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The Break-Up Bet

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,357 ratings  ·  219 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.
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2019
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Starr (AKA Starrfish) 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 desire to return
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 break up. T
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 grieving/reassessin
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 to figure ou
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 getting
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
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. ...more
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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 actually kind of
Emily Goodman
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Kate R
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 peopl
Brianne Maffett
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 this book down.
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
Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves)
Ok I loved this!! My third 5 star read of 2020. It was just a cute read and I really like the authors wiring style. I liked alll the characters as well.

It did say there would be a second book but I don’t see anything about it sadly . Anyone know about it? It said it was called the Fiancé Fiasco at the end of the Break up bet.
Mayra Biggs
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun book, light reading, not a lot of drama either. It's about getting over a break up and how they bet who can do it first. Also how a childhood crush can go both ways without them realizing it. Fun baking blogger Mc with dual POV. ...more
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 characters. It
Misty - The Erotic Book Blog
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 kind, but also rough an
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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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 romantic comedy, and it is hard to make sur
Sassy Southern
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
It was a sweet quick read. But I just couldn’t stand all of the food analogies and food jokes and just food everything just because she was a food blogger.

Also she just makes up a persona for him and judges him on it. She thinks he’s a player because she knew him in hs but it didn’t seem like he was much of a ‘player’ even back then. And even when he’s shown how real and sweet and caring he is she just gets mad at him and does the annoying ‘we’re too different’ thing. He didn’t deserve that at
2OCC Reviews
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica
If you are looking for a low drama, funny brothers best friend romance then this is the book for you. With Lucy’s job as a sweets blogger, this book is heavy on food references and it was great. I laughed a lot because of it. Add in Connor being so sweet and just an all around read guy this author wrote a perfect weekend read when you just want something to make you smile. There’s not much more I can say because of the low drama factor there wasn’t a lot of twists and turn but just a down to ear ...more
Jodie Lauren
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy has just been dumped after a 3 year relationship and to top it off, her brothers best friend, Conner needs someone to stay after his own break up. She always had a crush on him but she knows its off limits plus she could use the rent money.

They make a bet... a girls way of getting over the heartache and the boys way. What could go wrong?

Some Laugh out loud moments and a good read. My first book by this author but not my last.

Veronica LaRoche
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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!!!!❤️

Merged review:

I can't get enough of this book!!
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Janneke Wolbers
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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

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