The Dating Game by Sandy Barker

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The Dating Game
Sandy Barker
Pub Date: 9/10/21
Abigail Jones is a columnist/blogger that comments on the Stag which is a Bachelor type show in Britain. Her intimidating boss tells her that she is going to be a contestant in the next season while she also does behind the scenes commentary.

She’s not too happy but agrees as long as she doesn’t go by her real name and story etc. While getting situated and sent off to Australia where this season will be shot she meets producer Jack who is very attractive with an Australian accent.

We get to see the behind the scenes of the dating show and the real story of the contestants how nice or nasty they are. The Stag is rich and a catch on paper but a bit socially awkward.  There was a bit of a slow burn romance but not with the people that were expected lol.

Abigail/Doe Abby struggled with her voice throughout since her columns voice was sarcastic and quick witted. She usually watched the shows from afar and didn’t have any emotional attachment to the characters but as a contestant she was forming friendships that made it difficult to speak about them in that voice.

This was a cute love story and coming of age (late 20s lol).  

Thank you harpercollinsuk and netgalley for the e-ARC for the honest and voluntary review.

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The must-read romantic comedy for fans of Laura Jane Williams, Sophie Ranald and Sophie Kinsella.

‘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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