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The Love Wager

By Lynn Painter
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Publisher Description

Two people make a wager on who can find love first, not realizing what they should be betting on is each other, in this new romantic comedy by Lynn Painter, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Wrong Number.

Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult. She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs onto the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she snuck out of. 

After agreeing they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie realize they’re each other’s perfect wing-person in their searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward. 

Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together. 

Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off. As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they both struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.

401 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Jack and Hallie are 😍😍! I loved reading this book because this character made it great. The banter of this book is amazing, predictable but you can still enjoy it. At some points I found Hallie a little bit annoying. I really liked being able to read about Olivia from Mr. Wrong number, it was a great cameo.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersEasy to readFunny writingAddictiveFast-pacedRomantic
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“Really enjoyed their banter and the will they won’t they. I always love a guy falls first and harder”
Likable charactersFunny writing
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I loved the banter, but for them being such good best friends, they should at least be able to talk about their feelings. I think the time between when they both realized their feelings and when it finally came to light dragged on. I loved the story but it dragged a bit in the middle.”
Funny writingRealistic settingComicalFeel good
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I loved every second of this book, the tropes *chef‘s kiss*, the chemistry on fire, the fact that the spice was so non explicit and non descriptive but it was still so steamy… the characters felt real and didn’t fell in your basic “grumpy/ sunshine - fake dating” category, which was really refreshing. It was a super fun a easy read. I will definitely be checking out the first book in the series and it was my first Lynn Painter book be definitely not my last.”
Believable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedRealistic settingFeel goodRomantic
Expressionless Face“Nope, I found Jack and Hallie to be lame and kind of immature. Like, just communicate with each other PLEASE.”
Easy to readFunny writingPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot

About Lynn Painter

Lynn Painter lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and pack of wild kids. She is a community columnist for the Omaha World-Herald, as well as a regular blogger for their parenting section. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found eating her feelings and shotgunning cans of Red Bull.

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