The Dating Game
Author: Sandy Barker
Pages: 400 pages
Published: 10th September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars
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 . . .
Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK and One More Chapter for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I adored this book. It was such a fun read and completely fit my romance mood. I’ve been watching Love Island recently and I love The Selection and some Bachelor type books I’ve read on Wattpad so this book fits right in with that theme.
The Dating Game follows Abby, a writer, who writes recaps under a pseudonym about a dating show The Stag. One of her recaps goes viral and her editor and the director of the show want Abby to participate and write her recaps with first-hand experience. Abby eventually agrees as her career depends on it and what follows is a whirlwind holiday in Sydney, with romance involved of course!
‘I don’t want to be with you, because I’ve fallen for someone else.’
I adored the growing romance between Abby and Jack, a producer on the show. Due to his job, their relationship has many obstacles to overcome. I always find books set on a dating show so fascinating and this was no different. The friendships that were formed between the girls were great, particularly that of Becca and Abby. Although, that friendship also had to deal with many bumps along the road due to the fact they were supposedly competing for the heart of the Bachelor, who has taken a liking to Abby.
This book was very enjoyable and I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting! I highly recommend if you love romance, dating shows and swoon-worthy characters!
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