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The Leftover by Brooke Williams

A reserved wallflower discovers that reality TV is the perfect backdrop to develop her confidence in this lighthearted rom-com.
Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Meanwhile, Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.”
Source: I received an ARC of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: September 1, 2017


Megan Malone, an introverted and socially inept freelance voiceover artist, is coaxed by her sister into taking her place on "The Leftover," a local version of the show, "Survivor." Having been gifted with brains over physical acumen, Megan is sure that she'll be the first person voted out; however, she grudgingly caves in to her sister's wheedling and visits the studio for a physical. She can hardly believe it when a local celebrity and paramedic, Cane Trevino, is the person administering the physical. The two instantly feel an attraction and rapport, but is it enough to help Cane overcome his heartbreak?

The Leftover by Brooke Williams is a clean, lighthearted romantic comedy that I enjoyed immensely!

Megan Malone is a protagonist that I think a lot of readers can relate to; introverted, brainy, and plain when compared to her bubbly, athletic, and attractive sister. I thought Megan's inner dialogue was convincing, a blend of awkwardness and bravery, given her age and previous social interactions. Cane's inner dialogue was equally compelling and what one would expect from a man trying to move on from having his heart broken by a woman who he thought was the love of his life.

The premise and setting mirrored the tv show "Survivor" with its challenges, backstabbing and scheming, and people you love or love to hate. Williams did a wonderful job with setting the tone of the plot early on, making it easy for me to know what I was getting myself into immediately; a fun and easy-to-read story. I was relieved when the plot did not devolve into "virginal, awkward woman discovers the joy of sex." First, it's been done and re-done about a billion times in literature and on the screen. Second, I don't care for that type of "romance." Williams keeps it clean, which allows more readers the opportunity to enjoy a fun and easygoing plot.

Like other reviewers, I did notice a few formatting problems on my Kindle device and some instances where it was hard to keep track of who was talking. Since the copy I received was an ARC, I am certain that these minor errors will be smoothed out in the final edition and it really didn't prevent me from enjoying the story.

If you are looking for an easy-to-read, clean, romantic comedy with a female protagonist you can relate to, make sure to grab a copy of The Leftover by Brooke Williams! 

About Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
I was in radio for 12 years as a production director and on-air host. A year after my first daughter was born, I began doing some freelance writing from home. I started out writing web content articles and do several blogs. I write first chapters for and then moved on to writing complete novels of my own. I write whenever I get a chance around my two daughters, whether I am working on a book or articles. Writing daily gives me joy. I only hope what I write brings joy to others.

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