The Bet by J.L. Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Big Bully, Big Romance!
This book starts out with some bullying that is a somewhat over the edge, so I would count this as a dark romance. Like books where the heroine is taken hostage and when the Hero uses his strength and power and the fact that the heroine is attracted to him in order to overcome her objection to being touched intimately, this bully does the same.
The bet itself is a move of a lot of jerks we have seen in books and movie. They do something similar in the After series and I think I have seen others with worse bets, like getting with as many girls as possible and rating them, etc. However, it is not long before this Hero Remington (a.k.a Remmy) realizes what a horrible person he has been and truly regrets his actions.
Remmy actually turns into quite a likable character and though he still has some anger issues, he doesn’t turn them against anyone who does deserve it after he comes to the realization of what a douche he was being. Though he remains quite a self-assured and cocky guy throughout the book.
One thing I didn’t like was his reasons for being so angry at the heroine Jules. They had been best friends since kindergarten and at fifteen, they were moving towards something more than friends when she left town to go live with her Father and brother after her parents divorced. He made it sound like it was her choice to leave him and he claims it was when he needed her most because he had recently been abandoned by his alcoholic mother.
However Jules didn’t really have a choice. Her mother placed work above all else and was never home. So she pretty much had to stay with her family (father and brother). It doesn’t really say if her parents would have allowed her to choose, but either way, you can’t really blame her. Though Remington does and he turns into a different person, filled with anger and using sex as a method to deal with his pain and anger.
Once Remmy realizes that his anger was internal and not really about Jules, he tells her and hopes to go right back to where they were but it isn’t as easy as that. He had done some terrible things to her and she wouldn’t just forget. I really liked the book overall, but not the things he did to her. As a New Adult bully romance, it was pretty good in my opinion. A lot of the things that happen I. The book, I think probably do happen in real life. I love the bully romance sub-genre and this is a good example. It is definitely hot and steamy 🔥🔥🔥🔥. I also enjoyed the ending.
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