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The Reluctant Bachelorette

A Romantic Comedy
Narrated by: Jennifer Reilly
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town's charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers - not her - to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke's good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

©2012 Rachael Anderson (P)2013 Rachael Anderson

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Brilliant story! except it wasn't a comedy.!

Narrator was great, loved the story , i was a roller coaster of emotions but sadly it was not a comedy as stated. I was really looking forward to the comedy as promised but enjoyed regardless with a very nice ending

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great book! enjoyed very much.

a great book, funny and well read. see recommend , great to listen to through auditable.

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  • Valeria
  • 20-06-14

Sweet and Funny Romantic Comedy

I enjoyed this plot from beginning to end. It was funny, light and true. I’m not a fan of the Bachelorette’s show or of any reality show as it is, but I did like this book very much. It was different from the TV show because it allowed an actual glimpse of what really goes on in the bachelorette’s life and heart; and of course this story has some setbacks and unexpected elements you wouldn’t have on the TV show.

Taycee is easy to like. She is an honest character but too content with her life. It’s easy to feel her stress and how the complexity of her situation affects her, but I was very proud of how she deals with everything. I think if I would’ve been in her situation, I wouldn’t have came out of it as well as she did. I did think she was a bit of a pushover though, especially allowing her best friend manipulate her that way, that’s a big frown upon Jessa too.

I did like Jessa too. As I already said, she was a bit manipulative, but her heart was in the right place. Plus she was fun to be around, so even if she made me angry at times, I would still like to have her as a friend.

Last but not least, Luke. He was slow to see what was in front of him the whole time, but in the end he did. He was the whole package, but he didn’t make me swoon. I did like him for Taycee though, he was a gentleman, sweet and funny; but what I liked the most about him was that he wasn’t perfect like Jake appeared to be. Who wants perfect? That’s too much pressure, but he was perfect within his flaws.

It took me a while to realize this story was actually being told from both, Taycee and Luke’s points of view, but I liked how their dynamics worked. We got more on the Taycee front, but just enough of Luke’s POV to understand why he acted the way he did and what his true intentions were.

Overall it was a great story, hilarious, enthralling, sweet and fluffy. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good romance. It was very hard for me to unplug me from this book.

To be honest my first impression of Jennifer Reilly’s narration was not good. I felt she was too calm and soft, like the kind of voice of a masseuse in a spa. Certainly not the kind of tone you’d expect for the narrator of a story; and it really ticked me off at first. After a while though, I don’t know if she actually got better or I just got used to it. Maybe I was too engrossed in the story, but it didn’t bother me anymore.

Her character voices are another story. She is actually very good at them. I think that’s part of the reason her spa tone didn’t get to me anymore. I liked how real she made Taycee and Jessa, and even if the bachelors’ voices were a bit alike, she also did a great job with them. Quite manly I have to admit. She even got Miles’ accent right. In brief, when it comes to voices she is quite talented, but on her narrator voice she needs to lighten up the tone a bit.

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  • Wendy
  • 06-07-18

No, just no!

I listened thinking this has to get better. Weak female lead and a a S L O W narration made this book painful listen to. I only finished to see how it would end, even that was anticlimactic and boring. Such a promising storyline.....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-18

Weak

This book was super frustrating. The main character was a total push over, to the point the book was not believable. I kept waiting for her to stand up for herself. I kept thinking there will be a moment when she will inevitably snap! No moment ever came. Sure, she did voice a little frustration, however it wasn't anywhere near enough. The best friend was not at all likable. Audible labeled this book as a romantic comedy, however there was zero to little comedy. The romance was severely lacking and totally unbelievable. All in all I will say that it was well written grammatically speaking. That is the only good thing I can say as this was one of the most disappointing books I have ever read/listened to in my life, and I have read thousands.

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  • Laura McMillin
  • 24-10-15

A wonderful heartwarming story!


Absolutely loved it! A second chance, brother's best friend love story! Enjoyed the main characters very much! I could definitely relate to the heroine in having an older brother and falling in love with his best friend. This story makes you think of the past and how much we lose as we get older but also puts a shine on looking towards a happy future!

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  • K. April Holgate
  • 13-03-14

Super sweet romance

What a sweet funny romance!! I love the whole thing from beginning to end, It takes something that is very now, Reality dating shows, and put it into a small town setting. The story also held many elements that are very current concerning small farming communities. While it is hard to expect problem solving from a romance, this book takes on issues and gives workable solutions.

I loved Taycee from the start, even if her views of things were slightly off. It was strange she would see the others guys teasing as fun but when Luke did the same thing she thought it was baiting and mean. She was a big pushover to her friend, her brother and Luke. She found her backbone in the end, but it was a process.

Luke seems like a great guy, he is just bad at correspondence. I get it, I am totally the same, without Facebook people would never hear from me! Back to the hero, Luke is fun and sweet and everything a nice girl could want.

They have a really terrific banter and playfulness when they are together. You can see why they make a great couple. This is a totally clean romance, that means no sex. There are some really lovely kisses but things do not get to the bedroom. It is the kind of story that gives you warm fuzzies.

There is a lot of story here, and many bachelor to keep track of throughout. i really liked Jake and Miles and hoped they would have HEA of their own mixed into the story. It kinda looked like Jake might with Jessa.

This is a mixed narrative going between the lead character's POVs, although most of the beginning is Taycee. There are a could glimpses of supporting cast too. The peaks into Luke's thoughts are important for getting his motivations and understanding his feeling for Taycee.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Reilly, who has a very smooth read. She had a great tone and pitch that really suit the story. The ladies' voices are varied and consistent, the men are kinda similar at times. She has a very stead pace to her read, I tend to like it quicker, but many will find it a perfect speed. I enjoyed her narration and would definitely try her again.

Overall this is a very sweet romance with some fun moments. This is a first read for me from Ms Anderson and I would definitely do another. She did a great job with the storytelling, great pace and plenty of twists and turns. Loads of story here to keep a gal entertained! Major Kudos.

Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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  • P. L. Hendrix
  • 06-09-19

Fun, flirty, passionate & clean-a great combo!

Finally an author who can write like real life! Not everyone is jumping into bed on every date. Not everyone drops the f-bomb in their routine conversation. This was a fun romantic book with some spark! Good characters and story, I throughly enjoyed it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-19

Where is the Comedy?

I went into this book expecting a rom-com that had some comedy in it. The description under this book made it seem more interesting than it actually was. I am not sure if it was the narrator or the story line that made it fall flat but when I finished this book, I did not have feels one way or another about it.

Taycee and Luke are childhood friends that lost contact after Luke left and never came back until 10 years later. Taycee was in love with Luke when they were younger and she ever really got over him after he left. Luke went away for college and didn't know about Taycee's feelings. When he comes back to town, he learns that the town is struggling to survive. Taycee's friend Jessa comes up with the idea to run a show similar to The Bachelorette to raise funds to help the farmers.

Taycee gets guilted into being the bachelorette after Jessa pulls favors. Luke gets pulled in by Taycee when she suggests him as a contestant before she finds out she's the bachelorette. After this happens, Taycee does some things to mess up his chances and Luke does some things to retaliate. This is where I would have expected some sort of humor but the pranks they played on each other fell flat. Taycee and Luke start falling for each other and Taycee wants to be honest with the remaining bachelors but Jessa guilts her into continuing the show.

I really disliked Jessa. She comes off as really manupulative and self centered. She kept saying that the show was her way of paying back her aunt and uncle and the farmers that had helped her. But she wasn't putting her life or feelings on the line.

The narrator did an ok job. She was clear and understandable but the voices were hard to distinguish from one another and she was a little slow. There was no indication that the pov had changed in the story and I think this book could have benefited a lot if it had been read by two narrators.

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  • A+D
  • 26-05-19

Easy Listen, Fun Rom-com

I chose this book for what it is, a fluffy romantic comedy. Some things are incredibly predictable and a bit hard to believe but it's still a fun little escape.
The narration is a bit slow so I upped the speed a bit making it a very easy listen.

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  • Mamma Mia
  • 18-04-19

Crush turned obsession

The start of this book was wonderful but it turned sour. Taycee was “in love” with Luke and broke up with wonderful guys because of her obsession. But I could never feel why. I never felt why. She was a child and he was an adult. When they come back together there is no chemistry no passion. Throw in a random bachelorette contest and you have a mess of a story.

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  • Peggy Purser Freeman
  • 17-10-18

Great Ending—But...

Can this possibly be the same Rachael Anderson who wrote The Rise of Miss Notley? I struggled with this book. It felt like I had just fallen into a high school girl’s diary. If you like simple plots, you will enjoy this. If the Batchelor is your favorite TV show, you’ll love it. If you persevere to the end, the ending is clever and romantic. Tacie is often shallow and bitchy. Luke seems the perfect big-brother’s best friend. Tacie is much more likeable than her worst best-friend, Jessa. I gave it 3 stars for the ending and because I love the Rachael Anderson who wrote the bestseller books.