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The Nashville Bet by Shana Gray
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When Ava's boss can't use his tickets to the Country Music Association (CMA) Fest, he offers them to her, along with his luxury suite at a fancy hotel. Ava jumps at the chance to invite her three best friends--Fredi, Celia and Bonnie-- to join her in Nashville for a weekend of country music, bar hopping on Broadway, good food and good times. They start their long weekend with line dancing at Wildhorse Corral, where Ava, in her new sparkly red cowboy boots, struggles to learn the dance steps. A man behind her mis-stepped and she landed, with her friends, heaped in a pile on the floor. He helped them all up off the floor, but felt an instant attraction to "Sparkly Boots" -- the nickname he had given Ava. Looking at her, he felt like his breath had been knocked out of him. It was a feeling he hadn't experienced in a long time. Ava and her friends just stared at him because he was "drop-dead gorgeous.'

When they introduced themselves, Ava discovered the man--Chase Hudson--was the person Ava was supposed to meet to pick up the CMA tickets for her friends.

As they sat down on one of the bar stools, Ava discovered something else about the man. A swarm of women surrounded him and asked for his autograph. Realizing he must be famous, she does a quick search on her phone while he signs autographs. Turns out that he was more than just gorgeous. He was also an up and coming country music star. She discovered that although he was single, he had a bit of a bad boy reputation. She thought about the fact that many musicians cheated--and he was obviously at the Wildhorse with another woman. Besides, he lived in Nashville and she lived in another city. So, despite her attraction to him, she decided that he wasn't relationship material -- it would never work out. So she thanked him for the tickets and left to join her friends on the dance floor.

Chase was disappointed -- he thought that she seemed interested in him, but perhaps she didn't like country music? At the same time, he was intrigued. Women didn't usually walk away from him when they realized who he was. When he discovers that one of his friends is having a dance tomorrow night, he decides to invite Ava and her friends. He wasn't about to give up on her yet; she just needed to experience some of his southern country boy charm!

Does Ava accept Chase's invitation to the dance? Do they act on their attraction to each other? Does it lead to something more than just attraction?

And what is the "Nashville Bet" that occurs during the story? I guess you'll just need to read the book to find out!

I enjoyed reading this book. It's the second one that I've read by Shana Gray. She has a series of four books, each one highlighting one of the four friends and how each one discovers love. All are set in different cities. It's fun to get acquainted with each of the four women and learn about their unique personalities. The stories draw you in--you feel like you're one of the group as you experience the up's and down's of each woman's new relationship.

I'll definitely be reading more of Gray's books!

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February 13, 2019 – Shelved

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