by Chris Cannon
Series: Boyfriend Chronicles #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 22nd 2016 by Entangled Crush
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.
Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Zoe doesn’t like being told what to do. When her brother, Jack, tells her she shouldn’t even consider Grant as boyfriend material, she sets out to prove him wrong. Grant was immediately roped into Zoe’s antics, which he totally didn’t mind. Both of these characters were in for more than what they bargained for.
“Grant, do you have a girlfriend who would mind if you kissed me to piss off my brother?”
In answer, he leaned down and pressed his mouth against mine. Bam. Instant heat.
Zoe started off as a spunky, sarcastic and peculiar character. Grant was in for a while ride with this girl. Her antics had me laughing and giggling through the majority of the story. Despite liking Zoe, I had moments when I wouldn’t like her much. She would turn into a little bit controlling and jealous person when it came to Grant. I understand why, but at the same time, she would go about it the wrong way. I wish she had stayed how she started off. It would have made the story all the more entertaining.
Grant was a character that I immediately gravitated towards to despite his cocky personality. At times, I would get frustrated by him and his indecision, but most of the time I just wanted to hug him and never let go. Being able to read from Grant’s point of view made the story so much better, in my opinion.
Some girl should write a guide deciphering all the things guys say.
Zoe’s and Grant’s relationship was actually fun. I was enjoying it a lot, especially with all the trouble they would get into. There were very few moments when I doubted Grant, mostly because of the title of this book. I have to say that “the bet” wasn’t that big of a deal as the title and synopsis make it out to be. It wasn’t even a focus in the story as it should have been. I mean, I’m glad it wasn’t, but it is misleading. Plus, Zoe’s and Grant’s kisses are probably the steamiest I’ve read in a YA novel!
I was happy that their difference in class didn’t play a role in their relationship. Grant comes from money, whereas Zoe doesn’t. When I read this early on, I was dreading what was to come. Thankfully, the author didn’t place this as the twist of the story, which I was so grateful for! What was unfortunate was that I felt like along the way the story lost its momentum. Regardless of this, I was able to enjoy the story in its entirety.
I loved that this story involved a strong sibling relationship between Zoe and Jack—it shows the bad and it shows the good. Their relationship was fun to read about. It also involved a strong friendship with Zoe and Delia. These two girls were very tight and always there for one another, which I totally loved!
Overall, The Boyfriend Bet is a light, cute story that shows the joys and the conflicts of dating in high school.
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