Bella Chatham will lose everything - her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home - if she can't find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the $10 million prize. If she doesn't, it's bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year! Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can't believe he's reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife. Unfortunately, it's the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he'll be able to dump his "spouse" at the end of the year; he's much too busy to be tied down to a country bumpkin cowgirl. Bella doesn't expect her adversary to be handsome - or funny, or compassionate - but Evan's all three, and he's proving a tough competitor, too. When they end up sharing a tent - and a sleeping-bag - her body betrays her with a longing so deep it cuts her to the core. Still, this cowgirl must stay strong. If Evan uncovers her secret fears, he'll use them to win the contest - and then he'll own her for a year. She'll be out of luck, out of cash, and stuck being Mrs. Mortimer until he kicks her to the curb. Too bad she can't decide which is worse - winning the show and losing Evan forever, or losing the show and only being his temporary wife. Evan can't believe he's falling for the one woman who doesn't want him. This cowgirl's not impressed by his money, his name, or his inability to sleep in a tent with her for an entire night, but every look and touch she gives him sends his desire through the roof. With a director determined to use his claustrophobia to make him look like a fool, and an adversary so sexy he can hardly see straight, he'll need all his savvy to come out on top.
©2013 Cora Seton (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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I had high hopes for this book given I share the heroine's love of animals and the premise of the story was interesting. I don't like spoilers, but I will say that I found myself saying out loud, "Why is Bella so flaky and dumb?" There were just too many flip flops in her personality... It didn't come across as realistic. And supporting character, Madeline was downright rude, snarky and totally unrealistic. As a director, she would never keep her job being that rude and unreasonable. It takes a lot for me to write a negative review about a book, but this one had enough holes to make me do it. Also, the audio performance was not good. The narrator's cadence and penchant for dragging out syllables had the effect of nails on a chalkboard.
"Unique Twist On Billionaire Theme-Meets Reality TV"
The publishers summary is a pretty detailed synopsis (and contains some spoilers, in my opinion) so I will not tell you anymore about the plot, just my thoughts.
This is a unique twist on the "billionaire" theme that is so prevalent these days. It is a bit predictable but I found it a lot of fun too. Does that make sense? It's the billionaire theme with reality TV and a few other elements.
If you are one who likes a lot of descriptive "intimacy" you may not care for this one. I think it fits perfectly in the genre of Chik-Lit. A pretty woman with a lot to push and pull.
My only complaint (and a lot of authors do it) is the repetition of why the character is doing what he or she is doing. I don't need to be told every few paragraphs or even every chapter why Bella's doing this show. The same thing goes with the male character, Evan. I beg authors and/or editors, your readers are pretty smart and we don't need to be reminded every five or so minutes as to the why.
The narration was very good. I did speed the book up a little bit because that is my preference. The narration/performance was well done and each character was defined with his or her own unique voice.
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"It was a HOOT!!!"
In this particular series I think it is one of my favorite.
The director and how she treats them over the five days.
Unsure. I have loved all the characters.
I did cry a little but laughed more at the things they were made to do.
I just love Cora Seton's characters. They ROCK!!
HOTT , HOTT love , finding love , going for it , sexy men , wanting a wife,great reading,... Can't wait to read the other books!!
Good story, somewhat predictable, but I liked it! Narrator is good, kept my interest. Look forward to the next book.
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