In Review: The Bet (The Players #1) by Elizabeth Hayley

Posted July 20, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Bet (The Players #1) by Elizabeth HayleyThe Bet by Elizabeth Hayley
Series: The Players #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: SMP Swerve
Format: eARC, 274 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Jace "the Jet" Benning is a legend on the football field. And off. He has the arm, the charm, and the reputation of being the hottest player in the league.

Too bad Dr. Alessandra Mastrazacoma is not impressed.

With a busy schedule and a bruised heart, Alessandra doesn't have time to date, but when she is lured into making a friendly bet with her best friend, she finds herself agreeing to go out with the next guy that asks...and to give him three shots, three dates, before pulling the plug.

Jace also has a friendly wager with his friends going, and it involves making sure the slightly klutzy, but very pretty, doctor will be his date to the biggest night in sports. With two wagers and two hearts on the line, will Aly and Jace win or are they betting to lose?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I discovered Elizabeth Hayley back in 2015 with their Strictly Business series. I’ve been waiting to see what they would do next and, as soon as I saw the cover and the blurb for The Bet, I knew I had to have it. Sports romance is one of my favorite tropes — especially when we’re talking football. And, since we’re in that time of the year where I’m devouring all the football books while I wait for the new season to start, I was even more excited.

The Bet was a good, solid read. It was like a dirty version of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days (or any other “bet” rom com), but with a unique heroine. I love a smart, awkward heroine, but I have to admit I had a little bit of trouble connecting with Aly at first. It happened though. It just took some time. I had to adjust to her straightforward and dry manner of communicating. Once I did, I realized that I rather liked her. Jace, on the other hand, I was on board with from the start. He was persistent when he wanted something — in this case, Aly — and I really enjoyed the connection between the two of them. Opposites certainly attracted here, but it really worked. I also liked that, in a twist on the “bet” thing that I’m accustomed to seeing, this time the bet was put to rest before it could do any true damage. (Even if it did become a point of conflict later, it wasn’t at the level it tends to be in books or movies.)

This book delivered the awkward, the funny and the sexy. Slight spoiler ahead. I’m not really used to reading about anal sex in books (or, not in M/F books anyhow) but I thought they did a good job with it here. It seemed a little odd at first, given Aly’s at times prickly disposition, but I think it really did help to allow them to connect on another level. It showed she trusted him, maybe more than she let on, even. There were several moments in the book where we got to see a bit more of the Aly underneath and I found those were some of the most enjoyable ones to me. All in all though, I thought she was a great character and her romance with Jace was great and fitting. It was nice to watch both of them grow during this book. Plus there were some pretty serious swoons along the way, too.

The Bet puts The Players series off to a strong start and I, for one, am absolutely interested in seeing where it goes from here!


“Have a good day, Dr. Coma. You ever need a kissing buddy again, let me know.”

The bitches are coming, the bitches are coming, she thought, feeling like Paul Revere offering a warning about the arrival of the enemy. 

About Elizabeth Hayley

Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin).

"Elizabeth" lives with her husband, daughter, and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband, son, and her own crazy dog. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

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