All Bets Are On by Charlotte Phillips: Review

October 8, 2013 Reviews 0

All Bets Are OnThe stakes are high, but the prize is worth it! 

Ask Alice Ford to shine in the boardroom and it’s a done deal. Ask her to go on a first date, however, and she’s a quivering mess! So, when she discovers that she’s the target of an office bet—to get her into bed—it’s her professional nightmare! 

Office legend Harry Stephens is her unlikely savior. He even volunteers to teach her just how to avoid a heartbreaker. After all, it takes one to know one…. 

But what is Harry really after? And when his kisses throw a curveball into the situation, is Alice ready to gamble everything for love?

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. Right? At least that’s what Alice has tried to do. She’s built for herself what she believes to be a respected and excellent reputation at work, after some poor treatment in the past. When she discovers that some of the men in the office have a book running on who can crack her shell and get her into bed, the memories of the past come flooding back. But this time Alice won’t take it lying down. She’s going to use this experience to prove a point and learn about dating.

Problem is, she has unknowingly picked the ringleader of the bet, office Lothario Harry Stephens, to be her test case. Neither of them ever planned on falling for each other. What will happen when Alice finds out what Harry’s been up to?

I love the chemistry between Alice and Harry. The banter is witty and interesting, and you can feel them growing ever closer. Alice is wonderful. I love that she didn’t want to lay down and be a victim – the fact that she isn’t makes her a winner in my eyes. Watching her call Harry out on his crap is fabulous. Harry…dear Harry. You are a bit of a tart, my dear, but a tart with heart. His struggles with his conscience and his growing feelings for Alice were really well done. He could have come across as a douche bag – at the start, let’s face it, he was heading there – but I just thought his progression and growth was lovely.

This is the first book that I have read by Charlotte Phillips, and after reading All Bets are On, I can quite happily say it will not be the last. She has a really lovely voice, and I very much enjoyed watching how she allowed her characters to grow and change.

My rating: 4 out of 5

Release Date: 23 July 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon – Nook – Harlequin

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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