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Corie Benton, co-producer of television reality show, Bachelor Island, is scheduled to film the grand finale on Kauai. However, the season five BI winner drops out. Producer, Brick Masterson, Corie’s boss and ex-lover refers to the finale as Dante’s Divine Comedy. He needs seven finalists and wants diversity. Corie suggests re-filming with cowboys.
Wyatt Hardy, a Texas cattle rancher suffering through a 3 year drought, medical bills for his ten-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments, and the memory of her mother who died eight years ago, needs a stroke of luck, but the thought of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood spooks him. Wyatt must fight to win for his two loves—the ranch, and his daughter…well, make that three—also his co-producer.
Bachelor Island was a fun “tongue in cheek” story about a reality TV show. We know that watching them can sometimes be cheesy and reading this was like getting to see what really goes into making those kind of shows. I liked how the characters interacted in the story. The cowboy aspect was a nice little addition and seriously, if this show was real, I would totally watch it.
It was a little bit more slower paced than I expected but at least we got more into the backstory and character growth of Corie and Wyatt. Their attraction to each other was instant and there really was no conflict between them. The only thing that could have pulled them apart was the fact that he was a cattle rancher in a small town and she was a co-producer of a TV show. But it was fun to see how their whirlwind romance would hold up to reality after filming was over.
I would say this was a lighthearted read, with a typical jerk type as an adversary(no real evil there, just a greedy prick called Brick). No high maintence heroine, which after a while one needs a break from reading those types of characters, Corie was just a normal woman with regular problems. She was charming and sweet, so the balance was perfect between cowboy and city girl.
Overall, I liked the author’s writing style. It was easy to read and the dialogue shone through. I’m hoping that Luke (Wyatt’s brother) will get his own story. I’m invested enough in these characters to be interested in more from their world.
*I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review*
“You might want to take two keys, just in case,” a female voice said.
Wyatt did a slow turn. What the hell?
The woman seemed familiar. He’d know those eyes anywhere. He fast forwarded through his almost empty file of attractive women and hit pay dirt. How the hell did she get here? She gave him that same once over again, the same one she’d given him in his home town, little old Hardisburg, Texas. He’d never forgotten her, or her scent. His nostrils flared slightly as he inhaled. She smelled like vanilla pudding.
The woman smiled. “Corie Benton, executive producer of Bachelor Island. Most of us refer to it as BI, along with the number of the episode. You’ll be starring in BI 5. Welcome aboard.”
Wyatt blinked hard. “Thank you.”
He’d thought she was one of those romance authors who’d been doing a writing retreat at a ranch on the outskirts of town. Huh? Well, how about that? She looked different today. Her long rich brown hair fell in messy waves, whereas last time it had been pulled into a tight bun thing at the back of her neck. His head had ached at the thought of it. And she’d been in a damn suit and heels in the middle of Texas, in the rain, and with no umbrella. She’d given him a look like he smelled bad. He had.
Her shoulders were now bare and that sundress hung on by the tiniest of straps. He felt disoriented, pulled in a deep breath, and scanned the lobby again hoping for Luke to come save him. She looked up at him her hand jutting out. The bright, penetrating brown eyes were the same: Questioning.
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Robena Grant writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense about ordinary women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Travel and discovering new places brings her great pleasure, and she often includes these discoveries in her stories. She is Australian by birth, lives in Southern California, and has two grown children. Robena may be contacted at: www.robenagrant.com where she blogs weekly, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.