Jul 202012
 

Product Details:

  • Title: Reality Check
  • Author: Karen Tuft
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.; 1st edition (June 1, 2012
  • Genre: Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1608613976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608613977

 

 

 

 

 

Book Description:

June 1, 2012
 
After college graduation, Lucy Kendrick heads home with
big plans for work, travel, and relishing her freedom which means no
romantic entanglements. But her two best friends have other ideas. Lucy
is seriously steamed when she realizes they’ve signed her up to be a
contestant on the reality dating show Soulmates, but she decides not to
renege and soon finds herself in Los Angeles a small-town Mormon girl
vying for the love of millionaire bachelor Ethan Glass. At first this
cute, smart, fun young woman, who would rather pray than party,
bewilders Ethan. But his interest and admiration grow with every
encounter. However, the conniving associate producer is determined to
stir up some made-for-TV drama and takes strides to make this reality
television show anything but real. When the show finally airs, Lucy has
been recast as someone she unquestionably is not. Lucy is left
humiliated in front of the world, and Ethan is left wondering who the
Lucy is that he was falling in love with. Will the duplicities that have
created this humiliation ever come to light? And will the truth emerge
too late for the would-be soul-mates?
My Review:   
Reality Check is the story of an LDS young women who becomes a contestant on a reality TV dating show. As my post last Saturday showed, I do watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Sometimes I watch it because of liking someone on the show and wanting to see how far my favorite actually advances. Other times I watch to get a good laugh at how crazy people act when they are on a show like this. Well, Reality Check was like watching the TV show, but better. Yes, there were drama queens and wacko contestants, but the main characters added some much needed depth you usually don’t get in the TV show. 

Karen Tuft’s new novel is fun, fast-paced and hard to put down. This is another book that I read late into the night. Once Lucy’s friends trick her into going onto the show Soulmates,  you are hooked. You really want to see what will happen. I had to LOL when Lucy told herself she probably wouldn’t make it past the first night, then she would get to visit Disneyland for the first time. I laughed at this because it’s truly something that I would think and plan! The biggest thing you will notice in the story, is how different Lucy is from the other girls. She stands out because of her standards and morals. The “bachelor” on the show, Ethan Glass, notices her on the first night because of how modestly she is dressed.This story would be considered an LDS romance, but it never shoves anything in your face religiously. It is all presented in a way that you cheer for Lucy as she stays true to herself and her religion. I loved the character of Ethan Glass and how he was in this contest for all of the right reasons. Females will find him “Awww”" worthy and wanting an Ethan in their own lives; or wanting their husbands to follow Ethan’s lead. 

Reality Check is a great first book from Karen Tuft. This is another book, that you must tuck away in your bag, when you go on vacation. You will finish reading this book feeling like maybe, just maybe, soul-mates are truly real.
 
 You can purchase Reality Check here:

Karen Tuft

Best Price $13.00

or Buy New $16.99

Remember that Karen is hosting a giveaway in conjunction with the blog tour. Here again are the details.
Giveaway Information:
Karen is generously donating a paperback copy of Reality Check plus a starfish charm bracelet to one lucky reader. All you have to do to gain entries is to leave a comment on any of the tour stops. Each comment will gain you an entry. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! Here is a full list of the tour stops .
For those readers who prefer a non-LDS read, she is also giving away an ARC copy of
The Selection by Kiera Cass. It is such a cute book with a reality
based dating show as well.

Make sure you leave your email address and
which book you are entering for in your comments (i.e. Reality Check, The
Selection, or Both).
Also, go visit Karen’s blog for more information.

http://kktuft.blogspot.com/2012/06/where-did-you-have-reality-check.html

Schedule:

July 9: Book BugTour Kickoff + Sneak Peek + Giveaway + “Bachelorette” Polls

July 9: “Bachelorette” Episode – The
Final 3

July 10: Getting Your Read On
- Review

July 11: A Tuft Act to Follow“Bachelorette” Episode Recap

July 12: Book BugUpdate and “Bachelorette” Thoughts

July 12: Getting Your Read On
- “Bachelorette” Post

July 13: Fire and Ice“Bachelorette” Post

July 14: Why Not? Because I Said So!
- “Bachelorette” Post

July 16: Book Bug – “Bachelorette”
Post

July 16: “Bachelorette”
Episode – The Men Tell All

July 17: Bookworm Lisa – Review + Author
Guest Post

July 18: A Tuft Act to Follow – “Bachelorette”
Episode Recap

July 19: Fire and Ice -
Review

July 20: Why Not? Because I Said So!
- Review

July 22: “Bachelorette”
Episode – Finale and After the Final Rose

July 23: A Tuft Act to Follow – “Bachelorette”
Finale Recap

July 23: Book Bug -
Review

July 24: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
- Author Interview

July 25: Book Bug – Wrap Up

 

About the Author:

Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She as spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel, whether by car, plane, or paperback.

**I was given a review copy of Reality Check. In no way did this influence the honest review that was given.**

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  5 Responses to “Blog Tour Review of, Reality Check by Karen Tuft: Reminder…Enter to Win Your Own Copy!”

  1. I’m really excited to read this book! I’d love to win Reality Check! emfawcett@yahoo.com

  2. I really enjoyed the sample online and would love to win so I can read the rest of it. Thanks! frisbyfamily at gmail dot com.

  3. I would love to read this book! It looks so good!!

  4. I’ve read Reality Check and it’s one of my favorite LDS novels! Very well written, love the characters!

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