Release Date: January 27, 2017
5 STARDUST CROWNS
I absolutely love everything about Lila Monroe’s Bet Me. It has this John Hughes 80’s movie romance feel, completely fun, romantic, and pure movie magic in book form.
Lizzie’s ideal relationship is filled with the type of romance we are all fed as girls. The man will woo his love with grand gestures, and well you know the rest, but this isn’t what Lizzie has gotten. Disgruntled with the state of her love life, she decides to take her love life into her own hands. Up until this point, there may be readers that dislike this idealistic and maybe a tad naive view of relationships Lizzie has, but I wasn’t because I feel like we have all been there at some point, making her a relatable character. What makes me like her even more though is that she changes and evolves as the story progresses. She recognizes that the grand gestures and wooing are poor substitutes for real love, the love that is there day in and day out for all the good and the bad.
Jake is the opposite of Lizzie in every single way when it comes to relationships. He doesn’t believe in true love and thinks romance is just a ploy used by men to get in a woman’s bed. Even though this is his position on love, he is in no way a playboy, or at least he wasn’t written that way by Lila Monroe. Underneath all of his cynical beliefs, though, lies that heart of the true romantic. He is supportive, cares about Lizzie, and does the little things that mean the most. Really, Jake is the perfect romantic comedy hero.
The relationship between Lizzie and Jack is phenomenal to watch. Seeing them grow closer, fight to resist their attraction, and eventually succumbing to their desires is shown in an authentic and organic way. Nothing ever felt rushed or forced between the two of them. Once again, creating a perfect romantic comedy couple.
The plot is fun, romantic, and angst free. The conflict is predictable as well as the inevitable climax to the story, but I just didn’t care about it because it was so entertaining. What else sold me on the plot is that nothing that was done by the characters during the climax and falling action of the story seemed outlandish or out of character. Their actions are done as a way to protect themselves from being hurt or a reaction to being hurt, and their eventual reconciliation is just a natural progression of the story. What really hit this story home for me was that resolution, the big pay off! And what a pay off it was in every way!
Bet Me by Lila Monroe should be on the shelves of every lover of 80’s romance movies. This book is literally made for your romantic souls. I know I enjoyed every classic Hollywood movie.
ARC reviewed in exchange for an honest review.
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!
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About the Author:
Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.