I am sucked in. Yes, The Bachelorette and southern belle Emily Maynard have reeled me in, along with some of the bachelors.

Unlike other Bachelor and Bachelorette shows, this one is pretty down to earth – much like Emily herself, who has a daughter, Rickie. Not only is Emily on the search for love, she’s also looking for the right man to be a father to her little girl.

Emily is a beautiful, gracious, down to earth, confident yet vulnerable woman and that southern drawl is ;

Emily and Chris had their one-on-one date and danced in an empty parking lot where country star Luke Bryan performed just for them.  Despite his serial-killer eyes, Chris impressed Emily and got a rose.

On the group date, Emily put the guys to the test by introducing them to her girlfriends.  One of Emily’s friends says Sean is “the genetic gift to the world.”

Ryan shows his true colours when he tells Emily and friends that he’d still love her if she got fat, he just might love ON her as much. Wow!  She should have just sent him home right there!

Who impressed the most? Sean and Doug scored major points after this group date, in which the men put on their potential daddy hats when playing with a bunch of kids at the park.

Race car driver Arie scored the second one-on-one date with Emily – in Dollywood!  Dolly Parton herself shows up to give the couple a private concert and Emily some advice.

After Arie reveals he lived with a woman with two kids, he seems like the perfect match. He seems to know how to kiss too!

Kalon should have been sent packing after his condescending pompous remarks. Alessandro is sent packing because he called having an instant family a “compromise”.  Ricki sends Tony home to be with his son.  Stevie also goes home after he fails to win a rose.

What did you think of Monday night’s episode?


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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