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Publisher's Summary

Reality TV meets murder in the first in a new mystery series from the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and coauthor of the New York Times best-selling Scrapbooking Mysteries.

When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose - apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life.... What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend - and producer of the reality show Love or Money - thinks so.

Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia's first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge. He's replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia's former fiancé. But the cop isn't looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover's leap was no accident, Paul's going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show - and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can't count on....

©2015 Diana Orgain (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Fun Romantic Mystery

What I liked:
-It was just fun. It was like watching a murder version of the Bachelor. I needed a break from my serious reads and this did nicely.
-I didn't suspect the killer. It's a fluff book, but written well enough that it was not obvious.
-The romance. I liked that her opinion of the contestants kept revolving, and I didn't know who'd she end up with. There's a spin on the show that sets it apart from The Bachelor, and makes it hard to trust the contestants. I thought that was a unique twist.
-It wasn't an "adult" book. There isn't sleeping around, sex scenes, etc.
-The swearing was mild.

What I didn't like:
-I didn't like the way the investigation was handled. I guess it was like that to prolong the mystery and the book, but I thought surely the cops could investigate a bit better.

You have to be in the mood for it, but if you want some clean fluff that's more than just romance, I recommend this mystery.

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Worth a listen

Although it wasn't the best book I've listened to, I'll definitely read more from this author

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Repulsive

I could handle the “too stupid to live” heroine, but I draw the line at rampant sexual harassment. Having a male character manhandle and grope the female character, and then try to pass it off as somehow chivalrous is disgusting. The so-called “best friend” who enabled the behavior was just one example of how repulsive these characters were. DNF. If I had spent a credit on this instead of listening to it from the plus catalog, I would’ve been returning it for a new credit.

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Great read

Loved the story, lots of surprises. The only thing I was disappointed how the ending was written. It seemed looked I’m tired of writing and rushed the conclusion

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So so

Not thrilled. Ok story. Predictable. For free was good, happy not to use a credit on it.

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Really liked

I really liked this book it held my attention the whole time and the narrator was great.

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Meh

The premise was good. I liked the idea but I felt like there was a lot missing in the background development. The characters are great for a cozy mystery but I honestly don’t even know what the motive is in the end. Why did that person do what they did? Why did the ex fiancé not show up at the wedding? Why did the killer kill that first time? Why did Georgia really sign up for this tv show? Coming away with all these holes in my understanding of the mystery make it a “meh” for me.

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An Entertaining Book!

I loved listening to this book! It was entertaining and unpredictable. I couldn’t turn off my Bluetooth!

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Great!

Great story, characters & narration. Looking for more by this author and narrarator right now!

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intriguing and entertaining

I don't listen to mystery stories very often, however I really enjoyed this one! A little drama to go with it!

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  • 06-14-22

A good fun mystery story, highly recommended

Such a simple but apposite take on reality TV, perfect holiday read, enjoy

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  • Mrs. A. I. Ilsley
  • 06-01-22

entertaining

The story was very entertaining if a little obvious, and on occasion, a little mystifying! a little too much repetition of obvious facts but still enjoyable for all that!!

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  • Aurelija
  • 05-26-22

"My breath caught"

It was okay, I found the main character a little annoying in her obsessiveness over this one suspect. And there was a point in the book where "my breath caught" was used over and over again.

The story was cute though and I liked the narrator

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  • 05-16-22

I wanted to know the whole story

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story at first but after a couple of chapters I wanted to keep listening, to see how the characters developed and how the story would progress.

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  • sue mccormick
  • 04-28-22

A first date with death

I really enjoyed this book ,and shall be looking out for more books by this author

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  • 03-24-22

Meh

I have listened to other books of this author and while they are not the best of the best they are good enough for light listening. This book on the other hand is lukewarm. I found the narrations of the show scripts repetitive and the characters a bit flat; it doesn’t explain the motif of the killer for example.
Most of the story is picked up towards the end, making the beginning boring. Some of the story line feels force, for example the one around of the last victim, I won’t say anything to spoil thoug.

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  • Susan Roberts
  • 06-17-22

Heroine???

The story had potential, that’s why I listened to the end. But the writing didn’t flow at all. Character did things without the reason for them being revealed. The ending isn’t even remotely hinted at. Comes out of nowhere, with no explanation.

But the worse part is the main character. Just useless.

Glad I got this one through the Plus catalog.