Audiobook Review: The Bet (Winslow Brothers, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Bet by Max Monroe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When it comes to life’s fun and games, always know: The rules. What’s at stake. When to quit.

Wise words from . . . well . . . my fortune cookie. But wise words, nonetheless.

I just wish the Fortune Cookie People had considered how hard the whole “knowing when to quit” would be to carry out when a woman like me is gambling with her feelings. Heart-palpitating, vageen-tingling, butterflies-in-my-belly feelings for a noncommittal, hot-as-sin player by the name of Jude Winslow.

After a crazy night where we were both pretending to be someone else, I’ve found myself immersed in the fun of the fling. The thrill. The irresistible charm. The pleasure of being with a man like him.

Problem is, I’m positive he’s the exact opposite of husband material, and that is a serious issue for someone who is fixated on finding her happily ever after.

I know the rules and I know the stakes, oh wise Fortune Cookie. Now I’d just like to know how close to self-destruction I have to get before I find the will to quit Jude Winslow. Goodness knows, when your heart is on the line, you can’t ante up your bet with an IOU.

The Bet

Not sure I liked these characters!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙🤎🖤
Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The Hero: Jude – he owns a club promotions company in New York, where he promotes and staffs some of the hottest clubs in the city. He is trying to get a multi-year contract with the ultra popular club Crave in Manhattan. He is chatting with one of the exotic male dancers that works for the club when they make a bet that Jude couldn’t bring in as many tips as the dancer. So he takes the guy’s shift with a private bachelorette party.

The heroine: Sophie – she is an event and wedding planner and she planned the bachelorette party of her identical twin and they are at Crave, the fourth and last club for the night. Her twin Belle who is an introvert, has an anxiety attack and says she doesn’t want the proverbial stripper to rub himself all over her, so they switch places since Sophie is an extrovert and doesn’t mind being the center of attention.

The Story: Jude is a player with the women and keeps the women in his life to the sidelines, he is a bit of a one and done kind of guy and always makes sure the women know the score. Sophie is attracted to him from the start. Jude is so attracted to the bride-to-be, he wants to take her home for the night and can’t stop thinking about her after the dance is over so he goes out into the club and that is when he notices the bride and maid of honor are twins, though he doesn’t feel the same pull to the maid of honor as he does to the bride.

The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Tanya Eby and Nelson Hobbs. Nelson has a great voice and is pleasant to listen to, though I am not too fond of Tanya Eby who sounds a bit old and she has a weird cadence or maybe it is strange pauses or something. Though her voice isn’t annoying enough for me to stop listening.

Though I wasn’t quite sure I liked these two main characters. Sophie relies a bit too much on her psychologist and Jude is just out to have a good time. He thinks about Sophie more than he usually thinks about women, but he was so calculating. He doesn’t want to chase her because if he makes all the moves she might get romantic feelings and he leaves while she is sleeping after they hook up. Though this is honest, and he makes no bones about the fact that he just wants fun, I like a guy to actually get a bit obsessed with the female main character.

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