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Reality Check

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  933 ratings  ·  166 reviews
After college graduation, Lucy Kendrick heads home with big plans for work, travel, and relishing her freedom—which means no romantic entanglements. But her two best friends have other ideas. Lucy is seriously steamed when she realizes they’ve signed her up to be a contestant on the reality dating show Soulmates, but she decides not to renege and soon finds herself in Los ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 2012 by Covenant
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Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
Holy cow I'm at war with myself with this star rating! Part of me want to say "Yeah...sure...a three is okay" and another part of me wants to scream "Two stars to you horribly cliche MoChickLit!!!!!!!" So to start off what I liked-this was cute! As far as the writing goes...bravo! It was engaging! I liked the reality TV show idea! I can dig that! I kept reading and was entertained! Her friends in the story were awful giving us the perfect villains! I don't mind cheesy now and then! I mostly embr ...more
This was a good LDS read. I'm not big into religious books where the people have a major life change in the course of a couple of pages. Maybe because I am not a convert to my religion, I have lived it all my life and honestly find it crazy that people want to join us in our crazyness:} And anyone who reads LDS romances knows someone is going to get kinda a spoiler....sorry about that. I don't know why I devoured this book so quickly. I guess it was a good storyline. The romanc ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I know I probably shouldn’t but I love the Bachelor/Bachelorette reality show. I use the term “reality” lightly, since I doubt much of it is actually real. When my husband was going through school we got hooked watching the Bachelor together and it’s kind of turned into a fun date night for us. So, I probably just like spending the time with my hubby more than the show itself, although the contestants usually provide some fun entertainment. I’ve only read one other book that was based on a reali ...more
Katie W
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't get into The Bachelor (or The Bachlorette), but I love these reality tv books. In this story, Lucy's two best friends sign up her up (without her knowing) to be on a new reality show, "Soulmate." She is accepted and decides to do it. Ethan is a very wealthy, very good looking man who is starring in the show as a favor to an old college roommate. Lucy is genuinely nice, but editing is done to change her image and boost ratings. Can a famous millionaire and a down-to-earth Mormon girl find ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh boy. I don't know that I have ever given a book this low of a rating. I just did NOT like this all. Don't get me wrong, I am all about a good Mormon romance novel, however this one was not believable at all. It was so ridiculously cheesy that I had a hard time even getting through the book. I feel bad giving it such a low rating--part of it may be because I don't care for the show "The Bachelor"--and this book uses a "game show" with that same idea.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this down! There's plenty novels out there taking advantage of society's love affair with reality TV dating shows. I've read a few of them, despite not being a fan of any of these Bachelor type shows at all. I have never read one that had a religious element. That being show contestant, Lucy Kendrick. She is surprised by the offer of a spot on the show, especially since she didn't even put in an application. She has her two best friends to thank for that. She is a devout Mormon, a ...more
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was taken by surprise and actually really enjoyed this book. I'm not a huge fan of the reality fact we don't even have TV at my house so I am clueless when it comes to all these popular Reality TV Shows....but I had a friend who loved this book and wanted me to read I thought what the heck:)?
Lucy is a recently graduated college student who returns home ready for adventure and a new job. To her dismay, she ends up being chosen to be on a Reality TV Dating Show that her two be
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mormon chick lit.

Alright. This book was an interesting thing for me. I started out thinking it was going to be a bit of a waste. Didn't really start clicking with the story for a while. The dialogue seemed contrived. And I was worried that a story about a reality bachelor-type TV show was going to be a bunch of hype and drama. (I don't watch those shows in real life, so I'm not really sure why this title appealed to me in the first place. Oh well.)

Anyway, as the reality show got started, I got s
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
As you might guess from the blurb above, this is an LDS fiction book as the main character is a Mormon. :) A Mormon girl on a reality dating show? Just the idea of it is amusing to me.

Okay, so this reality dating stuff is big right now. This is the third book in the last year that I've read based on a kind of reality dating kind of idea.

Reality Check was a fun, easy reading kind of book. I enjoyed Lucy. Her friends (if you can really call them that) were something else all together. I think Lu
Cindy Davis
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of those books that I just couldn't put down. Finished in one day! I'm tired now. I just have four little words. I. Love. Deseret. Book. - that is all. :)
Grace Tolman
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent read.
What I like:
I liked the concept of a "bachelor" type of story line but with an LDS twist. I have stopped watching that type of reality show because it has become racy and the reality taken away (kind of like what they were doing in this book) but the whole premise of finding true love within a reality show always fascinates me.
I liked the characters. They were very relatable, especially Lucy. I also liked Ethan and his family background. The only ones that I didn't l
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have given this four stars, because I loved the story line. But there were a few things keeping me from really loving this book.

The biggest problem for me was the excessive use of flashbacks and memories. It made those parts of the story feel like they were being skimmed over. And unfortunately they also happen to be the parts of the story I was most interested in reading. This book was about a reality dating show and most of the dates were relayed to the reader through memories and wer
Katie Coleman
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Brooklynn Scott
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a fun read and I liked the inclusion of being in the world and not of the world sort of thing with Lucy standing up for her values and such. It made you feel good. I also liked her take on eternity; I hadn't thought about it like that and I liked the symbolism with the stars. As far as the writing style goes it was okay. Repetitive at parts, but you can get through it.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was adorable! I love how the story developed and the dynamics of the characters. Check out my full review: http://loveforthewrittenword.blogspot...
Suze Price
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have it 4 stars cause it started out a little odd/confusing with the characters. I found her friends annoying. But then it resolves itself......and that’s when I couldn’t put it down!

Great romantic story and a good take on a reality tv show, that has a more realistic ending.
Lydia Peterson
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was just a fun book to read. I enjoyed the reality tv show aspect of this story and also enjoyed that one of the characters was LDS. Reality Check is a fun romantic drama/comedy with a strong female lead.
Daisy Dandelion
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading Elizabeth Smart's book, I needed some brain-candy. This book was perfect! A fun read.
Lots of drama as a dating reality show bachelor goes through 25 girls to find his one and only true soulmate.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story, although there were a few things I didn’t love. I felt like there were a lot of details missing.
3.75 stars?? Maybe a 4
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of reality TV shows, but this book put a twist on the reality show "soulmate" by including an good LDS girl on as a contestant and portrayed a realistic battle that went on inside her about being "different" and still holding strong to her beliefs even through heartache and disappointment.

After Lucy Kendrick graduated from college she was ready for the next part of her life to begin. She didn't have any prospect for marriage so she dove right in to find a job. When that didn't pan
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lucy has finally graduated! Now she wants to get a job and get on with her life, travel to some exotic places and maybe even go to Disneyland. Filling out online job applications becomes tedious rather quickly and Lucy decides that maybe her two best friends, Grace and Ally can help her out with that. She asks them to apply to local news stations. They have other ideas though! One of the magazines that they read has an article about the hot millionaire Ethan Glass, who just happens to be looking ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reality Check is the story of an LDS young women who becomes a contestant on a reality TV dating show. As my post last Saturday showed, I do watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Sometimes I watch it because of liking someone on the show and wanting to see how far my favorite actually advances. Other times I watch to get a good laugh at how crazy people act when they are on a show like this. Well, Reality Check was like watching the TV show, but better. Yes, there were drama queens and wacko con ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I have to admit, I'm a huge "Bachelor/Bachelorette" superfan (I love the drama!) So, I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love books about reality dating shows. And Reality Check is probably my favorite of these, as well as one of my absolute favorite reads of the whole summer! It is a clean, lighthearted romance that is perfect for reading by the pool on a hot summer day.

Reality Check takes reader on an "insider's" tour of what really happens behind the scenes of a reality dating show (at le
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
After Lucy's friends submit her information for a reality dating show and she's actually selected, she doesn't have much hope that she'll do well on the show and just goes to have an adventure. After all, what does a small-town Mormon girl have in common with a millionaire businessman? However, as she gets to know Ethan, she finds that they seem to connect more than she thought they would, and she quickly finds herself falling for him and the show becomes much more challenging as she must share ...more
Ranee Clark
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LDS Romance
Length: 304 pgs

Rating: ***+ (Liked it and some)

Review: I had such a difficult time deciding whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. The part of me that felt like the book started slow said 3, and the part of me that raced through the second half said 4. If you like The Bachelor TV show, you'll like this book a lot. We mostly get to see the contestant view from Lucy's POV, and I would have loved to be able to hear the voices of some o
Emily Morris
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-romance
I can't help but feel sheepish giving a full five stars to an LDS romance novel, of all things, but I also can't get over how much I fully enjoyed this sweet and surprising clever story. I may roll my eyes at much of this genre, but this is a winner on multiple levels.

Lucy Kendrick's friends sneak behind her back and get her on a reality dating tv series. Lucy goes along with it, figuring it's a free vacation and perhaps a chance to do some gospel example work, not expecting to have a connection
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, totally in love with this book. I've watched my fair share of the bachelor and have always wondered how much is real and how much is acting or for ratings and so forth. And then I wonder gee what if someone with actual morals was a contestant, like what if an LDS member was a contestant would they make it very far or would they get eliminated because our beliefs are different. Would they be able to be a positive role model or get lazy about their standards? Clearly I am not the o ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Lucy Kendrick is fresh off her college graduation and job hunting when her friends, who aren't Mormon, submit an application for her to be on "Soulmates" — and no one is more surprised than Lucy when she gets picked to be on the show. Soon she's off to Los Angeles vying for the attention and love of millionaire entrepreneur Ethan Glass.

She intrigues Ethan, who finds himself becoming more and more attracted to her, but his mind and heart aren't always in sync. As Lucy continues to win challenges
Crystal Memmott
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book review: Reality Check by Karen Tuft
I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic story about new college graduate, Lucy Kendrick, and millionaire entrepreneur, Ethan Glass, who meet on the reality dating show, Soulmates. I found the main characters to be likeable and engaging, and the supporting cast came across as quite believable. The plot advanced with good pacing and I found the book hard to put down. I was excited to pick it up again and continue on the journey with Lucy and Ethan. The plot was i
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Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.
In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger.
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