Betting on Julia

Betting on Julia

by Nina Croft


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Betting on Julia by Nina Croft

Small, blonde, bubbly, and with a penchant for all things pink, Julia Melville has always considered herself a nice girl - until she was attacked by a werewolf. Months later, and still in total denial, Julia spends the time between full moons fantasizing that her life is normal. And who could be better to help her with that than her new neighbor, handsome accountant, Sebastian Crane.

For two hundred years, Sebastian, a powerful warlock, has been possessed by a demon. Each day, his soul grows darker, and he knows that soon he will be beyond salvation. But the demon loves to gamble, and he's made Bastian one final bet-get a good woman to say the words "I love you" and he'll be free.

Julia wants a normal guy. Bastian needs a good woman. Maybe together they can find something far more valuable...redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9781502805034
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Betting on Julia (A Melville Sisters Novel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you cross a warlock with a demon? A tormented hero with an aversion to werewolves, a penchant for BDSM and cage-fighting and the capability of bringing a woman to her knees with his handsome looks and sweet gestures. Yeah. Complex. That’s Sebastian Crane. Half warlock, half fairy, the man has the devil in him. Literally. He made a deal with a kinky evil demon and for 200 years has been possessed. He’s had enough and to end this hell all Bastian needs to do is find the love of a good woman. Julia Melville is that woman and as sweet and bubbly as she is, she also happens to be in denial at the fact that she is a were-shifter. This is where I recommend reading 'Operation Saving Daniel' as not only was it a super read itself, but it gives the Melville family history, characters cross-over heavily and it sets the scene for 'Betting on Julia'. What ensues is an entertaining sexy romp with a couple who have a great chemistry and create heat, humour and heartfelt moments in the immortal world. Whilst there were no particular surprises in store, it doesn’t detract from another great read from Nina Croft and I look forward to seeing what lies in store for the remaining Melville sisters. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for review.
SSMPM29 More than 1 year ago
BETTING ON JULIA is the second book in the Melville Sisters series. We originally meet Julia in OPERATION SAVING DANIEL (You MUST read it if you haven't yet.) She is Daniel's sister and Melissa's best friend. She was turned into a werewolf at the end of book 1 when she was kidnapped by Daniel's enemies. Julia didn't know about the paranormal until she was infected and she wants nothing to do with what she has become. Sebastian is a warlock possessed with a demon. He let the demon in during a low point in his life and would love to get rid of him. His chance comes when his demon makes him a deal that brings him to Julia's door. Although there relationship is based on lies from both sided they are pretty hot and heavy and fall for each other rather quickly. As the truth comes out they have to decide what's most important to them or lose the other forever. It was great visiting with the previous characters from this series. I'm not sure which characters might be featured in book 3 but since the series is titled 'Melville sisters' I have to assume another sister will be thrown into learning about the paranormal. There has not been a book written by Nina Croft that I have not enjoyed. She has a great way with words and her stories are really easy to fall into. If your looking for werewolves and romance this series just might be for you. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ladytom More than 1 year ago
I was generously given an ARC of this title by Entangled for an honest review :) This is a Melville Sisters novel, and I will definitely be getting myself a copy of the other novel, Operation Saving Daniel. You can read BOJ without having read OSD and completely enjoy it on it's own. Julia is a newly turned werewolf, struggling to have a normal life. Bastian is, well, not normal. Or strictly good, but he is GREAT. I love the chemistry between the two. This was a surprising win for me! I ended really enjoying Bastian as a complex character and the alternating POV between him and Julia. As a reader and lover of urban fantasy this was a great adventure laced with everyday romance and intrigue. I thought it was really fun and most definitely a 5 out of 5 on the heat meter. If you liked fifty shades and twilight... This will most definitely appeal to you. I'm giving this one an overall 4 out of 5 and say that I really liked it!
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
**A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review** Publication Date: 08/25/2014 Author: Nina Croft This is Julie Melville’s book in Melville Sisters series. Julie is petite, loves any shade of pink, and is such a friendly person until she was attacked by a werewolf. This story picks up several months after where book one finished off. Julie is having such a difficult time coming to the reality that she is now a werewolf after being attacked and bitten. Julie is someone who finds that she cannot live with what she does in the werewolf state and It it wearing on her conscience. As Julie is despairing, Sebastian comes into Julie’s life at that right moment when she least expects any guy, lest of all him- i.e. not looking for Mr. Right / Mr. Right Now- and he shows Julia that he was there for her and was not going to run and was willing to stay. Sebastian knows what it’s like to have bad things happen to good people ( Seb is possessed by a demon ). Sebastian is fighting the good fight and is hoping that he wins. Seb has been possessed by a freaky demon for over 2000 years and in order to get rid of the demon he must find a woman and must have her profess her love for him. It must be sincere and true for the curse/possession to end. Another thing is the Seb has a phobia of werewolves. So seeing how he interacts with Julie in t his story and how each “confesses” their secrets to each other was great. These are two people who have been hurt by past traumas and because of that, its shaped who they are now in this relationship. The chemistry between Seb and Jules is intense at times, with romantic moments also with playful and sweet, playful moments between the couple and friends and family. I do really recommend this story. I would recommend reading book 1 “Operation Saving Daniel” so you will understand who all the characters all in this story and how this story is already started up . I cant wait to read the next book in this series. My rating:4.6 stars ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the series. Julia and Bastian's story is edgy and lovely at the same time. They are both finding out who they are as well as what they want. It isn't what they thought at all. Looking forward to more in this series. . .
Jan_Smith More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Delightful story and characters! I've definitely discovered a new favorite author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Julia loves all things pink. having her nails done and being dressed up. Getting turned in to a werewolf threw a kink into her life and she spends her time now trying to ignore the wolf inside her. She hates having to shift and calls her wolf thing. She is ready to have a little fun in between the full moons. Her hot new neighbor seems just like the normal guy she needs in her life to feel normal herself. Sebastian isn't a normal guy. He is a warlock who is possessed by a demon. He has to do thing to keep the demon happy and from hurting innocent people. He finally has the chance to be free of the demon. He just has to get a good woman to say I love you in a months time. Julia seems like the perfect woman to get to fall in love with him. The two begin to spend time together and grow to care for each other. The biggest problem is what secrets they have between them. Can Julia deal with him not being normal and Sebastian get over his hatred of werewolves to give Julia a chance. Julia puts me in mind of a Barbie. She is a small blonde and loves her pink. She has a great personality when she is letting being a werewolf get her down. She hates shifting and really treats the wolf inside her kind of bad. They seem to butt heads constantly. She thinks being normal is all she needs. Sebastian has a dark side to him. At first I wondered how much was him and how much was the demon inside. I liked getting to know the softer side of him when he was with Julia. He is very stubborn and only wants to be free.  I love this series and this author. I have yet to read a book of hers I didn't like. Julia and Sebastian are wonderful together. At first they have their own reason for wanting to use each other but they slowly begin to fall for each other. Julia has to learn she has changed and the wolf is only a new part of her. I love how she tries t come up with another word so she doesn't have to say wolf. The demon inside Sebastian is truly a twisted creature. Sebastian hates the stuff he has had to do and battles constantly to keep the demon from doing harm. They both have reasons they should hate each other but they have to learn to work together. If you enjoy paranormal romance I recommend this series and book!
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Julia is the typical girly girl. She loves pink, has blonde curls, and loves to get her nails done. One night her world is turned upside down and she is attacked by a werewolves. She just doesn't know what to do with the monthly full moon, she wants nothing to do with her pack or learning what a werewolf is. She has sworn off all men until she can figure something out. She is hoping her brother who is a brilliant scientist will be able to come up with a cure. Then Sebastian moves in. What she doesn't know is that Sebastian is a warlock who has a demon trapped inside of him, and he has no clue that she is a werewolf. He HATES werewolves. Unbeknown to them they fall in love and have to work out their ways to get past the demon and his hangups for weres. Great book full of twists and turns. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
DTiano More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the series. This is Julia and Sebastian story. I enjoyed the first book, but I loved this one. Julia has a strong personality and Sebastian has met his match. Sebastian oh just your average hot sexy warlock with a headache. Julia a werewolf who won't back down once she made a decision. This story had a good plot, great characters and humor.
TedsReview More than 1 year ago
Nina Croft has succeeded in crafting a very real romance into a paranormal world. The characters are believable and more importantly ... they're relatable; their afflictions, easily analogous to the secrets and motives 'normal' people keep from each other. A reader has no difficulty immersing themselves into the story. Nina's northern charm certainly comes out in her writing, adding to this realness. The language isn't heavy or sophisticated and therefore aptly suited to the book's tongue-in-cheek style. However, there were a few jarring parts, such as over repetition of certain phrases and the word of choice for Julia's genitalia but hey, not everybody likes the C word! The story is light and fast paced and the reader is left sated yet wanting more. Maybe this is Nina's intentions ... very Bastion indeed. There was certainly enough sex, though, there could have been afforded another 'fight' or two. Maybe this will be saved for a sequel. It absolutely can be read as a standalone but, should this be your first, you'd be pleased to know there are plenty more prequels to get your teeth into. Want some fun, some 'sex', something paranormal yet surprisingly real? Buy the book; it's ideal for a long journey or a few naughty nights in!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Betting on Julia, (Melville Sisters 2),  Nina Croft Review from jeannie zelos book reviews So after the first book, with Daniel and Lissa we’ve moved on to Daniel’s sister Julia. She’s struggling to cope as a werewolf, having been changed against her will. She’s dealing by pretending its just a once a month anomaly. It means though that currently she’s unable to have a relationship, as she’s scared of what she might do. Then her new neighbour moves in and it’s insta-lust when they touch....She’s avoided everything werewolf so far, and he seems as normal as they come, a hot and sexy accountant, and maybe just what she needs she thinks. Accountants are normal people – aren’t they? Well, what she doesn’t know is Sebastian is far from normal, but he can’t tell her that, and that he needs her to fall in love with him so he can finally be rid of the demon taking up space inside him for the last 200 years. He just wanted to get her to say the magic words I love you, and then leave. He didn’t see any problems in that, except getting her to fall in love, but he was reasonably confident in his abilities there, and desperately wanted to be free again. So what if its a little mean to her, she’ll be OK, she’ll move on once he’s gone. What he didn’t plan on was falling for Julia. Julia was fun, bubbly, loyal to her friends and family and working hard at keeping control over her life. I loved her FMS attempt to minimise the werewolf place in her life – FMS = full moon syndrome  Of course ignoring something simply won’t work, and her wolf has started making her presence known at other times.. Sebastian I loved, he’s had a traumatic experience with werewolves when his wife was killed by them several hundred years ago, and has a total hatred of them. He doesn’t know that Julia is one though, and of course it’s not the kind of thing one says to a new boyfriend, so they both go forward into a fledgling relationship withholding huge secrets. It doesn’t take long before both are deeply in love, but conscious of the secrets they hold, and the impact they think that would have. The Demon inside Sebastian isn’t giving up easily either, plus snippets of Sebastian’s other life keep creeping in and muddying up the waters. There’s humour mixed in the the dangers here, and what I enjoyed is the way the story unfolded, with more drama and dangers confusing the issues. If you enjoy a simple, easy to read paranormal this is for you – its a fun read, some dangers, some spicy sex and a happy ending – I do need those! Its not deep, dark edge of seat drama but a lighter feel. Stars: Four, a fun, easy to read  paranormal. ARC supplied via Netgalley 
ParaNormLove More than 1 year ago
s***ARC Honest Review Requested by Author*** I am in love with Julia and Bastien..Can I say the fact that he was trying to win her over by wearing a pink shirt was adorable. ***SPOILERS*** so Bastien has had this demon on his back and in his mind for about 200 years due to the fact that the wolves have killed his wife and child so he has thought that all wolves are evil and should die.  Then he meets Julia although he did not know she was a wolf until way letter on after they have fallen for each o ther and are scared to admit it to one another. Julia is still trying to deal with the fact that the now dead alpha t urned her and her brother who has become the new alpha. She can't stand the fact that she will err have children as well as a normal life. Bastien comes to her door as a "new neighbor" and her loins are going haywire. Cant give away too much but the fact that there is a hit out on her brother and Bastien is the one who has to do it..but an he HHMMMM you will have to read it.   There is suspense..on the edge of you seat danger and sweetness.. and a few OMG how can you be so stupid moments where you are yelling at the characters. 
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Betting on Julia is  the story if Bastion a  half warlock and half fae hero who has shared his soul with a demon for the last 200 years. He is desperate to rid himself of the demon, and bets he can win the love of a good woman. Enter Julia, his next door neighbor, who has a secret of her own because she was recently bitten by a werewolf.  Bastion starts his conquest by becoming friends with her. They fall in love and eventually get their happily ever after.  I haven't read the previous book in the series, but I really enjoyed this novel. The hero/heroine are realistic and the romance is well paced. I enjoyed the interaction with Julia's family and how each overcame their baggage. I would recommend this book for fans of Kresley Cole and Gina Showalter.  I was given a free copy for an honest review. 
bookobsessedmomma More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing paranormal read. It has it all. (Werewolves, warlock, fairy and demon.) Not only that but also has kink and BSDM involved too that will capture your attention until the very end.  Sebastian lost it all 200+ years ago and has had a demon with him making him believe he's not a good person. The demon has a kink fetish and Sebastian has to go along with it. However, this demon has made a bet with Sebastian- to have Julia fall in love with him.  Julia isn't herself since the attack. She's not liking to be "not normal". She just wants a normal life. When she meets her sexy next door neighbor she begins to feel something but so does something else as well... What a unique read. I loved the demon talking to Bastian. I loved seeing a dark side and how it was shown. I loved the sexiness and sweetness of the book too.  Bastian and Julia are amazing together! From their first encounter it was electric!  You will fall for Bastian's sweet side he shows Julia and realizes how it makes him feel.  You'll enjoy Julia's personality and her sexy ways. ;);) wink wink!  Fabulously done!  4.5 stars from me! * Recv'd a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
BAB56 More than 1 year ago
Nina Croft’s Betting on Julia is set in London. Julia Melville wants a normal guy. Her brother, Daniel, is a scientist. Six years ago, he was turned into a werewolf by the head of the pack, Ethan, because he wanted Daniel to find the cure against silver. Six months ago she was kidnapped and turned by Ethan. Daniel killed Ethan, and is now head of the pack. She is in denial that she is a werewolf. It also doesn’t help that she is a vegetarian. Sebastian (Bastian) Crane is a powerful warlock. He is part fae and human. Two hundred years ago his wife was killed by the werewolves. They sensed something different about Bastian, and wanted him to join them. He called on the dark powers and made a deal with the demon, Dante, to save his daughter and get revenge on his wife. For two hundred years the demon has possessed Bastian. Bastian refuses to take a human life, so he keeps the demon pacify by fighting, and also with BDSM sex. At this time, Bastian has sex with Melanie Stoke, who is the owner of Mel’s Dive in Soho. The basement of Mel’s Dive is for BDSM members only. The demon is getting stronger and eventually he will take over Bastian; and the world will be in total chaos. The Demon makes a wager with Bastian that if Bastian can get a good woman to say the words “I love you”, Bastian will be free. But it’s not just any woman; it’s Julia. By appearances they are like day and night: Julia is petite, blond and likes the color pink (bedroom, sweaters, underwear); Bastian is tall, dark, handsome, and dangerous. As soon as they set eyes on each other, they both feel a sexual pull. Bastian moves into the house next door to Julia. He comes over to Julia’s and asks to borrow a cup of milk. He asks her out right then and there. Julia tells him she has a girlfriend. Bastian did a background check on her…he found boyfriends, but didn’t know she also was into girls. His cover story is he has just broken up with his girlfriend, Melanie. Julia decides to go to his house and tell him the truth that she isn’t into girls. They both decide that they should be friends. They are really into each other. Julia tells him they can be friends with benefits. Julia and Bastian are keeping their secrets from each other. Colin arranges illegal fights with non-human participants. Bastian calls him up and Colin tells him that he has one for him with a werewolf. Bastian tells him make it two. By engaging in the fight with the two weres and winning, Bastian is able to keep Dante away for a week. Everything is perfect between Bastian and Julia. When Dante reappears, he causes nothing but trouble. He tells Bastian that he has another deal for him. If Bastian kills the new head of the werewolves, he can be free of Dante. Bastian knows that the new head of the pack is Julia’s brother. Bastian needs to work this out because he has feelings for Julia. He decides to do what he has to do, and get out of Julia’s life forever. You need to read this book to see what he decides to do. Received copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sebastian is possessed by a demon and the demon makes a bet with Sebastian. Sebastian knows the demon isn't telling him everything, but this bet is important to him. Julia is struggling to deal with turning into a werewolf. Sebastian and Julia hit it off right away. How these two keep both of their secrets hidden is fun to watch. When Sebastian's secrets start coming to light it's interesting how he tells Julia about them. This was such a good book and I loved the end of the book and how everything turned out. I really enjoyed this book and am so glad that I got the chance to read it. I received an ARC of this book in return for a honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Is that a wand in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?" Stars! If you enjoyed Operation Saving Daniel, book one in the Melville Sisters series, you are going to love Betting on Julia, this book had a bit of everything in it to suit all tastes. Nina Croft has certainly got mad-skills when it comes to giving the reader and enjoyable romance in the PNR genre, and for me what made it so easy to immerse myself in was the fact it is set in the UK, the language used is clearly from a British born writer, and it wasn't overly explanative when it came to the who/how and why with regards to the werewolves, warlocks and demons. There was nothing like turning into a hairy monster once a month to knock your confidence. The story pretty much carries on a couple of months after where book one finished and Julia is still struggling to come to terms with the fact that she is now a werewolf, especially as she is a vegetarian, and keeps waking up with the remains of furry animals in her midst. Sebastian comes along at a point in her life where she isn’t looking for any emotional entanglements or attachments, and pretty much blows all of her rules for herself out of the water. ”Normal is good. I like normal.” Bastian Crane, is a good guy (although he doesn’t believe that himself) stuck in bad circumstances, forced to live his life by the will of another, he is tired of the existence he finds himself living in. The chance of escape is offered, and a deal is struck, but can he follow though and find himself love with a good woman. I loved his interactions with Dante, shifty little devil that he is, and at points you almost forget what he is because of it, their sniping with each other had me chuckling on several occasions. Bastian also has another skill that is sure to make even the most hardened lady fall for his charms, boy can he turn on the dirty when required! ”Julia, stop thinking. I need to get in that house and get inside you and if I don't do the first I might do the second anyway. Right on your doorstep.” I loved this couple together, both of them are keeping massive secrets from each other, and even though neither really has a clue fully as to why, the intertwining of their lives without them actually knowing it right up until the point of revelation was skilfully weaved by the author. This series is rapidly working its way into my heart. The Melville family are easy to fall in love with, but are going to be hard to forget. I hope that Nina sees fit to give us another instalment in the near future. ”Honey, you couldn’t be bad if you tried.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Shirene More than 1 year ago
This story had every thing going for it including an interesting premise, unique characters, little intrigue and a touch of magic. And yet I feel there just wasn't enough of all of the above. Our heroine is a nice girl but is absolute denial about the fact that she is now a werewolf. I get the premise and I can completely sympathize but it took too long for her to realize that she couldn't just wish her "condition" away which annoyed me. And our hero is a warlock that has been possessed by a demon for over 200 years and yet the demon "plays betting games" to toy with him. I just didn't buy it. Sorry. We also get such a small taste of magic though out the book which seems like a bit of a wasted super power to me. I don't know about you but I'd have been searching for ways to get rid of the demon rather than suffering for two centuries. The interplay between Sebastian or Bastian and Dante are an interesting portion of the book but unfortunately didn't keep me entertained through out this story. There is some BDSM thrown into this book and that is exactly how it appears to me. Thrown into the mix rather than truly being part of the story and more importantly the characters. Seemed to be more of an opportunity to say that BDSM is bad or kinky in comparison to vanilla or normal. This just didn't sit well with me in the story or concerning what the BDSM community is truly about. Final Thoughts: Unfortunately this is not a book that I can recommend. The idea and concept had loads of possibilities but the end result is not a story that I enjoyed. Entangled Publishing provided me with a copy of Betting on Julia but nothing else was exchanged for my honest review