How bad could one harmless bet be? Kent Samson is about to find out. Raised in Alabama, Kent has hidden his past and now loves his life as a big time ad exec for a prestigious advertising company in New York. But when he makes a bet with his best friend, Blaine, Kent is thrown for a loop—for Kent has to make the next person to walk through the door fall in love with him.
Terry Barron is hiding out in New York. Raised in England in a wealthy family, Terry escapes to New York to avoid arranged marriages and the lifestyle he’s grown to hate. When he delivers a package to an advertising firm, he meets the unbelievably sexy Kent Samson. Suddenly, secrets and lies complicate everything and both men find themselves in uncharted waters. How will Terry feel when Kent is revealed as a betting man?
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Review: Dolorianne, 4.5
I’m not sure I can tell you how much I enjoyed this story.
I grew up on the John Hughes films in the 80’s and the Disney generation teen movies of the 90’s. The friends-make-a-bet-that-backfires plot is not a new one but it catches my interest almost every time. It amazes me how many different ways the theme can be handled. More times than not I find myself identifying with the one being blindsided … and this one is no different … almost.
The thing that I found so surprising in A Betting Man is the connection I made to the cocky ad exec. The contrast as to how people see him vs how he sees himself is very interesting. He has a reputation but almost from the beginning, he lets his competitive edge go in favor of genuine feelings for Terry.
I’m a very cynical reader, but the writing style made it so easy to go with the flow. I think the overall timeline is perfectly paced. The dates are fresh and well timed, the comedy is entertaining, and the romance is obvious. The sex is good and used to deepen the emotional connection that has already formed between them. Supporting characters show up and almost always interfere at just the right moment to keep the couple (and the reader) off balance and interested. Their relationship is a lot of fun to read.
Usually I cringe (in a good way) in anticipation of the scene where the pawn discovers he/she was a bet. I do this because I know the person is going to be hurt and I don’t like it when the characters I’ve become attached to get hurt. I think – for the first time ever – I found myself hoping that scene didn’t happen. I didn’t want Kent to tank himself. He had been doing so well. Please, oh please, can he just keep his mouth shut?
Of course it comes out, as well it should, and now Kent has to fix it. The resolution is a little too convenient and tidy for me. I liked how the immediate supporting characters helped move things along, but the inserted scene with Kent’s boss threw me a little. I know it’s a crazy thing to say, but sometimes too much acceptance can pull a reader out of the story. It’s a romantic comedy, though, so what Kent does is adorable and sweet and just the right thing. Terry is able to forgive and give up a few secrets of his own. Neither set of parents are what I expected them to be.
And the epilogue at the end is fantastic in that I loved seeing the guys solidly back together and having fun with their friends. I love a large cast of characters and these last few pages highlighted one of Kent and Terry’s biggest supporters. Though I’m still not sure how or why Terry became Anna’s wedding planner? Although it was enough to pull me from the story momentarily, it was not enough to lessen my overall enjoyment.
I’d recommend this to everyone. Especially readers who enjoys a sweet romance that isn’t over the top, or more cynical readers like me who might want something a little lighter every now and then.
Review: Lynn, 5
Having never read this author before I didn’t know what to expect. After read the blurb about making someone fall in love with you on a bet, I was very much interested in reading this story.
From the very first page this story draws you in. We first meet Kent and Blaine, who at first glance aren’t very likable characters. Making a bet to get someone to fall in love with them is pretty harsh, if not downright sleazy! Enter Terry, the unsuspecting victim of their bet, who has a few secrets of his own.
I loved how both Kent and Terry had their own voice in the alternating chapters. I felt it gave an insight on how they were both feeling throughout the story. I also loved how the story itself was written. It flowed so easily page after page. There’s not a dull moment in this book. I’m so glad Kent got to redeem himself, at first he came off as an ass, but as the story moved along you realized he was hiding his true self. Terry was adorable, I immediately fell in love with him probably because I knew he was going to be hurt when he found out about the bet, and they always find out.
The secondary characters in this book were so supportive throughout the story. Terry had Spencer, a good friend who was always looking out for him as well as being Terry’s boss. Kent has Anne, his secretary, but also someone who knew the person Kent truly was. There is also a lot of humor throughout but the one scene that made me laugh out loud was Kent and Terry going ice skating. Kent can’t ice skate, so there were a lot of ups and downs and sore bottoms, hilarious!
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. The only problem, as with all short stories I read and fall in love with, is that I wanted more!! Perhaps we can revisit Kent and Terry in the future when Blaine and Spencer get to tell their story!