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Mindy is burning the candle at both ends, and the middle as well, trying to keep up with her own company and working with her sisters at Edens, the family generational business that all three sisters have jointly inherited… along with the troubles it brings. She made the difficult choice to sever her ties with Sam, choosing family over their relationship but now she’s about to walk back into the lion’s den for Sam has something she needs desperately – and Mindy has connections that Sam needs to improve his “image”. A compromise of sorts will bring them back together, at least temporarily. And a bet with her sisters will once again play into how Mindy reacts to her feelings for Sam.
Both Mindy and Sam are strong personalities, each driven (for far different reasons) to be successful in their chosen fields. Those strong personalities are going to come into play in their story since they may have had undeclared feelings before their final breakup but that silence between them has added to their complicated relationship. Without giving away things I shouldn’t, I definitely understood Sam much better from this story – I “got” why he is, well, as he is now. I, personally, have dealt with some of what Sam has gone through – although my dealing was different, I still felt empathy and understanding for his actions. Yet, until he finally broke his silence Mindy had no clue as to what drove him, what caused the break in his friendship with Jake, or why success means so much to him. It was an enjoyable, sizzling, and satisfying journey to their happy ending.
Now, we get to look forward to the next story in this series due out in November 2019. If you love series, continuing threads that bind people and storylines together, a couple that must fight hard for their future happiness, and simply a damned good romance then you’ll want to pick up A BET WITH BENEFITS. I had a blast and would not hesitate to recommend this story or the entire series to any Romance reader.
I own a Kindle edition of A Bet With Benefits.
Mindy Eden has plans to relocate her business, but her ex, Sam Blackwell buys the building before she can. When she confronts him, he offers her a deal—he wants Mindy to take him as her date to her sister’s wedding (Sophie from “A Christmas Temptation”). Mindy agrees, though she knows her heart is at risk being this close with Sam again.
Sam has kept himself closed off from Mindy in the past, but if he wants a chance with her, he’ll have to open up his heart and reveal painful secrets.
“A Bet with Benefits” has strong-willed characters who find it easier to navigate business dealings than with personal relationships. But love reminds Sam and Mindy there is room for both.
Ms. Booth writes a story filled with humor and heat, and an ending that sets up the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Karen is one of my favorite authors because I’m always able to lose myself to her stories and be transported to another world. Her characters all have heart and passion. What’s surprising is that even when a character rubs me the wrong way, she always manages to redeem them. Going into A Bet with Benefits, I needed both characters to redeem themselves. They did so and more.
Mindy Eden is the oldest of the Eden sisters. It was never her dream to run the “family business” like her sister Sophie. Mindy wanted to be her own person and stand on her own two feet. She started By Min-vitation Only (BMO) on her own. The company while new was successful and growing. Mindy was actually living out her dream until the death of her grandmother, Victoria Eden. Now, Mindy finds herself forced to spend the next two years working with her sisters to abide by her grandmother’s will. Not wanting to let her company go, Mindy is forced to hire an interim CEO for the company while she works for Eden’s department store. But Mindy isn’t one to let someone else truly run a company she built from scratch. Mindy, in essence, is burning the midnight oil, being COO of Eden’s and looking over the shoulder of her interim CEO.
Sam Blackwell is a successful real estate and business investor. He’s been known to make some questionable business choices, and thus has rubbed a few people the wrong way. Sam is driven to be the best, if for nothing else then for the memory of his parents. Sam is a man who keeps people at a distance, never revealing his true self.
Mindy and Sam first became a couple in A Christmas Temptation. It first appeared Sam was only seeing Mindy so she would agree to sell Eden’s to him. This didn’t go over well with Sophie. Adding to the issue is the fact that Sophie’s fiancé Jake despises Sam due to their past interactions. A Cinderella Seduction found Sam once again doing things that seemed to be unethical and impersonal. Choosing her family over the man she has been sleeping with, Mindy breaks things off with Sam for good. However, A Bet with Benefits finds the two back in each other’s atmosphere.
From the beginning, A Bet with Benefits owned my heart. I honestly kept waiting to see if my heart was just playing tricks on me. But my mind came on board too. Sam and Mindy are unbelievable. I didn't think they had it in them to love each other truly and deeply. But it turns out these two were just afraid of love and being hurt by it again. I wanted them to redeem themselves from the previous books and they did. They are probably my favorite couple of the whole series. In A Bet with Benefits, I was able to see who they truly were. All of their secrets, scars, and insecurities were laid out. My heart broke for them as they fought themselves, each other, and the Eden family to claim the love they so desperately wanted.
Karen has once again written an incredible story. She has thrown in some surprises and a twist. I’m looking forward to seeing what she has in store next.
**Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**