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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bet Me to Stay by Candace Havens

 A Review by Wendy
 3 Kiss Me Stupid Stars
* * * 
Spoiler Free

Mixing two Irish brothers who have a family pub is a perfect set up. The next part of this tale is the fact one of the brothers, Finn, is always falling for a woman and talks of marrying right away. The older one, Liam, loves his bro but at the same time, with the little brother being the flirt of the century, he needs to figure out a way to get a prenup created to protect their livelihood. Liam comes up with a bet Finn must stop all dating for a month, a way to make the prenup happen. Finn surprises Liam with the come back of, fine, I do it but you must date the next eligible woman who walks into the pub for that same month. The trap was set by Finn and Liam needs that prenup so hands are shook, the deal is done.

The next hook for this tale is our woman who walks into the pub.
She has had an awful week. As a Sweet Romance writer, Cassie is looking to expand and her agent wants her to do a sexy book. Cassie tried but the feedback is the sex is more like a manual than sexy. Now Cassie has to either figure out a way to fix this book or going back to her family with her tail between her legs.

Cassie does not want to go to the family's place, so she goes in another direction and into the brothers' pub. Now in Boston, there are Irish pubs all over and it is not unusual to even have them on the same street or across the way. Cassie's family own the one across the way from the brothers and it is the brothers' pub where she goes to hang her head.

Making her the Next Available Woman.

Since Cassie wasn't planning on doing anything but feeling crappy, her appearance kinda matched: sweatpants, oversized sweater, and her big black-framed glasses. Her hair was tossed up with a clip and she only was interested in figuring out her next move in life.

Well, Finn came over to her, eyes sparkling and starts to see if she will fit the need for the bet. Cassie sees how handsome he is, no doubt, but he is not who catches her eye. It is Liam who rocks her world and with the both of them chatting, each is s little shocked and surprised by the way they are both interested in each other. Cassie doesn't give her real name, she gives her author-name so Liam has no idea her family is his competition.

What starts out as a bet from Liam's side and sexy research from Cassie's becomes something very different for both of them.

This story had a bit of insta-attraction, plenty of dirty talking, sexy sexy times, and a man who would rock anyone's world. Cassie had a lot of "Learning" to do and Liam was a fantastic teacher. There was also the knowledge of how things were going to blow up on them... and waiting for the "shoe" to drop.

It was a fun read and I will look to see what else the author puts out.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.