Friday, May 27, 2016

BET ON ME by @MiaHoddell #BookReview + #GIVEAWAY

BET ON ME by Mia Hoddell
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Page Count: 290
​It’s all a game until they’re betting with their lives.

Alaya Matthews is in search of freedom. Tired of her mundane life, she packs everything she owns into two bags and heads for Europe. Her plan is simple: see the world and be adventurous, don’t get tied down, don’t settle for less than her heart’s desires, and never fall in love.

However, Alaya didn’t plan for Cole Ashford.

Drawn to her love of life, Cole wants to know how to live again. For seven years he’s been dead inside, and the numerous threats hanging over his head have finally caught up with him. What Cole doesn’t realise is accepting Alaya’s help will mean confronting every part of his tainted past. Alaya is desperate to know what haunts him, and she’s so certain he’ll reveal it she invents a bet he can’t refuse.

One is never enough though, and as they grow closer together, the more daring their wagers become. Neither of them will back down from a challenge, but the stakes are being raised. Gambling on Cole may cost Alaya her heart, or even worse, her life.

Sale is ending!

This is my first book by Mia Hoddell and I can honestly say it won't be my last. Bet On Me was action-packed with a lingering suspense that had me fully intrigued, wanting to read more about Cole and Alaya. One thing I really liked about Mia's writing was how she developed the chemistry between the two main characters. I felt that I was getting to know each of them just as the other character...if that makes any sense at all. I loved their wittiness, sarcasm, and banter! I found myself giggling a few times while reading those scenes. These "smartassy" moments lightened the mood throughout the novel. 

I am a huge, huge fan of Romantic Suspense books and I feel like Mia Hoddell did a great job when writing hers. She maintained my curiosity regarding Cole's character intact! I was antsy to know his secrets – what and who he was running from! 

One huge plus for me while reading this book was how normal Cole was. He was very protective of Alaya, but it's wasn't overly played like most authors do when writing an alpha male character. Cole was just like any other regular guy who's in love and wants nothing more than to protect the love of his life! That was like a breath fresh air!

Overall, there were a couple parts that I found myself skimming through, which is why I can't give this book the full 5 stars, but it did NOT happen often and it's still a book I very much recommend as I did generally enjoy it! I will be checking out Mia Hoddell's other books for sure! 

He shook his head in despair. “I’m beginning to think I made a mistake trying to save you. You’re not going to make my life easy, are you?”

I clutched my hands to my chest, giving him my best dreamy-eyed swoon. “Aww, you were trying to save me. You’re so sweet! And for the record, no, I’m not going to make your life easy. But hey,” I shrugged, “it was your choice. You could always save me by boxing him against the window and leaving me in peace.”

“Oh really? Maybe I’ll just go to the toilet instead and leave you to fend for yourself.” He kicked one leg out into the aisle, moving to stand. When his body shifted, it gave me another glimpse of the greasy-haired man who watched us from the corner of his eye and reached for his bag, as if ready to pounce as soon as Hazel … uh, Cole moved.

Throwing away all self-respect, I reached out and grabbed his wrist. “No!”

He sniggered and collapsed back against the seat with a smirk. “So you do need saving.”

I narrowed my eyes at him. “You’re cruel.”

“Sweetheart, you don’t know me, remember? Don’t sound so surprised.”

My jaw dropped at his words and my gaze shifted nervously around the carriage. Maybe I was better off taking my chances with the other guy. I swallowed hard.

“I’m not your sweetheart.”

“Would you prefer it if I called you Ice Queen or Gingernut instead? Because I didn’t think those would go over as well.”

Glowering at him for flipping my line back around on me, I folded my arms across my chest. I refused to rise to his teasing and ask why those names. Gingernut obviously came from the way my hair changed colour in the sun. However, Ice Queen could have been because of a number of things.

“This is the part where you’re supposed to give me your name,” he prompted when I didn’t respond.

“You could always not talk to me. Problem solved.”

“Sweetheart it is.”

#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning. 

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me. 

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs. 

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