Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for The Dating Game, a new hilarious rom-com from Sandy Barker.
‘Hilarious and highly original’
Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair
Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .
Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.
When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.
The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all . . .
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If you are a fan of reality shows and your favourite reading genre is RomCom, this is a must-read book for you!
The Dating Game follows the adventures of Abby Jones, an aspiring serious journalist a.k.a Anastasia Blabbergasted, an online columnist with a wicked sense of humour. Well, ‘adventures’ is probably a wrong word, because Abby’s social life is practically non-existent. She isn’t exactly over the moon when her editor informs her she is about to go on the Stag! reality TV show as a contestant. Her reluctance somewhat diminishes when she meets Jack, the show’s drop dead gorgeous producer, and finds out the latest season is to be filmed in Sydney.
Abby has her own classification of the contestants and her recaps of the show episodes become even more ‘sarky and snarky’ with the insider knowledge. The only problem is that Daniel – the Stag- is becoming more and more interested, although it is absolutely clear that Abby would never fall for someone so self-obsessed. Strategising and catfights aside, the show turns out a great place to make friendships. If only Jack was a bit clearer about what he wants….
The book was pure fun! It isn’t always easy to write romcoms-sometimes the author tries too hard, but the jokes fall flat, and sometimes you have a blast of time, because you have a similar sense of humour. Abby’s re-caps were hilarious! I loved her attutude: caring about other people’s feelings, honest and loyal. There is a whole cast of supporting characters, starting from Abby’s BFF Lisa, who may or may not work for MI5, Abby’s family, the inimitable Does on the show, and ending with Harry, Jack’s brother, who has an unfortunate propensity for walking on and spoiling the most romantic moments.
Cute and entertaining, this book is a perfect summer read – there’s always time for an emotional and heartwarming Christmas romance and there’s always time for a quick, fun romcom!
Thank you to NetGalley, Harper Collins UK, OneMore Chapter and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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I also wanted to sign up for this tour but then I didn’t have enough time. I hope I can read this some time in future. Amazing review, Toni!
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Thank you,Yesha! It was a perfect beach read- pure escapism, but we all need it from time to time, don’t we?
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Thank you for this fab review and for being on the tour Toni!
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Thank you so much for your wonderful book, Sandy, and for your kind words! Have a great weekend!
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