Published by Caliburn Press
Released on February 7, 2012
An Australian The Bachelor-style reality TV show is the setting for a romance between the show’s producer and the bachelor. She’s fatalistic that she can’t have love and he’s stuck between his plan for revenge and his feelings for her.
Nudging Cupid was a giveaway win I had from a few years back and I was happy it won a TBR pile vote since it sounded like a fun and cute contemporary romance. And, it was to a certain extent.
Ivy is finally in the middle of her dream job producing her own show and helping couples find love. She sincerely wants this for them and has this skewed notion that she can’t have it for herself. But, one accident on set where she is saved by Owen, the show’s Bachelor, and she is now rethinking her decision and fighting off attraction. Meanwhile, Owen falls for Ivy just as quickly, but now has a dilemma since he’s there under false pretenses. He’s out for revenge against this type of show that hurt his sister.
From the beginning, there was a tug o’war for me. I had moments I enjoyed the story and others that were a struggle. Ivy was all over the place for me because she kept swinging between extremes it seemed. She was also something of a damsel type with tears and fainting and choices. Her emotions, decisions, and actions would be influenced so easily. I felt sorry for her because she got involved with a real manipulative jerk who was an expert gaslighter and had her by the shorthairs with her show. But, Owen was the same. He kept putting off telling her the truth and was also hooked in Manipulative Matt’s net because of his original intentions toward the show.
There were lots of sweet moments and it was fun to see this all happening while set against the backdrop of the show, but the romance pair had me distracted more than anything else with their gushing thoughts about each other and their situations and their back and forth. Although, hey boy was I thrilled when Owen gave Matt his comeuppance that was long deserved.
So, it was okay. I was glad to try it. It reads quickly and was fairly light for those looking for just that sort of thing in a contemporary romance.
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