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The Wager

(Wagered Hearts #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  2,015 ratings  ·  145 reviews
A Bookworm
Lily Hayward doesn't do parties, doesn't like attention, and she definitely doesn't date. This unassuming book shop owner would rather spend a night in with a good book rather than hobnob with the rich and famous.

When her best friend Mel begs her to attend a charity gala with her, Lily reluctantly agrees. All she wants is to get through the night without emba
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published December 29th 2013
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Kace | The Booknerd

The Wager is my first book by the author. And I'm glad that I picked it up. I love the Cinderella-type story. I grew up watching Cinderella and hoping that someday my Prince Charming will come and sweep me off my feet. But I guess, for now, I have to settle with this.

I don't plan on discussing the plot of the story at all cause I don't want to give any spoilers, and besides, the blurb pretty much tells us all about it.

Roman was charming, cool, sweet, and sexy. You will just be drawn to him. An
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did not have very high expectations for this book, which is lucky as it was not outstanding nor anywhere near original. The story was told along chapters told through the point of view of lead characters in alternance. Stories told at the first person are not what I prefer, especially when it feels like a way to avoid delving into details of the characters psyche. Little character development to be expected, a few big clichés included and not even fully developed, like the more or less plus si ...more
Shannon, ☺☻CFM☺☻
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book even made me cry.

It was a story about a damaged plus h that had been tormented in high school and didn't trust men. Then she met the H and he made her feel special. BUT he made a bet with a jackass that he could make her fall in love with him in 3o days. She overheard him calling the bet off after she fell in love with him. Then the H started begging to get her back. It was just a sappy love story.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. The story is written in the first person from both Lily and Roman's perspective, alternating back and forth between them with each chapter. I don't particularly care for first person account stories...honestly, I avoid them as much as possible. But getting the perspective from both protagonists wasn't bad--although I do admit that I personally would have enjoyed the story more had it been told in good old-fashioned third person. Sigh. Nevertheless, the story was interest ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Totally a waste of my time

I just couldn't get past the juvenile language. Not just conversations with others but the inner dialogue.

*%*& Troll thinks she's hot sh^t now," Pauline said to Todd. "I'm going to remind you what a worthless little piece of sh^t you really are when I kick your a$(.

Really, what person in their late 20's speak in this manner? From this point, I was done reading.

Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
This was a quick read. The description sounded good. I did not feel a connection; characters had little depth. Opportunities for some great angst fell short. 2 stars.
Dawn Hicks
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story...Lily has a hard time trusting people due to things that happened in the past. However, she falls for Roman and fails her by making a wager/bet with friend. He never meant or thought he would fall for her and needless to say they fall for each other. But trust is a great thing until it is conflicted and ruined. True love always finds a way.
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Was good but the book went way too fast...the H called off the bet in first half of the book and he even starts falling for her suddenly. So I felt no chemistry, it was like they just met yesterday.
So-so novel, nothing wrong with it at all, just totally predictable.

Homebody book shop owner Lily gets dragged to a glitzy do by her best friend. As so often happens to me at such times, Lily comes out in a rash of pimples and gets an eye infection - meaning she has to wear her ugly glasses instead of contacts. Standing at the bar a drunk asshole spills his drink on Lily's dress making her evening just about as far from perfect as its possible to get. As she stands there fuming and glowering at
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An enchanting ugly duckling turns into a swan when meeting her soulmate and an selfish playboy turns into real man when he finds love.....such a heartwrenching tale that brought tears to my eyes.....well written and so full of emotion, couldn't put it down. ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've always been a sucker for short sweet billionaire douche bags! Haha Lily is sweet shy and cynical. Roman was a dashing rake with a wager to win. Love is so unexpected sometimes.
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a nice, sweet romance. Kind of predictable, but very nice to read when you are in the mood for something sort of light and quick.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
HORRIBLE. No character development at all, no plot, no chemistry, no fun, it felt like reading a really bad fanfic written by some 12 y/o kid and I swear at some point I read you're instead of your.
The story is told through the point of view of the lead characters but you can't even tell the difference because it feels like the same person is narrating everything. Of course I knew it was going to be a cliché story, but I decided to read it anyways because I actually do love clichés and the syno
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾
I think Lily is supposed to be a BBW, but her general appearance is more the focus, so she's going on the plain bookshelf. This is one of my absolute favorite premises: hero makes a bet that comes back to bite him in the ass, and he has to grovel and prove his love for the heroine. I particularly adore (view spoiler). And the heroine being bullied as a kid a ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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I couldn't get into this freebie. Our hero is an egotistical dick who makes a bet that he can get our heroine to love him within a month, if so he gets a car that another egotistical dick out-bid him on. Lily owns a bookstore and although she has some sass, neither of them are particularly likable characters. The story-line is okay, but could have been executed better. Juvenile writing and a lack of character growth just left me feeling meh.
I cringed and groaned so many times . I like giving Am
Stephanie Bolen
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: got-it
Good but expected

Nothing really unique in the plot except the books as dating gifts--which totally needs to be a thing. You'd think that a book store owner and billionaire would have interesting conversations, but no they sat in comfortable silence. I have funny obscure geeked out conversations with my friends and lover that would make inside jokes and treasured memories--like the rest of the world. Why those type of conversations never happen in books is beyond me.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If your looking for a sweet short romance this book is for you!

The wager delivered everything that I expected and left me very satisfied to read.

Though I did say this was a great story it was maybe too predictable. As you read you see it is exactly how it was described in the summary and nothing really is added on or any unexpected surprise to add to the pot line as I expected it would be.

I recommend this book to anybody who really wants a free easy-going romance book.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
He romances her because he made a bet that he could. They fall in love. She finds out about the bet and is angry. They make up again. It's not a bad book but the plot is familiar and the hero annoyed me for some reason. He gives her a first edition of Pride and Prejudice pretending that he just happened to have one handy. Of course he is a billionaire. No book heroine ever falls in love with a broke guy. ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Ugh....ugh! There’s a lot I could say but I’ll keep it short. I did like the premise and the writing style was new for me, it took a bit of getting used to but I managed, still odd but I managed. There were something’s I could have done with out but I guess that’s just a me thing. It wasn’t a bad book, it was okay. I sorta liked it if I take out the stuff I didn’t like about it lol
3 stars for okay/acceptable I guess.
Jacy  Hahn
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Liked it for a summer read, but pretty predictable. If this were reality, Roman would have been a write off. What a pompous jerk wagering that he could make someone fall in love with him in one month, then what... Guess I liked it most, because it was so predictable and a quick read for the beach or on those days where you just want to escape for a few hours.
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unoriginal. Undeveloped characters. Themes from Pretty Woman and You've Got Mail to just name a couple. Glad I didn't pay for this book, no wonder they are giving it away for free. I won't be reading any more books by this author unless they are much better than this one. MEH!! ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice story but a bit dry. Characters could have had more depth. A bit cheesy and predictable. I was expecting the heroine to be more sassy but she didn't deliver which is a shame. Overall mediocre book ...more
Phoenix Mariani
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Huh...It was nice. I wish reality was like that...
Julie Pewe
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Gave up after the first few chapters. Too many cliches to be interesting.
Kathleen Lemke (Page)
A cute read but wanted more at the end.
michelle radford
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Loved reading this book the characters grabbed me from the start till the finish i highly recommended you won't be disappointed
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story

I enjoyed the plot and the characters, but I would have enjoyed it a lot more without the detailed sex scenes.
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Calista Kyle started her career as a journalist and finally made the leap to writing fiction. A true romantic at heart, Calista loves not only writing but reading romances. When she's not busy thinking up and typing away at her next novel, you can find Calista swimming or kayaking by the lake near her home in Maine with her husband and dog Bo. ...more

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“Chill out Roman. You deserve a bit of a rake over the coals for what you pulled. I mean what were you even thinking, making a bet like that? You can't go around treating people like chess pieces that you can manipulate and maneuver any which way you like. It's really a bit of karmic justice that you were the one who fell for her in the end. Maybe it will teach you a lesson not to mess with people like that again.” 1 likes
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