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Bet The Farm

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,618 ratings  ·  558 reviews
Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer.

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be th
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by Independently published
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Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars


I love Staci Hart's rom coms and this one was no exception. Bet the Farm had all the humor I wanted, but also had a lot of emotion and a ton of heart.

Olivia Brent is back at the dairy farm she grew up on, but it's not the same as it once was. Her grandfather passed away and left her half the farm. The only problem, it needs a lot of help or it will go under. Well, that and the other half was left to Jake. Jake who doesn't take any of Olivia's idea's seriously. These two butt heads s
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
3 stars!

Well this frustrated the shit out of me, but still liked it. I had lots of issues with this one but it turned out to be an okay read.

Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Pink rain boots' Stars!
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Staci Hart makes her grand entrance in the small town romance world with a sweet and emotional romcom that you will devour word by word. I had no doubt as soon as she announced this book that Staci would write it marvelously and, of course, she did not fail. Bet the Farm is the perfect romantic comedy that warms you up inside with the hate-to-love development, the loving characters, the emotions running high an
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 All The Feels Stars
Till Sunday, IT'S FREE!!!!
* * * * * Spoiler Free
As a tried and true Staci Hart Addict, this book delivered on many levels for me. It had a setup that was very believable. It had two people, Olivia and Jake, who loved the one person who meant the most to them. This love for a man who they respected, who loved them unconditionally, who taught them the most important things, was the one unifying thing that brought them together every time.

Frank, who was Olivia's grandfather, w
Adriana Locke
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Okay. This was ridiculously adorable!
In a world where things are topsy-turvy, this book is what my heart and soul needed. Sweet, playful, and so much fun, BET THE FARM was a delight.
I'm always a sucker for a grumpy hero. When he's paired with a ray of sunshine like Olivia, it's gold. These two together are hysterical and you can't help but NEED them to be together. I was hyping them up from the first page. I was so invested in their enemies-to-lovers-but-not-really relationship and couldn't wip
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“Tell me I can’t milk a cow,” I muttered as I pulled on jeans and buttoned up a blue plaid shirt. “Oh, I’ll milk a cow,” I said to my boots, shoving in one foot, then the other. “I’m gonna milk her so good, she’s gonna need a smoke when it’s over.”

She smelled like flowers— not the old lady kind. The kind that made you sigh in the summertime and wish you lived in a meadow.

Priscilla pointed at her mother. “Bad word, Mama.” “Mama can say bad words because Mama knows how to use them.
Sentranced Jem

Words that describe Bet The Farm?
Fun, hilarious, sweet and oh so playful!
The dash of spice in the enemies to lovers trope doesn’t hurt either.

I really really REALLY enjoyed reading Bet The Farm.

Small town romance? check ✓

Enemies to lovers? Check ✓

Grumpy yet sexy hero? Check ✓

Fun, driven, independent, hilarious, sunshine-like heroine? Check check check! ✓
Did I mention that the heroine is a Lactose intolerant city girl who inherits a dairy farm? Hahaha!

Bet The Farm is a wonderful
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary Romance : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So freaking sweet!
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing

5 Cow Loving STARS

I didn’t know Bet the Farm was just was what I needed. It was the perfect escape from the chaos of the world - light and fun, humor for days, and a message of hope.

Olivia had me rolling with laughter. Everything from her antics to her crazy farm ideas, had me chuckling, and seeing Jake’s reactions only made it that much better.

Jake is the grumpy farmer we can’t help but love. Like most her heroes, he has such an original background, and I enjoyed the layers
Aug 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF at 40%

I'm done reading about some toad yelling at this girl for actually trying to work on this nearly out of business farm. I thought nearly 50% in he would turn into a decent human being - especially because she's raking in major cash each day to try and bail the farm out. Nope. EVERY interaction that they've had he's been dressing her down - with barely any fight back. And when he doesn't get good enough support for being a bully from the people around him? Get in the bunker, honey cause
Sherri Romero
Feb 26, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated the hero

Could not stand the hero. A bully, a misogynist, just a real jerk. Made it to 45% and then skimmed it to the end. After one last ugly scene, a miraculous reconciliation.

Don't waste your money
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Olivia Brent's suitcase has always been pink, from the moment she arrived on the farm for her grandfather to raise her, to the time she left to live life and attend school in New York. This time, though, the suitcase is full of the things she'll need to make her life on the farm. She knows her grandfather has trusted her with the farm and she wants to turn it around, if Jake Milovic will let her. He doesn't think she'll last three months, let alone
The Romantic Rush Blog
Bet the Farm delivers on all that we’ve come to expect and admire from Staci’s unique voice- a compelling and welcoming story brimming with charm, keen wit, equal dashes of quirkiness and angst, and a feel good journey story that's sincere artifice lies in its uncanny ability to both lull us with its pleasantness while simultaneously challenging and invigorating us with its hopeful emotional center, a heartfelt, simple yet profound message about how we can love each other a little better, how lo ...more
cat (catherynereads)
I think Staci needs to write small town romance for the rest of her life, because Bet the Farm made me SO happy! Did it have to do with all the pink? Maybe. The baby goats in pyjamas? Possibly. Two people coming together to save something they love? Probably. In all seriousness, this book was truly so heartwarming. I think the animals, small town charm and relationships really made this special.

This book follows the grumpy hero and sunshine heroine trope which I think at this point we all know,
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 ☆ | Grumpy-sunshine trope but make it boring (for me, obvs). I just think this author's works aren't for me... I love how she rebranded herself and now has all these cute covers with all the tropes, etc., but I think I've only enjoyed two of all her books and the rest just made me skip a ton to get to the end.

I'm not gonna lie, all that talk about the grandpa was very emotional and made me cry a little, but the main couple didn't move me a hair.
Kandi Steiner
WOW! Five stars and a big round of applause for this delightfully funny and heartwarming small town romance from Staci Hart. I have been dying for Hart to break out of New York City (where all her other books are set) and flex her muscles in a small town arena. Boy, did she deliver!

Bet the Farm is an emotional rollercoaster of a love story with the perfect balance of humor and heat. The angst danced with the romance in perfect tandem, and I was completely swept off my feet from the first chapter
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loveloveloved this book! It was so funny and sweet and emotional. I adored it!
Olivia and Jake were amazing! Together and as individuals they were incredible characters. Their chemistry, their banter, how both of them were so stubborn and made for each other.. gah! I couldn’t get enough of them. I think I have fallen in love with Jake, and not just because his last name is Milović ( but that was one of the reasons I picked up this book). He was so grumpy, so serious but with a heart of gold and
After her parents died when she was a young girl, Olivia’s Grandpa Frank raised her on his dairy farm in California. When she was 16, Olivia moved away to NYC to live with her aunt and now a decade later she’s finally returning home when Frank unexpectedly passes away. In his will, Frank left half of the farm to Olivia and the other half to Jake, who Frank took under his wing as a teen. Jake’s been working at the farm ever since and couldn’t imagine ever leaving.

Jake and Olivia constantly butt
Nikki (Deeply Bookish)
Aug 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a perfect summer read for me and I truly enjoyed the setting at the dairy farm - it was such a sweet change than just reading about big cities all the time. As someone that also lives on a small farm, I must say that the everything about the farm was written so well and the story line was very realistic.

The reason why I fell in love with Olivia instantly was because she reminded me so much of Miley from Hannah Montana movie when her dad took her back Crowley Corners. All of the sc
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As hard as it is to believe, Bet The Farm was the first book I’ve read by Staci Hart. How is that possible? I don’t know. Will it be my last? That’s a big fat NO. As a new to me author, I went into this book blind, but based on the adorable cover, I was expecting a sexy romcom read and that is exactly what I got.

Bet The Farm is a quirky enemies-to-lovers romance about a larger than life cowboy and a pint sized firecracker. Jake and Olivia are as different as night and day temperamentally. But d
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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"If Frank taught me one thing, it was that there is always hope. In the darkest night, at the lowest low, there is always hope.

What do you get when you mix a city girl that loves the color pink and is a ray sunshine and a grumpy, shirtless farmer that just wants to run the farm like it's been running? You get Olivia and Jake butting heads, trying to run a farm that has been left to the both of them. I'm a sucker for an enemies to lovers romance, but when you throw in a past, a small town and the
Olivia and Jake. Oh, my heart!

Enemies to lovers.
A pint-sized, red-headed city girl.
A big, muscled, grumpy, farmer.
Baby goats dressed in pajamas.

Bet The Farm was a perfectly swoony, hilarious, feelsy, 5 STAR read for me!

Olivia is a great female lead. She is driven and kind and stubborn and hard working. She is the perfect balance of strong and soft. Her innovative ideas to bring the farm more profits are met with constant push-back and she continues with her vision, despite one ver
Jeeves Reads Romance
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-arcs
Super cute with plenty of small town charm, this was a fun read. I love a playful enemies to lovers romance, and that's what this one was - these two clearly don't hate each other, but there's plenty of friction between them. They've got some great history and their friendly competition makes for some fun moments. I did think that the second half was stronger than the first, only because things were a little slow moving romance-wise, and our heroine almost had equal chemistry with another guy, w ...more
Oct 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Jake (male protagonist) was overly selfish and made so many hurtful remarks at Olivia (female protagonist) and she made these stupid excuses for him. So what if he’s in debt up to his eyeballs and is mourning? That doesn’t give anybody a right to be intentionally mean to other people.

He constantly talked condescendingly to her, rubbished all her plans, and was just nasty to her on several occasions. What irked the most was that whenever they would have one of their blown-up fights, she would cra
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book had all the right ingredients - cute animals, city girl taking over a farm, enemies to lovers - but somehow managed to be one of the most boring romances I've ever read. Jake was the human equivalent of a dumpster, Olivia literally did nothing wrong and kept getting blamed for everything, everyone kept shitting on her for her obsession with pink which came off as lowkey misogynistic, and there was ZERO chemistry in this so-called "romance novel". Jake and Olivia seemed like they legiti ...more
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
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May 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Yet again I'm baited with grumpy sunshine trope just to be asshole sunshine and there is difference if you disagree go argue with the wall.
But I still like tension between them in beginning just romance didn't deliver completely. I would read more book from this universe.

i swear— gorgeous + cute + colorful + bright + animated book covers are my kryptonite.

anyways, i found the banter between Olivia and Jake really witty in the beginning, but somewhere after they got together the romance and the plot kind of fell through. and, there wasn't much tension between them either when they were rivals plus the conflict between them towards the end was predictable.

but, overall it was a sweet small town romance. and, who doesn't like a small town romance because
Michele McMullen
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Oh my word this was so much fun and such a feel good read. Who doesn't love a grouchy hunk of a man known as Jake that has muscles for days and a delightful blast of sunshine like Olivia.
When Olivia's grandfather passes away it is time for this city girl to make her way home and help save the farm. She is ready to use what she has learned and put it to good use to breath new life into the old farm.
Jake he has only ever known one stable home and one constant mentor in his life and he has just lo
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