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The Break-Up Bet

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,520 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Never make a bet with a man who plays to win...

Especially not a man like handsome, arrogant Connor Pratt.

AKA the huge PITA who’s currently crashing in my spare room.

AKA my brother’s best friend since they were about six.

AKA the one guy who still makes me feel like an awkward tongue-tied loser.

But when Connor moved in, I got a glimpse of another side of him. Be
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Published January 27th 2019
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good at meeting the criteria of its genre- a frothy romantic comedy. The heroine is a baking blogger who needs a new roommate and is getting over a breakup. The hero is her brother’s best friend who recently moved to NY from CA and needs a place to crash. He too is recovering from a breakup. They make a bet of whether each of them can use the other’s methods to recover from the breakup.

Along the way she learns to deal with her insecurities and misconceptions about what she thi
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
DNF @ 49%. So in good conscience, I can't give this book more than 3 stars. The 2 stars is that it's really not all that interesting. It's fluff that you read when you're bored and have nothing better to do and you don't mind wasting your time.

I've gotten to the point where I don't want to waste my time. The bet is kinda stupid BTW. Writing doesn't have a lot of errors, but neither was it anything that made me feel anything. If I can put a book down for a few days, not feel any desir
Naadira  Moodley (BookedMercy)
Quirky, funny, sweet, cute and charming all blended together to create this perfect book. If you are looking for a light read that makes you feel warm inside, then look no further. The Break Up Bet will surely make you glow. This book is just pure happiness.

Lucy is a food blogger who has a passion for desserts. Provide her with any type of desserts and she’s your gal. Baking brings her joy and contentment. It’s also very therapeutic for her and she is currently trying to get over her
Christy Bailey
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love!

This was such a great read. The storyline was amazing and the characters were great! 5 stars for this Awesome rom-com!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Break-Up Bet is my first book by the author, I've found a new author to love.
Lucy and Connor are roommates out of necessity.
She needs a roommate and Connor needs a place to stay, simple enough solution right?
Except he's the bane of her existence. He's her brothers best friend, the man who she lusted after as a teen. Now he's in her home 24/7 and it's going to drive her nuts.
Oh and did I mention she's just broken up with her boyfriend of 3 years so this time she should be g
Natália Lopes
It was a nice, cliché romance novel. It took me a while to finish it because after the characters got together, it kinda dragged a bit, but it was a fun, entertaining novel, with a couple with a nice chemistry (it wasn't off the charts, but I liked them together and there were some cute, giggly but also hot moments). The ending was meh and it lacked for me, so it lowered the rating a bit.
4 sweet stars!

This was a fun flirty romance story by Cat Carmine .
The break up bet is a light romance read.
Lucy is a food blogger obsessed with baking. Connor needs a place to stay so moves in with Lucy, whilst he gets back on his feet.
Lucy has always had a crush on Connor but he is her brother’s best friend so has always been off limits.

Both are fresh out of relationships so the bet each other to use each other’s methods to help them get over their past relationships. A guys way of ge
It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for Lucy's story, so I was thrilled to read an early copy of this book! I adored Lucy when I met her previously because, let’s face it, any gal who can make a living writing a baking blog certainly has something going for her. Plus, chocolate. Need I say more? Lucy's roommate has found love and moved out, and Lucy is looking for a new roommate. Also, her boyfriend of three years recently broke up with her, so she's had some major changes in her life. Her b ...more
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Break-Up Bet is the first book that I have read by Cat Carmine, and although it’s not the first in the series it is easily read as a standalone. It was light-hearted and fun, with fun, adorable characters and a great story line. The premise- learn from your mistakes. But Lucy Sweet and Conner Pratt take this to a whole other level and have to try each other’s way of getting over a break-up.
Lucy is a baking blogger. She likes to bake and right now, her sweet things and romantic movies are al
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary, arc
Lucy Sweet is a baking blogger living in Brooklyn, where the rent is high and she needs a roommate. Her brother’s best friend, Connor Pratt, has moved to New York to get over a break-up. He decides to move into Lucy’s extra room.

Lucy and Connor make a bet to get over their break-ups doing it the other person’s way. So a girls way is to eat ice cream, watch romantic comedies and drink wine. A guys way is to immediately get back out there and watch porn. This part of the book was actua
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
The Break-Up Bet by author Cat Carmine was a quirky, witty read!

Lucy is needing a new roommate after her previous one found love and moved out. Enter Conner, her brother's best friend who just moved and needed a place to temporarily stay. Both have ended relationships and have their own unique ways to move on. Hence the bet. Each has to try the other's way of putting the past behind them.

The characters were funny and have their own patches of sweet. I loved Lucy's quirky way of looking at people as ing
Emily Goodman
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’ve all read a novel with the classic “BET” romance trope thrown into it. Two characters falling for each other as their master plan of betting the other one won’t. But what you haven’t read is Cat Carmine’s unique spin on this classic love story.

In The Break Up Bet, Carmine pairs baking blogger, Lucy Sweet with Silicon Valley app developer, Connor Pratt. Thrust together in a small NYC apartment, these two childhood friends don’t take long to invade each other space and heart. Immediately you
Brianne Maffett
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book because I felt the plot was different than the romantic comedies that I have read in the past. Boy, was I right!

I really enjoyed The Break-Up Bet. Lucy and Connor are both fresh out of relationships and not sure how to get over their exes. The make a bet that brings them together in ways that I would have never expected.

Lucy and Connor are funny, sweet, and relatable. Their interactions kept me feeling warm and fuzzy and I just couldn't put thi
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I believe I’ve read all of this author’s other books. I’ve always really enjoyed them. I think Cat Carmine has lots of potential. This book, however, fell flat. The characters were too immature and under developed-something was just missing. I didn’t buy into Lucy’s massive childhood Connor crush, her daddy baggage felt contrived and Connor was a flat character. I didn’t buy the chemistry or feel invested in the characters or relationship. I understand the attempt to intertwine Lucy’s baking blo ...more
Kate R
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This is a cute, light, fun romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. The characters were all well developed and really easy to like. Lucy was a by the book, likes everything in its specific box kind of girl. Connor was pretty much the opposite, relaxed and fun. It had both points of view, which I love in a book. I loved all the great friendships between the girls and between Kyle and Connor. You also see characters from some of Carmine’s previous books, which was so fun. It’s still a complete stand ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Recently single and in desperate need of a roommate, Lucy is in luck when her brother’s best friend, Connor, moves back to NYC and just so happens needs a place to live.

Lucy had a secret crush on Connor growing up, but years have passed so she should be able to handle living under the same roof as her brother’s ultra-hot best friend, right? And that’s where Lucy is oh-so wrong!

Connor recently had a terrible breakup, so he picks up his life in California and moves across the country
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When Lucy gets a new roommate who just happens to be her brother's best friend, the guy she used to have a crush on, she thinks she can handle living with Connor, no problem. Connor, like Lucy, has just been through a bad break-up, and they have had different ways of coping. But then someone (Connor) gets the bright idea to have a bet on whose process for dealing with a break-up is better - hers that involves ice cream and binging on sappy chick flicks, or his which involves porn and whisky. Who
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

I enjoy "bet" long as both parties know that the bet exists. (When they don't, bet romances feel a little cruel and lack authenticity in the relationship.) In this case, as they make the bet with one another, I was all in. I believed in it, and I was interested to see how long it would take for them to figure out that they were meant to be together.

And, I laughed. That matters in a romanti
Sassy Southern
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man I am loving these books by Cat! They are funny and sweet and romantic, the perfect combination for romcoms. And she has all the right ingredients for this book!! Lucy is a baking blogger and man did this book make me hungry for some of her sweets she was making. And she needs a roommate so her brother hooks her up with his best friend that just moved back to town. That Lucy so happened to have a crush on when she was younger and he still gets her all tongue tied. Conner comes in and sees his ...more
Veronica LaRoche
Connor & Lucy are absolutely amazing together and their chemistry is off the charts. Connor and Lucy both are getting over a breakup and they make a bet that changes everything. This book was sweet and funny and I didn’t want too stop reading. Great story with amazing characters that everyone must read.

I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Really enjoyed this, was a fairly quick read
Janneke Wolbers
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author.
I did not realise it was in a series untill i read a review stating it was.
Awesome read. Would love to read Kyle's story!
Kat T.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute enough but totally forgettable.

2.5 Stars.
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Cute and enjoyable. A bit slow paced at times but the storyline was well written and it kept my attention. A brothers best friends love story that had you laughing and wanting to pull your hair.
Misty - The Erotic Book Blog
It's very rare these days that I grab a book by an author I've absolutely never heard of. Cat Carmine is my recent find, and between the cover and blurb for this book, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try someone new.

And my decision paid off because I really enjoyed this book!

Connor is amazing. He’s so much more than what you’re expecting. This guy is smart, successful, oozes charm and charisma, and has this fun, open personality that just puts you at ease. He’s sweet and
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. This is the best romance novel I have ever read!!!! Lucy having a baking blog was the cherry on TOP!!! Absolutely LOVED it!!!!❤ ...more
Amy Dickinson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I have a sad little confession for my review. I am a clear Cat Carmine fan, yet this is my first review of one of her books, even though, I have read ALL of them. Yes. That is right. I have been remiss in my reviewing duties to this author because she is WORTHY of all of my 5 stars. So here goes...

The Break-Up Bet tells the story of Lucy. Now, if you've read any of Cat's Breaking All the Rules series books (Rori, Emma, and Blake's stories), then you've met Lucy, the fabulous baki
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've had a few days to calm down and think about my reaction to this book. I still don't like it, but at least I'm not angry anymore.

First, I want to talk about how the writing style is a bit bizarre. I didn't know why it bothered me until I realized that the narrator often spoke to the audience. That's not a problem if it has been established that there is a narrator speaking to an audience. I was under the impression that as the reader I was listening in on the thoughts of these ch
Romantic Critic
The Break-Up Bet by Cat Carmine had a lot of potential and it could have been so much more but it ended up being just… fine. It immediately hooked me in but the romance ran too hot-and-cold, which made my interest wane almost as quickly as it appeared.

Desperate to get away from the pretentious lifestyle of the Silicon Valley, Connor Pratt takes up his childhood best friend’s suggestion to move to New York and room with his sister, Lucy Sweet. Like Connor, Lucy has been struggling. She too,
Atlanta Whitlock
Cat Carmine is a new author to me and being honest I was hooked to this book because of the cover and the blurb and after reading the blurb, I just knew that I wanted to read this book. When I got to reading it I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found myself struggling with the book from the very first chapter. What didn’t help is that by the time I started chapter two, I saw that the author had pretty much repeated what had happened in the first chapter, the only difference was it was ...more
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Cat Carmine writes contemporary romance and romantic comedy. She also happens to like drinking wine, eating cake, buying too many books, and snuggling with her elderly cocker spaniel (oh, and her husband too.) She loves — and writes — books with sweet and sarcastic heroines and strong, sexy heroes who like a little bark with their bite. She thinks witty banter is the best kind of foreplay, and she ...more