Book Review: Accept This Dandelion

(Review for Chick Lit Central)

Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host on a nearby secular station. When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of The Bachelor, Renee goes along with it in order to raise her profile. Ben McConnell, one of the most eligible bachelors in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show, despite her bumbling audition. Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee. He gets a girl who doesn’t bow to his every whim…and a girl who opens his eyes to true, unexpected love. When nothing goes right on the local program called “Accept this Dandelion”…hilarity ensues. Imagine your worst possible dates happening…on TV! (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

I’m a closeted Bachelor fan, so you can imagine how excited I was when given the opportunity to read Accept This Dandelion. Renee is the type of woman most of us would want to emulate, I imagine. Someone who is honest, direct, and very real, which is just what Ben has been looking for. While he’s known around town as a playboy, the truth is he hasn’t found that one special lady yet, the one who keeps him interested and has just as much to say as he does. From the get go, Renee has impressed Ben by being herself, even when she’s set herself on fire or slapped a monkey on camera. Although Renee views herself as a gigantic bumbling idiot, Ben finds her antics comical and endearing.

Love is never easy, however, especially when it comes to the “Bachelor”. Renee isn’t the only woman in the running. There are other beauties waiting for their own chance to fall in love with the most eligible bachelor, not to mention Renee’s motives for going on the show. All she ever wanted was to be on the radio, but when the prime objective falls secondary to her budding feelings for Ben, and the insane jealousy that crops up when other contestants catch Ben’s eye, Renee is at a complete loss when it comes to matters of the heart. Should she allow herself to fall in love with Ben? What if he doesn’t love her back, and chooses someone else, instead?

I had a hard time putting this book down. Brooke Williams has done a fantastic job of creating believable characters while sticking with theBachelor-like essence that keeps millions of people tuned into their televisions on Monday night. There’s drama and chaos, all whipped up into a frenzy of sweetness and romance. You really don’t know what’s going to happen, who Ben will choose or if he’ll find his true love in Renee or any of the other eligible ladies. Find out who receives that final dandelion!

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