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Outback Hearts (Beyond Reality #1)

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Start the Beyond Reality Series with Outback Hearts

Sam never thought she’d actually be chosen for a reality show--but next thing she knew, she was whisked away to Australia. Dealing with a producer willing to do whatever he had to do make the show a hit, other women ready to cheat and lie to gain the attention of the bachelor, and a camera operator ready to catch her at h
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Published May 18th 2014 by Beau Coup Publishing
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Jun 30, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut novel from Susan Stoker takes the reader behind the scenes of a reality dating show and allows you to live the experience from the point of view of one of the contestants (Sam/Sammie).

It wasn't always easy to read Sam's story because I could actually feel her emotions as she experienced the true reality of reality shows ~ and,yes, this is a good thing. I want to feel right along with the characters and Susan has definitely managed to do that for me. I felt I was there with Sam, h
Holly Price
Jul 10, 2014 Holly Price rated it it was amazing
I'm a reading addict, so I go through phases where it feels like all of the books I'm reading sound similar. It's rare that I can find a book that seems unique. I got that with Outback Hearts. Reality TV is all around us, but this is the first book I have read with a reality TV plotline. It was very interesting. You get both POVs in the story, so you know what's going on from both of their perspectives. It felt like a behind-the-scenes look at a reality show. I wondered while reading this if ...more
Betty Pack
May 28, 2014 Betty Pack rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book and looking forward to the second one of the trilogy. Susan Stoker has a talent for captivating the reader immediately. I normally do not read this genre of books, but the title caught my attention and I wanted to check the book out. I had me hooked right away. Love Sammi and cannot believe how naive Alex is. All of the characters are so much fun to read, Susan has the gift of making you feel like you are sitting there amongst the group of girls watching everything unfold right ...more
May 28, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book for my Kindle to read during a 4-day road trip. I figured I would read a little bit each night before going to sleep. Foolish me! Once I started reading it, I didn't put it down until I was finished. I kept telling myself, "Okay, one more chapter. I have to find out what happens next." The problem I usually have with romance novels is that I can't relate to the characters. They are too rich, too beautiful, too challenged, etc. This was not the case in this story. I found ...more
Alicia Anderson
May 28, 2014 Alicia Anderson rated it it was amazing
I am not an avid reader of "bodice rippers," but this title looked intriguing, so I gave it a shot... and loved it! The story is fun and sweet, the characters are interesting, and the story line doesn't lag... I couldn't put it down! If you like "cozy mysteries" (which I do), I think you'll enjoy this one as well.

I saw a lot of myself in the main character, Sam, which made it all that more enjoyable to read. I too would be highly cynical about appearing on a reality TV program, and caught myself
May 20, 2014 Celeste rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
When Does The Second One Come Out?

I read it in less than a day! Captivating from start to finish! ideal beach or travel book! Author Susan Stoker has an uncanny ability to draw the reader in and leave them clamoring for more in the end! I can't wait for the second installment.
Jun 06, 2014 Marissa rated it really liked it
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What was supposed to be just a simple reality show in the Australian Outback turns into a dating reality show for Sam one of sixteen ladies vying for a rich rancher named Al. She never thought that she would actually be chosen for a reality show.

Sam had to deal with the other contestants and their diva ways. She knows she does not have a chance into making it to the end since she is not a typical model as she watches them flaunt themselves at Al. Surviving tasks thrown at them w
Joni Hobbs
May 28, 2014 Joni Hobbs rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read romance novels, and I've never watched any of the dating shows that have aired. I picked up the book on a recommendation from a friend. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in one day. I was fascinated by the main character. She is very easy to relate to. I would love to visit the Outback, so it was a great setting. I loved the interaction between the players, the staff and the bachelor. It was really fun to read.

I'm ready for part 2! Hurry up!
Lorraine Carter
Jun 28, 2014 Lorraine Carter rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of Reality TV shows and this is probably why I enjoyed Outback hearts so much! I have often imagined the shenanigans going on behind the scenes and whilst it does appeal to me in terms of TV it made a really entertaining story. Interesting characters and and a good storyline kept me turning the pages.
May 30, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
Captivating characters,location,and story. Anyone, who reads for enjoyment, will find this book hard to put down, no matter what their favorite genre may be.
4.5 stars.
Mar 09, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboys, susan-stoker
The main characters are on a survivor like reality tv show!
Feb 04, 2016 Alison rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Fantastic read from start to finish. Susan Stoker writes brilliantly, from the start you are hooked. Humour, romance and a HOT GUY what more can you ask for? I always say you know its a really good book when you say your going to read two or three chapters and at 3am you finish the book, well in fact it was 2.20am but you get my point and it was so worth it lol.

Sam and her friends decided to apply for a reality TV Show, thinking no more of it she suddenly gets invited to the auditions. Th
Holly Griffis
Jul 20, 2014 Holly Griffis rated it it was amazing
An Enjoyable book

The beginning seemed a little hard for me to get into it, after all romance is not my conventional go-to genre. I continued reading and I am very glad that I did. The story turned out to be very intriguing plot with a few twists (I am sure that behind the scenes reality shows are the way it is described in the book). The protagonists are endearing, Sam especially. She is your average woman with a heart of gold. She stays to her morals and always tries to be herself even on a co
Lee Wolfle
May 29, 2014 Lee Wolfle rated it it was amazing
Stoker's heartwarming story is the first of a three-book sequence built around relationships that develop on the set of a TV reality show. In "Outbreak Hearts," Alex is plopped down among a gaggle of lovelies vying for the attention of the bachelor. Set in Australia, Alex is exposed to icky situations in competition with catty rivals, filmed by scheming producers. She perseveres, overcomes, and finds love in unlikely places. Deft characterization and an absorbing story line will captivate ...more
Morgan Wyatt
Jul 22, 2014 Morgan Wyatt rated it it was amazing
This is a fun western romance down under style. It made me think of Tom Selleck in Quigly Douwn Under. If you can remember that movie, then you'll understand what a fun romp this story is. It includes an unexpected chance to be a on a reality show, Australia and the assorted fauna and wildlfe, and Aussie alpha males with charming accents. And plenty of romance. :)
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enchanting storyline and engaging characters makes this a real page turner of a novel. I really liked the descriptive writing, especially the locations. I just had to keep reading and very interested to find out where the series goes from here.
Cyndy James
Jul 14, 2014 Cyndy James rated it it was amazing
Sweet story. I fell in love with Sam and Alex, and could hardly wait to find out if there would be a HEA. The author gave us good characters and the story flowed very well. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Nice love story not bogged down with just sex. Great job Susan.
Aug 11, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted read about the behind the scenes world of reality tv. I love a good book where you can connect with the characters and the ending leaves you with a smile.
Jun 02, 2016 Lexie rated it it was ok
Longer review my updates in the meantime. So much hope for this one!
Book Reading Gals
Aug 20, 2014 Book Reading Gals rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Title: Outback Hearts

Series: Beyond Reality

Author: Susan Stoker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Sam never thought she’d actually be chosen for a reality show--but next thing she knew, she was whisked away to Australia. Dealing with a producer willing to do whatever he had to do make the show a hit, other women ready to cheat and lie to gain the attention of the bachelor, and a camera operator ready to catch her at her worst every time she turned around, absolutely nothing was as simple as it se
Kayla West
Aug 28, 2014 Kayla West rated it really liked it
For a girl who has watched her fair share of reality dating programs (grew out of that, thank God) I can honestly say that everything that is portrayed in this novel is of my EXACT opinion. The fru-fru women who somehow fall in love with the supposed bachelor on the first night, the cattiness and 180 changes between when they are with the guy and when they are not, and the DRAMA!!! Oh my goodness, the DRAMA! It makes my head want to explode. *KABOOM* But enough about that, let's continue on ...more
We can all relate to reality TV. More and more shows are popping up, so why not write about one. It’s a great concept! Susan Stoker created her own reality TV show on paper.

Sam (aka Sammie) and her friends applied for a reality show as a joke months ago. Wasn’t she shocked to receive a call back and interviews auditioning for an actual role? Simple, stubborn and fiercely independent Sam takes this as a challenge when she’s offered the chance to be on the show and travel to the Australian Outbac
Melyssa Winchester
This was a fantastic debut novel by Susan Stoker. It didn’t even feel like a first book to me and once I started it last night, it was very hard to put down.

I loved the premise of this story. With how popular shows like Survivor and The Bachelor and Bachelorette have become in recent years, I found myself drawn right into this. Getting to see the perspective from one of the women involved in it as well as that of the “man candy” that’s got to choose a woman at the end, along with the cattiness
A kindle freebie, short and diving into reality TV. I thought it was worth a read based on those 3 things but it ended up not being a good book fit.

I was offended that there seemed to be a message that pretty and thin women were automatically ugly on the inside, fake and awful. The tone came off very judgmental and was on par with slut shaming in my mind. The other contestants were written about with no substance or depth because apparently all we needed to know- that they were thin and beautif
Sassy Southern
Aug 06, 2014 Sassy Southern rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I received this book in exchange gor my honest review.

Outback Hearts by Susan Stoker is about a reality show. Sam and her friends fill out forms to be on a reality show. Sam was picked and after arriving in the outback, she realized that she was out of her league. She decided to take this time and enjoy it . The other girls made her feel like is was an outcast, but that did not matter to her.
Alex was encouraged by his friends to go on the show, even though he was never lacking for dates.
Felicity Nichols
Aug 21, 2014 Felicity Nichols rated it it was amazing
I fell in love in the first few pages and had a hard time tearing myself away to complete housework.

Sam is your average girl, nothing special. Just for laughs she puts in an application for a reality show. Forgetting about it she gets notice that she has been chosen. Sam finds herself whisked off to the beautiful outback in Australia. Upon arriving she knows she is the outsider. The frumpy one in a group of skinny minis.

Alex wanted no part of being a reality show. He goes along with it because
Dec 13, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Wow! If you like reality shows and romance this is the book you'll want to read. Sam and Alex both find themselves on a romance show in the Outback of Australia. They didn't know until the show started exactly what kind of show they'd be on. And if you know reality shows, you know there are contests and twists and lots of camera editing. When it was revealed that the ladies might be able to affect the elimination process, my heart clenched. We all know how catty ladies can be especially when in ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the moment I began reading it, and didn't stop until I finished it. Not being a real supporter of reality shows, this book took you behind the scenes. You could really see the contestants and producers for what they were off screen as well as on. I could relate to Sam and Alex from the start and hoped they would get together. It was refreshing to see a "normal' woman, and not a fake stick figure model getting the guy's attention. Everyone should read this will ...more
Vandana Rampersad
Aug 24, 2014 Vandana Rampersad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who is a romance book lover
Absolutely amazing! This is a definite must read, I could not put it down. I read every chance I got, it pulls you in and you never want it to end. I adore Sam, she stands up for herself and loves being her and to me there is nothing better than that. Alex, oh Alex you fall in love with him from the beginning and your love for him grows. Outback Hearts gave me an fresh aspect of reality shows yet it intrigued me, I could not stand Eddie but that is because he is a great producer but aggravating ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Sue rated it it was amazing
fabulous...what a great fun read...loved the two main characters....this is not your typical romance and I love that about it.....I really enjoyed how strong the female was, and sorry ladies, no alpha male here....this guy is sweet and kind...very refreshing to see that kind of personality in a man...great book...happy reading...
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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

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