Get Your Dating Game in Shape With Books by Bachelor Stars

Jun 3 2014 - 6:00am

When we looked into where The Bachelor's couples are now [1], we were surprised to see so many authors from the bunch. While some of the past contestants from the franchise have gone the expected route — writing about their personal experiences on the show — others penned books from surprising genres. There's something for everyone here, from a historical novel to children's fiction to a poetic memoir (spoiler alert: it's by Chris and Des). And stay tuned for another Bachelor book on the horizon. Ben Flajnik's ex and villain of his season Courtney Robertson is releasing her tell-all memoir later this month. Can't wait. Check out these books by former bachelors and bachelorettes — you're sure to glean some relationship dos and don'ts from those who survived the dating show.

Diamonds and Hearts — A Poetic Memoir

The latest bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock, was wooed by now-fiancé Chris Siegfried's heartfelt poetry, so it's no surprise they collaborated to produce a book of poetry. Diamonds and Hearts — A Poetic Memoir [2] includes 44 poems plus synopses from Chris and Des, journal entries, and Desiree's "original poems to Chris written on postcards from around the world."

Happily Ever After

The very first bachelorette and one of the few success stories, Trista Sutter, wrote a book titled Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart [3]. The book about love, family, and happiness was released in 2013, as she and her hubby, Ryan Sutter — who she picked on her season of the show — celebrated their 10-year wedding [4] anniversary.

Better Single Than Sorry

After breaking off her engagement with Bachelor Andrew Firestone, Jen Schefft went on to star in The Bachelorette but rejected the final two bachelors. Her 2007 book Better Single Than Sorry: A No-Regrets Guide to Loving Yourself and Never Settling [5] is a guide to thriving as a single woman.

The Date Night Cookbook

Meredith Phillips, who came in fourth in Bob Guiney's season of The Bachelor, went on to star in the second season of The Bachelorette. She penned The Date Night Cookbook: 25 Easy-to-Cook Menus For the Busy Couple [6], which includes 25 three-course menus that are quick and simple for couples on the go.

The Lean Belly Prescription

Doctor Travis Stork was The Bachelor in season eight and wrote the weight-loss book The Lean Belly Prescription: The Fast and Foolproof Diet & Weight-Loss Plan From America's Top Urgent-Care Doctor [7].

Final Rose

Funeral director Shawntel Newton, who got kicked off of Brad Womack's second season of The Bachelor and then tried and failed to be a contestant on Ben Flajnik's season, wrote about her life and experiences on the show in Final Rose [8].

My Reality

My Reality [9] is the memoir by Melissa Rycroft, who Jason Mesnick picked in his season of The Bachelor before dumping her on live TV for runner-up Molly Malaney during the after-the-rose ceremony. She writes about going from being a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to a wife and mom with all the reality TV and relationship drama in between.

The Princess of Nowhere

Former bachelor Prince Lorenzo Borghese wrote the historical novel The Princess of Nowhere [10], based loosely on one of his ancestors, Princess Pauline Borghese, the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Chocolate Socks

Children's book author and former contestant on Matt Grant's season of The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad's second season, Holly Durst, recently released her latest kiddie book Chocolate Socks [11].

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes: How Life's Unexpected Setbacks Can Lead to Unexpected Joy [12] is the memoir by Bob Guiney, who became The Bachelor after being kicked off of Trista's season of The Bachelorette.

The Man Code

David Good was booted off of Jillian Harris's season of The Bachelorette, but went on to win Bachelor Pad. He wrote The Man Code: A Woman's Guide to Cracking the Tough Guy [13].

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain

Can you believe it's taken this long for a Bachelor villain tell-all? From the model we loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, is her fittingly titled memoir, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain [14] (out June 24). Courtney won Ben Flajnik's heart in his season of The Bachelor, but their engagement was short lived — and now she's back with juicy details from her experience as "one of the most controversial contestants" to ever be on the reality show.

Nobody's Perfect: What to Do When You've Fallen For a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work

Helene Eksterowicz and Gwen Gioia competed against each other for Bachelor No. 2 Aaron Buerge in 2002. Even though Aaron chose Helene, the relationship ended while the friendship between Helene and Gwen didn't. The ladies went on to write a cheeky book with true stories and dating tips, Nobody's Perfect: What to Do When You've Fallen For a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work [15].

Don't Be That Girl: A Guide to Finding the Confident, Rational Girl Within

Former Bachelor Dr. Travis Stork also cowrote Don't Be That Girl: A Guide to Finding the Confident, Rational Girl Within [16] with Leah Furman, basically a book that calls out the crazy behaviors of women.

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