Blame It on the BetAuthor: L.E. Rico
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release date: September 11th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.
When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.
Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.
Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.
The Faerie Queen’s review
“You’ll get hurt again at some point in your life. We all do. That’s the price of living. But what’s the point of living if you don’t at least try?”
Fellow readers, I have been on a heartwarming journey about home, family, and finding out who you are alongside someone who loves that very person. It was full of fuzzies.
I can understand why this is an Entangled Bliss story as opposed to one of the other Entangled imprints. The focus of the romance was very warm but not hot, if you know what I mean. The steamier stuff was hinted at, but while Hennessy and Bryan did find each other very attractive, it was their respective personalities and vulnerabilities that drew them to each other. I also loved how there wasn’t any messing about, not really. Hennessy was especially direct, and it was unexpected and awesome.
It was the quirkiness that really sold this book for me. I loved the cats with their funny names and personalities and sweaters. I loved the mystical pie. I loved Father Romance and Helen. These things, and more, added up to give the story an extra dash of charm. Even the names of the sisters, though initially a bit odd, really grew on me, and now I actually think I could call my daughter Jameson.
It takes a special book to feature so much religion and still get such a high rating from me. While I have nothing against other people being religious, I often find books in which the characters are religious, quoting verses and whatnot, are quite preachy, and that usually detracts from the experience for me. However, Blame It on the Bet managed to quote verses, feature Mass, and involve saying grace without me feeling judged by the author, and I say kudos to that.
This was just a genuinely nice story with not too much drama, plenty of family love, and a good dose of character examination. I am wonderfully satisfied.
I would recommend this book to…
…readers who want a sweet romance set in a small town with a focus on family and feelings, and not too much steam.