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(The Bet #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,519 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Ellie Holbrook has endured a lot in her short life, but after so many years of heart break, she’s set to get her happily ever after and Devlin Westport, her boyfriend of three years, is just the man to give it to her. Fate, however quickly intervenes when the man who shattered her heart so completely ten years ago comes back into her life. But the worst of it comes when Ni ...more
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Published December 20th 2012 by Francette Phal (first published December 19th 2012)
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Stars!

I never thought it would be possible, but the angst in the second book in The Bet series had even more angst and turmoil than its predecessor Beautiful Disaster! Ellie and Nicholas have been apart for ten years, ten years! Ellie, has finally been able to move on with her life, she's found a man who would do anything for her and who loves her children as if they were his own. She's perfectly content and feels as if marrying said man would be the obvious next step, until her engagement p
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Ten years have lapsed since the night Nick broke Ellie’s heart and walked away.

In those ten years Ellie has given birth to their twins, finished school, started a career and gotten engaged to a wonderful man. Nick has increased his late father’s empire and become even wealthier.

Despite both accomplishing what seemed to be important they still long for each other.

This story takes us on the journey of Nick and Ellie and the many obstacles they have to overcome.

My thoughts…

This book has
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

Well, I SURVIVED! I'm alive and with my sanity and criminal record intact! I managed not to kill anyone despite all my threats.

The conclusion and satisfying end of the story that started with Beautiful Disaster, is a solid read, certainly less disturbing than the first and strangely exciting. But it completely, completely drained me...


My emotions went completely crazy in this one. I was screaming and begging for more and at the same time I was completely exasparated with the her
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Lovedddddd this book!

Nicky, Ellie, Sophie, Belle 'n Dylan! ❤❤❤❤❤
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I'm almost as sad now as I was at the end of the first book. I'd like to start off by saying I absolutely LOVED the first book. I was about to have a mental breakdown at the end, but I can't remember being so emotionally invested in characters in a long time. I was so excited when this was released. I could not wait to see Ellie and Nicholas finally get their HEA.

This book felt completely different then the first one. There was no overriding tension, the passion seemed all gone. A good majority
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This starts years after the ending of Beautiful Disaster with Ellie and Nick ten years older and wiser- that’s what rest of the world sees at least. Ellie is trying to move on with her life and Nick is a man riddled with regrets and plagued by loneliness.

I enjoyed reading this, it didn’t grab hold of me like the first one did but it was still a great read. I didn’t feel connected with any of the characters except for Devlin and Maddie, Ellie seemed to me a lot less mature than in book 1 and she
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
★★★★! Book 1 & 2 of 2.

There have been some great, in depths reviews already, for example by my GR friend Vikki. I will just second her and add below to help you get started. Books should be read together.

BOOK 1 – 10 years prior to book 2
Nicholas Grayson: 18 years/student-tattoo artist/$$$/black hair/silver-light blue eyes.
Ellie: 18 years/student/African American/tawny hair/hazel eyes.
I loooved Nicholas in this book, just like Ms. Phal initially described him:
“Nicholas Grayson wasn’t a nice p
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'll take time to go in depth but I will say this: EDIT!! Learn the difference from to, too and two. Don't be afraid to have a few beta readers who will catch he for her and other epic fails!

I spent more time trying to rearrange sentences then actually enjoying the book. No flow, no depth, no structure. Grammar was a D+ at best. I, honest to God, skipped through most of this bc well over 45% was just words. Each character had to rehash bullshit that we already knew.

I get pissed when I see 4&am
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay so in this book, it's 10 years later ..... and if you know me I HATE time jumps that big !!! I also never fall for second chance romances cause for me the reason they left is never strong enough to convince me they love each other so much but couldn't be together for 10 years.

But my god do Ellie and Nicholas have a special place in my heart. 10 years have passed, Ellie is dating a new guy, she appears to be happy, and 2 new surprises if you know from the first book, she gave birth to Nicho
Elizabeth Eagle
Dec 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
First of all. Ten years later????? And nick not knowing he had kids is beyond stupid. Especially when there were so many ties to people . This story is stupid. I skipped over most of it and I felt like she wrote about other peoples life just to fill spaces. Therefore if she would have left half this crap out there could have maybe been one good book. I'm a little disappointed that people gave such rave reviews about both of these books when in all reality they are sub par. And again I hate criti ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I just do not understand... The first book was so good, but this one I thought just fell a little flat. The book just kept going on and on.

Ellie kept dragging her feet and I felt as though her inner dialogue just went back and forth and was far too wordy. I just didn't feel the same pull to this book as I felt during the first. In this book I thought that the author just went to far with the things that Nicholas did and what Ellie let him get away with. He did some pretty messed up things in th
Linda Sims
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

Ten years has passed by since Ellie had seen Nicholas. During that time she had rebuilt her relationship with her parents, and become engaged to a really nice guy called Devlin. His mother was arranging their engagement party. Where all the elite of society would attend. But for Ellie one of the elite happens to be Nicholas, and Ellie's secret, that she had hidden from Nicholas for ten years is out in the open.

Now with Ellie's deception, up front and in his face Nicholas is furiou
I decided to read this book because I love this author. I loved Dom and Knox. I am dying for Knox's story to be released. So I decided to read this while I wait. I didn't want to read this series because it sounded like a one way ticket to angst hell. And it was, but it was so worth it. I LOVE Nicholas, and every time I see the color gray I'll think of him. I don't know if I'll continue with this series since some loser posted the end of the 3rd book without a spoiler warning. I don't want to ex ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked the first book in this series so I was excited to read this one, however it just wasn't what I was expecting. It was told from to many point of views I feel and too many extra stories that really went nowhere. I just want Nicholas and Elle story it that did not happen until the very end. It was ok book 3.5 stars!
❀ Crystal ✿ -
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-read-list
2 Why Did I Bother Stars

Minor Spoilers Mixed with all my Ranting --->
Be Warned this review is mostly Emotional and Based on my Feels

It's rare that I despise a character as much as I did with the main character -who I refuse to refer to as the hero- Nicholas AKA Nicky (the nickname alone I found laughable and it doesn't work for an alpha-male character at all.) What makes it worse was in The Bet #1 Nicholas slowly grew on me. When we first meet him, he's a completely self-centered, egotistica
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Skye Burling-Briggs
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: francette-phal
I was'nt sure how they were going to make amends for how the 1st book ended. Nicholas was a broken man and the only way he knew how to survive was to push Ellie away and turn himself into his father, relentless. I hated it!!

Ellie was a broken hearted woman. Nicholas smashed her heart, i knew why but it still hurt like hell. Then until he came back into her life, she didn't realise that it was still broken and she had only just patched it up, just Going through the motions of life, more for her
Ash Wednesday

Luckily, I got into this when both books have already been out and with an editor (or even just a friend who knows English and owns a red marker, even) this would've been a 5-star read. The plot was predictable (really, in contemporary romance, its kinda hard not to be) and cliches were EVERYWHERE (view spoiler) but it's really the execution of the tired and
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
Hoo boy! I'm a bit at a loss for words here.

I was hesitant to read The Bet duet based on all the mixed reviews I read, but decided to give it a shot. Even though these 2 books are a duet, they couldn't be more different for me.

Meet Nicholas

It has been 10 years since that fateful night and both Ellie and Nicholas have moved on...or have they?

Nicholas is still the sadistic and heartless businessman. He has acquired his billions and is happy to be where he is...except for one thing: when he close
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Cover 3.5


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"You were my greatest joy and I didn't know how to keep you."

After ten years Ellie is finally going to marry someone and it's not Nicholas.

On the day if her engagement party, Nicholas comes back and demands to be their for his children.

Will she allow him to be with them and to also go back with him and with a certain someone from their past returns, wll they still have their happily ev
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: francette-phal
I loved it all until the ending. Completely rushed with other characters side stories. Once again you have to get used to her writing style. A lot of POV's mixed together. I didn't mind it, just had to get thru it.

The book is apropos named with all the characters. Ellie, Nicholas, Ellie's parents and others had a lot to redeem themselves. Nicholas is still bad. Ellie knows this but she loves him enough to look past this. In the beginning Ellie is in a relationship with Devlin. He worships her a
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Another emotional rollercoaster!...and their stories finally come to an end. With this story taking ten years later, so much has changed.
There are so many POVs that go on, and so many side stories left hanging. I would have thought that there would have been a third story because there's build ups to nothing. Such as (view spoiler)
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh how I hate giving this book a 3 star review! I loved the raw emotion, the authentic characters, and the premise! However, too many POV's by "everyone and his brother" plus all the typos took me out of the story constantly or bored me to skimming.

10 years after Nicholas told Ellie he had no feelings for her and she walked out of his life, a chance encounter brings them face to face and things get complicated to say the least...
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
10 year separation with the hero not knowing he fathered twins. That alone is unacceptable. Other triggers: hero turns into a manwhore and both hero and heroine have descriptive sex scenes with OW/OM.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Probably more of a 3.5....
Nour 3anter
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Kayla Padgett
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
So basically the same comment as the first one. The grammar was terrible, please proof read before printing. Going to one character to the other without any proper notification, just paragraph to paragraph. The main reason why I read this was because I hate not finishing something I started.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coupleness, steamz

i think reading the first novel helped acclimate to the multiple POV writing style continued here. but in my opinion the transitions weren’t as harsh. minor grammar mistakes (he/she; he/the) but that didn’t deter too much from the story. DEFINITELY liked the sequel better than the first
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely predictable in the end. After everything how could they not be together?!?!
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Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hope ...more

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