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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: REALITY CHECK by Karen Tuft

Some days I feel like I'm checking off TBR books right and left. This one has been on since I first started "researching" the LDS romance category. And, I gotta admit, the fact that I'm checking a bunch of these off is because of Storymakers Conference 2013 and the fab bookstore there. I dropped some cash there. But, shhhh, don't tell my husband.

From CovenantAfter college graduation, Lucy Kendrick heads home with big plans for work, travel, and relishing her freedom—which means no romantic entanglements. Buther two best friends have other ideas. Lucy is seriously steamed when she realizes they’ve signed her up to be a contestant on the reality dating show Soulmates, but she decides not to renege and soon finds herself in Los Angeles—a small-town Mormon girl vying for the love of millionaire bachelor Ethan Glass. At first this cute, smart, fun young woman, who would rather pray than party, bewilders Ethan. But his interest and admiration grow with every encounter. However, the conniving associate producer is determined to stir up some made-for-TV drama and takes strides to make this reality television show anything but real. When the show finally airs, Lucy has been recast as someone she unquestionably is not. Lucy is left humiliated in front othe world, and Ethan is left wondering who the Lucy is that he was falling in love with. Will the duplicities that have created this humiliation ever come to light? And will the truth emerge too late for the would-be soulmates?

Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LDS Romance
Length: 304 pgs

Rating: ***+ (Liked it and some)

Review: I had such a difficult time deciding whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. The part of me that felt like the book started slow said 3, and the part of me that raced through the second half said 4. If you like The Bachelor TV show, you'll like this book a lot. We mostly get to see the contestant view from Lucy's POV, and I would have loved to be able to hear the voices of some of the other girls -- which is what I love about The Bachelor, falling in love with more than one girl...it breaks your heart, right? -- but it really worked. Ethan in a FANtastic hero. Seriously. One thing that hung me up. We're introduced to the "Soulmates" show as a different form of dating reality TV show, where the contestants all took extensive tests to see if they matched with Ethan. Although we know there are nice girls and likable girls, most of the "screen time" is given to meaner girls and Lucy (of course). So, it just made it a bit difficult for me to buy the concept that they were all screened intensively. Yet, this book just made me feel so much. I can't describe the parts that just broke my heart and made me happy and all because it would give away parts of the story, but the author did a great job of sucking me in and making me really feel part of the story. My favorite character is Ethan's dad Jed. He was just so great, so full and awesome for a supporting character.

Disclaimer: Nothing

Buy it from Covenant or Amazon.

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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