Published by Self-Published on January 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
"One of the best romantic comedies I've read to date." - Goodreads.com
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 the hilarious, hot new romantic read from the Amazon bestselling author of GET LUCKY and THE BILLIONAIRE BARGAIN.
Bet Me: A Romantic Comedy Standalone
By Lila Monroe
It’s just a matter of timing…
***3.5…maybe 3.75…nearly 4 stars***
I read this book at the wrong time. I was actually looking for some smutty goodness and this one, I thought, had huge potential. Unfortunately, I was left waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Kind of like the heroine of the story.
Lizzie has not had a good run with men. Her long-time boyfriend who she helped and supported through his studies dumps her for a new and improved model. What follows is one bad date after the other. New Year’s Eve one year had huge potential until the man of the moment falls asleep at a really, REALLY crucial moment.
This very embarrassing moment sets Lizzie on a new path but unfortunately, she seems to still be faced with dud after dud after dud. No man in New York seems capable of romance and all of them seem to be interested only in the end prize. It’s time for a break.
A private post to her sister somehow manages to go viral and shares Lizzie’s frustration with men in the city. With a glass of wine under her belt, she expresses her feelings of frustration and disgust with their lack of wooing and romantic gestures. Determined to not lower her standards, Lizzie decides to go on strike…and not have sex again until a man makes an effort first.
Jake is a cynical bugger when it comes to love. He’s extremely good looking, a smooth talker and a favourite with the ladies. With a successful career in acquiring obscure treasure for the rich and famous, he’s relatively happy with his life.
When his latest job is to obtain Hollywood memorabilia for The Met, he looks forward to the challenge. At his first meeting with the curator, he’s shocked at the hostile reception he receives. The woman (not like any other woman he’s dealt with before) seems to detest him…and for the life of him he doesn’t know why.
As the story goes on we learn more about Lizzie and Jake. We see their history and what has given them such negative feelings towards love and romance. Lizzie’s expectation is high, while Jake’s expectations move no further than the bedroom. When Lizzie becomes a viral sensation, Jake starts to look at Lizzie in a different light. The more time they spend together, the more they start to feel.
I did struggle with this story a little. Lizzie is not the most logical of people and the situations she gets herself into could have easily been avoided if she had thought before acting or speaking. Jake’s arrogance stubbornness drove me a little batty. My biggest struggle was that IT TOOK THEM TOO LONG TO WORK THINGS OUT!! Bloody knuckleheads.
Like I said, timing can make or break a book for me. When you’re looking for smutty smut and you get a slow burn…you’re bound to be disappointed. I still enjoyed Bet Me. I had a few laughs, nodded my head a time or two and shared a glass of wine in sympathy with Lizzie. I most likely will read another book by Lila Monroe in the future.