Monday, April 11, 2016

Title: Kissed by Reality
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 11, 2016


Falling in love is hard. Falling in love on national television is impossible. Right? 

Leighton Aldridge did not sign up to meet her soulmate. She signed up for the lights, camera and action. So when the Hollywood-native ends up with the wounded war veteran and a ring on her finger, it's a surprise to everyone. What isn't a surprise is the way she breaks Finn Wyatt's heart, or the massively public breakup that follows. But a year later she's back, ready for another round on the reality TV show that brought them together. She knows he was the real thing, and she's ready to fight for him. 

Finn is the new Mr. Right. The country's favorite single guy, and the object of 25 women's affections. But when his ex-fiance steps onto set and back into the limelight, he wishes he never agreed to another season. Leighton shattered his heart for the world to see, and he's not ready to face that reality. Can Leighton convince him, and America, that she's the one? Or will her future with Finn only consist of 15 more minutes of fame?

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By now if you have read any of my reviews you know I am a huge sucker for Reality TV based books.  So of course, as soon as I saw Carrie Aaron’s newest release Kissed by Reality, I was suckered, sold, hook line and sinker.  I was going to read this book.  Aaron’s led me on an addictive tale of reality love, lust, and second chances.

Oh the amount of research, binge watching, and tell all googling Aarons must have completed when writing this story!  If she wasn’t a long time fan of a certain reality TV show, she could’ve had me fooled.  I found her take completely intriguing!  Her well thought out characters, story development and placement exceeded my expectations.  She really did reality TV in book form right.  

On to my favorite part- The characters.  At first I will admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Leighton.  She seemed childish, pampered, immature.  You know, the girl that you say “Oh please, Oh please, don’t let him pick her!” Yeah.  That was my immediate take on Leighton, but somewhere along the way I found myself understanding and rooting for her to win Finn’s heart.  Speaking of Finn… Dang.. Aaron just had me hooked with her backstory of this strong, yet wounded marine veteran.  How could you not love him?  But that wasn’t all Aaron had up her sleeve.  She managed to develop his character into so much more than some hunky bachelor looking for love.  You felt his anger, his pain, but also his love for Leighton as it leapt up off the pages.  

Even though this book is based on reality TV, I have to tell you Aarons has a whole lot more to offer within this books pages than a catch TV theme.  Kissed by Reality has depth, great characters, wonderfully written story, and opportunity for more.  Can we please select our next Mrs. Right and fan favorite- Carter in what I hope will become a series?  We can only hope!

Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as the Over the Fence series and Red Card, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie Aarons has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can't describe what it feels like to be able to write love stories as an actual career. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma," Carrie Aarons is freeing-up her jampacked DVR, trying to become the next HGTV star as she DIYs her very first house, and planning her next travel adventure. She lives on the east coast with her husband whom she loves dearly for supporting her crazy dreams and putting up with her sassy, extroverted ways.

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