The Break-up Bet By Cat Carmine

Title: The Break-Up Bet
Author: Cat Carmine
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2019


Never make a bet with a man who plays to win... 

Especially not a man like handsome, arrogant Connor Pratt. 

AKA the huge PITA who’s currently crashing in my spare room. 

AKA my brother’s best friend since they were about six. 

AKA the one guy who still makes me feel like an awkward tongue-tied loser.

But when Connor moved in, I got a glimpse of another side of him. Because, like me, Connor’s going through a nasty break-up. And, like me, he’s just doing whatever he can to get through it. 

Unfortunately, his method involves drinking alarming amounts of whiskey and watching a lot of, um … movies … that make every inch of my skin flush. 

I’m just trying to be helpful when I tell him that he should try my way: copious amounts of baked goods, sappy romantic comedies, and late nights spent whining with girlfriends. 

But I should have known Connor would take that as a challenge. 

Now, he says he’ll try my way of dealing with a break-up … but only if I agree to try his. Six months rent to the person whose method works best. 

We call it the break-up bet. And I’m going to win. Except right now, it feels like there’s a whole lot more at stake than just rent money…

My Review

It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for Lucy's story, so I was thrilled to read an early copy of this book! I adored Lucy when I met her previously because, let’s face it, any gal who can make a living writing a baking blog certainly has something going for her. Plus, chocolate. Need I say more? Lucy's roommate has found love and moved out, and Lucy is looking for a new roommate. Also, her boyfriend of three years recently broke up with her, so she's had some major changes in her life. Her brother's best friend, Connor, has experienced similar heartbreak and has had enough of his life in Silicon Valley, so he's moving back East and needs a place to stay. 

Lucy has known Connor since she was fifteen, and we won’t mention the crush she had on him back then, so living with her brother's best friend should be no big deal, right? And it's not. Until it is. It all starts with their break-up bet, where Lucy will teach him how women get over break ups, and Connor will teach Lucy how to put her ex behind her the way guys do. Let's just say Connor's way of getting over a break up leads to some interesting hands-on, together time for Lucy and Connor. 

Carmine is an author I’ve been reading since she first started publishing, and every new book is better than the last. With endearing characters and lots of light-hearted, sexy fun, Carmine also infuses this book with plenty of poignant tenderness to tug the heart strings throughout the lighter scenes. I adored Connor, who seems too laid back to ever take anything seriously but has a deeper, honorable side with a hint of vulnerability. He and Lucy are just perfect together, and their story is everything I love in a romantic comedy and more than I expected. Don’t miss this fun, steamy and heart-felt read! 

Give this one a try, and let me know what you think.  Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers, 


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Author Bio

Cat Carmine writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She also happens to like drinking wine, eating cake, buying too many books, and snuggling with her elderly cocker spaniel (oh, and her husband too.) She loves — and writes — books with sweet and sarcastic heroines and strong, sexy heroes who like a little bark with their bite. She thinks witty banter is the best kind of foreplay, and she tries to infuse all her stories with heart, humor and heat.

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