Title: The Bet
Series: North Woods University #1
Author: JL Beck and C Hallman
Publication Date: June 7, 2019
Source: Inkslinger PR
Genre: New Adult Romance/Bully Romance
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Rating: 4 ⭐️’s
“He was my best friend…” I say more to myself than her.
“Yeah, so was I but you seem to have forgotten that part of your life.”
The bet was simple.
That’s the girl you have to seduce.
The girl you have to make fall head over heels in love with you.
It wasn’t hard for me to do, in fact it was something I did all the time. I was known for breaking hearts. Sex was just that, sex. And it didn’t take me very long to get a woman on her back.
And then I drew her name: Jules Peterson.
My former best friend. My first kiss. My first love. She shattered my heart into a million pieces three years ago. She left me right when I needed her most.
And as fate who have it, she had entered my life once again, at almost the perfect time.
She was a transfer, fresh meat, and she had just put a target on her back. It was my turn to make her pay. It was my turn to break her heart.
Holding onto that hate, that anger, that f*cking heartbreak. It does something to you. It breaks you, and it broke me, it tainted me, just like I would do to Jules.
She used to be my everything, but now she was nothing but The Bet.
**The Bet is book one in the North Woods University series. It is a full length, standalone, novel. It contains adult themes, and content not suitable for all readers. It is NOT a young adult novel.**
This is actually the first bully romance I’ve read, unless you count Paper Princess, which I guess is a little bit of a bully romance? But I digress. I’m new to this genre and I know that it can have a lot of negative connotation. The author’s have a note at the beginning of this book, as a bit of a warning, and to let people know that this book isn’t for everyone. And it isn’t. Personally for me, I liked the book. Was I bothered by the actions of some of the characters? Yes. But for me, that didn’t take away from the overall story.
Remington and Jules were best friends growing up, until Jules had to move away when Remington needed her most. Since she left, he’s let his anger and hatred towards her, fuel a fire within him that has left him angry, and mean. People’s feelings really mean nothing to him, and he doesn’t let anyone get too close. He’s honestly not very likeable, and his arrogance made him look like a complete scumbag. When he sees Jules enter one of his classes at North Woods University, he decides that he is going to do everything in his power to make her life completely miserable, until she runs away from the school a brokedown, tearful mess (see what I see about the fact that he’s a complete asshole?).
In all honesty, I didn’t think that there was anything redeemable about Remington when he was first introduced. But by the end of the story, I had fallen completely for this broken and damaged hero. The heartbreaks of his life have left him so damaged, that he doesn’t know how to love. He’s completely shut himself off from ever finding love, or being loved. He has an excellent character arc, and I was hooked into his story very quickly. As for Jules, this poor girl goes through so much, which only helps her to relate more to the pain and suffering that Remington has felt, especially when she abandoned him at his biggest time of need. I loved Jules, and I wanted to try to protect her from the hurt and harm that I knew she would suffer, but in the end, she did truly find happiness.
This is the first book that I’ve read by these two authors, and it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the writing in this book, and the character and story development kept me reading long past my bedtime. I’ll definitely be looking into future books by these two, especially the other books in the North Woods University series!
Rating: 4 Stars!
My heart is racing, and my breathing is shallow now that we’re face to face. He’s still angry, nothing but hate and sadness reflecting in his eyes. It’s then looking at him, seeing those emotions swirl that I realize I’m not mad at him. I don’t hate him for doing this.
I couldn’t, not even if I wanted to. Instead, I feel something entirely different…I feel remorse. I feel sorry that this is what he has turned into, sorry that there is no love in his life, that he’s lost the light, the kindness he once had.
Feeling a need to bring back that man, I grasp onto his shirt, grabbing a handful of the fabric, pulling him even closer while lifting up my head from the mattress. I don’t think. I simply press my lips to his and kiss him. His lips are warm, and I inhale his scent, diving headfirst into the emotions he’s pulling deep from inside me.
My mouth fuses to his, a hunger clawing at my belly. The sweet innocent kisses we shared before when we were kids is nothing compared to this kiss. This kiss holds a need, a possessiveness I want to grab onto.
Remington deepens the kiss and for a moment, I forget about how hurt we are, how angry we’ve been over losing each other. For a moment, we’re the same people we used to be using the strength of our kiss to say things neither of us ever could.
But the moment passes just as quickly as it started and within seconds, he’s pulling away, his lips swollen, his chest heaving. I catch a flicker of confusion that mirrors my own in his eyes before he jumps off the bed, immediately turning his back to me. I can hear him fastening his pants back up. I’m shocked, my thoughts disheveled, but one thing sticks out in my mind. I don’t want what we just shared to end already.
“What are you doing?” I ask, my voice weak. I don’t want him to go, I don’t want him to run away from me, not after I’ve caught a glimpse of the boy I once knew. I stare at his broad shoulders, his muscles rippling beneath his shirt, his body full of tension.
He wasn’t expecting the kiss, or my reaction to him and maybe that’s what he needs, to be shocked. I don’t really know, but I can’t let go of what happened. I’m waiting for an answer, but it never comes, and though I’m not surprised, I am hurt.
“Don’t go!” I order, but he’s already out the door, slamming it closed shut behind him, leaving me sitting on the bed naked from the waist down with nothing but the memory of his lips on mine. What did we just do? When I feel like my legs are steady enough to hold my weight, I slide off the bed and pick up my discarded clothes. Just as I’m pulling my panties up, the door flies open again.
Cally stands in the doorway her mouth gaping open, betrayal and hurt in her now cold gaze. “You knew I liked him! How could you do this to me? I thought you were my friend.”
“It’s not like that, Cally.” And it’s not. She wouldn’t understand that though. No one would. No one knows of the past we share.
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About the Authors
J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are two ladies with a love for coffee, books, and the bad boys who live inside them.
They’re a dynamic duo who love writing all genres of romance, from erotica, to suspense. To date they’ve written ten books together and don’t plan to stop any time soon.
When they aren’t writing you can find them making jokes, discussing their next book, arguing over cover photos, and of course drinking more coffee.
They’re humble, and truly blessed to have found such amazing readers.
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