Book Review: The Reluctant Bachelor by Syndi Powell

reluctbachSynopsis: Rick Allyn had his heart broken five years ago on a reality dating show, and trying to convince him to come back for another round to boost the ratings would be far from easy. Elizabeth Maier, producer, is certain this season will be different as finding a soulmate for someone as wonderful as Rick should be easy… except Elizabeth starts to wonder if the perfect woman for Rick is herself.

Plot: You know from the start that Rick and Elizabeth are going to fall for each other, so there is no surprise there. Even though Rick is courting a couple dozen other girls for the show, they don’t seem like much of an obstacle, and Elizabeth makes only a half-hearted attempt to fight her growing feelings. The storyline is predictable right to the end where it finally breaks into two possibilities: Rick proposes to the last contestant on the show or he proposes to Lizzie.

Character Development: The heroine of course changes as a person, going from her job being her life to finding a life outside of her job. It’s unfortunately one of those quick changes rather than gradual steps. You see the start of this adjustment coming slowly, but then it is like the flick of a switch and completely bypassing the last few phases. Nevertheless, it is believable enough and requires only a pinch of your own imagination to fill in the blanks of time passing with these “missing” events.

Pace: The story flowed at just the right speed, not drawing out any particular scene ad nauseam nor passing so quickly it feels like things are on fast-forward. Towards the end, weeks go by with a mere mention, but there wasn’t much that could be done with that without making the story drag unnecessarily.

Character: Dan is Rick’s older brother who ends up playing an important role, yet barely makes an appearance. I would have liked to see more of him, gotten to know him better as a character with depth. I am not particularly fond of him, yet he is well-liked by other characters –though the relationship with Rick seems to be a bit more love/hate—so I’d like to know what made him beloved by the others.

Quote: Love always wins. At least it does on television. So why can’t you find it out here in the real world too?

Verdict: I’ve never been one for reality television, but this made me want to watch “the Bachelor”. If you love shows such as that, this is a book you’ll enjoy. If you hate shows of that sort, you’ll still like the romance of this novel. I found it a fun read that I didn’t put down until I was finished.

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Author: JaimeKristal

JaimeKristal is a freelance editor and writer. She started her book review blog "Tales of a Booklover" for the enjoyment of sharing her love of reading.

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