Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe
Published: April 2014, 238 pages
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Description: Riley Logan and Travis Grayson have been best friends for the last fifteen years. She would do anything for him, go anywhere for him…and she has, countless times. Except now. Now he’s asking for too much. Their friendship has reached a breaking point and she doesn’t know how to go back. But as Travis’ personal assistant, Riley spends her every waking moment by his side.
When a fractured ankle puts Travis’ BMX career on hold he’s given more downtime than he knows what to do with. Always one for excitement, he agrees to become the bachelor on a televised dating show, but only if Riley goes in undercover to help weed through the girls.
What was supposed to be eight weeks of freedom has turned into eight weeks of hell surrounded by desperate girls all vying for Travis’ attention. He promised her the show would be smooth sailing. He promised he would listen to her advice on which girls should be eliminated. But now he’s breaking those promises and getting way too close to the girl Riley despises the most.
She shouldn’t care. Except she does. Much to her surprise there is one girl she wants Travis to choose…
Will she get what she wants, or will Riley lose her best friend along with getting her heart broken on national television?
My Review: I don't watch The Bachelor, but I love these types of books. There's just something about them (reality tv type) that's a lot of fun. Travis is a BMX racer and is a pretty big deal in the sport. He is asked to be "the bachelor" in a reality tv show and is pretty hesitant--until his best friend of 15 years and personal assistant, Riley, agrees to be a part of it (undercover) to give him some insight on who to choose.
Travis is a pretty confident guy. He's on the verge of cocky, yet he's still likable. I don't think he truly appreciates what he has with Riley. Her entire world revolves around him and his life and he just seems to take her for granted. He asks her to be there for him to help him decide, yet he won't listen to her. It blew me away that he would take the word of someone he's known for 15 years over someone he's known for days. Does their friendship really mean that little? He's very good-looking, adventurous, and kind. He tries hard to be fair and patient.
Riley tries so hard to be selfless, but the jealousy kicks in and makes that really hard to do. Riley is a pretty tough woman and tries so hard to portray that, but deep down, she's human, just like everyone else. I really would have liked to see her move on and grow through this hard time, but she didn't. I honestly don't know how she put up with everything that she did. I would've snapped long before she did.
I really did enjoy the story, especially the friendship that develops between Riley and another contestant. I can see how hard it would be to always be in the spotlight and still try and maintain a friendship. I liked the way it all ended, especially the way that Riley and Travis worked things out.
Content: no violence, but some mean/catty girls; moderate swearing (it really didn't need that); kissing and mild innuendo, but stayed clean. I would have rated it higher, had the swearing been more minimal.
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