Title: I BET You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: New Adult Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.
Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.
The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him.
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he'll realize what he's missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?
Find out in this all-new standalone novel…
"I Bet You is a charming, sexy, funny and downright swoony romance set amongst all of the delicious fun of college football in the South. It's damn good." Mary at USA Today HEA
"You find me someone better that writes football players... I'll be waiting because you'll never find better than Ilsa." We Like Them Dark, Goodreads
"I Bet You is enemies-to-lovers GOLD. I devoured this funny, feel-good perfection in ONE DAY!" Dylan Allen, Bestselling Author
Great sports romance! I Bet You is a really good sports romance. The characters are dynamic, and the heat is great. This is book two in a series, but it is a stand-alone and can be read without reading book one. I did not read book one and still enjoyed the story. This book has romance, heart break, and a bet that might just ruin everything.
The plot of this book was good. I like the idea of a bet gone wrong. The whole jock/nerd thing also interested me. I feel the plot was written well. This book is really a enemies to lovers story. I liked how the author played on the push and pull of the characters relationship. That was my favorite aspect of the plot.
Penelope is a great character. I really liked how she embraced her nerd and had a bit of spice to her. With that being said, I do feel she went soft at times when she should’ve stayed strong. It didn’t bother me enough to take from the story. I really liked her story arc. Then you have Ryker. Shoot, I need me a Ryker. He is protective and fierce. He is also annoyingly considerate. Like there were times where I was like STOP BEING THE GOOD GUY! But I am glad he stuck to it because it made me love him even more.
The heat in this book is a good one. These two characters start off with notions about one another that weren’t exactly true. Perception is in the eye of the beholder and this story proves that. These two make a great duo. Their constant love/hate relationship added fireworks to the story. The heat is undeniable with these two.
The writing style of the story was good. The pace of the book was steady. The story is told from a dual point of view. The writing was easy to read and understand. I really didn’t have anything negative to say about the actual writing of the book. It was good.
Overall, this is a great story. I really enjoyed jumping into this world the author created. I wish I had me my own Ryker. Heck, I would take Blaze too. I am interested to see where this author goes. She wrote the perfect villain, but I can totally see him being redeemable. Let’s see if that is the case.
Writing Style: 5/5
“Playing for keeps, 5 stars”
Ryker was interested in Penelope before she wrote an article on him and now he’s even more intrigued. When one of his teammates bets him, he can’t get Penelope he doesn’t fall for the game but there is no denying he’s playing for keeps where she’s concerned. Now if only he can convince the only woman who’s ever really seen him to take a chance on him.
These two made me smile. I adored how quirky Penelope was and how Ryker was all about embracing it. These two really accepted and fell for who the other was when the lights were off, and no one was around. They knew each other bone deep and not surface level. If you love a good quirky romance where the heroine wants to be an author and the hero is manly then this might be the book for you.
I won’t say I Bet You is my favorite of Madden-Mills stories, but it definitely hit the spot for my desire to read her. Go one-click I Bet You.
Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.