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Review: Don't Bet On Love by Victorine E. Lieske

CUTE, CLEAN & QUICK. Check out this YA romance here.

Summary - All's fair in love and high school. It was just a simple bet. Get the school’s ice queen to go to Homecoming with him. Lane didn’t think it would be a big deal. He was on the football team. Girls liked him. He takes the challenge. What he didn’t know was that the ice queen overheard the whole thing.

Trudy was having the worst day of her life. And then she overhears Lane and Gabe talking smack about her. If Lane thought he could sweet talk her into going to Homecoming with him, he was going to be disappointed. But when the principal forces her to tutor Lane in calculus, she’s stuck.Trudy devises a plan to get back at him. What she didn’t plan on was losing her heart to him.

What I Liked About This Book - This month I've been trying authors who's names I see everywhere, but I've never actually read one of their books. So this is my first book by Ms. Lieske. First off, this one is short. Like Mega short. Probably not even 200 pages. That's not usually a"like" for me. It's also a little heavier on the drama than I normally pick, but to be fair, the personal drama is barely alluded to in the summary. If I'd have known, I might not have chosen this book. Both MCs are going through some major life events that are sad/tragic. With all my OCD glory, reading about those things is difficult for me. However, I felt connected to the characters and was moved by their personal struggles without making myself crazy. For once, I think the short length of the book served me better. There was no way to go deep on both the relationship and the issues (Not to be confused with the whole bet part of the plot. That was definitley developed.) She worked more on the relationship and the issues were just what created a deeper connection between the characters. Basically, there were some sad and frustrating parts but the story didn't feel like a downer. I the balance between love and drama was really good. It helps that Lane, the sexy football player was a total sweetheart and hopeless romantic. The rate at which the relationship became serious and committed didn't feel true to reality for high school kids. But that's why we read, right? For the romance that's too good to be true and the happily ever afters.

Appropriate For - Very clean. No swears or sex. Kissing is more frequent but mild and the innner thoughts are sappy but not dirty.

About The Author - Victorine and her husband live in Nebraska with their four childrena and two cats. She loves all things romance, and watches While You Were Sleeping about once every six months. When she's not writing, she's designing book covers for authors or making something with her extensive yarn collection. Visit her website at:

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