Title: The Break-Up Bet
Author: Cat Carmine
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2019
Never make a bet with a man who plays to win…
Especially not a man like handsome, arrogant Connor Pratt.
AKA the huge PITA who’s currently crashing in my spare room.
AKA my brother’s best friend since they were about six.
AKA the one guy who still makes me feel like an awkward tongue-tied loser.
But when Connor moved in, I got a glimpse of another side of him. Because, like me, Connor’s going through a nasty break-up. And, like me, he’s just doing whatever he can to get through it.
Unfortunately, his method involves drinking alarming amounts of whiskey and watching a lot of, um … movies … that make every inch of my skin flush.
I’m just trying to be helpful when I tell him that he should try my way: copious amounts of baked goods, sappy romantic comedies, and late nights spent whining with girlfriends.
But I should have known Connor would take that as a challenge.
Now, he says he’ll try my way of dealing with a break-up … but only if I agree to try his. Six months rent to the person whose method works best.
We call it the break-up bet. And I’m going to win. Except right now, it feels like there’s a whole lot more at stake than just rent money…
Lucy has always had a crush on her older brother’s best friend Connor. Years after she last saw him, he is moving to New York and needs a place to stay, and she needs a roommate. Lucy’s brother connects them and he moves in. They are both recovering from unexpected breakups. Connor thinks Lucy should do what men do to get over a breakup, and she thinks he should do what women do. So they make a bet, and coach each other through the process. The first one to hook up and move on wins six months rent.
This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t super original. The bro code thing came into play yet again (eyeroll) but it wasn’t bad like in some books I’ve read. Lucy and Connor have good chemistry, and they have history.
Overall, I enjoyed this one but didn’t love it.
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Cat Carmine writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy.
She also happens to like drinking wine, eating cake, buying too many books, and
snuggling with her elderly cocker spaniel (oh, and her husband too.) She loves
— and writes — books with sweet and sarcastic heroines and strong, sexy heroes
who like a little bark with their bite. She thinks witty banter is the best
kind of foreplay, and she tries to infuse all her stories with heart, humor and