ARC Review: The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon


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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he’s lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via Entangled Crush

PROS:

  • Zoe is confident, brave, and a spitfire. She loves baking and shotguns. She lives on a farm, and doesn’t take abuse from anyone. She stands up for herself no matter what and always has a mind of silly revenge. Her voice is strong, she’ll pull you in and make you listen. She’s such a tease, she’s constantly keeping Grant on his toes so that it’s always an adventure. What I adored about Zoe is that she puts herself out there. She wants something and she goes out to get it, with very little thought. She’s a girl of action. That first scene is perfect. But at the same time, Zoe has those pestering thoughts that every girl in a new relationship goes through-am I being too clingy, should I try harder on my look, is he going to judge me for where I live or that I like to crochet? These thoughts can drive a girl wild, they do, and they add a very real uncertainty to Zoe’s character. You see that she’s not always confident and that’s okay.
  • Zoe and Delia are hilarious together. Their friendship is built on artistic ventures, mutual love for pranks, and a fierce sisterhood bond. Their banter is engaging and a wonderful blend of playful and threatening. Their scenes are always special. Sometimes friendship falls to the wayside in contemporaries and you kind of forget about the best friend, but Delia’s presence is bold and brilliant. I’d love to read her book!
  • Aiden and Delia ❤ A true tale of opposites attract. I was crazy invested in their on/off flirting. Other secondary characters were also intriguing. Zoe’s grandma. That woman. She’s funny and feisty. She shoots guns and makes threats. She’s a thunderous little lady. Her scenes, though fairly short are always a laugh and occasionally a bit pervy. 

CONS:

  • This book is SO SHORT. It goes by super fast and suddenly it’s over and you wonder what really happened. It cuts off at a good point, but I was left feeling like it should have been taken a little further, that the story was unfinished and rushed. 
  • There are a whole lot of insulting, sexist male characters and that catty jealous ex. The way Jack treats his sister, that one creeper all over Zoe…ugh. Jack puts Zoe down all the time, and while brothers (trust me, I have one, I know) are a little mean sometimes and say harsh things without really seeing you as a girl, how could he not understand the hurt coming out of his mouth? At least he was somewhat redeemable though. You could feel the sibling love through every barbed word, though it wasn’t exactly healthy. 
  • Grant. I was not sold on him. No way. Sure he’s sexy and knows how to flirt. But depth? Grant sees women one way. He knows what he wants, it’s not serious, and he completely disregards feelings until he’s scrambling to fix it with another ridiculous promise that he may or may not make good on. He does make some concessions and changes, but they’re so miniscule it’s like tiptoeing. Even at the end, I still wasn’t quite sure why Zoe put up with it or what she saw in him. 

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

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