Lynn Painter never disappoints! The Love Wager was such a fun read that I gobbled it up in two sittings. Hallie and Jack are hilarious together and they are both clueless for so much of the book that it just made it that much more fun. Painter writes the best banter and her characters are flawed and fully human in the best ways – they make dumb mistakes and adopt cats (!) and do things I find myself thinking I absolutely would have done when I was younger. I find myself laughing out loud so often with her books. My family probably thinks I need a new hobby (ha!) but I actually just need more of Lynn Painter’s books because they bring such laughter and joy with a side of simmering heat and some ‘oh no! don’t do that!’ I already can’t wait for her next book. I guess I’ll just have to reread this one!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult.
She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of.
Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward.
Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together.
Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off.
As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they each struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.