Here for the Wrong Reasons

Alcove. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781639107094. pap. $18.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
DEBUT Rodeo queen Krystin has given up on the men in her state of Montana (yes, the whole state). When the reality TV show Hopelessly Devoted asks her to join the cast, Krystin jumps at the chance; she just knows she’ll be the one to win the bachelor’s heart this season. Lauren, another Hopelessly Devoted contestant, has different reasons for joining the cast. She’s hoping that her appearance on the show will parlay into social media partnerships. Lauren, who is a lesbian, fully expects to be kicked off the show early but is dismayed as the weeks go by and she’s still having to pretend to be straight. At the same time, she’s becoming more and more attracted to Krystin, who seems to be feeling the chemistry as well.
VERDICT This sweet, sexy rom-com has delightful characters and an intriguing premise that is fulfilled with skillful worldbuilding and witty, humorous writing. Fans of Alexandria Bellefleur and reality TV will clamor for this debut novel by real-life partners Paulsen and Wang.
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