Real Love: A Novel
Reality-TV love may look tempting, but real love could change everything in the debut novel from the Bachelorette star and author of Miss Me with That.
Maya Johnson lives her life according to The Plan: to become the youngest-ever female director of her company, marry her college sweetheart, and build a fabulous life in Miami. Seeing as she’s almost near checking every last one of those items off her list, she doesn’t feel the need to go on the nationally beloved reality dating show Real Love. So when she’s offered the chance, she turns it down and tells the producers that her best friend, Delilah, should take part instead.
But as she watches Delilah become the lead, fall in love, and change her life, Maya begins to wonder if she’s as happy as she thought—she doesn't have much in the way of a work-life balance, her relationship isn’t quite where she thinks it should be, and very little in her life is sparking joy.
When Maya's free-spirited whirlwind of a little sister, Ella, blows into town for a surprise visit, Maya finds herself newly intrigued by Ella’s unrooted existence—and she’s equally intrigued by Ella’s gorgeous friend and fellow world traveler, Kai.
At a crossroads with both her professional and personal happiness, Maya will have to decide which path to choose: The Plan she’s worked so hard for, or something new entirely.
About the Author
Rachel Lindsay is an attorney, media personality, author, speaker, and podcaster. Rachel Lindsay is the author of Miss Me With That, an on-air correspondent with Extra and co-host's The Ringer’s Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay podcast highlighting Black culture, and is the host of The Ringer’s Morally Corrupt Show. Rachel is known for making history as the first Black lead in the franchise’s history on the thirteenth season of ABC's The Bachelorette, and as a contestant on the twenty-first season of ABC’s The Bachelor.
Rachel obtained an undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin in sports management, then went on to receive a law degree from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee with a concentration in sports law.
Rachel is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas at Austin College of Education, an ambassador for the College Football Playoff Foundation, and a supporter of Paw Works and Project Angel Food.
Rachel is an avid sports fan, enjoys music, meditation, dancing, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family, her dog Copper and husband Bryan. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Praise for Real Love: A Novel
“A beautiful battle between head and heart punctuated with punchy dialogue and vibrant scene setting . . . this vibrant tale of self-discovery is sure to win fans.”—Publishers Weekly
“Pure fun, a fizzy and relatable mixture of female friendship, romance and career struggles, with a dash of behind-the-scenes reality TV.”—BookPage