Bet Me to Stay
by Candace Havens.
Blurb: After a bet with his brother, Liam O’Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he’s all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn’t expect was Cassie Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats—but her wit and smile make him wonder what’s underneath her bulky armor.
Cassie Meadows aka sweet romance author Cassie O’Brian is about to lose everything. As in, her writing career is going down the drain because she can’t write the sexy stuff that’s selling these days. She needs inspiration in the worst way. That’s when she walks into the wrong pub at the right time. Sexy owner Liam is just what the writing doctor ordered. Her whole body is feeling inspired—and when he makes a proposal she can’t refuse—she’s all in. Oh, hell yes. Best. Sex. Of. Her. Life. Thanks to Liam, she’s about to write a best-seller.
But having an erotic romance alter ego is nothing compared to the real secret Cassie is hiding—and that one could destroy everything.Taken from book blurb.
Release Date: 8 July, 2019.
Length: 193 pages.
Series: Stand alone.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as: an eBook.
Bet Me to Stay is quick and sexy read that has the two main characters enter into a physical relationship on the prompting of a bet. Liam, who is sick of his brother falling in and out of love and engagements, bets that his brother can’t stay away from the ladies for a month. The trade off is that Liam must date the first woman to walk through the door.
What sets Bet Me to Stay apart from other romance novels that feature ‘the bet’ trope is that Cassie is looking for inspiration to write better erotic scenes for her novel, and has been told by her friend/agent to find a one night stand to help. Both enter into a physical relationship wanting something from the other, which for me, really evened out the power imbalance and angst you sometimes find with this trope.
I enjoyed Bet Me to Stay, it was a quick read and had me smiling throughout. I will admit that some of the adjectives used in this novel were quite entertaining, which had me smiling even more than usual while reading. I won’t go into too much juicy detail but suffice to say the word ginormous was used a few times.
If you’re looking for a quick sexy read, I would really recommend Bet Me to Stay, the novel had excellent pacing, excellent erotic scenes, and I really came to enjoy the two characters, Liam and Cassie. The fact the novel features a sexy Irish accent and a curvaceous female lead, doesn’t hurt either.
Please note: I received a copy of Bet me to Stay from NetGalley.