Book Review: ‘Bet Me’ by Lila Monroe

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Title: Bet Me: A Romantic Comedy

Published: 27th January 2017

Author: Lila Monroe

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilamonroebooks

Twitter: @lilawrites

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7109533.Lila_Monroe

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Lila-Monroe/e/B00SRZKWN0

Synopsis:

What happens when your sex strike goes viral — and suddenly every man in town has their eye on your prize?

All I wanted was little old-fashioned romance. After a parade of Tinder disasters who think chivalry is giving me a pearl necklace on the first date, I made a pledge: until guys step up their game, this girl is off the market.

But one bottle of chardonnay later, and my drunken rant has gone viral. I’m the most famous person NOT having sex since the Jonas Brothers put on their purity rings. A men’s magazine has even put a bounty on my (ahem) maidenhead: fifty Gs to whoever makes me break the drought.

Be careful what you wish for…

Now my office looks like an explosion in a Hallmark factory, I’ve got guys lining up to sweep me off my feet – and the one man I want is most definitely off-limits. Jake Weston is a player through and through. He’s also the only one who sees through the mayhem to the real me, but how can I trust he’s not just out to claim the glory?

And how will I make it through the strike without scratching the itch – especially when that itch looks so damn good out of his suit?

The thrill of the chaste has never been so sexy in Lila Monroe’s hilarious, hot new romantic read!

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published in 2017. Addictive reading when it comes to Lila’s books devoured this in one sitting. Sexy, sassy, humorous read. Lizzie wants romance and Jake just thinks it all an illusion so lets hope they can help each other out in that regard. Duel focus to which helps you get into both of their heads better.

Lizzie is the kind of girl who loves old movies where romance and courtship were still strong. That’s the kind of romance she wants for herself. However saying that here’s one of my favourite lines of hers: “I mean, is it so bad that I still believe there’s a guy out there who might wine and dine me, and also fuck me like he’s straight out if Magic Mike XXL?” She works as an assistant curator at The Met and is finally in charge of putting together an exhibit for the Golden Age of Hollywood. To say she is excited would be putting it mildly but she needs help finding things for the exhibit. This is where Jake Weston comes in. It’s his job to find and secure the un-findable. After a few condescending emails back and forth she pictures him as a balding man in his late fifties so she’s surprised to find a mouth watering gorgeous man standing in her doorway. One that, after she’s done drinking him in, she suddenly realises she has meet before intimately. When you get to her flashback of a drunken New Years Eve night three years before it’s amusing, embarrassing and annoying to say the least. After her break up with Todd the super rat she’s drowning her sorrows when she happens to bump into Jake – though he tells her to call him Jacob. Everything seems clearer when drinking so when a plan for revenge comes to her mind he tags along for fun. Seems the booze might be making them want other things as well, namely a drunken hook up. This however seems to be the cause of some unfortunate results, well for her anyway as he doesn’t quite umm … finish what he started? Seems he doesn’t remember her straight away and worse yet when he does he can’t think why she’d be mad at him. Trust me when he does remember he may want to sink into a hole.

Back to present day and Lizzie is back out on some bad Tinder dates where romance for them is ordering food in while watching the game. This just about pushes her over the edge. So when she’s home, a bottle of chardonnay later, she dials up to send her sister a video message. The rant she goes on is just hilarious and you’re with her all the way. She’s had enough and decides that until the men of New York up there game she’s going on strike. No sex until she gets a bit of romance first. It’s not till the day after at work when people start giving her funny looks that she gets an uneasy feeling. Seems she didn’t hit send but somehow share and now her rant has gone viral with others wanting to join in daily. Seems she’s now the most famous person not getting any.

Jake however is finding the whole situation hilarious, saying its nothing and will blow over. Plus he thinks she will crack in a few weeks, her response being you want to bet. He may think she will crack but I think he’s secretly hoping it will be with him, more so after he gets to know her better. He might start to have some competition after a men’s magazine does something stupid. Like say put a bounty on her, fifty thousand to the man who can break her strike. Now she has to figure out if the men suddenly paying her attention want her for her or the money. Well that’s when she finds out about it, before that she just sees all the attention as backwards. Instead of getting romance men just see her as a challenge. Something she can never quite get a read on with Jake. The chemistry between them is crazy hot and you can see both are tempted. More so when booze and kissing is involved – almost kissing her into submission at times. She wants to try and keep things professional but those pesky feelings keep getting in the way, for both of them really though Jakes a bit slow on the up take. He does all the romance without really knowing it and takes care of her when she needs it but she never knows if she can trust him. Does he want the bounty or her?

Loved the funny mishaps she seems to have on her parade of dates. Flying and food don’t seem to be her friends. A great bit of writing, funny banter and great chemistry between Lizzie and Jake. Attraction is strong between them and it seems second time around is the charm. Lets say when they get together its going to be worth every penny. Loved all the other characters as well as they gave the story more depth and laughs along the way.

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Give Me Books for my honest review.

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