November 29, 2014

REVIEW: Betting On It (Callahan Brewery #1) By, Violet Blake

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Recent college grad Blair Bartlett thought she had it all—until one near-death experience destroyed everything. Now she’s starting over halfway across the country with zero confidence, zero trust, and zero in the bank. 

On the eve of her canceled wedding, her so-called friends formulate a bet to dig Blair out of her rut: in the next thirty days, she has to complete ten erotic dares that would make most married women blush. The stakes are high, and this is one bet she can’t lose. 

Wary of messy entanglements, she recruits her best friend’s older brother—and longtime friend—Sawyer Callahan. Deemed Colorado’s most eligible bachelor, he’s successful, fun-loving, and knows exactly how to make a girl, um…swoon. 

But as the weeks tick by, Blair knows the friendship has become much more than she’s bargained for. And something dark in Sawyer’s past is threatening to ruin their future before it even had a chance.

Violet Blake’s debut novel sucked me in from the very first page and kept me turning them until the end. The book was well written and the flow was mostly perfect. Each character had their own backstory and each character was well developed. Both the two main characters and their friends.

Blair is the daughter of a political figure and has had her whole life planned out for her. She has never really felt what it was like to be loved by her family and when she survives a near-death incident she realizes she can’t live that way anymore. She breaks off her engagement and moves across the country. On the night of her bachelorette party her friends make her a bet she really can’t refuse. Blair is a really strong character. She has had a lot of terrible things happen to her but she is still determined to make her life work on her own. She has a great sense of humor and learns to live her own life.

Sawyer has had his own troubled past. His parents were murdered when he was younger and now he is just coming back out of the shell it put him in. He still has horrible nightmares and now he is the new COO of Callahan Breweries. He has been waiting for his chance with Blair and now that he has found out about the bet his cousins made with her, he knows this is his in. Sawyer is one sexy man in this book and he knows it. He is also sweet, caring, and kind to Blair and tries to give her everything she needs to feel comfortable. Sawyer has his own secrets that he tries to keep to himself but he fights through them to be the man he needs to be for Blair.

Overall this was a great debut novel. There were some parts of the story that I got a little bored with but there were not many. Sawyer and Blair’s relationship was put together nicely and really well written. Violet Blake can write some steamy scenes. There were enough to keep the book at a decent steam level but too many to make the book feel like a porno and nothing else. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more from this author!

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