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When Lizzie and Jake meet again, she remembers what happened. He doesn't for a while.
She continues on her path of useless men to date and eventually pours out her troubles to her sister or so she thought....
Be careful what you put out there I guess because it can go viral.
I loved the story line of this book. It was different, funny and the characters were really likable. For a while it seemed that things were just going to go from bad to worse but I guess they just took the scenic route.
This is the second book I've read by this author and I love her books. I will definitely be reading more by her.
Author: Lila Monroe
Designation: A Full-Length Standalone Contemporary Romantic Comedy, NO Cliffhanger
Reading Platform: Kindle Edition
My Rating: Five Outrageously Cute Stars*****
Oh my! I love, love, love this book! This may have been my first time reading Lila Monroe, but it certainly won't be my last! After reading several dark, intense romances, I decided I needed a change of pace. I wanted something upbeat and fun, so a friend recommended Bet Me by Lila Monroe. Her recommendations in the past have always been spot-on, and Bet me was no exception. I loved it! Bet me is an exceptionally well-crafted, laugh-out-loud-funny, standalone contemporary romantic comedy filled to the brim with sass, snark, romance and outrageously cute antics. The narrative is fast-paced and beautifully written in the first person with clearly defined his and her perspectives. The dialogue is smart, cheeky, well-executed and flows effortlessly. I truly enjoyed the premise for this story but my favorite component of this sexy romp is the cast of lively, engaging characters. I was instantly smitten with the two protagonists, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Ryan and Jake Weston. These two characters complemented each other perfectly. Their attraction was immediate, their passion undeniable, and their sexual chemistry was so hot it sizzled. The interaction between Lizzie and Jake was beyond entertaining. I giggled, snorted and snickered through the entire book. Monroe skillfully combines every single one of these elements to craft a captivating romantic comedy that will keep you glued to your ereader wondering will they or won't they! Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! Would I recommend it? You bet and I am but only for adult readers. However, I will say this: if you're the type who wants instant gratification and immediately digs out the prize in the cereal or Crackerjack box, this book may not be for you. But if you're like me and can resist the urge to eat your dessert first, and always enjoys saving the best for last, you will most certainly love this story! Will I read this author again? Most definitely! I'm a fan for life! And finally, was I entertained? Completely! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read.
Beautiful Lizzie Ryan is the assistant curator of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art who loves her job but, now at age thirty, feels life has passed her by after wasting her twenties in a relationship that didn't work out with a man who didn't appreciate her and turned out to be a real jerk. Handsome Jake Weston is a charming but cocky freelance 'finder' who travels the world tracking down and procuring rare and hard-to-find artifacts for museums, antique hounds, and private collectors. Jake is very good at his job and has been engaged by the museum to help Lizzie locate and obtain items for her upcoming exhibit featuring the Golden Age of Hollywood. For the last several weeks, the correspondence between Lizzie and Jake has been solely by email, neither realizing they'd actually met in a bar on New Year's Eve three years earlier when they had a kinda/sorta one night stand. Both were intoxicated but Jake, who had given his name only as Jacob, passed out before the grand finale. Oh my! Needless to say, they were both shocked to learn they had actually met three years earlier. Lizzie is tired of disastrous internet dating site hook-ups and blind dates. She's ready for a real relationship with a man who truly cares for her. So how does Lizzie plan to find that special guy? By refusing to have sex with anyone until she finds 'the one'. And Jake Weston is certainly not and could never be 'the one'. In fact, he's just the opposite of what Lizzie is looking for. He's a love 'em and leave' em type of guy who doesn't believe in love or marriage. And much to her dismay, Jake doesn't even recognize Lizzie during their initial meeting at the museum until after a few not so subtle hints. So why can't she stop thinking about him? When Lizzie's sex-strike rant to her sister is accidentally posted online, it goes viral and her life becomes a circus with every single guy around trying to get her to have sex with them so they can claim a fifty thousand dollar bounty being offered by a well-known men's magazine. And the ensuing antics are absolutely hilarious! And the career bachelor Jake Weston, who never wanted a relationship after having his heart broken years earlier, found himself in an unlikely predicament... He's jealous and wants the lovely Lizzie for himself. But it's impossible, especially now that his friend's magazine has promised a fifty thousand dollar reward to the man who gets Lizzie to break her sex strike? She would think he did it for the money... wouldn't she? We'll see.
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.