Monday, October 20, 2014

Romance Book Review: Calista Kyle's The Wager

Author: Calista Kyle
Series Connection: Wagered Hearts Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Calista Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Dragged to a society event by her best friend, Lily would rather be anywhere else but at this party. When a drunk patron makes a pass at her and she speaks her mind loud enough for everyone to hear, she doesn't realize she draws attention to herself from many ball goers, but also billionaire Roman.

When Roman runs into a competitor who won a car he was interested in, he gets wrapped up in a bet that involves a woman at the ball who is so far out of her element she's drawn attention to herself. In a moment of complete arrogance he bets his friend he can get Lily to fall in love with him within a month.

With the bet on, Roman sets out to seduce Lily, but has he found more than he bargained for?

I love the Cinderella type story. Lily's low self-esteem about her body doesn't mean she's not a fighter, she's learned to handle herself over the years. Roman has let his money build his arrogance. When the two meet they really compliment each other, which is the best part about this book. The conflict, of course the bet and what happens when Lily finds out. That was kind of the predicable part of the book. I was a little disappointed with the end, but over all this is a really good book for an afternoon read.

A Bookworm 

Lily Hayward doesn’t do parties, doesn’t like attention, and she definitely doesn’t date. This unassuming book shop owner would rather spend a night in with a good book rather than hobnob with the rich and famous. 

When her best friend Mel begs her to attend a charity gala with her, Lily reluctantly agrees. All she wants is to get through the night without embarrassing herself or snapping someone’s head off. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Lily causes a bit of a stir when she berates another guest for spilling his drink on her. 

...and a Billionaire 

Roman Conrad is rich, bored and too handsome for his own good. He’s never had a problem attracting women. When he sees Lily at a charity gala, she’s already made a little name for herself as an Ice Princess. Seeing the perfect opportunity to alleviate his boredom and to get one over an acquaintance, he makes a bet that he can make Lily fall in love with him. 

What he never expected was that he would be the one in danger of falling in love. 

The Betrayal 

After a painful past, Lily is gun-shy when it come to love and trusting her heart to anyone. She suspects Roman may be too good to be true, but against her better judgment, she can’t help being drawn to him anyway. 

She has no idea about the bet and Roman wants to keep it that way, but fate has other plans. After spending his whole life waiting for a woman like Lily will one careless wager ruin everything and tear them apart? 

Wagered Hearts Series 

Book 1: The Wager 
Book 2: The Risk 

Book 3: The Game

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