Title: Bet On It
Author: Jodie Slaughter
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: July 12th, 2022
The first time Aja Owens encounters the man of her dreams, she’s having a panic attack in the frozen foods section of the Piggly Wiggly. The second time, he’s being introduced to her as her favorite bingo buddy’s semi-estranged grandson. From there, all it takes is one game for her to realize that he’s definitely going to be a problem. And if there’s anything she already has a surplus of, it’s problems.
In Walker Abbott’s mind, there are only two worthwhile things in Greenbelt, South Carolina. The peach cobbler at his old favorite diner and his ailing grandmother. Dragging himself back after more than a decade away, he’s counting down the days until Gram heals and he can get back to his real life. Far away from the trauma inside of those city limits. Just when he thinks his plan is solid, enter Aja to shake everything up.
A hastily made bingo-based sex pact is supposed to keep this…thing between them from getting out of hand. Especially when submitting to their feelings means disrupting their carefully balanced lives. But emotions are just like bingo callers—they refuse to be ignored.
Jodie Slaughter’s Bet on It is a heart-stoppingly fun, emotional romance that will have readers falling in love until long after the last page is turned.
I absolutely love bingo. So when I saw a romance book where the leads go to bingo with the male lead’s grandma who just happens to be the female lead’s best friend – I knew I had to read it. Add in a plus size female lead who deals with crippling anxiety and a male lead with a sad back story – hits all the buttons for me.
Aja moved to a small town to work on her anxiety and slowly re-enter a life of being social. Walker returns to his small hometown to help take care of his grandma even though he left the town 10 years ago and never looked back. These two have a couple of chance meetings where sparks fly, and eventually enter into a sex pact (because why not?). Neither are prepared for permanence, but we don’t always get what we ask for.
I enjoyed the representation in this book, I felt it was indicative of how someone who is plus size and anxious would feel/react (I am both of those things so I write from experience). I loved Walker as a hero even if Aja didn’t always grab me and keep my attention. I did love her side journey to making friends as a cute addition. And of course the bingo.
A solid romance, but lacked something to make it spectacular.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
Happy reading, folks!