Blame it on the Bet
by L.E. Rico
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie pan.
When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.
Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.
Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.
Standing there, looking bedraggled and exhausted, is Bryan Truitt. He’s holding his iPhone up to the door, and I can just make out the tiny image of Peter Gabriel’s album So on the screen. Bryan doesn’t say a word. He doesn’t knock. He doesn’t ring. He just stands there, phone up, waiting for me to hear him and open the door.
“In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches…” Peter Gabriel sings just loud enough so as not to bother my neighbors.
“That’s my favorite line,” he says. “The doorway to a thousand churches line…”
“Yeah, that is a pretty amazing image,” I agree, playing along as he pretends this is a perfectly natural situation.
“I get it.”
“What?” I ask, neither of us budging.
“I get what he’s saying. Because I see that when I look into your eyes.”
I stare at him, my breath suddenly caught in my throat.
“You…you do?” I ask, sounding tentative.
“I do. And that’s why I’m here.”
Jeez, could I be any lamer?
He nods again.
“Can I come in?”
I step back and hold the door open so he can pass me.
I realize I’m dressed in only a terrycloth robe with my hair swept up in a towel turban. No clothes. No makeup. Not even a pair of slippers.
“Uh… Let me go put something on—”
“No,” he says sharply. The surprise must register on my face because he’s quick to jump in again. “I don’t want to let you out of my sight. Not for a second. I can’t.”
He sets his phone down on the breakfast bar and wraps his big, strong hands around my forearms.
“No, Hennessy. I let you go once, and I won’t do it again. Not ever.”
Okay, I have to admit that this review almost didn’t make it today. I read a lot of Entangled books and I didn’t realize that this one is novel length. Yes, over 300 pages long. Most books I read are maybe, on a good day, no more than 200 pages and I can read that in a couple of hours. This one, not so much. I started it late and then realized the length and thought, I’ll never finish it in time. But guess what? I did and I’m sad. There were times in the book, that I had a silent tear coming down my face and I’m still trying not to cry now.
Have you ever read a book by an author, an author that you know nothing about, and feel like you’ve had your soul ripped out, laughed out loud, cried over little thing that you shouldn’t be crying over and then wondering when the next book from the author comes out? No? That’s a shame because I feel that way with this book and Ms. Rico. She made me think, laugh, cry and overall, make me think of some things that I’ve gone through in my life and wondered if I made the right decisions.
Bryan and Hennessey are the perfect couple that I have read in a very long time. Sure, sure, every blogger says that but I mean it. They were both flawed, judgemental, smart, wrong and yet, so perfect for each other. Bryan needed a reality check after everything that he went through some years ago and Hennessey needed to final realize what was going to make her happy. And yes, spoiler alert…being a lawyer isn’t that. One character wasn’t better than the other and they both had some growing to go through before they finally figured out what they wanted.
I read a lot of Bliss books and this one will stay with me for awhile. Ms. Rico has given so much personality to the Whiskey sisters: Jameson, Hennessey, Walker, and Bailey. Yes, those are their names and trust me, the names fit the sisters. You have to read the book and get to know them to understand them. I’m in awe with Ms. Rico and how she could have written the outline of the series and be able to stay true to all of the characters. Oh yes, Father Romance, the Pie Lady (she’s spooky), King, Ms. Lucy and everyone else in the book. Priceless and I don’t think I will every get the phrase “BryBry…dooooosssssshhhh” out of my head for a very long time. The tears of laughter and Jameson trying to wrangle her son. Speaking of which, I’m still trying to figure out what Jameson is going to do now.
Overall, I can’t say enough about this book, this author and the series that just started. There is so much that I could say but I won’t because some of it would be spoilers and you really need to read it. Ms. Rico is just brilliant in her storytelling and I can’t wait to go back to Mayhem and see if there are any new cats and what sweaters they will be wearing. And yes, that’s a whole different aspect of the book that is just down right hilarious.
***one other thing…I pre-ordered the book before I signed up to review it. I can’t wait until next week to re-read it.***
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.
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