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- File Size : 8229 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 250 pages
- ASIN : B01LY5KGTF
- Publication Date : September 13, 2016
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,190 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I LOVED this book. Both Kian and Jack are great MCs. Kian is a social worker - yeah, social workers! - who has more work than hours in the day. He lives in a small, northern Minnesota - yeah, northern Minnesota! - town called Maple Springs. The town is in dire financial straits and is thinking of selling land to either a mining company or a private equity firm that wants to build an eco-resort on the land. Kian is against both of them and is talked into speaking out against the 2nd larger proposal from the private equity firm.
He meets Jack in the town bar and is immediately attracted to him. They exchange numbers, and it isn't until the town meeting that he realizes that his "Jack, the mysterious stranger" is the owner of the private equity firm. He still speaks out against the proposal, but agrees to a bet with Jack. He just has to keep an open mind and listen to the proposal, giving Jack his honest opinion and suggestions. If after all of that, he continues to dislike the proposal, Jack will withdraw it. And with that, the two of them start to spend time together.
I LOVED these two. Kian is such a kind and caring person. He is honest and trustworthy. He accepts people as they are and wants the best for them. Jack is a successful billionaire who has put all his time into his job, but meeting Kian brings out something he had hidden away for years - his big, caring heart. He has a secret about why this project in Maple Springs is so important for him. He had never had a relationship before that he didn't sabotage, but being with Kian - just as a friend - has him wanting more.
I loved this book, as I said before, and it left me in a feel-good place. I definitely want to check out the author's backlist.
Of course they can be read separately in whatever order you like, heck I just read them backwards. But if your intention is to read them all you might as well start with BILLION DOLLAR BET Book #1. I had a completely different image of characters I thought I knew from their individual stories. I can see now certain dynamics I missed initially.
I had such a different impression of Jack after reading Colin's story. I met a whole new Jack who returned to Minnesota from London! WTF? What was he doing in London. I was so confused. Before they became a couple Kian and Jack were adversaries. Mutually attracted to one another, but on opposite ends of the development plans that Jack had in mind for Maple Springs.
Getting to know Graham and Charlie then finding out they were Kian's friends initially not Jack's was so surprising. Being such a passionate advocate for their town and area had his friends encouraging him to speak up at a town meeting about more promised redevelopment & jobs in the area. Promises that had been made and broken many times before.
Kian seemed like such a minor character in the other stories, overshadowed by Jack, but here he was one of the main characters. His life, hopes, dreams, and insecurities are what we learn about him. His passion for helping others and seeing the good in others is something that distinguishes him among his peers. He is highly regarded at his job by both his employers and his clients. His love life though not so great. He doesn't trust his instincts anymore when it comes to guys. Besides he has so many other things on his mind. His job downsizing, the town considering another bad idea to earn quick money, and his clients more in need of help than ever.
Then there's Jack. He is a Superman. He built up his life from very humble beginnings, excelled in college, created his own international firm with the help of a wonderful woman. He valued her counsel and advice, except when it came to his love life or lack thereof, he didn't listen. They worked so hard & so closely together he was amazed that she had a husband and child at home. One thing Jack's colleague and best friend, Annie didn't understand was why he couldn't see what a prize he'd be if he allowed himself to lower his guard. Or why he was so determined to pursue the Maple Springs project.
The strong mutual attraction between Kian and Jack on first sight is upset when they discover they are adversaries in the potential community development project. Jack quickly realizes that he has to get Kian to believe in the project if he expects to get the cooperation of the rest of the town. Because they are so reluctant to get into an intimate relationship they hold back around each other, yet despite everything something else unexpected happens -- a friendship.
This first book in the Maple Springs series sets the tone for the rest of friends crater sized potholes in the road to love. It's not easy. You might break a tire rod, or mess up your alignment, maybe just scare the bejesus out of yourself when you unexpectedly drop down into one at night. But love and life are messy, scary, and hearts are broken, sometimes it's lives that get messed up. But in the end you get back in your car (maybe after visiting a mechanic) and set aside any fears of what may be coming, because when you get to that wonderful destination of HEA it is worth all that you had to endure.
It has very few smex scenes compared to other books. If you want something light hearted this is for you.
If you are looking for more intensity and smex you should look elsewhere.
Still is a recommended story.