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Lawyer Rochelle Ransom isn't looking for love. That ship had sailed--and sunk. Now all of her time is spent working and supporting her charity. But when an opportunity to win a large amount of prize money opens up, she's willing to sacrifice a little pride to raise some funds for a good cause.

Grant Duke has never forgotten Rochelle. And now he finally has a chance to get even with her for how she destroyed his heart. But when his plan for revenge takes a series of wrong turns, things head down a hilarious path of rediscovering love.

256 pages, Paperback

First published November 9, 2015

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Anna Banks

20 books3,667 followers
New York Times Bestselling author of The Syrena Legacy series.

Grew up in a town called Niceville. No, seriously. And yes, everyone from Niceville is generally nice.

Let's see, things about me....My writer's cat is a mini wiener dog named Puckdoo. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm amazing at standing still in them. I'm the only person in Florida without a tan. I stole a car when I was 12 years old and drove across three state lines with it. Yeah. That's about it.

My books:
Of Poseidon
Of Triton
Of Neptune


How To Lose A Bachelor

Degrees of Wrong (Pen name Anna Scarlett)

Nemesis (Coming soon!)

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Profile Image for Shelby *trains flying monkeys*.
1,563 reviews5,867 followers
April 29, 2016
Rochelle decides to go on a reality show called The Bachelor Luring Love because she needs the prize money to help a charity that she spends all her free time at. She auditions and then is accepted as one of the women competing.
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And for the next twelve weeks, Rochelle was going to have to be perky. Likable. Non-snarky.

At the filming of the first show Rochelle realizes that the 'Bachelor' is none other than the guy that broke her heart back in college. Grant Drake.
She wants to leave the show but the producer senses some rating-grabbing-drama and bribes her to stay. Until she is voted off by Grant. He then tells them both to hide the fact that they know each other previously. Rochelle has a game plan that she will be so horrible that Grant will vote her off first thing.

Grant has a different version of the events of their break-up in his head..never mind the fact that they never talked about it-they just moved on. After Rochelle showed how pissed off she was.
"I keyed his 1969 Ford Mustang. Then set fire to his mother's house." Well, that last part had been an accident.

Grant is a bit nervous.
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So the games begin! Rochelle shows up in dirty sweats instead of evening gowns and full battle make-up like the rest of the contestants.
She proceeds to have a really good time.
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I liked this girl.

I would have loved that this book had focused more on the drama between the contestants too..because I'm a nosy reality TV watching heifer and I eat that stuff up with a spoon. I did like what there was though. (Suspend your disbelief that a successful lawyer would need the money as badly as Rochelle seems too)
I had been reading lots of heavy books lately and this one was just pure fluffy fun. Stop judging me because you know you watch reality TV too.

Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

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I read this one because I saw a new book by this author named Nemesis that everyone is getting butt hurt over because of the dang cover. I realized I had one of her books and bumped it up. I give no shits about being butthurt.
Another friend of mine has read this book also and liked it. Find XsTainaxX's review here.
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1,505 reviews217 followers
November 7, 2015

When Rochelle signs up for a dating show so she can raise some money for her domestic violence charity, the last person she expects to see is her ex-boyfriend and love of her life Grant Drake. Grant has been chosen to be the bachelor and Rochelle is supposed to be competing to win his love. 10 years ago Grant broke Rochelle's heart so she will do anything to get herself kicked off the show. All the antics Rochelle comes up with, just show Grant that Rochelle is still the girl he fell in love with years ago.

This was such a fun and light story. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more by this author in the future!

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
Profile Image for Alyse.
318 reviews19 followers
November 29, 2015
Just couldn't get into it... Will try again at some point
Profile Image for Prerana.
1,135 reviews351 followers
May 25, 2020
At first, I was really apprehensive while reading the summary. A dating show? Girls vying for a guy's attention? I had enough of that with the Selection. This didn't really sound up my alley.

Boy, was I mistaken.

That was so adorable. This is different from the Selection because Rochelle and Grant actually have a past.

Ah! This was so cute.

The banter. The stunts. The awesomeness.

So cute. I can't even.

The cuteness.

Loved it.
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6,924 reviews820 followers
November 10, 2015
Kitty and Slick's reviews posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Kitty's Review - 4 stars
OMG, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was fun, witty and, interesting. There may not have been a rose ceremony, but the dates leading up to the Sweet Pea bouquets were hilarious. Anna Banks kept me entertained and interested in wanting to find out how everything was going to play out between Grant and Chelle both on and off screen.

Rochelle was a riot right from the beginning. Her hijinks trying to get off of the reality show, Luring Love, were nothing short of classic. When she ordered Fireball shots, she won my heart! I loved her little tricks, I loved why she stayed on the show, I loved the way she finally came to Grant’s defense, faced the past and looked forward to the future.

Grant was no slacker either. He enjoyed Rochelle’s torment and understood why she was trying to get voted off the show, but he had no idea as to why she was sticking around and not just quitting. Try as he might, no matter what he did or said … no matter how much she disgraced him, herself, the integrity of the show, she stuck around. When they finally reconnect and start realizing exactly what went wrong with their relationship, he knows that he never fell out of love with her and will do whatever he has to to keep her on the show. Even face the threat of death by lethal walnuts.

When the two of them got together, you had no idea what was going to happen. Were they going to argue? Were they going to try to make each other jealous? Were they finally going to clear the air and talk about what really happened ten years ago? It was anyone’s guess as to what would happen. And, thanks to meddling directors, unsavory producers and girls out for blood, everything did happen.
So, I really did have fun reading How to Lose a Bachelor. The women were cut-throat and the bachelor was a real pushover that knew exactly who and what he wanted to happen … well, once he got over the shock. Anna Banks really won me over with the humor and wit portrayed within the pages of this story and I am looking forward to reading more from her.

Slick's review 2 stars
I’m going to be upfront and admit I don’t watch reality television and the reason I don’t watch it is because I don’t like the sensationalism and the fact that people do stupid things in the name of ratings. I honestly believe they are a big factor of what is wrong with our society today so I had some issues with How To Lose A Bachelor because it takes place during the filming of a “bachelor type” reality show. With the heroine being an attorney and the hero being a self made very successful businessman this could have been a very smart and entertaining book, but for the most part it was kind of sad and slapstick and it really didn’t work for me. The only part that did work for me is the fact that these two people who obviously had never forgotten one another and loved one another found each other again.

Rochelle Randsom auditioned for Luring Love as a selfless act; she intends to win the prize money to keep Helping Hands, a charity she founded for battered women, afloat. Having survived a childhood filled with domestic violence this is something that is near and dear to Rochelle’s heart. I genuinely liked Rochelle and felt she was not only a good person but smart and savvy which is why I couldn’t understand the way she presented herself on the show, the damage it could cause her career, not to mention any attorney hoping to make partner being able to take 12 weeks off of work to film said show, but that’s a whole other issue I have with this story. The one thing that was obvious was that despite her saying she hated the bachelor Grant Drake, her feelings were much different.

I found it interesting that Grant Drake only agreed to do the show last minute when his college friend told him that Rochelle would be a contestant on the show. (We won’t talk about all the legalities of them already knowing one another and how that voided contracts and such.) I liked Grant and felt he was a stand up guy although he seemed to hold a grudge against Rochelle for leaving him to attend law school despite the fact he broke up with her so she would go.

I just find it hard to believe that two very successful and intelligent people would still be so wrapped up in something that happened years ago that they had to resort to childish pranks to “get revenge” on each other. An attorney who argues for a living and a man who negotiates business deals by the dozen aren’t smart enough to take a few minutes to talk, clear the air and move forward? I just had a very hard time envisioning either of them making themselves look like fools in front of millions of viewers and that’s what it came down to for me, I know this is fiction but for me it has to be a bit believable or it just doesn’t work and this one didn’t work.

My favorite scenes were when they returned to their home town and spent time with Grant’s mom, it was the only time I felt they were being true to themselves and each other and had that story been written, I think I would have loved it but this one was a miss for me.

As much as I love reunion stories, How To Lose A Bachelor just didn’t work; while I liked the characters I felt their actions didn’t fit their personalities and despite an ending I thoroughly enjoyed there just wasn’t enough real story to save it.

Review copy provided for an honest review.
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2,119 reviews1,336 followers
November 23, 2015

I've read most of Anna Banks' books and having read her latest, How to Lose a Bachelor, I can safely say that contemporary is the genre where she truly shines, whether it is a YA or Adult. When I started How to Lose a Bachelor, I had only one expectation : for the book to provide me with an entertaining story that would make me simultaneously laugh and swoon. And you know what? It did exactly that.

Both Rochelle and Grant were characters that I really liked for the most part. Rochelle was an honorable woman who had decided to take part in the Bachelor-esque show in order to raise money for a really good cause. She was feisty, smart and very clever. I'll admit there were times during the show when she made me hide my face in embarrassment and some when she downright frustrated me with her way of thinking, but she was a sweet girl and her heart was in the right place.

Grant was much much easier for me to enjoy as a character. He was a sweetheart and even though I was a teensy bit worried in the beginning because we were told he had broken Rochelle's heart in the past, I ended up easily warming up to his personality. He wasn't like the douchebags that you normally see on shows like The Bachelor and you could tell that he was uncomfortable with the situation. His utter respect for all the contestants and his drive made him very attractive as a character.

Most of you already know this, but I'm ALWAYS up for a second chance romance, so can you blame me for jumping on How to Lose a Bachelor? There's just something about two people reconnecting in the future after they have grown as characters that is very delightful to read about in books. Rochelle and Grant, it appeared at first, seemed to dislike each other very much, with Rochelle trying to get kicked off from the show and Grant not giving in to her demands. Despite that, there was underlying chemistry between them that sparked every time they were together. When they did eventually patch their relationship, there were some super cute moments between them. There was a little bit of drama that I felt was convoluted, but that has a lot to do with personal preference. Thankfully, it wasn't dragged.

How to Lose a Bachelor was a fast, funny and loveable little book that romance readers will have no trouble enjoying. If you're in need a book to relax to and make you smile, this is the perfect read for you!

Profile Image for Danielle (Love at First Page).
726 reviews621 followers
November 13, 2015
3-3.5 stars

How To Lose A Bachelor was pretty stinkin' adorable! These characters worked their way into my heart in a short amount of time, despite a few annoyances, and I'm glad there was both dual point of view and a cute epilogue. Nothing new here, nothing unpredictable - and I was annoyed that Rochelle constantly doubted Grant's moral character, even though she said she loved him - but the set up was a whole lot of fun and I'm a sucker for second chance love stories. Even through their mishaps and miscommunications, I was always rooting for this couple to figure things out. I hope Anna Banks writes more for the Entangled: Bliss line!

This review can also be found at Love at First Page.
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2,695 reviews702 followers
October 25, 2015
3.5 stars

This was fun. I'm a huge fan of Anna's books, so I was excited to get my greedy hands on this book.

Rochelle and Grant definitely have chemistry. There was enough UST to kill someone. I enjoyed their cat and mouse game, especially as things started to escalate. I also really liked Maya and would absolutely read a companion book with her as the MC.

I wasn't super in love with the reality show premise. I don't watch shows like the one in the book, so that playing to the camera for ratings plot line got old fast. There was a lot of back and forth, but ultimately it worked. Overall, a cute read.

**Huge thanks to Bliss and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
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583 reviews65 followers
November 5, 2015


This is the second book that I've read by Anna Banks and while I wasn't the biggest fan of her other book, this one was decidedly better. I am glad that I gave Banks another shot because otherwise, I would have missed out on this sweetly romantic novel.

It should be said that I love the show, The Bachelor. Love it. Almost obsessively. This book is along the same lines ... it follows a woman who is on this show VERY similar to The Bachelor. But. It's a bit better because it includes a ton of train wreck moments that I wish for with every episode of The Bachelor. Man, Banks came up with some great shenanigans to happen within these pages. I was just tickled with each one because it's what we watch reality tv for ... the drama. I don't want to give away too many secrets ... these are things that you need to experience for yourself. I'll just say that it's worth picking the book up for. Definitely.

At first, I didn't really agree with the way that Banks did the character development with this one. I felt a bit out of the loop as I was reading and I was excited to see that it was all for a reason and it didn't last very long. You just receive little snippets about Rochelle and Grant at first. You know they are the main characters, obviously, but that's about it. Once the story gets into full swing, more and more details start coming out and you're able to get your first real glimpse of the stars of the novel. I enjoyed getting to know them but since I'm a greedy reader, I would have liked the information a bit sooner and of course, a bit more of it. But that's okay, with the trickle of info coming out, it kept me entertained and hooked.

When I finished the book, I felt that my appetite for more knowledge on the characters and story was completely fulfilled. Also, the ending was absolutely perfect. I haven't been able to say that very many times this year with the books that I have read and I was happy to have a change of pace. You know, when authors put epilogues into a novel, sometimes they are crap. Hear me out ... they don't always add to the story and button up the whole novel or even add anything to the story line but this time it did. I adored the epilogue and I was sad that it had ended. I won't lie ... I could have done with a few more chapters after that.

My faith has now been restored with Anna Banks. I'll more than likely pick up another novel by her in the near future. I'm excited to see what else she has in store for us readers and I'm even excited to give this one another read. Maybe at a time when I'm not rushing through it to see what will happen next.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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840 reviews155 followers
July 1, 2016
4.5/5 stars

Even though I'm not a fan of shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I couldn't help but be interested in this one. It was more The Bachelor meets How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days without the promiscuousness and I LOVED that. I was easily sucked in, even despite Rochelle's prickly exterior. It was just so much fun to watch her try to get kicked off the show after she realizes the bachelor is none other than her ex, who broke her heart so many years ago.

Second chance romances are one of my favorites and I really liked seeing it play out here. Both Rochelle and Grant let the other go without sitting down and talking it out- both fearful they would lose the other anyway. To say these two have unfinished business is an understatement. The opposing dynamics are great. Once Rochelle finds out Grant is the bachelor, she is desperate to get kicked off the show and is not afraid to show a pretty ugly side of her to do so. It made for some great comedy even though I cringed a few times at the thought of seeing a woman act like she did on national television. Grant, however, wants to torture Rochelle and keep her on, hoping to break her heart like she did his so long ago. What he didn't plan on was still having intense feelings for her.

Grant really has to work to earn Rochelle's affections again. I was afraid there might be some drama with the other contestants in this one like there is in the real Bachelor, but it's obvious no one holds a candle to Rochelle. There was one scene with another contestant, Maya, that had me a bit nervous, but it worked out like it was supposed to and I really liked Maya. She was sweet, kind, and ended up being a great friend and ally to Rochelle.

I had a feeling something big would happen to upset the newfound balance towards the end and while I'm all for conflict, I was a little annoyed at Rochelle for how she acted, considering she knew Grant and should have known the truth, considering the type of show they were on.

Overall, this was such a fun read and I really enjoyed it. Rochelle and Grant are explosive together and I loved seeing these two slowly find their way back to one another. It's not an easy journey and I was relieved once they finally hashed out their past and understood what really happened back then. Even though Entangled's Bliss line doesn't usually go too in-depth with the sexy times like their Brazens, I still thought this book was plenty sexy enough and even though we don't see anything happen, it's alluded to really well. I'm really glad I picked this one up.

*Received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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925 reviews64 followers
October 13, 2015
An OK read but nothing special.

This is my first book from this author and I chose it as I thought the story sounded like it would be quite funny. It's not the most original of ideas, a girl enters a reality dating show to win money and ends up running into an ex, but it could have been exciting and enjoyable. While I didn't dislike it, I get the feeling it's one of those books that I will have forgotten in a week or so.

The story follows Rochelle Ransom who enters dating show Luring Love not because she want to find love but because the prize money would help her support her favourite charity. However it turns out the bachelor whose heart she will be competing against 9 other girls to win is the guy who broke her heart in college. If she quits she loses the money so she decides to stay and resorts to increasingly ridiculous behaviour to try to get voted off. However Grant Drake, her ex, is determined to keep her around for as long as possible. Is he trying to get revenge or does he want her back?

I think for me the issue with the story is that it was missing the emotion and the spark. It's an easy enough read (I think I read it in about 3 hours)and the narrative flows quite well but I think it was maybe a bit shallow. There was no depth, no description and therefore no real connection with the characters.

There should have been some laughs in the story as Rochelle resorts to increasingly extreme behaviour to get voted off. However her actions didn't really come across as funny to me. She just comes across as a little bit ridiculous and I'm not convinced that a professional lawyer would be willing to act that way on national television to get money even if it is for charity. To be perfectly honest I just didn't find her believable as a lawyer at all. I think it would have made more sense for her to have a different occupation.

As for Grant Drake, the bachelor everyone wants to win, I'm not sure I could see the attraction. He seemed nice enough but a little bit bland and boring. I also felt like he tended to over react a bit to certain things. .

Some of the other girls competing seemed like they could be quite interesting characters but we didn't really get to see much of them. Again what we did get was pretty superficial and there was no depth.

The story and the ending were fairly predictable as you would expect from this type of story but overall I thought it was a nice easy read.
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1,339 reviews48 followers
November 6, 2015
I have only see the bachelor show a few times and I'm pretty sure the contestants are supposed to win his heart and not try to get voted off. Lol

In this story Rochelle is an attorney on the show to help raise money for a charity but she find out her ex from college is the bachelor and she will do anything to get off the show.

This book seriously had me laughing for almost the entire book. The things Rochelle does are hilarious! Getting drunk and passing out in a maze, throwing up skydiving, and wearing a sweatshirt and pants for dinner while everyone is dressed up is pretty funny!

This is the first time I have read this author and I enjoyed the humor she incorporated in her story. It was enough to keep me entertained and engaged while I was reading.

Another favorite part of mine was when Grant decides he needs to have an allergy attack so he doesn't sleep with a girl on the show. While Rochelle is trying to get voted off, Grant decides he wants a second chance at love and win her back.

If you are looking for a romantic comedy book to read I highly recommend this one. I couldn't stop laughing or put it down!
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2,046 reviews576 followers
May 13, 2020
Only about 10% in and already a lot of bedroom talk and innuendo. I've read other books by this author that were clean and I believe she writes clean YA (to my knowledge) so I guess I was expecting a cleaner read. I love lost-love tropes as well as Bachelor storylines so I had high hopes for this one.

When a couple is reunited after ten years and all they can think about is how great the sex was, it makes it seem more lust than love. Surely their relationship had more going for it than that? Also, from what I could gather their "misunderstanding" could have been cleared up with simple communication, then and now.

Entangled Bliss is their clean line, but heat levels vary and some tend to push it a bit. Not sure how far things go in this one.

Romance: Sketchy clean. Innuendo and based on other reviewers any sex is behind closed doors.

Source: Amazon
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5,051 reviews37 followers
October 25, 2015
What a truly FUN read!! How would it feel to walk onto the set of a reality dating show you agreed to do for charity and see the one man who completely broke your heart standing there as the bachelor?? That's exactly what happens to Rochelle Ransom. Grant Drake ripped her heart out when they were in college so she's not sure she can go through with this. But when the producer guarantees her double the prize money win or lose, she's determined to exact a little revenge and get herself kicked off the show. Things don't work out quite as planned though....

This fun, light read had me laughing out loud at Rochelle's antics. She and Grant were great together and made the book very entertaining. This is one I highly recommend!
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396 reviews67 followers
November 20, 2015
How to lose me as a reader:
1. Make the main character to be silly enough to get herself drunk to be voted off from the show (not even pretending to be drunk, she make herself drunk)
2. Make the main character demean the reputation of the ex-boyfriend's mother ( a woman who was always kind to her) in front of the recording camera.
3. Make the main character set a kissing booth while wearing a bikini to accumulate donation for a shelter for battered women. (There is nothing morally wrong about this, but it just gives a wrong message in my opinion. And I know the main character purposefully did this to get voted off, but still...)

There is a thin line between cutesy and silly.
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268 reviews8 followers
January 31, 2017
This book packs a very sweet and hilarious combo. While there were some issues, the story overall was thoroughly entertaining.
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11.7k reviews360 followers
February 13, 2016
Oh my goodness, this was just a hilarious, romantic, great book!

Rochelle Ransom (what a name by the way, I kept checking if I was reading it right) has auditioned for a dating show, and is accepted. She thinks this will be just a breeze, sure she is embarrassed as heck about it (because come on, who would to publicly embarrass themselves on TV?), but she has her goal in mind. A nice prize money (for her charity) and maybe a hot dude. Only after she finds out who the hot dude is…. well she, and the dude, don’t really want to be there both.

I just laughed out loud when Rochelle found out who the hot guy was, her reaction to it was just priceless, and I just knew this was going to be good. And then we see his reaction! Brilliant! These 2 in one room? In one game? Oh, dear Lord. I could only imagine what will happen. Both of them of course get carted off to the boss to explain (as it is blatantly obvious that they know each other and have a past), and he tells them to stay in the game (both needed some extra motivation, because they were both ready to just jump out and leave). And then the show begins. Rochelle was just brilliant, and I was just clapping for her, I just loved what that girl did to get voted off, and to take revenge. Wearing the opposing team’s sweatshirt? Check! Drinking until passing out? Check! Being rude? Check! She thought of the craziest things. Of course, as the blurb also says, he is in no mood to vote her off. For revenge, or is it more? And she? She just wants to run away and enjoy her promised reward. I also loved what Grant thought of for stuff to take revenge on the girl.

The book is written in Dual POV, so you will see both sides of the reactions to the revenges. Rochelle and her tries, and how Grant feels about Rochelle. We also find out how they both feel about each other, and we quickly (almost immediately) get that these 2? They are anything but over. The tension between them just flies off the pages, and you just want them to kiss and hug. You will just shout at the pages for them to get it on with.

Also as the book continues we also find out about the break-up, we find out more about their past together, and I must say it was fantastic, it gave more depth to the story, and it made it all the more interesting to see them figure everything out.

The latter parts of the book are filled with tears, some hot scenes (though they are all clean, and nothing graphic), some laugh out loud situations and so much more. I just loved meeting the family of Grant, to see the hometown, to find out more and more about the past.

All the other characters were pretty great, even if they had terrible personalities (Chris, Richie, some of the contestants), they brought life to the story and I was interested to see what they would do.

The ending was just perfection, I am really happy with the way it ended. Though I felt that epilogue that followed was just a bit too weird and didn’t really match, and I wish instead we would have an epilogue with something different. That is truly the only thing I didn’t like.

All in all, this is one book I would recommend to everyone! Looking for a laugh out loud book? Romance? Dating Show? Revenge? Then try out this book!

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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2,007 reviews9,942 followers
July 20, 2017
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

How to Lose a Bachelor is a super cute, quick, and fun second chance romance with a The Bachelor twist to it! I really enjoyed it – I adore second chance romances, so this was right up my alley. It’s hilarious yet sweetly romantic, and I loved all the crazy shenanigans that the heroine came up with on the reality show. If you’re a fan of light-hearted romances, or even second chance romances, I highly recommend this one!

She was going to be on TV. But more importantly, nothing was going to stop her from winning the grand prize money for her charity.
Oh yeah, and the bachelor’s heart or whatever.

Rochelle Ransom auditions for a reality TV show in order to try to win a bachelor’s heart… and the grand prize money that will help with funding her woman’s shelter. The last person she ever expects the bachelor to be is her ex, the former love of her life, Grant Drake. As much as she’d like to quit the show and get away from the man who broke her heart, Rochelle needs the money for the shelter. So she strikes a deal with the producer – if she agrees to stay on the show to add drama, then she’ll get double the prize money, regardless of whether Grant kicks her off the show or not. And so ensues her hilarious ways of trying her best to get kicked off the show and pay Grant back for breaking her heart.

Grant also wants revenge on the woman who abandoned him and their relationship. But seeing Rochelle again, being with her and getting glimpses of the woman he fell in love with ten years ago, quickly has him changing his plan from getting revenge to winning her back.

Rochelle needed some gentle coaxing, some delicate care, a lot of nurturing–and to know that he was still the man she loved. He knew she’d loved him before. And somehow, he had to find a way to make her love him again.

How to Lose a Bachelor was so much fun to read. In between the hilarious antics Rochelle comes up with to embarrass herself and get Grant to kick her out and Grant’s own ridiculous paybacks, I was giggling so much. The second chance romance was sweet – I really adored seeing Grant and Rochelle warm up to each other again, fall in love again. The two of them are likable, funny characters, and they’re wonderful together – I was rooting for them to get back together from the start. This is a fast-paced, satisfying book I easily read in one sitting. I will definitely be looking forward to more contemporary romances from Anna Banks!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.

Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change in the final version.

Amazon Ebook: http://amzn.to/1LZwDFM

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685 reviews62 followers
July 14, 2016
Anyone who followed my old blog knows that How To Lose A Bachelor made it onto one of my Waiting on Wednesday lists, and trust me when I say I was excited for it for a variety of reasons, including the cute cover, the whole second-chance romance trope, and the plot of having a woman purposefully act like a madwoman on television in order to put off her ex while he looks on in amusement and yes, love. It sounded perfect. Unfortunately, it was anything but.

• This entire book was based on the circumstances that caused Rochelle and Grant to break up in the first place, but to me, the reasons behind the break up seemed like nothing but a ton of misunderstandings and utterings of things that did not need to be uttered.

This made it nearly impossible for me to sympathize with the ex-couple, and their ridiculous antics and not-at-all hidden attraction only went downwards on the comprehendible scale from there.

• I've never watched any reality tv that isn't on HGTV, but I knew to expect a lot of drama. I was fine with the drama for the most part, but a lot of it had no reason for it and I soon got annoyed with it all.

• The story itself was very shallow. I loved the idea of the plot, but to me, it didn't seem like the potential was fulfilled. I had expected so much more richness and emotions, but I feel like all I received was a cheap knockoff of what I had been hoping to read.

• The characters didn't have any depth and made little to no rational decisions, and this only made it harder to understand their points of view, become invested in their story, and empathize with their feelings and consequent decisions.


I don't really have that much else to say about this book. It was a quick read - partly because I was rushing through it since it was so bad - and not a memorable one either. Unfortunately, I was constantly annoyed by everything I read after the very beginning of the story (which was actually hilarious). The characters, the plot, the breakup, the make-up - everything about this book had me rolling my eyes, and not in an oh this is cute way.

When I first started reading this, I thought hmm, maybe I should try watching some reality tv, but about halfway through the book, I changed my mind. That should tell you enough about how much this romance disappointed me.

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261 reviews13 followers
January 6, 2016
Okay, so have you ever had a book that you didn’t really care for yet, for some strange reason, you continued to read it even though you were constantly rolling your eyes and wondering why grown adults would act this way? Well, that was How to Lose a Bachelor.

Here’s what’s going on. Rochelle has joined the cast of a dating show, Luring Love, in order to win the prize money and donate it to a charity that’s close to her heart. What she didn’t realize was the fact that the guy who broke her heart years ago is the bachelor. Now, Rochelle will resort to public embarrassment to get voted off. Grant has plans to make Rochelle suffer for breaking his heart and the fact that it’s on national television is just icing on the cake, so there’s no way he’s voting her off. Although plans often go awry, and soon they discover that the feelings they once shared still linger.

I’m not one for dating shows but when I read the blurb for this one, I thought that this was going to be a cute little novel with a bit of humor thrown in. I’m usually addicted to books from the Bliss-imprint, yet this one just didn’t work for me.

The characters just bloody annoyed me. Rochelle’s a lawyer and Grant specializes in security, yet both of them resorted to childish games that would make me question ever hiring either of them.

Then we have the fact that they both, more or less, tortured each other with their games and on one occasion, Rochelle actually resorted to kneeing Grant in the groin.

Conflict reigned in this book, so much in fact that I couldn’t believe that their HEA would actually last. Yet the conflict stemmed from an even in their past that could have been cleared up by an actual conversation.

Overall, why in the world I kept reading this, I’ll never know. I never truly like the characters, they were annoying and extremely childish and I found myself wanting to give them a time out. I was hoping that I would find something in it that I liked and unfortunately, I just ended up wasting my time.
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3,289 reviews101 followers
November 8, 2015
With the chance to raise much needed funds for her favourite charity, "Helping Hands"', taking part in a reality television programme, "Luring Love" seemed like a good idea. Sometimes, however, even the best ideas can have unexpected consequences!

Attorney Rochelle Ransom has agreed to be one of ten female participants in the show which hopes to find a love match for the male participant. She really isn't interested in finding love - she had her heart broken into little pieces by her college boyfriend ten years ago - she just hopes to raise awareness and much needed funds for the shelter for abused women where she volunteers. When the male participant is revealed as her ex from ten years ago, Grant Drake, she wants to run. The show's producer, however, thinks this will make great viewing and anticipates the show's ratings to soar if she continues to take part and bribes her to do so. Grant may have been the one to break up with Chelle but he only did so because she was going to study at Berkley Law School and he believed she was about to break up with him. He's never found anyone to replace her, she's still the one he loves - will this give them an opportunity for closure or give them both a second chance at love?

Get ready now for secrets from their past to be uncovered, love to be rekindled, media manipulation, competition between the contenders for his love and lots of behind the scenes action in this heartwarming second chance romance. The reality television aspect adds much to the story and explores some of the 'behind the scenes' aspects of such situations in a sometimes humorous and at others heartbreaking manner. It has great characters, a strong plot and is written in a style that makes it an easy read and a great story to get lost in.

Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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103 reviews5 followers
November 6, 2015

Rochelle is a contestant on a show like Bachelor. The star of the show is Grant, who also happens to be Rochelle's ex. She was conned into staying on the show by the producer when he said he would double the prize money, even if she got kicked off the the show in the first round. The producer told Grant a completely different story to get him to let her stay on.
Now, the first contest. I actually laughed when Rochelle got snot-faced drunk and had to try to find her way thru a maze. Chick just layed down on the ground and passed out! She had to be hunted down and carried out of there. I just found this to be pretty hilarious!

Then, the skydiving conquest. Rochelle's scared of heights, but she attempted it anyway, (HAHAOMGHAHA) losing her lunch just as they tipped, blowi g chunks on the other jumpers behind them!

Oh, and she, accidentally-on-purpose, whacked Grant in the nards and left him pretty sore and I'll.

On their one-on-one date, she attempts to cook dinner for them, but she's the worst cook in the US. This is where the former romantic feelings start catching up with Rochelle. Blake's already there, mentally and emotionally.

His final one-on-one with the crazy, slutty-clad twin was funny, but a disaster, which led to, yet again, another heartbreak for Rochelle. The cookies were a nice spin, though.

So, of course, this is a romance story and you can probably figure out how it's going to end. But, all the leading up to that point is what makes this story great.

I didn't think this would be a very good book, mainly because of the description on the book. However, it was one of the best I have ever read because of the humor in it. Oh, and I stayed upuntil 4am reading it. I will definitely be looking for more by the author.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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516 reviews5 followers
November 27, 2015
I had a good time reading this story.

Rochelle works as an attorney, and she utilizes her position to help victims of domestic violence due to events from her past with her parents. She finds out that a reality show (similar to The Bachelor) called Luring Love is holding auditions. Her goal? To win the prize money in order to build a domestic violence shelter - not to find love.

Grant works as a tactical instructor, also due to events from his past - specifically, the ex-girlfriend whose parents were in a relationship that involved much domestic violence. Still pining for her, ten years later, he allows himself to be talked into being the object of the women's affection on Luring Love by the show's host, an old friend of his.

Imagine Rochelle's surprise when she sees that her ex-boyfriend, who ripped her heart to shreds when she told him she had been accepted to law school many miles away. Imagine Grant's surprise when he sees the ex-girlfriend, a/k/a the one who got away.

As to be expected with a reality show, deals are made. Rochelle is promised that she will earn money even if voted off because the past relationship between the two will add drama and promises "ratings." Rochelle sees it as a way to get even - so to speak.

I laughed my way through the majority of this book. Rochelle's antics while on the show are the stuff that reality tv shows are made of. Further, if you've ever wanted to get back at the guy who broke your heart and made you cry? The things that she does will have you giggling as you read.

This book was very entertaining, a bit different from the norm, and as I stated - you will have fun reading it. I don't watch The Bachelor but I've watched similar shows, so the conniving that goes on is also interesting to read about.

Great for the lovers of romance - AND reality shows.
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2,435 reviews379 followers
December 8, 2015
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This one was cute and sweet. I’m not big on reality shows in … reality … but I do tend to like the drama they provide in books books. Plus, sometimes I want nothing more than an antagonist love story and Rochelle and Grant definitely provided that here. Added bonus: it’s a second chance romance, so I’m all over it.

Neither Rochelle nor Grant were immediately likable to me, but I grew to really enjoy both of them. By spending time reading from both of their POVs, I understood each of them better. Rochelle was a good, strong, feisty woman. She wasn’t on the dating show to find love, but to raise money for a reason close to her heart. Grant was trying to move on and happened to agree to this dating show, but his heart really wasn’t in it once he saw Rochelle. She’s the one he wants, even after all this time. He was a sweet guy.

How to Lose a Bachelor had a lot of really fun (and mortifying) moments and I breezed right through it. It read like a romantic comedy movie and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is, surprisingly enough, my first Anna Banks book but I guarantee it won’t be my last. I hope she continues to write adult contemporary romance for Entangled’s Bliss line.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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766 reviews44 followers
November 10, 2015
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I haven't read anything from Anna Banks before. When I started this book, I wasn't really expecting too much. I think that actually worked in a good way because I ended up truly loving this book. This book has a good mix of sweetness and humor in it that made it entertaining from the very first page to the last.

As second chance romances go, I think this book has quite a unique arc. The main characters have a history. The heroine broke the hero's heart and finding out that the hero was the bachelor she was vying for, the heroine did whatever she could tog et voted out of the show. On the other hand, the hero wanted a bit of a revenge ont he heroine for breaking his heart, so he also did whatever he could and never voted her out.

This book turned out to be a fun, easy read that surprised me. I would definitely recommend this. I won't say it's as great as my favorite authors, but it has everything you need in a good romance novel, and I'm sure, that this author has no other way but up when it comes to her future books. She's now part of my list of authors that I say are always safe to read, and I can rely on when I want a book to give me a good time.
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847 reviews211 followers
June 4, 2016
There's not much to say about this book. I'm stressed with tests and I needed a break. This book is a fluffy read, short and sweet. It was pleasant and entertaining.

I admit I have a certain weakness when it comes to reality (last summer I binge watched a few seasons of the Bachelor and Bachelorette, I feel no shame). I love the falseness, the drama, and the way they pretend it's a fairytale. This book gets that magic as well as the falseness.

It was easy to like Rochelle and Grant. They fell in love too quickly but I didn't really think this book would portray a complex relationship. I felt they had a solidly built character, like I know a Rochelle.

There's not much to say. It's cute chick lit. If you have a plane flight, this would be a nice book to read.

what I'm taking with me
• Maya was cool and I loved the ending with her.
• Before moving to the other side of the country, I should talk to the people around me and make sure there are no misunderstandings.
• As a future producer, I hope I will be as much as a bad-ass as Richie (oh, who am I kidding, I'm not that good at manipulating people and I have a conscience).
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802 reviews85 followers
June 20, 2016
4 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

I have a confession. I am obsessed with The Bachelor. Like, I can't not watch it. Don't judge.

Bachelor Gif

If you read the summary for this book, it's pretty spot on. I loved these characters and their history, and I loved the reality-TV aspect of it. Grant and Rochelle were so hot--I know I always say this about Bliss books but whyyyy. I wish this had been a Brazen haha What there was was hot, I just wanted more. And I wanted more at the end.

I love second chance romances, and this one was exactly what I needed, right when I needed it. How to Lose a Bachelor was a fast, fun read and is perfect for summer (but you don't have to wait until then!).
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3,517 reviews37 followers
December 14, 2015
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is a fun read which works well in this world full of reality shows. After all, even if we don't like them, it is almost impossible to ignore them completely - and even more impossible to believe that things aren't to some degree 'fixed'.

Well this story will have you smiling and laughing from the start - and wondering just how far this can go ... when we can see the truth far sooner than they can. I really enjoyed the fun, the romance, and the cheekiness of this book. It is good entertainment and pokes fun at the industry, yet gives just the result that any sensible (?) viewer would wish for - thank you Ms Banks.

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