Surely, the ship’s crew would send someone to rescue me once they realized a passenger fell overboard. I couldn’t let the ship get too far away, but I wouldn’t have to scale the sides or anything.
My mind racing, I egg-beatered my legs, eyes scanning for a rescue boat. Thankfully, there were plenty of witnesses to my fall, so I didn’t have to wonder if Ariana cared enough to call for my rescue. Breathing in and out, I forced myself to remain calm and not wonder if sharks lived in the water off Cozumel. Sting rays. Jelly fish. Manatees.
Okay, Jen. Chill. One thing at a time. Step one, don’t drown. Keep on swimming.
Something brushed against my foot, and I screamed. In the dusky light, it was impossible to see what lurked below the surface, and I probably didn’t want to.
Sugar, Sea Salt, And Show Biz
Jen Reid’s life after walking off a reality show has been great—she’s gone from being a broke twenty-four-year-old Seattleite with no love life and no job to the twenty-five-year-old who got the guy, moved to Miami, and is starting a bakery with her best friend. She thinks her showmance boyfriend might be about to propose. And with mouthwatering goodies based on everyone’s favorite shows, her business, Sweet Reality, is destined for success.
That is, until a killer competitor opens right across the street. If she’s going to save Sweet Reality, Jen has to come up with a secret ingredient—like the recipe that won Totally 80s Bake-Off. Jen can get it—if she steps back into the spotlight. Soon she and her boyfriend are out to sea on a cruise ship full of reality stars, including her nemesis, Ariana; her lying, cheating ex; and some wicked producers looking to bring the drama. Separate cabins, “surprises” from her past, and scenarios tailor-made to spark fights are just the beginning. But with her self-respect, her business, and her future on the line, the fallout from this made-for-TV plotline will be all too real . . .
“If you like sweet contemporary romances with a reality show theme, then you are going to enjoy Heffernan’s Reality Star series…..Jen and Justin…are likeable and relatable characters....Heffernan does a wonderful job with character development and painting vivid scenes. There are also some cute and funny moments that makes this book a worthwhile and entertaining read. If reality shows are your guilty pleasure, give Heffernam’s Sweet Reality a try.”--RT Book Reviews
Praise for America’s Next Reality Star
“America’s Next Reality Star is smart, witty, funny, and really freaking good.”
—Kerry Lonsdale, #1 Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
“Reality TV fans, this is your book! Laura Heffernan captures all the drama and over-the-top craziness in this fun and flirty romance.” —Amy E. Reichert, author of Love, Luck, and Lemon Pie