I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
The Hook Up: Book 2
October 25, 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. Ryker Voss. Football star. 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 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? Penelope Graham. Virgin. 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 secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?
If you loved “She’s All That”, you’ll love this book. A jock who seems like he has it all going for him. A nerdy virgin who loves to read and write romance rather than experience it. And a bet that kicks it all off.
Ryker Voss is the star quarterback for Waylon University. He gets the girls, the grades and whatever else he wants. Or so it seems. All Ryker really wants is for someone to care about him. The real him.
Penelope Bloom knows who Ryker is. After all, she wrote a scathing article in the college paper on the incident he was part of last semester. And she’s not a fan. But why does she keep using him as the hero in all her romance stories?
Ryker’s football teammates are big into betting. Anything you can place bets on, they’re in. But this is one bet Ryker has no interest in taking.
A sweet college romance, with some twists and turns, and some cute, swoony parts. I enjoyed how Ryker and Penelope’s relationship developed and how both characters grew throughout the course of the book. It did read a little too close to the plot of the above-mentioned movie for there to be any surprises for me to get to. But really, my biggest issue was that the blurb doesn’t match the story. All in all, though, fans of sports romance, new adult, and HEAs will enjoy this book.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.