I thoroughly enjoyed this guilty pleasure of a book. It combines a lot of things that I enjoy – a rock star love interest, an underdog protagonist, and a reality TV competition (I can’t watch them, but I love to read about them). Think The Selection minus the annoying love triangle and the reluctant participant, and you have the main idea of this book.
A Dystopian future + a Bachelor-esque reality show = a sly yet heartfelt love story that will have you tearing through the pages to see how it all ends. –Heather Lyons, author of the Fate series
Monet isn t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane–she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness. Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through saliva. It’s completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life. But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him–and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she’s ready and ruin everything. The only way to win Jeremy’s heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.
Monet is a character I could get behind. She doesn’t have money or material advantages that the other contestants have, but she is down to Earth and someone readers can cheer for. Jeremy, the rockstar, is also someone readers will like. He didn’t blow me away, and most of the things that are designed to make him attractive are examples of simple human decency, but he is a suitable, if generic, love interest. The other contestants range from crazy to crazier, and I enjoyed the inevitable cattiness and drama. The book takes place in a future that seems pretty bleak, which I didn’t really expect from the premise. It added a subtle but thoughtful commentary on ecological, economic, and social issues. The book moved quickly and had a satisfying conclusion. It isn’t great literature, but it was fun to read. I finished it in a few hours and it was one I read straight through.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.