Genres: Erotica, Romance
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Desperate times make for desperate measures and that's exactly what it has come down to for Janelle Harper. Facing eviction from her apartment and desperate for a way to continue paying for law school, she signs up for a reality television show where the winner receives a sizable cash prize. All she needs to do is open her torn and tattered heart, fall in love, and convince the audience that she and whomever she falls for are deserving of the money.
Mason Compton is a twenty-nine year old NYPD officer who has put his career above all else, but his life is missing that special someone. When his sister signs him up for the show he reluctantly agrees. The whole idea of falling in love on a reality show seems to crazy to be possible, but what if...
There's no holds barred when twelve sexy singles compete for love and a cash prize. Who's there for love? Who's there for money? And will Janelle and Mason be able to find true love when thrown into a house of sex, scandal and sexy singles?
I got this book/short story as a part of a compilation, and while the synopsis didn’t like jump out at me, I figured I would give it a try. The whole premise has a The Bachelor feel to it, except there is a cash prize at the end of it. I guess why I wanted to give this book a try was because I recently started watching The Bachelor and I was interested in seeing what that would translate to in book format.
So Janelle’s motivation for going on the game show is that she wants to be able to afford to pay for her law school. Mason was basically tricked onto the show by his sister who put in the application for him. So neither one is really there to fall in love so to speak. I started getting worried when one of the supporting characters turned out to be a porn star. An overwhelmingly obnoxious porn star to boot. It’s not just that the character was obnoxious, I also thought the writer focusing so much on her, and her portrayal in general was just hard to deal with.
This is one of those books that literally has sex for sex’s sake. There’s one scene where the main character is walking through the mansion and walked by two people in the hot tub having what can only be described as sex straight out of a porno, the weird part was how okay with and normal the main character treated the experience.
I didn’t really feel any connection to the couple. They had the standard misunderstands that pull people apart, but even that just read as fake and not believable at all. I wish the story had actually been more of a story and not just throwing a bunch of people in a house together so you could describe them having sex. Now I’m not a person who is opposed to erotica, I just need the characters to have some kind of story and connection, for me there is no point if I have no emotional connection to the characters. This is where this story comes up infinitely short.