In the game of love—and TV—you play to win or you lose your heart.
Millionaire Banjo Grahams originally signed up for She’s The One drunk as a skunk and willing to do anything to bed Australia’s most beautiful women, but when he sobers up he realizes he could lose much more than his reputation if he goes through with it. Unable to back out of an ironclad contract, he makes a deal with the network boss to rig the show, picking the lucky bachelorette ahead of time and guiding the season to meet his own ends and keep the board happy.
When her father tells Eliza Peterson she isn’t going to produce She’s The One, but appear as a one of the contestants, she is livid. Competing for some guy on reality TV is no way to earn his—and the network’s—respect and show them she is capable of producing shows of her own.
But for all the planning and staging, somehow the show takes on a reality of its own, and the goals of Eliza and Banjo fall away from something neither of them expected—love.
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Eliza is livid. In the blink of an eye she’s gone from producing a hit tv show to being one of the contestants, the one rigged to “win” this amazing, arrogant, entitled bachelor. She’d attempted to get her father, a man she’s only recently connected with, to see her as a viable, hard working producer in order to get him on board with a documentary she wants to produce for tv. Unfortunately for her, the power is not in her hands like she’d hoped but in the grasp of a millionaire who should have known better than to drink and sign any contract. Eliza is pretty much manipulated, bribed or blackmailed (take your pick) into being the one who wins this amazing bachelor. She sees no choice but to get through the coming weeks as best she can. Thankfully her heart won’t be on the line in this fake romance… or will it.
Banjo is a complicated and a convoluted man as well. He wants what he wants when it’s convenient to him then moves quickly on to another personality that wants the exact opposite. He is confusing, out of control and in no state to actually be trusted with the family company. He’s done the craziest thing, applying to be the bachelor up for grabs on a reality tv show. Totally drunk. No idea what he did, but he wants out of it now. Too bad he can’t always get his way, the contract he willingly signed holds not one loophole. He’s stuck seeing this farce through. Well, at least money can buy somethings and he’s got the girl who’ll win all picked out and purchased. His emotions have nothing to do with this, he just wants to project a competent image for the board… not lose his heart on national tv.
She’s The One is an enjoyable light romantic romp through the reality tv world. While I liked both characters, it did seem that each had their own agenda in the earlier stages of their fake romance. What I did enjoy was seeing the growth in Banjo as he started to have real feelings for Eliza. It’s impossible to go from conceited jerk to the perfect lover in one move, but he gradually changed himself almost without realizing he was doing so… which to me is more realistic.
A touching romance, one where love wins in the end. If you enjoy a love story with a twist, then this is one you’d enjoy as well.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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