I received this book for free from Rachel's Random Resources in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dating Game by Sandy Barker
Published by One More Chapter on September 10, 2021
Genres: Adult Romantic Comedy
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
‘Hilarious and highly original’
Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair
Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .
Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.
When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.
The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all . . .
I do love a good reality tv storyline and that is what drew me to this book right away. To be honest, I’ve never watched a full season of the US show, The Bachelor, which is basically the same as what the reality show in this book called The Stag is. But I have watched some, and my family members have watched whole seasons of it. So I know basically how it goes. The author did a great job on making this a perfect recreation of that type of show. I loved the added aspect of Abby’s being undercover, and even the way that the author had all the things go wrong! Some were unpredictable. And I loved that. It was also a great look at how it is so obvious the manipulations that are made just from the way the film is edited for the final finished show that makes it to air for the public to see. So really, if you are a fan of this type of show, or I guess even just a fan of British rom-coms, you will really enjoy this one!
My only issues have to do with how it seems British rom-coms or maybe all their books only use ‘this’ for when someone is speaking instead of what I’m used to for dialogue “this”. It makes it hard for me to follow along with what is being spoken aloud and what is just in the character’s head, especially if it is in first person. But I love first person, so I’m not complaining about that at all. It could also just have had to do with the formatting since this was an e-galley so maybe if it was formatted more like a finished book I wouldn’t have had that problem.
About the Author:
Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.