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BETTING ON LOVE
by Jennifer Hoopes
Publication Date: April 13, 2020
Genres: Entangled: Bliss, Sweet Romance, Contemporary, Romance
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The Wickedcoolflight Crew
Whitney Carroll is back home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee after divorcing her low-down, cheating husband. First thing on the to-do list: Get a job. Second thing: Just say no to men. Third thing: Don’t fall for the boss. One out of three’s not too bad, right?
For Sam Ellis, his to-do list is always work, work, work, trying to keep his family’s legacy alive. Now, out of concern, his siblings bet he can’t keep a girl happy for thirty days, and if he loses he’s out as CEO. No problem, he can fake a relationship. And he knows just who to ask…his new man-vegan assistant.
Yet Whitney’s sexy boss—secret singer and Skee-Ball champion—is definitely NOT boring, and their connection is undeniable. But when a disaster strikes at work, Sam will have to decide if he’s willing to trade in his job for his heart.
NICUnurse’s Review of Betting on Love by Jennifer Hoopes
Jennifer Hoopes is a new-to-me author but you guys know by now that I’m always up for reading something by someone I’ve never read before. Even though my top 1-click authors put out more than enough to quench my thirst for amazing reads, I also like to give new authors a try because there are some true hidden gems out there. With that in mind, I jumped into Betting on Love.
Sam Ellis has worked himself nearly to burnout. His siblings dare him that he can’t maintain a relationship for thirty days, and he takes the bet because if he doesn’t win, his dad’s prediction will be proven to be true, and he’ll lose the company. Whitney Carroll’s life took a huge plunge when she caught her now ex-husband with her best friend. Back home and starting from scratch, she takes a job working for–and with–Sam, much to her cousin’s dismay. Oh, did I mention her family and his are in an epic feud that makes Romeo and Juliet’s families’ feud look like child’s play? To further confuse matters, Whitney agrees to help Sam win the bet and jumps into a fake relationship–and new job–with both feet. In a game like this, can there be any winners?
NICUnurse’s Rating: First of all, I need to say this. I read this book while in the middle of the Coronavirus shelter-in-place, and we were well into week three of isolation. I’ve found that, in the past, my attitude and emotions sometimes color how I view a book, no matter how great it might be in reality. I’m hoping this is the case with Betting on Love. The book was well written, but it kind of fell flat for me. The world-building and character development seemed to take up most of the book, and that made the plot seem to drag and circle around until the last quarter of the book where it seemed to pick up for me. But the climax seemed to fall flat and the ending seemed a bit too easy. I did love how the author depicted both main characters’ relationships with other family members, though. Especially Sam’s close-knit family. Whitney’s cousin just deserved a smack to the back of his head, but the relationship was still well developed between him and Whitney. The book had all the necessary pieces, and I know that my views regarding the issues I have with the storyline can be colored by what’s going on in my personal life, so I’m adding Betting on Love to the list of books to re-read when I’m in a much better headspace. If my views change, I will certainly update my review. For readers who love a sweet plus heat story that isn’t very complex, I think you’ll find a nice distraction with this book. But if you’re looking for a more complex storyline, this one might fall a bit flat for you, as well.
I give Betting on Love by Jennifer Hoopes 3 out of 5 propellers!
ABOUT JENNIFER HOOPES
Contemporary romance author, Jennifer Hoopes, lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband, and two daughters. Stories have been in her head for as long as she recognized every person had one and figuring out how two people meet and fall in love makes for a rewarding dream job. When not writing she wears the many mom hats of PTO, dance, and music, all while driving a mean, mom-taxi. She loves caramel and roller coasters, plays a solo version of Carpool Karaoke, and cannot live without coffee and Jane Austen adaptations.