I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills [ARC Review]
Genres: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: October 25th, 2018
Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions
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 text is random but Penelope figures out 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 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 secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?
I Bet You is the second installment in Ilsa Madden-Mill’s latest series: The Hook-Up; and what an installment it was! The Novel tells the story of Penelope Graham a college student who has sworn off dating football players and Ryker Voss a quarter back whose sole focus is the game. After a bet goes awry, Ryker decides to help Penelope land a date with her crush, as a way to say sorry. However, as the two spend more time together, a connection is drawn and both begin to learn what it means to trust. As the two draw closer tension rises as a game neither of them knew they were playing comes to light.
This book had me swooning from the moment I started the book. I honestly could NOT put this book down, and when I did I found myself day dreaming about the characters and what will happen next. Mills has a way of writing that instantly sucks you in and keeps you there for the entirety of the book. As a fan of the first installment (I Dare You), I got all kind of excited and happy when I heard that Maverick’s best friend was getting his own story told. I grew a connection to Ryker in the first book as he helped and covered for Maverick and I think it is safe to say that my connection with him has grown more so since reading I Bet You. Ryker is different from the other sport romance heroes I have read previously as he has this awkward side to him though a bit of a Alpha male tendency slips out of him every now and then when it comes to Penelope.
Penelope on the other hand, was a gem to read. I loved every moment of her point of view, and delving into her back story. She has this really quirky and nerd personality that I found immensely endearing and amusing to read but I also loved how self-aware she was and she refused to conform to any of the others around her. She stands up for those she loves and refuses to back down when one of them needs help.
I do have to point out that this book is super trope-y and because of this it was very predictable, but I think Mills does a good job masking the predictability with grade A chemistry and banter that would make a nun swoon. I honestly was totally captivated into this story that I didn’t mind knowing what was going to happen.
Overall, Isla Madden-Mills seriously knows how to make a girl swoon and knows her way around the NA romance genre. If you love sport romances, I highly recommend this as a quick and fun romantic read!