Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review ~ BLAME IT ON THE BET by L.E. Rico

Blame it on the Bet (Whiskey Sisters, #1)
by: L.E. Rico
Series: Whiskey Sisters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 11, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing ~ Bliss
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She’s more than he bargained for.

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.

When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

God help me. I’ve found a new author. L.E. Rico has made me laugh. She’s made me cry. She’s made my heart swell. I will never understand how I missed reading her before now.

In Blame it on the Bet, the four O’Halloran sisters are still reeling from the sudden death of their father. They are shocked to discover their parent’s life’s work, O’Halloran’s Pub, is schedule to be foreclosed on within a matter of months. They are also shocked to discover that their father was contemplating selling the pub to an L.A. based real estate developer. The four sisters realize how much the pub means to each of them and come together to save it.

Bryan Truitt is a driven real estate developer. He’s taken some knocks along the way, but he always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the land O’Halloran’s sits on. Tired of the radio silence from Jack O’Halloran, he decides it's time to pay the man a visit in Mayhem, Minnesota.

Mayhem isn’t anything like Bryan expected. For starters, it’s freaking cold and his Armani trench coat and handmade Italian loafers just don’t cut it. Then there's Hennessy O’Halloran. It turns out Hennessy isn’t a he, but a she, and the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Hennessy turns out not to be gullible and naive as Bryan expects her to be, but is in fact a worthy opponent in his quest to get the pub. The two find themselves unexpectedly attracted to each other. In a way to spend more time with Hennessy, Bryan comes up with a bet where the winner ends up with the pub.

With a matchmaking priest named Father Romance, a pie making psychic, a terror of a toddler and friendly people, Bryan discovers the O’Halloran pub isn’t the only thing he wants in Mayhem. But just as Bryan and Hennessy’s relationship seems to be doing well and the possibility of saving the pub is in sight, a secret from the past is revealed that could destroy everything.

Lauren (L.E.) has written wonderful characters who are fun, witty, and provide humor throughout the book. Bryan is the king of putting his foot in his mouth. But that’s what makes him so likeable and loveable. Plus, he truly has a heart of gold. The O’Halloran sisters consisting of Hennessy, Jameson, Walker, and Bailey have each other’s backs throughout everything. I loved watching them truly come together. Looking at the cover, I thought this was a Christmas story, but it isn't. Regardless, Blame it on the Bet is a story of love, friendship, and family. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I’m sure in Whiskey Sisters fashion, I will continue to laugh and cry.

**Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 5

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Mistletoe in Mayhem releases November 12, 2018

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

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  1. This sounds like a fun one. The character's sound quirky and I love winter settings. Thanks for your wonderful review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Laura. This is a book I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! It was really funny and fun to read.


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