Outback Hearts (Beyond Reality) by Susan Stoker (Review By Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)


Title: Outback Hearts (Beyond Reality)

Author: Susan Stoker

Published Date: May 18th 2014

Genre: Romance


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Start the Beyond Reality Series with Outback Hearts 

Sam never thought she’d actually be chosen for a reality show–but next thing she knew, she was whisked away to Australia. Dealing with a producer willing to do whatever he had to do make the show a hit, other women ready to cheat and lie to gain the attention of the bachelor, and a camera operator ready to catch her at her worst every time she turned around, absolutely nothing was as simple as it seemed on TV. Not to mention the pigs, killer rattlesnakes and shoveling manure. Sam wasn’t sure she was going to make it through filming most days–never mind find true love. Alex never thought he’d be on a reality show, but how hard could being surrounded by beautiful women be? A lot harder than he’d thought. The producer changed the rules of the show behind his back, the women were nearly clawing at each other for this attention–and that one contestant he couldn’t get off his mind… 

Can two people who are meant to be together manage to fight the catty contestants, crazy producer and find true love on a reality show in the Australian Outback?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Kristin -#NerdGirlSoldier’s  Review***
We’ve all seen those reality dating shows like The Bachelor, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the set of one of those shows? In this first book in the Beyond Reality series, Outback Hearts takes the reader on a journey across the ocean to Australia on the set of a reality dating show. You’ve got the typical players on the show: the gorgeous women and the hot bachelor looking for love. You’ve also got a producer who cares more about ratings than he does feelings, but that’s not surprising. The surprise is that thrown into the mix is Sam, your normal regular average woman who’s not pencil thin. I loved her; Sam has a wonderful confidence about her curves and while she knows she doesn’t fit in with the Prada wearing girls she’s stuck with, she doesn’t complain about anything. She just does what she has to. I love that she stands up for herself when the other girls are mean and nasty to her.

Alex is the hot bachelor who’s “looking for love”. He really doesn’t want to be on the show but then he sees Sam. Alex notices that she’s different, and not just because of her size. He sees that she’s got a real personality that shows through off camera. She’s not trying to fool him by being someone she’s not. He’s definitely a guy you can fall in love with. He’s caring and genuine in his feelings for Sam. But will they make it to the finale together?

This book made me laugh, cry, yell and smile the entire time. The story flowed incredibly well and it gave me a great look at what could happen behind the scenes of a reality show. I loved that I got angry for Sam throughout the book but I was so proud of her for sticking it out and standing her ground. I also really appreciated that this book does not have a cliffhanger. You get to know who wins the competition, who looses, and if Sam and Alex find love together. I cannot wait for the next book in this series! I’m hooked!


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  • Rebecca Kidwell Gaskill

    Not a big fan of reality tv, but this book sounds like it could be good.

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