I’m always up to trying new to me to authors. Not too long ago, a few authors I like were promoting Maria Ann Green’s upcoming book Betting on Sin. The story sounded something I’d love, so I just had to sign up to review. Betting on Sin released yesterday and today I want to talk about this book.
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
Greta has been here before. Like, literally. She was just in this Las Vegas penthouse a couple months ago. Back then she was meeting Finn, the handsome bachelor looking for love, on The Lock—the most popular reality dating TV show around. But when she was here last time she was dumped, and went home alone instead of engaged. Life sucks sometimes.
But, other times, that same life has a beautiful way of showing you why it sucked so hard before – so you can appreciate what comes next even more. Because now Greta is the next lucky bachelorette to have thirty or so men worshiping her while she breaks up with them one at a time. It’s weird to be recognized in public, and even weirder to have so many dudes fighting over her. Actually after just a couple days it’s kind of exhausting, especially when she’d rather send all but a couple of them home. Be careful what you wish for, right?
Throughout the whirlwind Greta spends more time with her personal cameraman, Oliver, than she does on Trysts with the guys she’s supposed to be falling in love with. And the more time she spends with Oliver the less she wants to spend with anyone else. Anyone. Even the guys here for her. It gets worse too. The fact that he’s behind the scenes instead of on the big screen…it’s not the only problem. He also has a girlfriend. And that’s a line Greta won’t cross. But she can’t stop wishing she’d met him before all of this craziness.
Will Greta get her head together long enough to focus on following the rules of the show, or will she screw up this second shot at love too?
Content Warning: sex, alcohol use, and language
If you like reality dating TV shows, romances with steam and heart, female leads with no time for conflict or bullshit, and redheads, then Betting On Sin might be your next favorite book. It has plenty of awkward moments, friends to lovers, and promises the most dramatic season finale yet. It’ll keep you up way too late, reading just one more chapter all night.
It’s been quite awhile, but I did watch a couple of seasons of The Bachelor way back when. I think shows like that can be fun to watch, but with all the reading and stuff I do these days, I haven’t made much time for these shows anymore. So when I saw that Betting on Sin had this type of setting, I knew I needed to see what it was all about.
I have to start off by saying that I loved that the author split this book into episodes with behind the scenes and filming. I thought this was so creative and that it really worked for the set up for this story. Betting On Sin is the second book in this series, but can be read as a standalone. The only thing you spoil yourself for is the ending of the first book.
Our main character Greta was on the previous season of Lock and Key, but got sent home with a broken heart. She’s back to find her shot at love. Greta really made me laugh and I loved how authentic she was. We get a lot of her inner thoughts and I really loved this about the story. I could really get an idea of what her fears were, but also just who she is as a person. Ollie is basically the sweetest, at least that’s the vibe I get from him. He’s always there, is charming and is a great listener. If I’m being honest though, I needed just a bit more of Ollie. I don’t feel like I completely got to know him. I still loved him though! There is one thing that happens between Ollie and Greta that I’m not a fan of, but I don’t want to explicitly say what, because I don’t want to spoil anything.
That’s when things get tricky. I loved the concept of the start of a show like Lock and Key to fall in love with a cameraman. It really makes me want to see an actual show where this happen. Such an unique twist of this type of show. We do get glimpses of the reality show and some of its drama and I loved the stereotypes of dating shows that this author used. I giggled at times and the tension that was talked about was interesting. Again, I needed just a bit more of this aspect of the story. I think it would’ve made me connect with Greta just a bit more, because she states from the beginning there are two she connects with.
All in all, I did enjoy Betting on Sin. This made me feel like I was in the middle of all the dram and this cute love story. The ending left me with a big smile on my face. The big scene near the end was so sweet and made me love Ollie even more. Betting On Sin is filled with humor, drama, romance and definitely some steamy moments. I can’t wait to see what this author does next, because I really enjoyed her writing!
Even though I did struggle a bit with Bettin On Sin, I’m really looking forward to seeing what this author gives us next. The reality show aspect was so much fun and I think I need to read more books that include that in the story!