Sunday, 21 August 2016

Review: The Boyfriend Bet by Chris Cannon

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.

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.

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Expected publication: August 22nd 2016 by Entangled: Crush 
Series: The Boyfriend Chronicles #2
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

The Boyfriend Bet is the second book in The Boyfriend Chronicles but it can be read as a stand alone. I did not have the opportunity to read the first book and in no way did it affect my enjoyment of this one.

This book tackled the ever confusing and complicated issue of high school dating. You know...where rumours and gossip are abundant and status and opinions mean everything. In The Boyfriend Bet there was Zoe who was a local and considered a "hick", and Grant who was the popular "rich snob." It wasn't hard to see that they were complete opposites yet there was an underlying attraction from the very beginning. Of course, in high school it could never be as easy as two people liking each other. There are always outside influences and over thinking brains to contend with.

My initial thoughts were that this book was really cute. I liked that Zoe had spunk and what appeared to be a strong personality. She seemed like a no nonsense kind of girl. I wasn't sure about Grant but I was hopeful that Zoe would be a good influence on him. As the story progressed I have to admit that Zoe lost some of her appeal for me and I continued to be unsure of Grant. Zoe went from strong and quirky to a little whiny and a bit of a push over. Grant continued to make mistake after mistake and she would continuously get mad and then forget it. I completely understand that this is typical teenage angst but Grant was a real jerk on numerous occasions. It made it difficult for me to route for the two of them because I kept thinking that she could do better.

Perhaps I was over thinking the whole story. I remember what it was like to be in high school and how the simplest things could be complicated and cause drama. This book really showcased that and how difficult the dating game can be at that age. I didn't always agree with Zoe's actions and rarely ever agreed with Grant's but as a whole I think it was a pretty accurate depiction of the complicated thing known as high school dating.

**Side Note**  All the baking and talking about food made me hungry and had me digging through my cupboards to see what I could bake.

About the Author
Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

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