In a “Bachelor” meets “Survivor”-style reality TV show, twelve women are flown to an undisclosed location to meet the eligible bachelor Ky, a former boy band member and the privileged son of an LA plastic surgeon. After arriving at a beautiful resort in Bali, the women compete for a chance at love as they fight to win Ky’s affection.

Morgan, the blunt, down-to-earth, girl next door; Harper, a wannabe Hollywood starlet who is competing not only for her fifteen minutes of fame but to win enough money for breast implants; and Brinkley, the innocent, Jesus-loving Midwesterner who believes that she and Ky are a match made in heaven, must go head-to-head with nine other women on group dates and in challenges to stay in the competition.

What happens behind the scenes when a dating reality show goes awry?

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The English American by Alison Larkin Review

by bethany on December 26, 2012

In this debut novel by Larkin, we get to learn more about the author’s experience as a young English woman who meets her eccentric biological American parents for the first time.

Enter Pippa Dunn, adopted as a baby and raised British. Imagine her surprise when she finds out that her birth parents live in the South of the US, meaning a culture clash of epic proportions.

Pippa is typical English girl: She has marmite on toast for breakfast, she knows how to make a perfect cup of tea, and she even attended a posh British boarding school. Yet she has always felt different from her adopted family, misunderstood by her intelligent, sophisticated sister and practical parents.

At the age of 28, Pippa finally discovers the true identity of her birth parents. She meets her freethinking, artistic birthmother and charming, hard-working birth father. Pippa decides to move to the US to be closer to her biological parents. At the same time, Pippa begins to build a relationship with a young man with a story similar to her own – he has recently found his own estranged father.

Although the novel sounds serious and emotional, it has its share of fun and humor. Readers loved the authentic, likable characters and upbeat pace of the book, though some found it “slow and boring.”

(4.5/5)

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The Beach Trees by Karen White Review

December 12, 2012

It’s never too early to plan your summer reading list! In this Karen White novel, we meet Julie Holt – a woman who has been familiar with tragedy since the young age of 12. It was then that her younger sister disappeared, causing a loss that nearly destroyed her family. Now an adult, Julie has [...]

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Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews Review

November 28, 2012

In the latest novel from the New York Times best-selling author Andrews, we meet Annajane – a woman who finally thinks that she’s gotten over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. Annajane and Mason have been divorced for four years; Annajane has decided to move on with a new engagement to a seemingly wonderful man, and she’s [...]

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Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green Review

November 14, 2012

I just finished reading the very latest by Jane Green, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I’m not already a huge fan of Green, but the plot for this book seemed a little heavy to be considered chick lit. Still, it was a page-turner that was well worth the [...]

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Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner Review

November 7, 2012

This latest Jennifer Weiner installment is addicting, to say the least. I have to say that I’m a sucker for multiple character stories woven together that will keep you turning page after page to find out what happens. Without further ado… We’re introduced to a Princeton senior on full scholarship named Jules who is enticed [...]

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The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen Review

October 31, 2012

In this story, we meet Lindsey Rose, a 29-year-old who has lived in the shadow of her gorgeous fraternal twin sister Alex for what seems like her entire life. But now, Lindsey wants to get noticed and separate herself from the competition with her beautiful twin. Lindsey is close to being named the VP Creative [...]

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40 Love by Madeleine Wickham Review

October 24, 2012

To start, I have to clarify that I absolutely love Madeleine Wickham, even more than her later alter ego Sophie Kinsella. I don’t know why, but I appreciate her older novels because they’re interesting, charming, and simple. What’s not to love? With that in mind, I really, really wanted to love 40 Love, a snappy [...]

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Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham Review

October 17, 2012

In this novel, we meet Chloe, who is in desperate need of a holiday. Her husband Philip is having difficulty at work, and their entire family needs a break. We also meet Hugh and Amanda, an unhappy man with an immaculate trophy wife that obsesses over every detail of their home. When the two families [...]

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The Trophy Wives Club by Kristin Billerbeck Review

October 3, 2012

To start out this review, I have to be completely honest. I couldn’t get beyond the first 20 pages of the book. While the plot seemed on the money, all about superficial Hollywood trophy wives, the writing, to me, seemed disingenuous and unbelievable. And if I can’t identify with the main character, I can’t read [...]

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