BETTING THE BAD BOY by Stefanie London. Excerpt. Review and more!

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He’s an expert at breaking the rules…
BETTING THE BAD BOY
Behind the Bar #3
Stefanie London
Releasing May 8th, 2017
Entangled Lovestruck
Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in
romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she
scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.
 
 Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in
the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now
he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it
alone.
Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her
mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re
working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the
rules…    
Betting the Bad Boy
Betting the Bad Boy by Stefanie LondonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars
This delightfully entertaining read will bring a smile with its flirty, sexy and fun protagonists.

“You think you’re so charming.” She folded her arms across her chest…
“But I hate to break it to you, I’m immune.”

Paige Thomas had a life plan to achieve perfect happiness. She was unwilling the deviate from it until she losses her dream job because she unwisely mixes business with pleasure and now Paige desperately needs to find a job to help her stay afloat in the big city otherwise she’ll have to go back to her small town home. Rather than face defeat, she takes a barista job under the management of sexy Noah Reid. Can she resist from blurring lines and stray further from her grand plan?

Noah would like nothing more than to keep his life simple, unattached and free from big responsibilities. Raised in foster care, he’s afraid of letting down and being let down. But when his best friend leaves his bar to Noah’s care for a month he has no other choice but to hire help in the form of a gorgeous, outspoken aspiring accountant. Can he convince Paige that being flexible and having some fun is a good thing?


“You might not be looking for it, but you want it. I’d put my last dollar on that.”
“You want to make a bet? Fine… From now on I’ll keep my lips to myself.”

This was a fun, fast pace, lighthearted read. Paige and Noah have some witty and steamy verbal foreplay going on right from the start which is fueled by their competitiveness. There were very few limits to what they would bet each other on, but they tended to stick with the steamy kind which were doomed to fail because of their undeniable chemistry.


She wasn’t only attractive to him physically – her attitude, her spark, her quick wit all appealed to him at the deepest level.

Paige is a determined goodie two shoes. A bit naïve and indecisive, whose mixed signals gave me a bit of whiplash. But her steadiness helps Noah with his trust issues, even though at first glance you wouldn’t detect any chinks in his delicious armor. He’s a sexy bad boy with a gooey middle. He’s protective of his three foster sisters and loyal to his friends. I liked how Paige and Noah meet each other half way, he shows her how to enjoy life without it having to be perfect and she shows him that having someone to share life with is wonderful.

Betting the Bad Boy is book #3 in the Behind the Bar series by Stefanie London. It is a cute and sweet standalone contemporary romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.

Excerpt

She held the blindfold while trying to ignore the flutter of excitement in her stomach. Her fingers toyed with the elasticated band meant to hold the mask in place.

“Both partners are going to get a turn at being blindfolded,” Libby said from the front of the room. “Between yourselves, pick who’s going to go first.”

Noah looked down at her, a smirk tugging at the corner of his lips. He ran a hand along his jaw, catching the reddish-gold bristles of his burgeoning beard. For a moment, Paige was totally captured with the idea of how the bristles might feel on her skin. Would they be smooth or rough? Would she shriek if he brushed them along her inner thigh?

“What do you say, new girl?” He cocked his head. “Would you rather do the blindfolding or be blindfolded?”

At that point she would have been happy to go all in— blindfolded, tied up, and held down.

Holy crap, would you listen to yourself? This is a work function, not a goddamn re-creation of Fifty Shades.

“Blindfolded,” she squeaked, thrusting the mask into his hands and spinning so quickly that she almost lost her footing.

“You know, I’ve never done this before.” His hand steadied her, the reassuring warmth of his touch seeping into her skin. Her bones felt like jelly.

“Blindfolded someone?” she asked, cringing at how shaky her voice sounded.

“Ah, no. I meant the taste test.” He chuckled as he slipped the mask over her eyes.

Heat rushed up to Paige’s cheeks. Of course he meant the taste test. What an idiot she was. Just because her brain was earning an R-rating tonight didn’t mean his was, too. She fought back a tremor as he brushed some loose hairs from her neck so he could adjust the strap on the mask.

Everything went dark, and Paige gripped the edge of the table for support.

Warm breath whispered over her ear, and she could tell he’d leaned in a little closer. The scent of coffee and faded cologne tempted her to turn her head toward the source.

“I’ve definitely blindfolded someone before, but it wasn’t for a taste test.”
Her breath hitched, and she was grateful that she’d had the presence of mind to hold on to something.

“Oh.”

He chuckled. “Yeah, that’s what she said.”

Holy. Freaking. Shit.

Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of over
ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart. Growing up, Stefanie
came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise
Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the
semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very
practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing
emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction
and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.
 
Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is
currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently
indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie
movies.
 

One thought on “BETTING THE BAD BOY by Stefanie London. Excerpt. Review and more!

    Allisia with Tasty Book Tours said:
    May 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Thank you so much for the review and hosting today!

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