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I Bet You

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,307 ratings  ·  1,071 reviews
New Standalone Sports Romance

Sexy Athlete: I bet you . . .
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn't take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God's gift to women.
Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crus
Paperback, 1st edition, 298 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published October 24th 2018)
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Ilsa Madden-Mills
Aug 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
🏈 💙 Are you ready for some football? 🏈 💙

I BET YOU is finally live with over 450 reviews on Amazon and more on GR. Ryker and Penelope are STILL in the Top 100! Thank you so much for the reviews, comments and messages! My heart is full. Xo

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Sexy Athlete: "I bet you…"
Penelope Graham: "Burn in hell, quarterback."

The text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-books
➳When an instant attraction takes place, there will be no denying that Penelope and Ryker are meant to be in a quirky, charismatic, and burning with passion romance novel that yet again, Ilsa has conquered in every way...

➳I know the kind of ability I have when it comes down to reading books in a fast pace, but never did I think I would ever encounter upon the day of when I would read a book in A DAY! My gosh am I shocked as you are, because bless all heavens and the soul of Ilsa for writing
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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I BET YOU: Is the second full length standalone novel within the series (The Hook Up #2) by Ilsa Madden-Mills. In this we meet Ryker Voss & Penelope Graham.

Twenty-one year old Ryker is the Quarterback’s golden boy of Waylon University where he’s attending his senior year, he's never been one to date seriously, but he's had his eye on Penelope from afar, she's not like the girls he's used too, she's nerdy and sweet, a red headed vampire loving crazy bird owner that works at t
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

His beautiful, hard body is the best thing I’ve ever felt. I cling to him as we wrap our arms around each other, and for the first time since my mom passed, it feels like everything really does have meaning. A purpose. There really is fate. There really is emotion that transcends sorrow and sadness, those pains merely preparing you to accept the sweetness in life. Love.

I BET YOU is another sexy and funny sports romance about a popular college
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 You Were Meant For Me Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

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Penelope Graham is a southern girl who grew up in the small college town of Magnolia, Mississippi. She’s a quirky bookworm who loves romance novels and everything twilight. She holds down two jobs, and goes to school full time as a senior at Waylon University. She hasn’t had a lot of experience with dating, but does know she isn’t interested in football players. She knows too well how they operate. Then she gets the attention
Melanie (mells_view)
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could NOT put this book down. It’s funny. It’s fun. It’s sweet. It’s sexy. It’s a page turner. It’s light new adult college sports romance at its absolute best. The banter is EVERYTHING. The relationship between the mains is EVERYTHING! The side characters are just intriguing and interesting enough without taking over the whole story. The trope is not new, but Madden-Mills somehow writes in a way that makes it feel original and fresh. Ryker is the man of your book hero dreams, and Penelope is ...more
Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
Ryker Voss is MINE!!!! Gah! Not only is his name the stuff of legends, so is he! This is why I call Ilsa Madden-Mills the Queen of New Adult romance!! All the swoons!!

It’s not often I love a genuinely sweet hero, but it happens. Ryker and Penelope are super cute. I’m not certain if I should classify this as enemies to lovers or friends to lovers because they’re both.

Here’s what I loved:
Penelope is quirky and a bit of a mess. But she’s also self aware and brave. She has no problem putting Ryker
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On the outside, Ryker Voss is the typical college football star, which is exactly what Penelope thinks and why she would rather avoid him. But there's more him than just a cocky grin, and he's determined to make her see that. Even if it means torturing himself with an entire movie about sparkly vampires. I really liked his character and enjoyed getting to see those endearing moments where he wasn't as confident and was pretty shy when it came to his fee
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I Bet You is the second book in the Hook Up series, but it can be read as a standalone. What a fantastic addition to the series! I loved how this book started and I kept loving it until the end. Real life has been very busy lately, but I couldn’t wait to continue reading this book and I did read every minute I could. I Bet You was a sweet, funny, unique and a little emotional romance. I adored the epilogue! This book is one of my favorite books by the author.

Penelope and Ryker are amazing charac
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Oh this is a fun one. The title alone tells you it’ll be interesting. What’s a bet, right?? A harmless fun bet to a bunch of football players might be a devastating life changing one for others.

I enjoyed Penelope. She was that innocent yet strong girl. She knew what she wanted, saw where her future laid, and she tried to stay true to her feelings. Enter Ryker. Ryker the college team quarterback. The most popular boy on campus, heck in the nation. And when he shows interest, you catch on that i
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I tried really hard not to let my expectations get me this time, and I think for the most part I succeeded. I didn't expect much from this book (except maybe some hot scenes), but it really was hard going in after seeing all the raving reviews not to expect more. It was predictable, not very deep (even though the author threw out some characteristics that should have been deep but were not really delved into all the way), and kinda low on the steam factor. It was alright.
Princess under cover
DNF at 28%.

When do I learn? No more college kids crap, or god forbid, anything younger than that! It's like 28% of high-school/ college immaturity. Been there, done that, don't want a repeat in my adult fantasy time, thanks!
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I'm really enjoying this college series!
Sentranced Jem
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars, arc-2018

Title: I Bet You (The Hook Up #2)
Author: Ilsa Madden Mills
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

The Hook Up series is honestly starting to be one of my favourite sports romance series.. I have  read I dare You numerous times. So, you can bet the fact that I have read I Bet You twice already since I received it.

I love the fact that the female protagonists in Ilsa Madden Mills The Hook Up series  are kinda nerdy, kinda weird and a whole lot like us (Girls who love to read b
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first book I read by Ilsa Madden-Mills I knew this author was super talented and would fast become one of my all time favourite authors. Her book captivated me and I couldn’t put it down and since then each new release has gotten better and better and now there’s this one, I Bet You. I’m so damn amazed at this book. I thought I Dare You (Book One in the series) was incredible but this one just shot right past every book and instantly become my very favourite book of hers. It was fu ...more
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Gosh I love how this author writes sports romance. It's always smart, it's always funny and it's always HOT!!! I Bet You is the next standalone from one of my favourite one click authors & I definitely recommend.

QB1 Ryker Voss + a bet = big trouble for Virgin Penelope Graham.

One of my favourite things about this author is that she gives us heroines who know their mind, they may be shy or they may even be virgins but they're not easy pushovers. Add to that alpha guys that are not OTT. They are
TheBookBoutique Brittany_Elizabeth_Sarah
"I'm more of who I should be with you, and I promise you, I will never let you down like that again." He cups my face, his gaze intense. "You...are...everything."

OMG OMG OMG! Be still my heart! I just finished the most AMAZING book that I cannot stop thinking about and messaging everyone that I know is reading it right now. I am left with a serious book hangover and I am staking my claim as Ryker being my book boyfriend (back off ladies! ;)) Ilsa, you have hit it out of the park with this on
Kathy West
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay….your going to see the 3 stars and think I didn’t like the book. That is not the case.

Penelope and Ryker have a college romance. She is a book worm, he is the star quarterback. His friends bet him that he can’t get her on a date. He loses. Then he decides he wants to help Penelope get the guy she has a crush on. Of course Ryker gets jealous when he sees her with this guy and makes a plan to win her for himself.

Overall the book was okay. The character development was pretty good. The story f
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
4 stars

Ok, the banter in this book is everything. Its funny, sexy, sweet and cute as fuck.
I love a nerdy girl who has fire and sass. I love a sexy and a bit arrogant guy who is working hard to prove he is more than the sport he is playing.

It started with an article Penelope wrote about the involvement of Ryker the star QB had in an illegal fight circle.
Follow up with a BET to win the sassy Penelope over. Ryker had no idea what he is getting himself into.

This two are so cute together.They both
4 Stars

If nerd/jock pairings and college-themed romances are your thing, then look no further. Ryker and Penelope will surely hit the spot!
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
Sweet and sexy college football romances like I Bet You is why I love New Adult Books. The nerdy romance book loving heroine and the hot jock should not work together but they DO! The perfect blend of humor and swoon made this one enjoyable read.

The dynamics of Penelope's and Ryker's relationship were quite interesting. They start off as sort of enemies but then Ryker, as a peace offering, tries to help Penelope get a date with another guy she has had a crush on. I was slightly annoyed with Ryke
I wasn't much impressed with book 1 I dare you
but I was pleasantly surprised by this one, though

Ryker Voss is
Mr. Golden Boy Quarterback of Waylon University

and if you are NOT into college romances, then well don't go into it...

BUT somehow this turned out ot be not your USUAL college stereotype romance...

sure, the very blurb doesn't give you any hint that it wouldn't be your typical romance you are used to...sure, there's a BET involved, and sure, there's also a jock and a "not your e
Vanessa (nessreads)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book*

5 "Team Edward" Stars

Gahhhhh, I am giddy af. My smile, yeah it's permanently glued on my face. I'm so freaking happy after finishing this cute, laugh-out-loud, swoontastic story. OMFG you guys, it was so damn good. Ryker and Penelope seriously became one of my favorite couples. I Bet You is everything I want and crave in a sports romance.

Ryker Voss, oh how I love thee, let me count the ways! Oh my goodness I fell so hard for this QB1. Honestl
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been in the worst book slump and this book CURED it.
I love EVERYTHING about this book
Penelope is....... freaking amazeballs. I love her quirk and her sass and her strength and take no sh** attitude. Ryker is so not what I was expecting, he comes across all cocky A hole who runs the world, but really he's this sweet alpha with a heart of gold and foot in mouth syndrome.
Not enough stars to give this book for its level of absolute PERFECTION.
Ryker is a star football player and the pain in Penelope’s side. However they have great banter, and as time went on I totally swooned over him. No one can say that man isn’t star book-boyfriend material. Even the girl who really wants to deny him...poor Penelope, she has this sweet nature and quick wit but I bet you she doesn’t stand a chance. 😉
2.5 stars

T'was OK. Entertaining enough despite the glaring cliches, but nothing to write home about.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I freaking loved this book. Ilsa is perfection with her college sports romance but this one...let's just say I am a baby Llama fan! lol Full review to follow..

College romances are one of my favorite tropes to read...add sports and BAM, even better but if you go a little further and include a quirky, nerdy type girl that has sass AND the author is Ilsa Madden Mills well let's just say you have a 5 star read for me. Ms. Madden Mills has a knack for writing a strong, athletic young man with a heart
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I was so looking forward to this one! It took a while for Amazon to release them and now I understand why! I never want to let them go!

I loved their texts I'm a swooner for the texts and mails in some.
Ryker is so adorable and totally not what you expect!
Penelope has my soft spot she has auburn hair! Is a tid bit nerdy and so fun!!

Their journey was a bit predictable, but it didn't make me enjoy it less.

It was a fun and exciting journey!
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: +5/ 5 stars

Ilsa kept up her theme so far in this series - super hot and not so jerk jock and super nerdy and peculiar heroine - and there is nothing not to love about it. Once again she wrote a super fun and cute story set in the college sports world. There is almost nothing I love more than that combo.

When it comes to her characters they are always so funny with just the right amount of angst in their lives. This time, the bearer of angst was our heroine with her relationship with her
Tasha Mahoney
I really enjoyed the concept of this story. Ok, It is not a completely new trope, but it is one that I enjoy and is hugely popular. This is still a really enjoyable story that puts its own stamp on the trope.

Penelope is the ‘nerdy’ girl that lost Ryker a bet. The bet was that he could get her to date him and she was not interested.

I am stealing a quote from the book /excerpt as it sums up Penelope’s initial opinion of Ryker wonderfully.

‘Girls do whatever he wants.

But not this one.’

Penelope is no
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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.

Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia

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