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review 2016-12-04 00:45
{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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FicCentral received a free copy of this book from Entangled Publishing (via NetGalley).

 

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 2016-10-01 00:00
Nemesis
Nemesis - Anna Banks First, let me say I absolutely hate the cover. And there’s no goddamn reason for this nonsense. When I first saw this months ago, I said “nope” and liked several reviews stating how problematic it is.

In fact, I STILL like those reviews and support those refusing to read this book because of it. That’s what I planned to do as well. So how did I wind up here? *record scratch*

I received an email from FFBC for signing up on this tour. It was HTML only, no pictures. It sounded great and I wanted a fantasy novel so badly. I’ve had a string of good luck with progress contemporary novels and hoped this would continue the trend in the fantasy realm.

It wasn’t until it was too late that I realized this book was the one with the blackface cover.

*headdesk* *sigh*

Now that I’ve read and loved Nemesis, I fucking hate the cover more. And I didn’t think that was possible. The cover could’ve been fantastic like the contents. Instead, it’s nauseating in its insensitivity, will turn people away, and makes me a hypocrite.

So, from the deepest trenches in my heart, fuck everyone involved with this bullshit, from those that created and approved it to those that said nothing or support it.

If you’re refusing to read Nemesis, I support you and I’m sorry. I’m sorry people that this cover was a good idea, didn’t see anything wrong with it, and people are still defending it. And I understand being upset or disappointed in my failure to follow through on not supporting the book. I feel that way about myself for those same reasons.

Which really, really, really fucking sucks on top of all the other problems because without the cover I’d be basking in the after effects and upset about the cliffhanger ending because I need to follow the story. GRRRR.

The fact that I loved reading Nemesis doesn’t negate any of this criticism or my praise to come. Though I do wonder if the cover wasn’t a problem, would it rate higher?

With all that said, my review is next. Hint: 4 Stars. You may continue or not at your own discretion.

The Good:
+Loved Sepora & Tarik
+Loved their relationship and banter between them
+Loved the magic and fantasy worldbuilding
+Didn’t see things coming ahead of time
+Loved how it actually deals with ruling a kingdom


The Bad & The Other
-----The fucking cover
-Cliffhanger ending that’s SO mean >:/
-----Did I mention the cover?

Things to Know:
They aren’t sworn enemies except for their families. They’ve never met before and this story would be completely different if they had. It’s not a full on blood feud, battling it out in the streets when the families cross each other. It’s a cold war between two ruling families with their history, traditions, temperament, and kingdoms in the way.

Nemesis opens with Sepora traveling on her serpen fleeing her home. This is the perfect way to get me interested. However, the beginning had info dumps and repetition. I don’t have the memory of a gold fish, okay? So I wanted to, but wasn’t feeling it at first.

Every other chapter is Tarik’s and his felt much smother. Or it was more dynamic because he was doing stuff while Sepora burning to a crisp in the desert lamenting her fate. (No, her skin isn’t black nor ever painted like cover.)

Once Sepora meets up with people it starts rolling. Her privilege from being a princess is readily apparent as is the culture shock of Theoria. Though she never actually slums it, she is at least aware of her luck. It’s nice to see her care for people of lower classes as people instead of a bottom-line to a healthier economy and stronger country. (which is true and should be a goal for any ruler like Tarik, but we’re still people down here, ya know?)

Meanwhile Tarik is fangirl worthy. I loved him prowling around with his big cat and struggling to handle his new promotion to king. He’s obviously got blind spots accepting traditions and not thinking about things, but he’s a good person and does see reason later.

Now, the way Sepora ended up in the palace and ran around was a bit…stretched at times. Like okay, really? But I enjoyed it all. The interesting magic system, though it’s not commonplace, the different kingdoms, the focus on energy usage, water, etc. for running a kingdom, the plague, the Parani, and of course the serpens. There could always be more serpens.

But what really hooked me was their relationship between Sepora and Tarik. I loved. every. single. goddamn. minute. They are perfect for each other and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

While reading I was completely immersed and smashed through in a single day. Then I noticed the pages were running out and started panicking. Sure enough it ends on a massive unforgiveable cliff hanger. WHYYYYY?!?!
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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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