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The rules:

No dating.
No sex outside of the game.
No disclosing the terms of the contract.

Rules were made to be broken, right?

Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the scr
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Published January 25th 2015 by Vi Keeland
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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦You know it's not great for ya when you can't be bothered to stick around for an epilogue. Yep, I totally didn't care and moved right on to book 2 in the series.

➦Imagine you are competing against other women on a reality show for one man. And you like him, you really really like him! Then bam! You meet someone else and you like him more! So what the fuck do you do now? That's the situation the heroine in this book finds herself in.

➦And although the book has an interesting premise and a lot of
4 Throbbing Stars.

Kate is entering a reality-show that’s quite similar to the Bachelor, but with more adrenaline in the mix. She doesn’t want the fame, she just need the money, but she knows she has rules to follow anyway. The show have a bachelor that will choose one girl so the contract rules are clear: no type of relationship or physical contact with anyone except with the bachelor. On the night previous to the beginning of the filming, Kate meets Cooper and they’re immediately attracted to e
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

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This was a pretty decent read with likeable characters and fair amount of steam, perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Cooper runs one of the best production companies in Hollywood, following in his fathers footsteps he is well respected within the industry. His brother Miles however is another story. He has broken away from the family firm and has gone into creating trashy reality TV.

Kate meets Cooper and they a
Sleepless Readmore
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015

Cooper and Kate


The first woman I can't stop thinking
about in years,
and she's about to have the most romantic date of her life
.. with someone else .."

WOW! Vi Keeland has did it again! Created an amazing plot, characters, and dialogue. I love a good old forbidden love story and this one hit the spot. One thing that I loved about this story was the selflessness of these two profound characters. Cooper gives Kate an option that she can easily take but she refuse
Andrea Fleury
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooper walks into a room expecting to see a few men but what he sees is her a very beautiful sexy woman. Her name is Kate and she plays poker better then most anyone Cooper has ever met. He likes her and feels a connection. But she is standoffish. He asks her for a date and she turns him down.. The next time he goes to play poker she's there again. He says if he wins she has to go out with him. She is very confused. What he doesn't know is his brother has a reality show and Kate is one the conte ...more
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★ Complimentary Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ★

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TITLE: Throb
AUTHOR: Vi Keeland
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 26th 2015

Scorching hot read that will get you throbbing for more!!

I admit I am a sucker for the tv series "The Bachelor" this had the same concept, the rose ceremony, the dates, the cameras etc etc the difference with this though was the pool money the winning female would get at the end of the game $250,000

I may have
OMG OMG OMG this book was AMAZIN it's the best book I've read so far this yr I now we r only in Jan but I could put it down I only started it this after it so f@#kin good an hot as well woo hoo I luvd it

This story was so good I enjoyed it loads the story basically is there's a reality show it's a cross between survivor an bachelor Kate is 1 of the girls on the show an the guy is a hot up an coming rock star but 1 nite she goes an plays poker an meets the most gorgeous sexy man Cooper an God
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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☆ I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

throb blurb

Hot dayum! Vi Keeland definitely is a clever gal as she pulls The Bachelor, but, with a hot&sexy twist!

Throb tells the story of, Kate Monroe, who enters a reality tv show as a last resort to save her family. She doesn’t care for the fame, finding romance, or any of it really. She just needs the money.

Imagine her surprise though-- when she finds herself in a tumultuous predicament when handsome, Cooper Montgomery,
Stacey is Sassy
****3.5 Stars****

Bit of a rant that probably won't make a lot of sense. It may also be a wee bit spoilerish so please proceed with caution.

I didn't hate it but it was bloody hard to love it. I just can't get my head around the falseness of it all. I know Reality TV is dodgy and you shouldn't believe what you see, but it's still confronting how manipulated it really is. You sign up for a matchmaking show to win money? I would have thought the prospect of love reward enough?

Dilek VT
“If you WANT something, you pursue it aggressively and nothing gets in your way.
If you LOVE something, sometimes you have no choice but to set it free so it can find its way back to you forever...”

This is pretty much the lesson the characters have to learn in this story.

In Throb, we have 3 main characters with an interesting love triangle. First of all, I hate love triangles when the girl or the guy cannot decide. This was nothing like that, so don’t avoid the book for this reason.
Also, if
L*Take Me To My HEA*

I did not connect with the characters, so why bother?

Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Throb left me




With great excitement thanks to Vi Keeland’s latest leading heartthrob, Cooper Montgomery.

This read was a pleasant surprise. So glad I jumped right in blind, without a single clue as to what this story was about. And what I found was a refreshing plot filled with passion, a cast of ch
Kelli C
4.25 to 4.5 Throbbing Stars!

I thought this book was pretty damn good! This was one of those really entertaining reads, start to finish, with two characters who were pretty damn awesome!

Throb is a love story of sorts set in the drama of Reality TV! Cooper Montgomery is a sexy successful TV mogul who has no problem with getting the attention of women everywhere. While he goes thru the motions of "bachelorhood" he knows something is missing. Well, that is until an impromptu card game introduces a v
Norah Una Sumner
3,5 stars

Interesting characters,fast-paced story and an amazing romance.Something happened to me while reading this book which hasn't happened in a very long time-I preferred the main male character and his POV to the main female character.


The summary of this book is pretty clear but I couldn't help but feel that the relationship (no quotations because at one point in this book Kate kind of has conflicted feelings? I mean,the whole situation is weird but I just didn't get some of Kate's actions.
Julie Richman
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prepare not to sleep, not to eat and for your family to generally be ignored (eh, they'll get over it). This original and unique page-turner is packed with so much heat that it is incendiary and guaranteed to leave YOU throbbing. Vi Keeland's writing is tight, crisp and fast-paced. You're not going anywhere until you've hit that last page, so settle in for an amazing ride. ...more
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*Complimentary ARC received from author*

3.5 ★

I have Ms. Keeland’s other work(s) in my never-ending list of TBR pile but unfortunately haven’t gotten around to them yet. Then, I had the opportunity to sign up for one of Ms. Keeland’s blog tour for this book so I did, and was fortunate enough to get an ARC.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s a decent read with enough heat and likable characters. It’s fast paced with easy going but heartfelt conversations. It began with a chance meeting with Co
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Vi Keeland's "Throb" was a relatively easy, sexy as hell read that wasn't necessarily too taxing on the old brain cells but at the same time managed to grab my attention not only with the characters and the very hot sex scenes but also with the unique story line. Kate was a woman who was torn. In desperate need for money, she entered a reality tv sh
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
4.5 Stars

Though the sex wasn't that descriptive the chemistry between the pair and Cooper's dirty mouth had a 'Throb' developing down under for me.
Another okay-ish book.

Throb started off great but then started to drag for me. I'm not even going to lie, at some point this just became background noise for me. I wanted to like the characters more but they just ended up annoying me so freaking much. It didn't even matter if they were likable towards the end to me anymore.

The romance was there and it was hot/smutty when it needed to be. Yet, it did nothing for me. Maybe the next book/couple will bring me tears of joy and happiness? Not really
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Throb was my very first Vi Keeland book and I'm sure it won't be my last because it was such a great read. It was a very different book from what I initially expected (in a good way!) but it ended up being one of my favorite books now.

I loved Kate and Cooper as the main characters but I loved them together even more. They had chemistry right off the bat but the only thing keeping them apart was the contract Kate signed for a reality tv show game. Kate needs the prize money to help her mother and
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
This is the book that I need a half star to rate, this is a solid 3.5 Star book for me. I liked the story line, it was creative and different what lost me was the waffling. (view spoiler) I do enjoy the way Ms. K
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Attention there is a new book boyfriend alert and his name is Cooper Montgomery!!! Talk about having your heart throb because this sexy man was one of the sweetest, sexy and loving hero that will steal your heart. Throb happened to be the first book that I have read from Vi Keeland and it surely won’t be the last.


Throb was one fun book to read. This book had a mixture of humor, sass, romance, love, drama, and steam. With that being said, I practically devoured this book in one s
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The rules:

No dating.
No sex outside of the game.
No disclosing the terms of the contract.

Rules were made to be broken, right?

Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed. There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance fans
I really liked this sweet and sexy story between Cooper (a movie production company owner) and Kate (a contestant on a Bachelor-like reality dating show). I had to suspend disbelief a bit (I doubt that a dating reality show would let you leave the premises and come and go at will) but the story was so enjoyable that I went with it. Cooper was a dreamy book boyfriend--a demanding, intense and passionate lover and possessive and sweet too. Kate was sassy and sweet and wanted to do what was best fo ...more
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Throb is a stand alone adult, contemporary romance written by Vi Keeland. I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review through The Rock Stars of Romance .

4 “Bossy” Stars!
Enjoyable, Light and Creative! I Loved This One!

The Review:
Throb is a good ol’ fashion romance story that was easy and fun to read and kept my attention the whole way through. The writing was intelligent, the characters were enjoyable and had amaz
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

I finished Throb By Vi Keeland about a week ago and thinking about it now still leaves me with a smile on my face. I loved it. By the time I had finished the first chapter, I had this feeling, and I just knew I was going to love this book.

“Sometimes the best things in life are the unexpected.”

Kate wanted to help her family and decided that entering a reality TV show would be a great and relatively easy way to get the money
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Throb was an easy read without too much angst but loaded with a good and unique storyline. The plot was set in a Reality TV which is a popular concept in television right now, so it was interesting to have an idea of what probably goes on behind the scene in all those reality shows.

In Throb, we have a wealthy businessman, a rockstar and a beautiful girl. How did their lives intertwined?

Kate signed on to be a contestant in a reality tv show out of need, not to chase fame. Bound by a contract th
Anne OK
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Cooper Montgomery made my day a lucky one! Best 99-cents purchase in a while. This is my first book by Vi Keeland - but it most certainly won't be my last.

Reality television usually gets a gag reaction from me. So, after reading the book blurb I was a bit uncertain -- until I read for about 3 minutes and then reality hit me in the face -- and quickly I was saying out loud, "This is a damn good read!"

Cooper fit the "heart throb" label to perfection. He owns the title and makes you want more. Kate
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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over one hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-six languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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