Reality Wedding is the third book in a reality series by Laura Heffernan. I have not read book one – America’s Next Reality Star or book two Sweet Reality. However, after reading the last book in the series I plan on reading the others so I have a full scope of the story.
After reading the novel I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Heffernan and write an honest review of her book. All her answers are in her own words.
About the Author
(Copied from author’s page) Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys board games, travel, board games, baking, and board games. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and two furry beasts.
Laura loves connecting with readers. Find her on her website mentioned at the end of the interview. You can also find her on twitter (Also mentioned at the end of the interview) where she spends far too much time tweeting about reality TV and Canadian chocolate.
The Synopsis of Reality Wedding
When Jen Reid escaped a reality TV cruise with her relationship intact—if not her hair—she swore she was done with the cameras for good. Sure, she and Justin met, had their first kiss, and got engaged with tape rolling, but manufactured drama and ruthless producers have shaken them up more times than she can count. With Jen’s reality-themed bakery just getting started and her brand-new lawyer fiancé in a pile of debt, they’re a long way from glitz and glamour, and that’s fine by Jen. Until the Network calls and tells her that unless she says “I do” to a wedding special, Justin will be out of a job.
Now Jen has two weeks to plan an all-expenses-paid “dream wedding”—and dodge the tricks and traps of a showrunner happy to mess up her future in the name of ratings. Luckily for Jen, she’s got plenty of experience with cake and popcorn. But when real-life drama and reality TV twists collide, the cliffhangers may just follow her right down the aisle . . .
When Laura contacted me about reviewing her book I was currently reading the last of four murder/thriller novels that were up for reviews. I took a look at her book and instantly said yes. Reading the blurb I could tell it was going to be a light-hearted fun read with the bling of Hollywood entwined. What a glorious change to the dark stories I had been reading.
All three of the books focus on reality TV – the last being about Jen and Justin’s wedding. In typical Hollywood style, the couple is forced to do the show or suffer the consequences of Justin losing his job at the law firm.
I Immediately picked up on the strong connection Jen and Justin had and how they had each other’s back. Once they were on the set to prepare for the biggest TV wedding of the year, the reader is thrown into the corrupt, world of the networks that go to any lengths to achieve ratings. Jen soon discovered; this wasn’t her wedding but the shows.
Throughout the story I found myself rooting for Jen, hoping she gets justice and beats the networks at their own game. Jen has her own support team that aids her in her quest and then there are the villains of the network that do everything they can to destroy her with their only motive is to better the show and the ratings.
Laura Heffernan did a great job grasping the feel of Hollywood and updating the readers throughout the story on events in the previous two books when necessary. However, I did feel there was more reflection on book one – America’s Next Reality Star than book two – Sweet Reality and felt I was missing something in some areas.
Overall this was a fun quick read that I really enjoyed and would recommend to women of all ages.
COVER DESIGN 5 STARS – For the content of the book, the cover was perfect showing the bright colors, the sparkle and the glam of Hollywood.
CHARACTERIZATION 4 STARS – The main character Jen was written really well, showing weaknesses in the beginning but gaining strength as the story progressed. Some of the other characters like Logan I felt like I needed to read the other two books to really get to know them and see how their characters unfolded. There was a lot of references to previous incidents that I would like to know more about.
STORY & PLOT 5 STARS This was a fun story to read, easy to follow and at times made me laugh out loud. Throughout the story, I was horrified by Hollywoods evil ways to gain ratings and rooted for Jen and Justin the whole time. Laura Heffernan threw in many surprises and twists to keep the reader guessing and an ending that had never crossed my mind. I just love an unexpected ending.
OVERALL RATING 4 STARS
Interview with Laura Heffernan – Author of REALITY WEDDING
1 – How long have you been writing and why do you enjoy it?
I’ve been writing my whole life. Short stories starting when I was five, a play performed for the entire school when I was twelve. For a while, I ghostwrote blog posts as a job, just to add a bit more creativity to my life. I’ve created multiple blogs of my own, and my hard drive is full of snippets of books I started over the years and never finished. There’s just something about being creative that feeds my soul, and writing is the best way for me to do it. I love meeting new characters, creating difficult situations, then figuring out how to get them out of it.
2 – Other than writing, what else do you like to do?
I love reading, playing board games, escape rooms, hanging out with my friends, and baking. Typically, I’m happiest when my mind is engaged. Then again, I’m sometimes quite happy to just veg on the couch and watch TV all afternoon to recharge.
3 – What inspired you to write “Reality Wedding?”
This is the third book in the Reality Star series. The original inspiration came when a friend of mine went on a reality show a few years ago. For this particular book, I’d put the characters through a lot of ups and downs, and it was time to give them a wedding.
4 – Who as an author, inspires you and why?
My primary inspiration is Sophie Kinsella. She’s been writing books in this genre since I was in college, and to me, she’s still the best. Although I love many of the other authors who pioneered the chick lit genre, I feel like Sophie’s voice has remained the most consistent. And I love all of her books. She really showed me that it’s OK to write fun books that make people smile.
5 – Name three of your favorite books and authors. Explain why these are your favorites.
This is always the hardest question for me to answer because I read so much and I love so many books. Three recent favorites include:
My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella: As noted above, Kinsella is one of my all-time favorite authors and greatest inspirations. I love all her books, but this one really spoke to me. I found myself connecting more with the main character than some of her other works, and I liked that the main character’s dilemmas weren’t all of her own makings.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik: A Muslim Bridget Jones, Sofia Khan is the perfect modern heroine. She’s smart, she’s funny, and I loved getting a peek into a culture other than my own.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Not in the same genre, obviously, but there’s just something magical about these books. They opened a whole new world for me. I made new friends, bonded with old. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read the series or watched the movies. It’s my go-to when I don’t know what to read or I’m not sure what to watch. It’s what my husband and I turn on during snowy afternoons. I love this series.
6 – What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Just keep writing. Read widely. And make friends with other writers. This business can be frustrating, and there are often long periods of silence. Having a support group of people going through the same thing is priceless.
7 – Are you currently working on anything now? If so, tell us a little about it and when it can be expected to be available.
Right now, I’m writing SHE’S GOT GAME, the first book in the Gamer Girl series, which is slated for publication in November 2019. The book follows Gwen as she competes in the American Board Game Competition – and falls for her #1 competitor.
8- What genre do you normally write in?
Romantic comedies/chick lit. I love fun, happy books, and I want other people to be happy when they read my work.
9- Other than Amazon is there anywhere else, readers can purchase your book?
All three books are available at BN.com., Kobo, Google Play, and Apple iTunes. Paperbacks can be purchased through Bookdepository.com (free shipping worldwide). And readers can pick up or order signed copies from Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs, NY.
10- Do you have a website, Facebook page or any other social media page where readers can follow you? If yes, please provide links.
11- Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thanks for having me!
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57 thoughts on “Book Review & Interview with Laura Heffernan – Author of REALITY WEDDING”
Always looking for a book recommendation! I too loved reading Sophie Kinsella (which was eons ago) and enjoy her style of writing. I will have to check out this book! Thanks for the review.
You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks for a great review! This looks like my kind of read. Lighthearted and fun. It’s all I’ve been drawn to lately.
It really is a fun read. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
It was great learning more about the author. I haven’t read the Realty Wedding but it would be something I would really enjoy.
I can highly recommend it.
I have watched shows like the Bachelor and UnReal. So I am intrigued by watching or reading stories about behind the scenes views. This book sounds really lighthearted and fun. Seeing that Laura mostly writes romantic comedies is awesome because that’s what I enjoy reading a lot. Great review!
Thank you. From your post, this book is right up your alley. I’m sure you’d enjoy it. 🙂
Not much into romance books, but your review has me compelled to pick this up and give it a try.
Reality wedding sounds have an interesting storyline and full of drama. I think the book inspired by our lives. Willing read the book.
Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!
This review has spurred me on to read more books again, which I really enjoy but need to make the time for it. This sounds light hearted and fun.
It was a fun read. Oh you have to find time to read more LOL
Thank you for reviewing this, It sounds like a great book, I might check it out. I never heard of this author before.
I hope you do. I highly recommend it.
Wonderful review. Thanks for the information. Loved learning about the author
You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.
It’s been so long since I’ve read a good book. Since it is something I enjoy, I need to get back to it! I will have to check out this book! Thanks for the review.
You’re welcome. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
I always enjoy reviews that come with an author spotlight, it’s nice to get to know the author before picking up the book! Great review.
Thanks. It adds so much more to the book, knowing a little about the background and the author.
Wow thanks for sharing this book. Definitely I will add this to my reading list. You always gives us good recommendations.
Thank you 🙂
I’ve never heard of Laura Heffernan before, but this book looks great. I will be adding it to my must-read list of 2018. Thanks for the suggestion!
You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it.
When the author can get the reader to root for the character, you know they’ve done a good job. This sounds like a fascinating read and a great contrast to actual reality tv! 👍🏼 Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋
She did an outstanding job. Thank you
I so enjoy your reviews. You always bring a book into my book collection that I wouldn’t normally read. Thanks
Thank you so much. That’s good to know.
This sounds great! Romantics and chick flicks are totally my thing.
Then you would love this book LOL
Sounds like a great read! I read a lot and I am always on the lookout for good recommendations.
I can certainly recommend this one.
I haven’t read a book in about month which is a long time for me! This interview and review makes me want to read this one, I have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.
I’m sure you will enjoy it. A month! My goodness yes that’s a long time LOL
I love reality TV shows so I think this would be my kind of book where its light hearted yet shares the behind the screen stories of the show. I also loved getting to know Laura a little better in the post.
Thank you. Yes, it’s a fun lighted novel that’s very enjoyable to read.
Great review and interview of the author about the book. I always love to know what the inspirations of authors is.
Thank you. Me too. It brings so much more to the book.
Good review, this book sounds like a great read. I always watch reality tv so this would be a book I would be interested in reading.
If you watch reality TV you’d love this book 🙂
Thanks for giving a great review. I too love the cover and would give it 5 stars. It is vibrant and makes you wonder what is juicy details are between the pages!
Nice reading the interview. The book also looks great.
Interesting book you have there! Checking out more reviews of this. Great interview too!
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it
Can’t remember who but someone was talking about the book several days ago. Now that I went through the review, I am going to buy it this weekend.
I hope you enjoy it
Such a great interview with a nice flow. Now I will have to add this to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
I haven’t read any good books in a little bit. This book sparks my interest and I am definitely wanting to check it out
I’m sure you will enjoy it if you pick it up.
Nice review and interview. Am not much into reading books. But this looks like an interesting one. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome and thank you!