Hosen Fiona Riley s latest book Bet Against Me the time before was Finding Jessica Lambert by Clare Ashton Having read the book a few weeks ago and not trusting my memory to do it justice I decided to listen to the audiobook version narrated by Melissa SternenbergFirst of all I was surprised to realise I hadn t forgotten that much about the book And while I had a really hard time warming up to Trina when I first read it the initial nastiness between her and Kendall seemed balanced in audioMelissa Sternenberg s narration my first by her I think is pretty good even if I didn t find her voices distinctive enough It didn t bother me too much however And I enjoyed the story just as much as the first time Once again I probably overrated it a tad in my first review and objectively it s probably a 45 or even a 4 but as I ve said time and again my ratings reflect the feelings and emotions a book invokes in me And I m still as impressed as I was the first time with the fact that the author managed to make me love Trina by the end So I m happy with my 5 And even impatient for book 2 Bet the Farm Lauren s story yay coming out next May and book 3 which will focus on Ellison double yay Which reminds me that comment above about the voices in the audiobook not being distinctive enough It doesn t apply to Ellison s which totally made me swoonAnd I want to thank Fiona Riley again for making time to answer our uestions I loved this book I need to start with that because my journey to get there was rather circumvolutedTrina Lee is about to reach her goal as Realtor of the Year She has the best boss and the best team Her mother the head of her Vietnamese Chinese family might compare selling luxury real estate to selling yourself Trina is than proud of her accomplishments When the title eludes her she feels cheated all the so as the award goes to Kendall Yates daughter of the infamous real estate magnate Dick Yates Trina hates the idea that her hard work didn t prevail over nepotism When Trina and Kendall s bosses come up with the idea of a challenge between the two women Trina can t wait to show her rival what a really and truly good agent isI didn t check the blurb before opening Bet Against Me I only read blurbs for authors I don t now yet or those I ve had a bumpy experience with Fiona Riley isn t one of them so I didn t A few pages in I was almost regretting it Not for me for the author I don t want to not like a book because I made the wrong decision reading it It s not the author s fault when I don t care for a storyline that s clearly outlined in the blurb This novel had everything stacked against it at first I don t find real estate an exciting environment and I thought the main characters most unlikable especially Trina and her terrifyingly sharp tongue While I didn t change my mind about the
FIRST POINT I CAME TO REALISEpoint I came to realise characters really showed themselves in their worst light in those first chapters and they were a whole lot interesting and complex than they seemed I felt sad for Kendall and was glad she had best friend Margo Channing yes Riley went there by her side and I loved Trina with her loved ones from her friends and colleagues to her brother and his ids She s also much considerate with everyone she meets than she first lets on I really had everyone she meets than
she first lets on I really had hard time warming upfirst lets on I really had hard time warming up her and I love that Riley managed to make me like her a lot in the end after I was so worried that no one could get over the awfully hurtful stuff she flung at Kendall when they first met Fiona Riley made it believable and that was no mean featAnd the chemistry wow Honestly that first iss is a beauty I won t even comment on how hot the sex is because you Singing the Law know Fiona RileyWith Kendall s father as some sort of MacGuffin Iept waiting for the other shoe to drop And when it did boy did it hurt Then fortunately everything got better since it s a romance novel and an excellent one at that Fiona Riley plays with her characters and her readers feelings and emotions with obvious glee and the result is delightfully sweet and sexy with hints of tenderness mixed in with the sassy and at times snarky banter I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review It s happened If anyone s followed my Fiona Riley reviews they d see that for me nothing s been able to top her debut book Miss Match Well with utmost confidence I can say that Bet Against Me now reins as my favoriteWith Riley romances I get some of my favorite things brilliant gayueer women sassy dialogue sexy professional ladies in lovely fashion incredibly sexy scenes and something some lesfics forget FLIRTING This is one of those I hate you but you re so hot so there s sexual tension whenever we argue please Alchemic kiss my faceind of booksLet me get my nitpicks out the way This story starts out a little slow Lots of stuff about real estate which is the name of the game Is anyone familiar with Selling Sunset on Netflix I pictured that vibe early on but the world Riley builds is much interesting The other nitpick is a bit of overwriting Riley is definitely an info sponge and I can read all the research on my Kindle but sometimes less details is Now FORGET ABOUT ALL THAT Once Trina and Kendall start swapping barbs and spending time apart from their workmates it heats up Their chemistry is off the charts Usually my re reads of favorite chapters happen well after I m done with the book Not this time I read the view spoilerStarbucks hide spoiler. ?s reputation When her boss accepts a friendly bet that she can close the holy grail of property deals she’s not about to fold for anyone Especially not to overly cocky and annoyingly beautiful Trina Even if it breaks her heartA High Stakes Romance | Book 1Genres Contemporary Romanc. Fiona Riley s name on the cover is always enough for me to just pick the book up nothing further needed Happy to report that this one is a winner too Despite starting off a bit slow this one picked up pace uickly Fans of the enemies to lovers troupe are going to be thrilled with this read There s a lot of high stakes rivalry in this one set in the luxury real estate scene this time I m very thankful that this looks to be a series also can t wait to see what s coming up next Props to Riley for including a transgender character also 425 starsMany thanks to Bold Strokes for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Another fun read by Ms Riley I can t say I have ever been disappointed by her books She has a way of developing strong sexy assertive MCs that make me drool just a l il bit her story lines vary book to book and dang it all her writing is just simple and strong Nary a typo to be found and normally a pleasing flow Yes they are HEAs and predictable this one being no exception I saw immediately what was going to happen and it did So while this wasn t her strongest work I still enjoyedMy only drop of a star was due to the slow beginning with the dump of real estate speak I found myself skimming a bit as it got a little boring but the MCs still hooked me I really liked the Asian culture mixed into the story and the secondary characters were strong I had wondered if this would be a series like her Miss Match ones and am tickled to see that it is as some of these characters definitely have something to say Also the sex THE SEX RawrHooray yay read this it s fun won t develop world peace or anything but will certainly leave you short of breath a wee bit sweaty and smiling throughout 45 Since her debut novel Miss Match was published in 2016 I ve read all of Fiona Riley s books I enjoyed her first series Perfect match and was excited to start with Bet against me book one of her High Stakes series I loved it and can t wait to see what s coming in the next installmentTrina Lee and Kendall Yates are luxury property realtors working in competing companies both very ambitious and extremely good at what they do But there s just one place at the top and neither of them is willing to be second best When their respective employers decide to bet who will sell properties in one of the most expensive buildings in Boston both women jump at the chance to win the bet If only a pesky mutual attraction wouldn t get in their wayThis was an entertaining fun and hot novel and a very promising start of the High stakes series I admit that I wasn t a fan of Ms Riley s previous book Not since you but with this novel I m happy that she s back to writing what she does best hot and sweet romances with lovable characters and superb chemistryThis is an enemies to lovers romance with the setting of the cutthroat Boston luxury
REAL ESTATE ENVIRONMENT EVEN THEestate environment Even though the story sounds a bit extreme the real world Ms Riley has researched the business well and it works in the plot at least to an unknowledgeable person like me There is a good amount of detail about the real estate business and the fierce competition in that high end market I enjoyed reading about it a lotMs Riley s readers now that her books feature likable characters with great chemistry between them This book has it in spades and as usual the author delivers pent up sexual tension and hot intimate scenes Even though both leads come across as jerks at the beginning the story slowly reveals their human and lovable side and show why they are made for each other I wasn t that invested in the subplot of Kendall s past but it makes sense in the context of the story and helps to see the character in another lightOverall another entertaining fun and hot romance by Ms Riley I can t wait to see what s next in the series 5 starsARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewSee all my reviews at wwwlezreviewbookscom This was a very good read I have to be honest that I wasn t crazy about 2 out of the last 3 books Riley has written For me they were good but just missing that spark I m happy to last 3 books Riley has written For me they were good but just missing that spark I m happy to that this book was very enjoyable and like the Riley that wrote the Match series that I became such a fan of This was the steamy romance I was hoping for and I m excited to read in this seriesI m a big steamy romance fan and I also love the enemies to lovers trope And as someone who enjoys watching Mi I always jump at the chance to read a romance written by Fiona Riley There are several reasons for that Her books are always entertaining with exciting story lines gorgeous main characters and some of the steamiest love scenes around With Bet Against Me Ms Riley has created all of these elements and a whole lot in one amazing taleThis is an enemies to lovers romance with two successful realtors competing in a bet to see who can sell the most luxury condos within a certain time period Trina Lee and Kendall Yates are both very competitive Both dislike each other at first sight but there is also that pesky mutual attraction that they have This is one of those books that grabs you at the beginning and refuses to let you stop reading until the very end Trina and Kendall are ick ass women with looks style intelligence and the drive to compete and win The romance is off the charts steamy both erotic and romantic with lots of highs and lows The way Ms Riley builds romantic tension using both outside forces as well Trina Lee would sell her own mother’s house out from under her if it meant securing a sale no joke Her reputation as a ruthless deal closer and her record sales year in Boston’s luxury property market should’ve landed her Realtor of the Year so when the award goes to new girl ri. .
S the chemistry between the two characters is truly incredible The story itself is entertaining and exciting She has created a charming love story with this novel I totally enjoyed this romance and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great love storyI received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest reviewRainbow Reflections Trina is up for an award as luxury realtor of the year She is certain the award is hers because she is the best and has put in all the hard work necessary She didn t factor Kendall another realtor who is new to the area into the euation This is a haters to lovers ind of romance it looks like a new series is coming too High Stakes 1 is the under title of this one set in the high realtors world This story has as main protagonists two women lesbians feminine gorgeous the best in their working world as real estate agents of luxury homes But Trina was the best in Boston until Kendall arrived from Connecticut and snatched the title of Best Realtor of the Year without Trina being able to figure out how it happenedAnd after a tough first meeting due to this fact and a situation caused by the owners of the real estate companies in which they work they are forced to compete openly to sell a super luxury development that is under constructionIn addition to this personal struggle at work they also have to face the attraction they feel from the first moment And in this aspect the story has many heated situations during the development of the personal relationship between them Some steamy ones Some really sweet Points in favor for my liking are the lack of malice and resentment of the two women despite having some baggage from their past that could have soured themThe plot had to have its share of tension that undercurrent with Kendall s father was created throughout history something dramatic inevitably had to happen It was fine with me despite my usual reluctance to pointless dramaSo this has been a pretty classic romance with some touches of sexual and racial diversity which I really liked definitely An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review My first book by this author is an entertaining romance with enemies to lovers troupe in the setting of high luxury real estate A business I now nothing about and in which I would never be successful because for me luxury is other things than lots of money expensive cars designer clothes and luxury apartments But it was entertaining to have a look insideAfter the new id on the block in high luxury real estate Kendall Yates snatched the title of Realtor of the Year from Trina Lee under her nose it was basically a war between the two extremely competitive women But then the two enemies were driven by their bosses into a competition that neither of them wanted to enter But also neither of them wanted to look like a coward either so they submitted to the wishes of their bosses And both agreed independently of each other to put the annoyingly beautiful competitor in her place would be the sweet icing on the cake to win the competitionWhat I really liked about this
story is how the author manages to bring the two uasi MORTAL ENEMIES CLOSER TOGETHER IN A RELATIVELYis how the author manages to bring the two uasi MORTAL ENEMIES CLOSER TOGETHER IN A RELATIVELY TIME enemies closer together in a relatively short time both women start to think about their prejudices towards the other and uestion them I liked that one of them was an Asian woman and we get a few glimpses into their family traditions And Fiona Riley is a master in building up sexual tension and chemistry which culminates in hot and steamy sex But the best scene in the book for me was the first date of the two It started out really hot and promised so much of the same but then everything changed and the unexpected family scene really got to me I love it when an author can get to my heart and this scene totally did And I really liked the secondary characters Lauren Jax and Ellison It adds diversity and shows friendship and a boss everyone likes to haveBut there are a few things in the story that I didn t uite understand or that I missed As I m a character driven reader I wanted to now about the MCs For example why does Trina obviously or maybe only for me have trust issues I wanted to Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change know about her upbringing and family expectations what happened to her what made her the way she is I had trouble getting warm with her character but on the other hand was she very intriguing I very much liked how she cared for her friends and how she paid attention to people and made them a joy But every time I thought I like her she said or did something and I was back to think why that harsh reaction why is she bitching I would also like tonow about Kendall about her family history I liked her from the beginning although she had behaved badly at the beginning too But as this is the start of a series we will get to Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature know them better in the next booksAnd then there was this build up of tension with the impossible and dangerous evil father of Kendall which then in my humble opinion dissolved into a very uick solution I expected a little danger from this scene For me it happened too fast But maybe it s just my thriller heart that wanted It is an absolutely entertaining romance and a good start to a series I m looking forward to getting from Trina Kendall Lauren Jax and EllisonMy rating 425 stars Edit October 19th 2020As I ve said before my friends and I have these book club chats once in a while and this time we had Val Kendall Yates Trina is left speechless And okay turned onKendall made enemies than friends the night of her big win but she couldn’t care less She’s the best and she has the obnoxious glass paperweight to prove it This is the edge she needs to escape the shadow of her family?.