Curious about the title, I thought this would be an escapist sort of romance, a bit different from my normal. Rachael Anderson has penned a cute story that is heavy on the pop-culture references, with the inclusion of the best friend’s little sister all grown up to add some romance.
Taycee is a woman with a grudge: fairly childish in her reactions and responses actually. We start the story in her point of view, and then as the story continues it flip-flops between the two. Taycee was immature and a bit over-reactive for my taste, she does grow up and see that her perspective isn’t quite correct, but it took me a long time to warm up to her.
Luke isn’t as bad as we are lead to believe early on: he’s not great at keeping in touch, that you can get, but his casual teasing manner and the way that he treats all of the women on the small town reality show is portrayed with a sense of believability. He’s working to revamp his image: although the small town reality show – in a dying farm community just doesn’t seem plausible to me.
Now, Taycee has her own reasons for being such a pill – but her deliberate attempts to undermine Luke in the hopes to have him thrown off the show are weak and transparent. They do finally realize that the chance to see one another once again, and to act on the attraction that has Taycee acting like a 9 year old boy is too good to pass up. Their romance is sweet, not sexy, and the tentative steps they take toward together are enhanced by the glimpses into other contestant’s relationships as they too search for a happy ending.
Narration was provided by Jennifer Reilly: while not distracting, her voice managed to carry the female characters with subtle distinction in pitch and tone, without great difficultly. There were some issues with the male character portrayals being less delineated, but not overly acted or presented, so the listen was smooth. Pacing in her narration is steady, perhaps a bit too steady: I tend to feel that conversations have a slightly quicker pacing, which would have helped to enhance the funny moments, and the steadiness did not really impart a great sense of emotion, which made the narration feel more like a read and less a performance. I experimented with the speed of the playback, and didn’t find a setting that wasn’t either too fast or too slow for my preferences.
I think this is the perfect audio version for listeners who want a light, fun and non-challenging listen to pass the time.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 3 Story 3
Title: The Reluctant Bachelorette
Author: Rachael Anderson
Narrator: Jennifer Reilly
Published by: Self-Published
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 6 minutes
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Luke Carney has no idea what possessed him to move back to Shelter Springs, Colorado, to set up his veterinarian practice. His parents have long since left, the small farming community is on the brink of extinction, and only one close friend from his childhood remains--Taycee Emerson, his best friend’s little sister, who isn’t so little anymore.
Then there’s the matter of Shelter’s Bachelorette, an online reality dating show created to raise some much needed funds for the town.
Unwittingly cast as the bachelorette, Taycee wants out, especially when she discovers that Luke, her childhood crush, is back in town and will be one of the bachelors. To make matters worse, it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go. And they all seem to like Luke.
Unwilling to let him break her heart again, Taycee launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. But she’d forgotten that Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.