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."
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 23rd 2015**
I had a good time with this story. I think I may have enjoyed it a little more than I probably should have. I'm not saying it shouldn't have but it delivered a little bit more than I thought it would. I am not sure I will be able to voice my thoughts.
I liked the concept of this. Mix in a little dystopian flavor but not too much. Set in the future when our resources as we know them today have all but gone and the world has adapted to the new realities. What I liked was that it wasn't so much that it would be compared to those heavy weight dystopian books that are out there. In my mind that genre has been saturated at least for now.
Add in a reality TV show where woman are competition for the love (and money) of a rock star. Who doesn't love a little reality television? And competing women? It equals claws are out entertainment. I can appreciate how catty we women can be. If that isn't enough then you can sort through that drama and there is a really sweet romance. I found myself along for the ride.
The story becomes a little bit ridiculous at the point in the plot where the contest is coming to a close. I can't lie, it was over the top Jerry Springer style ludicrous. I'm not sure what that says about me but I was laughing my head off. I am not even sure if that was the intention when it was written however I appreciated it for how over the top it was.
This story was just a little bit of different mixed with a little bit of the familiar to combine in to an entertaining read for me. I can see it appealing to the YA audience.
In closing, I have one random thought. How did Gagnon come up with the word Fluxem for her disease. I don't know if the word is made up or if she got it from elsewhere but what an appropriate word! It sounds like a gross disease. Kudos for that
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