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Wanna Bet?: An Interracial Romance (Dirty British Romance Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"I found this book so smart and so satisfying. It took all the romance tropes I love so much and leveled them up." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"Wanna Bet?, in Ms. Hibberts hands, is better and more deliciously frustrating than other friends-to-lovers stories. In Jasmine and Rahul, she fashions two fascinating and flawed principal characters who pretty much fall in love at first sight, but because of their respective baggage, manage to screw it up - and keep their distance - for almost a decade." - All About Romance
"Wanna Bet? is a truly lovely, sexy book with fantastic dialogue, great characters and a story that should be required reading for any guy that ever uses the term "friend zone"." - Red Hot Books
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- Publication Date : April 21, 2018
- File Size : 1697 KB
- Publisher : Nixon House (April 21, 2018)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07C5LMBJ6
- Print Length : 352 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And then. The epilogue. Siiiiigh.
Go get this one.
Oh. Also? The content warning's at the bottom of the amazon blurb. I wish that was standard.
Six things I adored about this book:
1️⃣Jasmine’s confidence in her personality and sexuality (and how the author represents her internal struggle to be vulnerable and open to love)
2️⃣Rahul’s steadfastness in friendship and love for Jasmine over the years (and how, despite that, he is no pushover when it comes to their romantic relationship.) He may be the best portrayal I’ve read of a strong, masculine character who does not struggle to feel his feelings.
3️⃣The writing - there were so many lovely sentences and instances of beautiful imagery. Many times I reread just for love of the words.
4️⃣The rich diversity throughout the entire cast of characters (for example, Jasmine is black, Rahul’s father is Muslim and mother is Hindu.)
5️⃣The authentic bodies represented in the book (“Her thighs were soft and rippled with stretch marks, like waves across an ocean’s surface. He was more than ready to drown.”)
6️⃣The way the author uses the well-loved “friends to lovers” trope and yet, turns the whole “virginal heroine pining away” thing upside down in the best way
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I loved these characters. Just loved them. Jasmine is a bit of a mess in the best way, and seeing her work through her issues was beautiful. Rahul is an absolute sweetheart who never sees friendship with her as second place. The conflict is mostly Jasmine working through her issues, but it never feels forced or inorganic.
I can't wait to see what Talia Hibbert writes next.
Rahul is lovely from the beginning. Jasmine turns his whole world around, but in the best possible way. I loved the way that they meet and was surprised when she reveals later in the book the role she played in them meeting.
Flashbacks can sometimes be annoying, but the author uses them very effectively here. It's clear to the readers and everyone around these two that they are in love.
Such a good read! And thanks for the epilogue. I'm gonna miss these two!
I think most of us have read books where a girl pined after her untouchable, promiscuous male best friend, but I’d never read a story that reversed the roles, and I loved it. The book starts off strong with a description of how they met in college, and how after a few weeks, Jasmine took Rahul home, slept with him, and then promptly forced him to choose: sex or friendship. Shockingly (to Jas), he chose friendship, and spent the next seven years trying desperately (and failing) to fall out of love with her.
It’s not always easy to read their interactions, because Jasmine can be so brutal in her attempts to block off any semblance of feelings or attachment to anyone—especially Rahul, the only person besides her father who she truly loves—but you can’t help but root for her anyways, especially knowing the trauma that has led her to this point.
It’s also downright agonizing to watch Rahul pine after her, because he’s such a lovable character—truly one of the best “book boyfriends” I’ve ever seen in any contemporary novel, regardless of age range. He cares so much for her and wants nothing more than to keep her safe and happy, no matter how much it costs him. This book highlighted something that I love about Talia’s writing, too, which is that she writes the most fantastically feminist male leads, with not a hint of toxic masculinity or disrespect to be found. (Heads up, though—Rahul does get pretty bossy in the bedroom, but it’s very much in a lighthearted dom/sub way, not in an overly aggressive manner at all.)
This is a very angst-filled story for sure, with some heavy back stories for each character, but the sweet moments are frequent and totally precious. There’s probably more sex in this story than anything I’ve ever read, but I personally feel that Talia writes her sex scenes superbly, with the passion and emotions so tangible that sometimes I found myself tearing up during the sex scenes, and if that doesn’t tell you how sold I was on this couple, what would?
The last thing I want to gush about is how gorgeously diverse Talia’s characters are! Jasmine is a plus-sized black woman, and she’s also queer—it’s not specified if she’s bisexual or pansexual, but there are numerous references to her taste in women and her experiences with them. Rahul comes from a Muslim father and a Hindu mother, and each character’s perspectives go to great lengths to describe how much they adore the other’s respective physical traits, whether it’s Rahul’s features and skin, or Jasmine’s weight and natural hair. I just love how much Talia’s writing celebrates characters who aren’t shoved into the boxes of “white, thin, cis-gendered, and straight” that so much of adult contemporary fixates on! On a side note, there’s also a super cute lesbian side couple who we spend a bit of time with.
Finally, on a darker note, I want to express that this book deals with some very heavy topics, such as alcohol dependency, parental neglect, death of a parent, and severe anxiety, so if any of these things trigger you, please proceed with caution! That said, if you’re looking for a fantastic, diverse adult contemporary, you really can’t go wrong with Talia Hibbert, and I strongly recommend giving Wanna Bet? a try!