Monday, November 9, 2015

Blog tour: How To Lose A Bachelor by Anna Banks

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.

“Aaaand rolling!” Chris said, retaking the director’s seat a few feet away.
            Grant could practically feel the cameras focusing back on him. “I’ve decided to be America’s reporter for the day,” he said, having already memorized his lines. “So I have a few questions to ask that I think everyone will want to know—including me.” Their eyes locked. So did Rochelle’s jaw. Grant paused for effect. Then, “Why on earth would you choose to audition for a sleezy show like Luring Love?”
            “CUT!” yelled Chris.
            “I mean, have you really drained the dating pool already?” Grant continued, getting angrier with each word out of his mouth. These were, after all, valid questions. Never in a million years would Rochelle have chased after a man—so why the hell was she here? “What would your mother say? Coming on a show like this to paw at a man who’s already got nine other women doing the same thing?”
            “I said cut!” Chris growled.
            “Oh, are we going to talk about mothers, then?” Rochelle flung back her hair. “Instead of dating pools, let’s talk about gene pools—and the fact that you and your four siblings originated from separate ones!”
            “Cut, cut, cut!” Chris had his hand on Grant’s shoulder, but Grant wouldn’t turn his eyes away from Rochelle. Her expression read Challenge Accepted.
            Did she really just insult his mother’s…need for variety in life? He couldn’t let that low blow go unpunished. “Let’s do talk about gene pools and how we both know that cleavage of that particular magnitude doesn’t run in your family.”
            Taken aback, Rochelle clutched at her shirt. Grant felt a win on the horizon, if hurling mother insults could, in fact, be considered winning at anything. “It’s a halter top, moron. It’s designed for cleavage. Besides, you didn’t seem to be complaining when I walked in!” she added.
            His mouth fell slightly ajar. She noticed me noticing. Did the crew? Will America? “It doesn’t suit you,” he blurted.  A complete lie. It enhanced an already irresistible figure—so much so that he just might have been willing to change his general opinion on how much cleavage a woman should expose in public.  In fact, he suspected he’d change his view on world peace if Rochelle sat on his lap and asked him to.
            “Really? Everything underneath suited the hell out of you before!”
            “For God’s sake,” Chris said, standing in front of Grant to block his view of Rochelle. “Are we speaking the same language?”

If you’re a fan of reality shows and clean romance, this book is for you. 

Rochelle and Grant were an item, once upon a time, before they broke up and spent the following ten years on the opposite sides of the country. Until they meet again on the set of Luring Love, a reality show where ten bachelorettes do their best to win the heart of one lucky bachelor. She went to the show with one goal only: to win the prize, in order to support Helping Hands, her charity program to help abused women. She had no intention of falling for the bachelor – that is, until she realize that the bachelor is in fact the one man who broke her heart. 

All is fair in love and war, and Rochelle seems to take the literal meaning of the statement to a whole new level. The show becomes payback time and Rochelle does her best to get Grant to kick her out of the show. But Grant has other plans altogether. He’s never gotten over his Chelle, and he’s determined to win her back and prove they’re made for each other. 

There are lot of funny moments, especially when Rochelle becomes creative in her attempts at getting on Grant’s last nerve so he would vote her off. Some scenes made me laugh, while others made me roll my eyes at Rochelle’s behavior. I would have probably never shown my face in public again, had I done some of the things she did on national TV. 

The reasons for my rating come down to three main issues I had with the book. 
First: I’m not a fan of reality shows, so I had a hard time trying to understand why they were in the show at all – especially Grant. I could somehow understand Rochelle’s reasons, since she needed the money for a good cause, but Grant’s? It was never clear, or maybe I just didn’t catch it. So I basically never connected with the characters, nor managed to sympathize with them.

Another reason was that I didn’t particularly like the way they hated each other for most of the book (even though, deep down they still loved each other) and wanted to make each other miserable, because they both thought they’d been dumped—but in the span of a page, they basically kissed and made up. Actually, they had sex and made up, but anyway, it just seemed a little too rushed seeing as they never even talked about the reason why they’d broken up. They’d been holding a grudge for ten years and out of nowhere they were still an item. Somehow, this left me a little confused. 

And this is basically the third issue I had: the fact that their breakup was only slightly addressed. I felt this should have been discussed more and sorted. In a way, it felt as if it had never been a major hurdle in the first place, whereas at the start of the book this seemed to be the main reason why they hated each other. I guess maybe it’s just me being an extremely fussy reader since becoming an author myself, so I bet someone else will be completely okay with it.

Anyway, don’t let my personal point of view on these issues influence your judgment. This is a nice story, and if you like clean romance (their sex scenes are behind locked doors) I’m positive you will enjoy this story, since it has some funny moments and a nice happy ending. 



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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