Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: All Bets Are On by Cynthia Cooke

Title: All Bets Are On
Author: Cynthia Cooke
Source: Entangled Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: September 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

The Prince of Hell needs to get laid. Well, according to his minions, anyway. Now
Derek Wescott, ruler of the Eighth Level of Hell, has been set up on an online date. And worse still, his minions are placing bets that Derek won't be able to entice the sweet yet plain Jaclyn Reynolds into bed before midnight. But Derek has no intention of losing the bet. Not now. Not ever.

Jaclyn, on the other hand, is in danger of losing everything. The charity she runs is in trouble, and she is desperate for cash. The moment she sees her absolutely gorgeous—and insanely wealthy—date, she knows she's in way over her head. She also knows his type all too well, and it will be a cold day in Hell before she ever gets into his bed. Yet Derek offers her a friendly wager: he'll give $10,000 to her charity if she can resist him.

The wagers have been set. The game has begun. And Derek will do just about anything to ensure that Jaclyn is completely—and infernally—his...
Derek has been in a bad mood for about 100 years (or so his minions think).  So they have the brilliant idea of setting him up on a blind date through an online dating site.  Now, as a prince of hell, Derek doesn't like the idea too much but follows through when they bet him he can't get her to sleep with him.  Now I know, I know, we're all thinking "what a jerk".  But Derek is really such a sweetheart.  His job is to punish people in the corporate world that do bad deeds.

Jaclyn is another reluctant online dater.  But she has sworn off dating - especially good looking guys - she just knows they're all players and will lover her and leave her behind.  When this reluctant couple finally meet, sparks fly in some very snappy dialogue.  I absolutely loved it!  Jaclyn is a snarky (if a bit obnoxious at times) strong woman that just doesn't realize how strong she is yet.

There is some family drama on Derek's side that drags Jaclyn in as some possible collateral damage, and some crime solving that really freaks her out and hits close to home.  I love how Derek was willing to do anything to try and get to know her better.  He sees something special in her and wants to find out what it is and make her his.

This was a good mix of romance with just a touch of humorous dialogue, some really hot characters, and some nasty bad guys.  I would have liked to see more of the motivation behind Derek's family drama a bit, but at the end of the book a lot is revealed.  It was just quite a surprise.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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