give up. These tantrums will only get worse.”

“Look,” Richie said with a sympathetic sigh that barely hid his delight. “There’s a fine line between love and hate. Haven’t you ever heard that? She obviously has strong feelings toward you. It’s up to you to change the nature of those feelings.”

Grant wiped a hand down his face. Changing Rochelle’s mind about anything had always been a challenge. But changing her heart? Was that even possible?

“You handled yourself quite well last night,” Richie continued. “Very composed for the situation.”

“Am I just supposed to ignore her behavior? That’s not fair to the other women.”

Richie smirked. “Do you even remember the names of any of the other women?”

Touché.

 

 


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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.
 
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