November 7, 2018

Title: I BET You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: New Adult Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Photography: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.
Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.
The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.
Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?
Find out in this all-new standalone novel…

I Bet You is Ilsa Madden-Mills’ newest fun, sexy, flirty, angsty, swoony romance! I absolutely loved I Dare You and you don’t have to have read that to thoroughly enjoy I Bet You, but you should because it was awesome! I know I said this in my last Ilsa review, but I have to repeat it. I don’t know how she does it, but every new hero of hers becomes my new favorite. I feel like such a hussy! It’s like the others just fade away into the recesses of my heart and the new one comes barreling forward and takes hold. Smiling and pressing and making me fall in love with him. Ryker, QB1, you stole my heart with your awkwardness, your fuzzy chest hair, your nervous habits and your romantic heart. Penelope put up a good fight! She’s so damn pretty and smart and has your number. She’s not a jersey chaser and she’ll always tell you how it is. She loves romance novels and vampires and you love football and girls. You have your work cut out for you! Ryker wants this girl. Penelope isn’t like any other girl he’s ever met. She doesn’t care that he’s the quarterback. She’s sexy, loves her colored lip balm, is tall as hell and there’s just something about her that calls to him. Penelope doesn’t even like Ryker. Sure, he’s sexy and built, has that dimple that drives her wild, and that hairy chest? She can’t help but love it and want to run her fingers through it. But he’s a player and men like him never stay. Right?! Except Ryker is being real. He can’t stop thinking about her. He misses her and he seems to be there when she needs him. How can he prove that she’s not just a bet? That she’s the girl of his dreams. He can’t lose her, not now. Wow, I can’t even express how much I LOVED this story! It’s just perfect. Ryker and Penelope made me laugh out loud, smile, sigh, yell, swoon, cry and just feel. I didn’t want to put it down once I started and I kept hoping there was more when I was done. They are one of my favorite couples of the year!

 

He smells like alpha male and sex. Hard, passionate sex that makes you orgasm fast and furious.

 

“What do you want anyway? I’m busy.”

“Damn. No one talks to me the way you do.”

“I see you for what you are.”

“A hot quarterback?”

“An asshole.”

“Some girls love assholes.”

“I don’t.”

 

There’s something mesmerizing about her that calls to the caveman in me and brings all my alpha instincts to the surface. She’s part goofy but clever. Hot but innocent. Her lips are fucking perfect. And that long red hair…

 

“You’d have pretty babies together.” Blaze says.

“Are you drunk?”

“I’ve had a few, but just because I’m a football player doesn’t mean I’m not romantic and shit.”

 

“There’s only one reason a guy shows up at a girl’s house at one in the morning.”

“But you aren’t they kind of girl. Goddamn, you’re beautiful.”

 

“That, babe, is third base first class.”

Sandra's Review

I Bet You is the second book in the Hooking Up series by the ever-so talented, Ilsa Madden-Mills. It can be read as a standalone novel but I did met Ryker in I Dare You. I liked him then have totally fallen hard for him today.
Penelope hates Ryker. The cocky jock with jersey chasers all over him. He seems to think he is God’s gift to football and women but all she sees is a douchebag. A sexy one who she can’t get out of her head or her journal. Asshole. She doesn’t do football players. She especially doesn’t do quarterbacks. So, why does she feel a zing every time they touch? And when he kisses her…sparks fly. She shouldn’t want to kiss him again. She shouldn’t trust him. Especially when he says he will get her the man she is crushing on. Why would he do that? They aren’t friends. He didn’t even notice her until she called him out last semester.
Ryker and Penelope’s relationship is well…complicated. He confuses her. She intrigued him. What they both are is awkward when it comes to them being in the same room. But at the same time they feel at ease. Maybe because they know they won’t go there with each other. She is crushing on a guy who gets excited about mechanical pencils. And Penelope is not his type. But, you know what they say about how opposites attract. Can he prove to Penelope that he is not like all the others? And if he does, will it be too late?
I am in LOVE with this book!! The characters are addicting along with their story. I haven’t laughed out loud so much while reading in a long time. I want to read her journal. They are fucking hilarious with their banter. Banter full of flirt, swoon, and attitude. They are both strong characters in their own ways. I loved them as enemies, friends, and lovers.
Overall…it’s my favorite Ilsa book to date! I read it in one sitting. I didn’t want it to end even though I was swiping my iPad like a crazy person. I had to know what they were going to say or do next. I also enjoyed the supporting characters. I am really hoping for the next book to be ______’s story.
P.S. I ❤️ Vampire Bill. And I ❤️ Penelope’s clothes!
Quotes:
“For a writer, you seem to be at a loss for words. Do I make you speechless, Penelope?”
I scoff. “No.”
So, if I shave my chest hair off and toss on some glitter lotion, you’ll be into me?I burst out laughing.
Maybe.
Done.
OMG. Stop teasing me. I’m giggling.
Who said I was teasing?
“You only put that stuff on when you’re nervous.”
“Not true.”
“Don’t even try with me.”
Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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