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Bet Me to Stay

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  109 reviews
After a bet with his brother, Liam O'Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he's all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn't expect was Casey Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats—but her wit and smile make him wonder what's underneath her bulky armor.

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ebook, 193 pages
Published July 8th 2019 by One Handed Reads
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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Liam is the best book boyfriend ever!

I thought this book was wonderful. It had all the right elements. It was sexy, funny, dirty, romantic, smart, and had a strong but vulnerable female lead and a handsome and genuine male lead. It starts with a bet between two brothers that own an Irish Pub in Boston together. The older brother Liam is worried than his younger brother Finn gets engaged too often and too soon.

Liam is afraid that one of these times Finn will actually tie the knot and end up divo
3.5 Writer’s Block Stars

Cassie needs some real life inspiration for some quality sexytime book scenes. Liam needs his manwhore of a brother to stop almost marrying every woman he meets and putting the family bar in jeopardy.

Since his backstory is a little more far fetched than Cassie’s, I’m going to start with my man, Liam. The family owned irish pub has been around since 1920s and every time Liam’s brother, Finn, comes within days down of walking down the aisle with a non-prenuped woman he bare
Susan's Reviews
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A light, breezy beach-side read. It has a bit of everything, with the usual insta attraction, smouldering looks, hunky Irish heroes and curvaceous heroines who travel the bumpy road to true love. Some of the dialogue was a bit wordy and unnatural for me, but this will do the job if you are looking for a simple, fun read. 3.5 out of 5
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This was a cute and steamy read. I was expecting the cute – with the socially awkward heroine who’s a closet romance writer (I have a soft spot for these heroines) and the sexy as sin bartender (gruff exterior but big ol’ teddy bear for his h?. Yes, please!) – but the level of steam this story packed was a huge surprise.

Cassie is a romance writer that’s been asked to steam up her books. Sex sales after all and her sweet clean love stories aren’t what’s popular today. But with her hang-ups and l
Ivy Deluca
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
There are certain tropes/characters in romance that I cannot resist. Kinda grumpy heroes, nerdy girl writer heroines, secret bets, one night stand that turns into more, y’all know what I mean. You see those special little hints in a well worded blurb and you find yourself one-clicking before you know it. Well, the second I saw the blurb for this book had pretty much all of the above, I was in like Flynn (well, ok I guess O’Connor in this case). And honestly I wasn’t disappointed.

Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Candace Havens Fans, Romance
3 Kiss Me Stupid Stars
* * * Spoiler Free
Mixing two Irish brothers who have a family pub is a perfect set up. The next part of this tale is the fact one of the brothers, Finn, is always falling for a woman and talks of marrying right away. The older one, Liam, loves his bro but at the same time, with the little brother being the flirt of the century, he needs to figure out a way to get a prenup created to protect their livelihood. Liam comes up with a bet Finn must stop all dating for a month, a
Kimberley C.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a sweet little book with some very spicy bits, and for me it was good but not great. Some of the dialogue was a bit stilted, and I’m never a huge fan of insta-love. I also struggled a bit with the big “secret:” reveal. It felt a little meh to me. But overall, a fun, quick read. 3.5 stars from me.
Pelusa Rivera
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sorry folks but this wasn't a book in my opinion, and yes that is all it is my opinion. So after reading the blurb I was happy with my decision to request it, but it is all about sex, not I am not a prude and I do enjoy a little in my books but this didn't have a story line, what do I mean? Let me give you an example..So she is a writer but almost a virgin and her publisher/friend suggest she has a one night stand to give her books more spice because she is apparently bad at getting people inspi ...more
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
2.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an ARC of this book at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.

This is one of those books that has so much going for it, but it doesn't quite reach its full potential. There are some really great things in this book and a lot of things that I felt needed some work.

I really liked both of the main characters in this story, but I felt like they were underdeveloped. I certainly got the gist
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goodness gracious alive, I am surprised my phone did not melt from the heat this story put out!!! The chemistry between Liam and Cassie was explosive. I loved how he drew out her true self - sexual energy, self confidence, creativity, love of food, and colorful language. Cassie brought out need for someone else in Liam as well as keeping him on his toes. She was such a delightful and funny character - never knew what she would say. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversations and could picture them ...more
Kelly Merie
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book was STEAMY and fun to read. I loved the whole romance built on a betting concept, I mean one of my favourite movies is She's All That - so I was super excited to start this book after reading the blurb.

Bet Me To Stay was a fun quick read, with low-angst and was perfect for my beach day reading binge. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion while reading. The characters were relatable and nothing about this story seemed far-fetched and unbelievable.

Dawn Herring
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! With a snort-worthy hilarious beginning, hot-flash inducing middle, and adorably sweet ending, this book kept me furiously flipping pages. I really enjoyed Liam and Cassie, individually and together, and I thought their characters were well developed and their chemistry palpable. I like stories that don't drone on for hours, and at about 3-4 hours, this was a perfect length. This was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. (As an aside, the only reason I did not give this one a ful ...more
Sara Oxton
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bet Me to Stay by Candace Havens a five-star read that you would bet the house on. I will be honest in parts this was only a four-star read but overall it deserves five full stars as there was just so much drama. The concept was so much fun, an author writing a risqué scenes in a bar opposite her family’s place and getting inspired not by the hot young man everyone usually falls at but the big growly brother, it should be too predictable but it just kept coming and going in ways you don’t imagin ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cassie and Liam are two characters that I didn't want to leave behind. Cassie is funny, honest (for the most part) and in need of some good loving. Liam is a gorgeous hunk with all the right moves. Oh, and let's not forget that Irish accent!
Please, please keep writing Ms. Havens...I'm hooked!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to the author and publisher of #BetMeToStay and #NetGalley.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC received from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

I wanted to like this more than I did. The characters and story are there - it has great potential!

Unfortunately, it was just too rushed and too short. There was so much in the storyline that could’ve been built/elaborated on to make a longer book. i.e., Cassie’s family, Liam’s music history and the betrayal he felt by his ex ... Instead, this book was really nothing more than a quickie romance with lots of (and for the most part) dull sexy st
Victoria Bunce
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of BET ME TO STAY on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.

FIVE stars and here’s why:

The story drew me in from the get-go. Total book hangover – read it in one night! This book may be marketed under Erotic Romance, but it definitely has a Contemporary Romance/Rom-Com vibe and that’s why I really enjoyed reading it. The pacing was excellent, the characters well developed, and I definitely wanted to know what happened to Liam and Cassie
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
I love books with nerdy/bookish characters... And that is exactly what Cassie is.

Liam can't bare to think that he might lose his pub. And with this brother constantly getting together with the wrong women he can see it happening in his future. So he bets him he can't stay away from females for a month and Finn challenges Liam to date the first woment that walks into the pub.
Welll in walks Cassie O' Brien. And Liam is stunned.

Cassie was a waitress at her parents owned restaurant. But for an intro
Elizabeth Neal
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Siblings can pretty much talk you into anything. Case in point, Liam has to date the next woman that enters the pub. Yeah, this could be really good or, well, you know the other option. LOL

Casey with her glasses and baggy clothing is nothing like he imagined would walk through the door, but he can't help wondering what she's hiding. Her humor and smile drawing him like a beacon.

Cassie is definitely hiding something, namely the fact she has a secret identity as a sweet romance author. And while p
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Keep your fan handy and crank up the AC, you’re gonna need it because Bet Me to Stay is one seriously hot read!

The setting is simple, Liam bets his brother he can’t keep it in his pants for a month and in exchange, he has to date for the same amount of time. Casey is in desperate need of some sexy time inspiration as the new book she’s writing totally sucked in the hotness department. Perfect timing means Casey walks in Liam’s pub at exactly the right moment, and as soon as she is sitting at the
Haley Dauel
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me at the synopsis. I had high hopes, and boy were they met. When I first started reading this, I knew it was going to have some steam. But lord have mercy, it went from 0 to 100 real quick. (I’m not complaining) I mean what is better than a sexy Irish man dirty talking? Not much in my opinion.
I love the fact that the female in this isn’t your typical size zero, and the author makes a point to point that out numerous times throughout the book. I love seeing her slowly blossom and
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Bet Me to Stay by Candace Havens is the story of Casey Meadows and Liam O'Connor.
Liam and his brother end up making a bet that his brother won't date someone for a period of time and that Liam will date the first women that walks into their pub.
Casey is a romance writer who looks bookish / messy since most of her time is writing. But when she is told that she needs to steam up her books she knows she might have to do some 'field' work. Casey ends up meeting Liam who sure brings spicy and hot to
Kerry -  Readkerryread
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a heat wave! Deliciously sinful, decadent, and worth the sweet tooth.

Liam is the type of man any woman would crave. Sweet, sexy, supportive, a smile to rival any, and boosts Cassie's confidence, and lets not forget the Irish accent. He becomes the muse for romance writer Cassie after placing a bet with his brother. He is upfront he doesn't want a relationship but more than willing to fuel her fantasies and teach her all he bed. He didn't expect his heart to get in the way.
Rachel - Read with Rach
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bet Me to Stay is the first book I have read by Candace Havens and it won't be the last. This book wasn't super deep and the characters definitely jumped into a relationship with no build-up, but that doesn't really matter to me. Sometimes you need a book that is a light, fun, quick read and this book is exactly that. I really liked Cassie and Liam. I even liked Liam's younger brother, Finn.

If you are looking for a light read this summer I recommend Bet Me to Stay. Thank you to NetGalley and th
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

4.5 stars -- This book was HOT. I really enjoyed the whole story line. Liam and Cassie are just precious and adorable. This book is sweet, sexy, romantic, and funny all at once. Cassie is such a strong female lead and I love how Liam helped her see what a confident woman she could be!
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bet me to Stay was my first book by Candace Havens.

I liked the story and the writing. There were a couple little mistakes, like first they have been seeing each other for a couple of weeks and a couple pages further they know each other a week. But overal a good story
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Watching his brother Finn constantly catch feelings for women, propose, and then bail, is going to lead to a disaster. Liam knows one of these days he's going to make down the aisle... which could mean that when it eventually implodes like all his other "spur of the moment" relationships, their pub could wind up in the hands of his ex.

So he decides he needs to devise a plan to get Finn away from the ladies for a bit. So he gets Finn to agree to distance himself from women for a month, with the
Regina Kiddy
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is not a style I usually read. I like suspense and adventure in my books. Cassie is a author that is so unsure of herself. No self-confidence. She meets Liam and boy howdy do the sparks fly. Can these to overcome the secrets between them, to find a true love of their own? Guess you will have to read the book!
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
While this book had the potential to be a fun, sexy romance, for me, it unfortunately fell short. Cassie is a romance author who writes wholesome books. But this is a dying market and if Cassie wants to keep her author dreams alive, she will need to add some spice to her books. Liam, owns the pub across the street from Cassie's parents but is in danger of losing it if his brother, Finn, doesn't stop getting engaged/married and giving a piece away every time in a settlement. If Liam agrees to dat ...more
Jo Reads Romance
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary

Missing something
3 stars

I’ve never read Candace Havens before despite her having a large number of novels and being a well-loved author. It was the cover and blurb that pulled me in though - both are cute and sexy and had me anticipating a smart and sexy read.

But, for some reason - this book just didn’t work for me.

Our premise is simple: a man makes a bet to save his pub - he’ll date the first woman to walk through the door while his brother stays celibate. The woman in question is Cassie Me
I voluntary read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
3.5 stars

This is a fun little romance, with some cute characters. I wasn't completely hooked by it, but I never thought about giving up on it, so that's a plus.

One thing I really did like was that Liam, our main character meets Cassie when she is wearing baggy clothing-- she isn't great looking here and that's what he thinks, BUT he does start to be attracted to her because of their conversation. I was worr
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Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading enterta ...more

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