(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Boyfriend Chronicles #2
Published by Entangled Teen Crush on August 22nd 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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.
My Entangled Teen obsession might start to become a problem. All of the books from their House are adorable and tell a story that I love reading. Don’t expect them all to be light, but The Boyfriend Bet had that wonderful quality.
Remember Nathan Scott from Season 1 of One Tree Hill? Grant Evertide was basically Nathan Scott from the first two episodes—the one that flirted with all the girls, had some questionable choices, and dark hair and amazing eyes. I tried to figure out why I liked him so much from the beginning, even though he had the tendency to be a jerk, and that was why. I saw the redeemable side of him, so did Zoe Cain. Grant told half of the story, and being inside of his head, figuring out how he navigated through life, kept me entertained. There were moments when I wanted to strangle him, and there were moments that I wanted to hug him.
Zoe was unique and uber sarcastic. She also wanted to prove her brother, Jack, wrong no matter what it took. The book began with a bang in order for her to grate Jack’s nerves, and color me surprised when Grant got roped into her antics in the first couple of paragraphs. I loved her spunk and refusal to conform to the norm. She already stood out being a “hick,” one who transferred to the private school in town for junior and senior year, surrounded by those that had been there since freshmen year. She showed everyone that she was much more than that. Zoe liked to bake, and had a knack for it, she enjoyed killing zombies, and she didn’t shy away from threatening someone with one of the many shotguns in her arsenal. Yeah, she had spunk. Just try not to like her.
Zoe and Grant’s relationship started as a way to get on Jack’s nerves, but her relationship with her best friend, Delia, was pure. Delia had crazy hair and a larger-than-life personality. She and Zoe went together like peanut butter and jelly, different from each other but complimentary. I would love for her to have her own book, especially considering her budding romance with Aiden.
Grant and Zoe had a strange relationship. I didn’t doubt for a second that Grant was not using her, which made me pause when I thought about the title. The actual boyfriend bet proposed in the book was kind of thrown out there randomly, and I didn’t get how it played such a central role in the plot. Grant and Aiden kind of mentioned idea one day, but it was never the focus like I had anticipated. Nevertheless, I enjoyed how that tiny conversation sort of played as catalyst for Grant and Zoe’s connection. Though, to be honest, they had something undeniable. They were an unlikely pair like I’ve never seen before. Cannon touched the rich boy/peasant girl troupe but didn’t focus on it. I loved that! They had class distinctions, but the main issue was that Grant just couldn’t commit the way he (much to his chagrin) and Zoe wanted him to. Money played a role, as did appearance, but it didn’t drown everything else out.
Light, airy, and hilarious, The Boyfriend Bet pleased my romance-loving soul. The kisses were steamy, detention became a thing of romance, and the intricacies of baking kept things sweet. Even though this is the second in a series, you don’t have to start at book one. I have no idea what book one is even about and still enjoyed this one. Get your copy as soon as possible, because as I said multiple times while reading, this story is cah-uttte!