Monday, February 14, 2022

Review ~THE VALENTINE WAGER by Nan Reinhardt

The Valentine Wager (The Lange Brothers, #1)
by: Nan Reinhardt
Series: The Lange Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2022
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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He’s a notorious flirt, so she lays down a challenge she’s sure she’ll win.

When playboy police lieutenant Ryker Lange stops Kitt Boynton for driving on the wrong side of the road, his attraction to the feisty Irish lass is immediate. Yet, despite the sizzling chemistry between them, Kitt quickly turns him down.

Kitt has moved to River’s Edge for a fresh start and is ready to focus on her new marketing job at her cousins’ winery. She’s done with players, and vows she won’t let the local sexy cop distract her, but Kitt, a flirt herself, is definitely tempted. To keep her sanity as she prepares for several Valentine-themed winery events, she and Ryker make a bet: for the next three weeks, neither of them can flirt with the other.

The game starts out lighthearted, but when the town takes sides, Ryker and Kitt must choose between winning a wager or finding lasting love.
If you are a fan of Nan Reinhardt’s Four Irish Brothers Winery series, you are going to fall all over yourself reading her new series, The Lange Brothers. The Valentine Wager is the first book in the Lange Brothers series, which is set in the same world as the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. Meaning you get more of the residents of River’s Edge, more Flaherty brothers, their wives, and kids! I’m pretty much a newbie to Nan and her writing, having only read The Baby Contract, which was the last book in the Four Irish Brothers Winery series. But I’m uber excited for the connection the series have.

Flaherty cousin, Kitt Boynton has left her homeland of Ireland, her family, friends, and everything she loves in order to regroup after a disastrous relationship. She arrives in River’s Edge with the sole purpose of helping her cousins (Conor, Sean, Aidan, and Bren) with marketing and various events relating to their winery. Kitt has no desire to meet a man, much less date one.

Ryker “Rye” Lange isn’t a love them and leave them kind of guy. He’s more of an up front, I don’t do serious and only super casual kind of guy. His whole dating life has worked this way for him. As a recently promoted lieutenant with the River’s Edge police department, Rye doesn’t generally patrol the streets. It only figures that the one day he does, 911 gets several calls regarding the same person. Ryker isn’t expecting or prepared for Kitt.

Rye’s default setting is flirt and he genuinely can’t help himself. While trying to convince Kitt to give him a chance, she counters with a little wager of her own. If Rye can just treat her as just one of the guys, with no flirting, she will go out with him to the Valentine’s Day dance at the winery.

Rye and Kitt are good characters. There are so many layers to Rye and it was fun, heartbreaking, and heartwarming to discover them all. Kitt was fun and has the biggest heart. Together, they really make a good couple. It should be noted The Valentine Wager mentions scenes involving alcoholism, domestic violence, and child abuse.
~ Favorite Quotes ~

“Sometimes the best thing in life comes disguised as a royal pain in the butt.”

“Like most of life, love happens whether you want it to or not.”

“Who you fall in love with may not be your choice; what you do about it always is.”

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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Falling for the Doctor releases June 7, 2022

Hi, I’m Nan and I’m a USA Today bestselling author of sweet and sensual romance novels featuring women in their prime. I’m also a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and grandmother to an active little boy and two sweet dogs. I’ve been an antiques dealer, a bank teller, a stay-at-home mom, a secretary, and for the last 25 years, I’ve earned my living as a freelance copy editor and proofreader.

But writing is my first and most enduring passion. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing—I wrote my first romance novel at the age of ten. It involved a love story between the most sophisticated person I knew at the time, my older sister (who was in high school!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you know who they are, you’re my audience! I’m still writing romance, but this time from the viewpoint of a wiser, slightly rumpled, woman in her prime instead of a starry-eyed preteen.

I’ve completed nine novels; Rule Number One is published and available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The other four, which are part of the Women of Willow Bay series, Once More From the Top, Sex and the Widow Miles, The Summer of Second Chances, and Saving Sarah are also available in e-book and print at all book retailers. My newest series, Four Irish Brothers Winery, from Tule Publishing includes A Small Town Christmas, Meant to Be, Christmas with You, and The Baby Contract, which are all currently available now in e-book and print from all book retailers. I am currently hard at work on The Weaver Sisters, a new series for Tule Publishing, with the first book due out in 2023. In the meantime, watch for The Lange Brothers series–The Valentine Wager, Falling for the Doctor, and The Fireman’s Christmas Wish—all releasing in 2022.

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  1. I enjoyed your review. I can't wait to read to books that will follow this one.

    1. Thanks, Janine.

      I love that the town has busybodies, but they do it in such a jokingly, fun, easy way. They aren't mean or rude about it. It's like they really wanted to see these two happy. And Rye's brothers. Oh my gosh. Their stories are definitely going to be interesting.

  2. Thank you, Kim!! You are a sweetie and I so appreciate your support!

    1. You're welcome. Thank you so much. And thank you for sending me the book.

  3. Looks like a fun book.
    Thanks for the review.


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