Romance Books

Book Review – Bet Me by Lila Monroe

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 bet-medisasters 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?

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Bet Me is the story of Lizzie Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Her co-worker, Jake Preston, is a buyer for the museum.

I had some major issues with the content of this book.  Lizzie records a drunken message to her sister about going on a sex strike, and ends up loading it on the internet, and it becomes an internet sensation.  Women all over the country start going on sex strikes, and a magazine owner (and Jake’s best friend) offers a $50,000 bounty on the person who can bring an end to the sex strike.  That story in itself was really dumb.  And not at all realistic.  That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen, which would cost way more than $50,000.

What I did like were a) both main characters and b) the use of old Hollywood movies in the book.  Lizzie had an idea for an exhibit about old time Hollywood, which lead her on an adventure with Jake.  Jake was really sweet.  I really liked him a lot.  Lizzie was awesome too; she was really funny and the banter between her and Jake was funny.  The backstory with her ex boyfriend was kind of dumb, but it didn’t take away from the story.

I would have given this book more stars had it not been for the dumb bounty storyline.  It was just so dumb and not believable.  Overall, though, this was a pretty decent read.

Happy reading.


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