Nom de Plume Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Sweet Reality from Laura Heffernan in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity.
Jen Reid’s life after walking off a reality show has been great–she’s gone from being a broke twenty-four-year-old Seattleite with no love life and no job to the twenty-five-year-old who got the guy, moved to Miami, and is starting a bakery with her best friend. She thinks her showmance love might be about to propose. And with mouthwatering goodies based on everyone’s favorite shows, her business, Sweet Reality, is destined for success.
That is, until a killer competitor opens right across the street. If she’s going to save Sweet Reality, Jen has to come up with a secret ingredient–like the recipe that won Totally 80s Bake-Off. Jen can get it–if she steps back into the spotlight. Soon she and her boyfriend are out to sea on a cruise ship full of reality stars, including her nemesis, Ariana; her lying, cheating ex; and some wicked producers looking to bring the drama. Separate cabins, “surprises” from her past, and scenarios tailor-made to spark fights are just the beginning. But with her self-respect, her business, and her future on the line, the fallout from this made-for-TV plotline will be all too real…
First Line: “Runaway Fishbowl Couple Returning to TV? Jen and Justin to appear on upcoming new series…”
Jen is BACK! And she’s with her sexy man from Book One.
Sweet Reality is the second book in the Reality Star Series and I highly recommend reading Book One first before attempting this beast.
We’ve got drama drama drama, my friends! Jen is opening a new bakery and there is competition right next door. We have family issues (yikes). Jen and Justin are stressed OUT, people! I mean, how can these two finally begin a relationship when there is so much…stuff!
Not to mention, they’re going to be a part of a new realtiy TV show Real Ocean: Caribbean. We’re taking it to seas! Argg mateys!
My favorite part about Laura Heffernan’s writing is how she seamlessly overlaps everyone’s misconceptions of one another.
Even though I loved the first book, I did not finish this sequel. I kind of wish we started fresh with a new relationship than deal with Jen and Justin’s never-ending woes. There’s romance, there are frenemies, we have all the right ingredients for a contemporary romance except that eau de slow and sexy.
There’s certainly conflict, but the text moved too fast to really build a good climax. I was a little rag doll amongst the rest of the characters, getting swashed around in the dishwasher of despair. I just wanted the cadence to slow down a little.
Now, for those of you who love that fast-paced read, this is definitely for you!
Methinks I’ll set this one aside for a while.
On to the next!