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Betting On Him

(Wilde Love #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  74 reviews
He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?

Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they'll force a wedding with a nice

Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 20th 2018 by Independently published
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She touched my hair. “You look like Snow White. Dark hair. Fair skin. Red lips.” She walked behind me and stared at our layered reflection in the mirror. “But your ass…did you have to eat all seven dwarfs?”

She’s not my type. I’ve seen nicer legs and bigger breasts on a chicken.

Not only was he handsome, he kissed like a porn star and danced like Michael Jackson. I’d hit a trifecta.

What’s with these Italian guys and their sausages? … You know me, I’m all about the O—an
Jul 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Full review to come.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Funny, emotional love story with a mob-by twist…

I hear ‘mafia romance’ and I’m all in! Betting on Him holds all the delicious, political intrigue of the genre while not including gory details of the violence that is associated with it. For some reason, I was okay with that this time around… 

Faye was a feisty, funny, down-to-earth female lead. A strong woman who dealt with life in the best of ways – with humour, quick-wit and common sense. She dealt with every knock down as it came, not dwellin
Anne Z.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a weak spot for Mafia romances, so I had to read this.
It took me a while to get into the story but once I did it deliver.
This was my first read by Kelly Collins and I really enjoyed it.

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Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book of the author's I've read & I enjoyed it so much I preordered it & the next in the series: Betting on Her. At first I wasn't sure I'd like this book, Faye, the heroine seemed too forward, too pushy for the type of heroine I like, but by the 3rd or 4th chapter I was sucked into the story. I liked the 1920's speakeasy, Chicago gangsters & flapper themes of the Las Vegas Old Money Casino with its club & bars where almost all of the story takes place.
Alex, the Hero, is 1 of 3 W
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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How Interesting?!? Betting on Him is such an interesting take on a mafia novel. This book is a stand-alone book, but does seem to be book one in a series. This book has everything I like in a story. There is romance, drama, action, and heat. It is exactly what I needed.
The plot of this book was refreshing. This book is about the mafia, but the author took it a different direction. I liked that is was unique. It didn’t follow the same clichés that most books do. I really liked the characters and
Rebecca Austin
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faye Tandy works at a Casino as a server and when she is late for work she gets to work in the quiet bar, Gatsby’s as a punishment. She also goes to school as she wants to get further in her career. She is a hard worker and sometimes may have a little trouble not telling things as they are.

Alessio “Alex” Savage has led a life as far away from his father, Vincent, as possible but when Vincent is murdered Alex is left to pick up the pieces of his father’s businesses. Alex wants to make sure that h
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betting On Him #1 - What a trip! I had so much fun reading this story filled with great characters and good storylines. The chemistry between he and she was great; there was explicit sex but I skipped that boring trash. Both had personalities that were bold and honest; plus some of the support characters were great in their roles, too. The story is fast paced, intriguing and had suspense, plenty of everything to the reader immersed in the pages. The violence isn't graphic. The romance and findin ...more
Ann-Maree Howarth
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three of my favourite things in one book:
A Kelly Collins story
A New Series to lose myself in.
A Marriage of Convenience.

Throw in a bit of Mafia romances and I was in my reading heaven with this book. The chemistry between the two characters was great with laughable moments and some great sexy banter moments. The book is a fast-moving, intriguing, suspenseful drama about two different people with very different upbringings coming together to solve their own problems in life. If you have not read a
Cathy Geha
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betting on Him by Kelly Collins
Wilde Love #1

Feel good mafia romane – oxymoron? – No way! This book was just what I needed to read right now!

Alex Wilde is the oldest son of Vince the mafia crime lord of Las Vegas. Wilde was a ruthless cruel man even with his three sons. Vince is no more – he was gunned down a few weeks before the story begins and as it begins Alex is in a cocktail bar in the casino that now belongs to him. He is there to meet a lawyer and who should be his waitress but smart sass
Sharon Grow
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a “wilde” ride from beginning to end! Vincent Wilde, family patriarch, was cut down in a hail of bullets leaving his three sons as owners of the Old Money Casino in Las Vegas. The oldest son, Alex, has arrived in Vegas to take control of the casino…for the time being. Alex has his own legitimate business and has no intention of remaining at the casino. The Russian and Irish mobs would like to get their hands on the casino and Alex has no intention of allowing that to happen. Alex w ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is different from a lot of the mafia stories out there. It has an old world feel to it ala Godfather. Dark limousines with tinted windows, 24/7 bodyguards, secure locations, family members travel separately, and dangerous mob families. All want the last family-owned mob casino in Vegas but the Wilde family is not letting it go. Alex Wilde wants nothing to do with his father’s casino and his illegal mob activities but when the old man dies and the heir apparent is unavailable Alex has ...more
She's a Lip Biter
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s always exciting to read a book written by an author new to you and this author is one I most definitely will be following closely.

Alessio or Alex Wilde and Faye Tandy meet at the casino Alex has just inherited. Unfortunately for him he has also inherited the connection to the criminal world his father lived in and was killed in. Needing an out to an arranged marriage between himself and a Russian Mafia princess, he asks Faye to marry him as a business proposition.

Faye is a fabulous charact
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Alex's life has just become more complicated than he could have imagined. His father (the vengeful gangster) has just died and now he is being forced to marry into a rival Family according to his father's will. No way, no how! He has vowed to make his family legit and marrying into another gangster family would only draw him deeper into that life.

Faye is at the right place, at the right time. The connection she makes with Alex prompts him to ask her to marry him temporarily in order to avoid mar
Reviews from the Heart
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Betting On Him by Kelly Collins was a nice surprise. Though this book is about the mafia and one would assume would be darker and more contemporary, it was a great mix of funny, sexy and emotional.

I loved the two main characters. I loved Faye’s personality right from the start! She was strong but struggling. She was just trying to find a way out of the debt she was in. Alex just wants to be free of his family’s legacy, but when his father is killed, he needs to move quickly before he i
Reading Addict
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Betting on Him is a sexy, fun, marriage of convenience story. We have struggling waitress Faye Tandy. She's a great person but it seems as if she's living life under a rain cloud. In steps Alex Wilde, unbeknownst to Faye the heir to the casino where she works and quite possibly the answer to her financial woes. Faye has been struggling with tuition payments, rent and vehicle woes and doesn't know how she's going to make ends meet. Alex has been forced into an arranged marriage by his late father ...more
Originally posted on Under the Moonlight Book Blog

I want to cry at this moment. I had this review already scheduled to go and I was writing another when my blog somehow mixed them and I ended up with two reviews of the same book and a missing scheduled review. I will attempt to redo this review but I am very sure it will not come out as awesome as it was before.

So this book is about this guy Alex who is the older brother of three and at the moment the head of the family empire. His dad had jus
Kari Hansen
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the death of his father Alex finds himself with a job he doesn’t want. With one brother in prison and the other brother in college he now finds himself as head of his father’s mafia business. If that isn’t bad enough he finds himself being forced into an arranged marriage with the Russian mob’s daughter unless he can break the contract by marrying someone else.

Faye is the feisty and flirty college student and waitress at the casino that he just inherited and wants to turn legitimate. Betw
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your average mafia story

This was not quite a solid 4 star read, but was so much better than deserving only three stars that I had to go with rating it four stars.

While it is a mafia story, that aspect is just one part, and it isn't as dark as many others which are more sinister and filled with blood, guts, and gore. These characters are actually very likeable, and there's good chemistry between the protagonists. My only negative was that I felt the last several chapters were a bit rushed in
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex and Faye come from two different worlds. He has always had money and power. She is barely scraping by. Alex is a crime boss' son and Faye is the daughter of an FBI agent. Against all odds, these two make an interesting, believable, dynamic couple.

I really loved the fact that Faye continued getting her college degree. Too many times, a woman would give up her dreams and aspirations if they found themselves in the same situation. Faye was a pragmatic individual and knew she needed to be prepa
Robyn Corcoran
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, this is the first taste of this author for me and it definitely won’t be the last!

Faye Tandy is down on her luck in a bad way until she meets Alex Wilde, new owner where she works. Needing to find a way out of a tricky situation Alex asks her to marry him in a business arrangement. Of course there is that pesky mob history in his background that causes a few problems.

These two are great together! She doesn’t let him get away with anything. Her feisty but fair nature i
Kristen Lewendon
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was nothing like I usually expect for a ‘mafia romance’. And I think I adored this book just that little bit more because of it. But it was everything I love about the fake marriage theme. Alex is the unwilling recipient of his father’s mafia legacy – including an arranged marriage he wants nothing to do with. After meeting Faye and experiencing the sparks she lights in him, Alex realizes this spunky cocktail waitress just might be the solution to his problem. My favorite part of this story ...more
Margaret Watkins
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In what could have been a horror story, Betting on Him is, in fact, a most enjoyable book. Faye is on her beam-ends with nowhere else to go until such time as she has finished her studies. Alex, meanwhile, has landed in more trouble than he could imagine with the murder of his gangster father. They have one thing in common, namely their mutual distrust of marriage and commitment. The story is well written and fast paced with humour mixed in the suspense. I loved both the main characters as well ...more
Cara Ross
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betting on Him is all about Alex Wilde,  a modern gangster, who doesn't want to be a part of that life anymore, and when his father dies, he sets out to not only find his father's killer but to dump his Russian "Fiancé" and clean up the family business. But the only way he can get out of the arrangement is by marrying someone else and when he met Faye….now all he has to do is keep her alive!
OMG! Kelly Collins has literally written one of the best modern day mobster romances and I absolutely LOV
This is such a captivating story and a great start to a action-packed, romantic, and yet fun Mob-related series set in Las Vegas. I loved all the characters! This series-A Wilde Love- is centered around the 3 Wilde brothers, that are trying to disassociate themselves with the Mob, now that their father has been killed by a rival family. To avoid a pre-arranged marriage to a Russia mobs' daughter, Alex, offers a "marriage of convenience" to Faye. Well, there is nothing convenient when you are Mar ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read.
Faye agrees to marry Alex to get him out of a previous arrangement. I liked the connection they had and the banter. They agree to keep things non sexual to start with but that just builds the sexual tension between them. Was lusting over Alex, he is perfect fantasy husband material - hot, a little bit of a bad boy & can take care of you completely. Things get hot & steamy when they can’t keep their hands of each each other anymore & they have good chemistry.
There’s lots of
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series by Kelly Collins. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What do you do when your choice of a wife is no longer your choice? You do what you have to do! Alex’s Mob Father has past away and Alex is supposed to have an arranged marriage to unite the families. Alex is supposed to take over the family business. One of his father’s clubs just happens to be included.
Faye is a down on her luck college student working as a waitress. She is struggling to pay her colleg
Misty Goan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and exciting fast paced contemporary romance. Faye is a college student and fiesty cocktail waitress at the casino that Alex is trying to make go legitimate and get out of the mob. Alex is the unwilling recipient of his father’s mafia legacy with an arranged marriage to the daughter of rival mafia that is written into his father's will. Desperate to find a solution he meets Faye and talks her into a marriage of convenience. This instant connection and hot chemistry romance is tol ...more
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

A surprisingly exciting, crackling with heat and with spectacular characters, Betting On Him was and is a story many readers will happily devour and beg for more!

More and more I like reading about a hero who has a mob connection. The idea of a dark, dominating, dangerous man that can fall in love with a strong and sweet woman is very appealing to me. And Betting On Him was perfect and met my every expectation and then some! The plot is thrilling and sexy and the
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International bestselling author of over 30 novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

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