Title: Kissed by Reality
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 11, 2016
Falling in love is hard. Falling in love on national television is impossible. Right?
Leighton Aldridge did not sign up to meet her soulmate. She signed up for the lights, camera and action. So when the Hollywood-native ends up with the wounded war veteran and a ring on her finger, it's a surprise to everyone. What isn't a surprise is the way she breaks Finn Wyatt's heart, or the massively public breakup that follows. But a year later she's back, ready for another round on the reality TV show that brought them together. She knows he was the real thing, and she's ready to fight for him.
Finn is the new Mr. Right. The country's favorite single guy, and the object of 25 women's affections. But when his ex-fiance steps onto set and back into the limelight, he wishes he never agreed to another season. Leighton shattered his heart for the world to see, and he's not ready to face that reality. Can Leighton convince him, and America, that she's the one? Or will her future with Finn only consist of 15 more minutes of fame?
Carrie Aarons has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can't describe what it feels like to be able to write love stories as an actual career. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma," Carrie Aarons is freeing-up her jampacked DVR, trying to become the next HGTV star as she DIYs her very first house, and planning her next travel adventure. She lives on the east coast with her husband whom she loves dearly for supporting her crazy dreams and putting up with her sassy, extroverted ways.
This was my first Carrie Aarons book. I found this book a bit hard to get into at first. This book is a great second chance romance story.
In the beginning of the book I found the heroine Leighton got on my nerves, she seemed to be so self centered and immature. She did grow on me as the book developed, but I felt like she grew up as the story progressed. She emotionally developed as a character as she faced the loss of love.
On the other hand I loved Finn, he is such a gorgeous character both on the inside and the outside. An ex-marine with an amputation he is not physically perfect and does have a few flaws as well. As the story developed I really started to enjoy the story line, particularly when it began to focus more on the relationship between Finn and Leighton and veering away from the reality show they appear in.
I really enjoyed the dual points of view that this story was told from. It was great to read what both Leighton and Finn were thinking and feeling about both the past and present.
Towards the end of the book I was in tears, elements of the story were heart wrenching to read and pulled at my emotions.
Overall this book had a great mix of romance, drama and angst.