Title: All Bets Are On
Author: Charlotte Phillips
Blurb: The stakes are high, but the prize is worth it!
Ask Alice Ford to shine in the boardroom and it's a done deal. Ask her to go on a first date, however, and she's a quivering mess! So, when she discovers that she's the target of an office bet—to get her into bed—it's her professional nightmare!
Office legend Harry Stephens is her unlikely savior. He even volunteers to teach her just how to avoid a heartbreaker. After all, it takes one to know one….
But what is Harry really after? And when his kisses throw a curveball into the situation, is Alice ready to gamble everything for love?
Thoughts: This was one of those quick reads - not too much too much to keep up with in story, not too many characters, not too much intrigue. The storyline is slightly predictable - after all, we can pretty much guess that Harry Stephens is in on the office bet - and that he will fall in love with Alice and end up getting caught out in his ploy. However, in Harry's defense, he did try to back out of the bet in the end.
I enjoyed how the author described Alice. And the details that happened in her past to make her the way she is. I also liked how Alice went into the relationship with her eyes open - she knew about the bet, and even suspected that Harry might be a part of it. But her reactions were different once her heart became involved. But one thing about Alice - she can admit her own faults. I found that really likeable in her character.
I had trouble buying Harry as a 'playboy' - I just didn't get that vibe from him....no matter how the author tried to portray him that way. While he did sleep with most of the girls in the office, and he was sometimes harsh in his break-up technique - for me, he just didn't seem the typical playboy.
All in all, I enjoyed the story and it was a quick, light-hearted read.
Review by: Sarah
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