Betting on the Wrong Brother

Betting on the Wrong Brother

by Cathryn Fox

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ISBN-13: 9781682811030
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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Betting on the Wrong Brother

A What Happens in Vegas Story


By Cathryn Fox, Candace Havens

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Cathryn Fox
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-534-5


CHAPTER 1

First, a six-hour turbulent flight, then, a suicidal cab drive, and now this.

Romance novelist Andi Palmer repeatedly jabbed the open button on the control panel of the malfunctioning elevator. She'd given up on the phone that had clearly been installed for decorative purposes only. Where the hell was maintenance and when was the last time this thing had been serviced, anyway? She looked for a certification sticker but couldn't read the small print in the dim light. Dammit. If it didn't start up soon, she was going to be late for her editor's appointment. She tapped her foot on the tiled floor and glanced at her watch. Not only was she about to be late for her meeting, the parties would be well under way by now. The male cover model contest was a romance writer's convention must, and if she didn't get out of the eight by eight hot box she was trapped in, she was sure to miss it.

The power flickered on and off, the only illumination coming from the emergency light overhead. She'd been trapped for fifteen minutes, and the air was already growing stagnant, making it feel like she'd been stuck for hours. She leaned against the mirrored wall and glanced around the small, dimly lit space as she punched the button again. At least she wasn't the claustrophobic type.

A beat passed, then the florescent lights flickered on. Somewhere overhead a fan kicked in. Hallelujah. She fist pumped the air and did the Snoopy dance around the small space. Maybe she'd make it to her meeting in time after all.

The light dimmed again and Andi drew in a breath and held it. While she'd never been afraid of small spaces, the thought of being trapped in the dark gave her a moment's panic. A sound came from overhead, similar to the grinding of gears and the floor bounced beneath her feet and then ... nothing.

Great, just great.

She leaned against the back mirror and drummed her newly manicured nails on the rail. Rumor had it the hotel was haunted. She blinked against the dimness and hugged herself as she searched the corners. Yeah, she'd seen The Grudge. While she might not be afraid of confined places, demons scared the hell out of her. Was some angry spirit getting its kicks out of distressing the harried New Yorker? More than likely. For all she knew, a hoard of ghosts were laughing their transparent asses off right now. Or getting ready to eat her face off.

Her gaze darted around the cubicle. "I'm tougher than I look," she warned, just in case. She wasn't. Not really.

She pressed the button for every floor again. Nothing. Come on. Open already. A second passed, then two. Okay, enough of this. She needed to stop letting her imagination run amuck and do something constructive ... like change for her meeting. A shower would have been nice, sure, but thanks to the broken elevator, the option of getting clean was currently off the table.

She stripped off her T-shirt and yoga pants, and wearing only her bra and big comfy underwear, dropped to her knees. She unzipped her suitcase and took out the silk blouse and pencil skirt she'd packed for her meeting. The elevator hiccupped, jumping floors again, and she stilled. Breath held, she gripped the edges of her suitcase, and waited to see what would happen next. Truthfully, after willing the damn box to move for the last fifteen minutes, the last thing she needed was for the doors to open and expose her half naked body to the entire hotel. They say bad things come in threes — although she had no idea who they were. Nevertheless, hadn't she gotten her three out of the way already? Or rather four, if she was counting her roommate's recent engagement and how once she and her fiancé had found a place it would leave Andi alone and unable to afford the rent. With all that going on, surely nothing bad could happen now.

The lights brightened and she winced as she caught her reflection in the mirror. Good Lord, she was the one who looked like she was straight out of a horror movie. One look at her and the demons would be the ones running for cover. Blinking against the brightness, she jumped to her feet, and worked to smooth the frizz she once called hair. Oh, how this humid Nevada weather loved her fine locks. One of the many reasons she left her small hometown in Texas for New York at twenty-one.

Clothes in hand, she fixed the straps on her bra then put her skirt between her knees to hold it. She shook the wrinkles out of her blouse and tossed it around her shoulder. The warm silk wisped over her bare arms as she hurried in to it.

A noise sounded, a ping of sorts, and her gaze darted toward the doors. A sliver of light appeared between the metal panels. No. No. No. One leg in the skirt, she backed into the corner as the doors gave a jerk and then parted like the red sea. Holy hell. This was so not a good time for her luck to change.

With the doors fully open it suddenly felt like every light at the Yankee stadium was aimed her way as she took in the huge, handsome figure blocking the entrance to the elevator. She froze in place, held her breath, didn't so much as blink an eye as the one man, the only man, she'd ever loved stepped onto the elevator. Head down, he turned his back to her, his attention riveted on his phone.

What the hell was Nolan Wheeler doing in Vegas?

The jerk.

The fast beating of her heart forced blood into her cheeks, and they burned from the rush. So much for nothing else bad happening. Christ on a cracker. This wasn't just bad. Bad had nothing on this. This was ... mortifying. The worst possible thing that could have happened to her. Bad things come in three, my ass! Whoever they were, she was going to hunt them down personally and tear them a new one.

He pressed a button on the panel and shifted his stance. The light from his phone lit the hard lines of his square jaw — his beautiful, romance novel-inspiring square jaw. Le sigh ... She hadn't seen him in years, but that didn't stop her heart from making that familiar pitter-patter sound it always did when she was near him.

He angled his head, giving her a better view of his face, then laughed at something he'd read. Nolan. She remembered that laugh, remembered the familiar sting of it when he snickered in her face all those years ago. She fisted her fingers, hating herself for wanting to touch that sexy stubble shadowing his cheeks, to turn him around and make him finally see her as a woman worthy of his attention.

Wait. He hadn't noticed her. He hadn't noticed her! Hmph. Typical Nolan behavior. Then again, even if he had, he likely wouldn't have recognized her anyway. Not since she'd lost a hundred pounds, ditched the glasses, and grew out of the braces. She was no longer that overweight teen, known as the fat, nerdy bookworm who had little to no friends. Yeah, on the outside she looked like a totally different person. Inside, however, she was still that self-conscious girl who was destined to be alone forever. If given a chance, that's the girl he'd recognize in a blink of an eye — and likely laugh at again.

Anger and humiliation rose up inside her when she thought back to that day.

Young, inexperienced, and crushing big time on Nolan, Andi had taken the flirtatious attention he'd given her to heart. In her teenaged daydreams, he'd swept her into his arms and pledged his undying love. Never in her naïve fantasies had she expected to have her heart handed back, crushed and broken.

Wounded to the bone, she'd taken the painful experience and strived to make it work for her. A healthy diet and exercise program helped her to shed the unwanted pounds. A thinner body combined with braces and contacts completely changed her outer appearance. Now the man himself stood in front of her, once again reminding her she was still that awkward girl no one wanted.

Nolan deserved payback for mocking the fat girl who tried to seduce him.

At least he hadn't told her older brother what she'd done. Chase and Nolan were tight back in the day, which was how she'd met the man who'd been so kind to his best friend's frumpy kid sister — so much so that she'd thought he'd liked her, like, really, really liked her.

She'd thought wrong.

Quiet as a church mouse, her hands slowly moved to her buttons. Maybe she could get dressed before he turned.

He turned.

Frig.

His eyes latched on hers. Then grew wider. The ocean blue turbulence she'd once lost herself in dropped to her cleavage, then lower, over her midriff to her panties. Was that a smirk? Bastard. Okay, so apparently bad things came in fives.

"Uh, sorry." His gaze shot back up and he cleared his throat. He set his duffle bag on the floor and shook his phone like it was some pithy excuse. "I didn't realize you were there."

Andi's molars snapped together. Of course he didn't. Why would he? After all, when it came right down to it, she was insignificant, wasn't she? Determined to keep the upper hand on this less than thrilling encounter, she unclamped her teeth and held her finger up, drawing a circle in the air. "You think you could turn around?"

"Oh. Yeah, sure."

She stood tall — well as tall as she could at five foot five — and planted her hands on her hips like getting changed in an elevator was something she did every day. "Today?"

He smiled, flashing perfect white teeth. "Right," he said, his friendly smile shifting to apologetic. Instead of turning, his glance flicked over her a second time. A gentleman, he was not. His lips twitched, the look on his face morphing into an appreciative smile. Score one for the granny panties. Still, it didn't make her hate him any less.

He leaned to his left just as the elevator jumped again. It came to an abrupt halt and she lurched forward. Her body hit Nolan's and the two toppled like bowling pins. A breathless, undignified oomph rushed from her lips as she landed on top of the main reason she'd left their hometown of Cedar Point eight years ago. The motor kicked in again, and the box continued to bob up and down. Her body moved right along with it, bouncing on top of Nolan like a goddamn Mexican jumping bean. Her tote bag flipped over, and her agenda and papers spilled onto the floor.

His arm slipped around her back, holding her to him as their groins banged. Bangity, bang, bang. She pinched her eyes shut. Please doors do not open again. Not because she was enjoying the ride. She wasn't ... she didn't think. But because if they opened now, anyone standing on the other side would definitely get the wrong idea. Honestly, how could they not? They would be the prime photo op, posted and shared on social media sites. She'd never be able to face her friends, fans, industry professionals, if they thought she was dry humping some former crush on the elevator floor.

She braced her hands on the floor and held on, eyes closed. If the hydraulics let go this second and the elevator crashed to the basement, that'd be A-okay in her books. Breathe, Andi, just breathe. She tried not to think about the well built, athletic man beneath her, or how he'd just splayed his hand over the small of her back, or how good his fingers felt pressing into her flesh. His fingers stretched downward, and another rough jolt caused them to slip under the band of her panties. Was that ...? Had he just lifted his hips? Twice?

She wiggled to free his hands from her panties, and when she did they slid over her back. Her flesh burned where he touched, a fine shiver making her hyperaware of her reaction to him. The elevator finally stopped moving, but she held back a hallelujah. She wasn't going to make that premature mistake again.

Nolan shifted, his warm, strong hand sliding farther up her back. Her face rested against his neck, and she breathed in his scent. It was different than before, more sophisticated, refined, and she cursed her weak, sex-deprived body for responding to it. She breathed in again, and sorted through the tones. She had no idea what kind of cologne he was wearing, or even if he was wearing any, but his aroma was manly and provocative and probably held magical properties. Oh yeah, one sniff of him and poof, no more panties.

Hands on the floor, she started to move. How the hell was she going to get up if he continued to hold her like that? She wigged, and shifted, desperate to put some well-needed distance between them. She hated this man. Hated how her traitorous body was reacting to him all these years later. Damn you, libido. Damn you, Nolan.

"You might want to stop that."

"Stop what?" She shifted again, trying to get up without having to straddle him, then instantly stopped. Wait! Was that ...? "Oh."

"Yeah ... oh."

She pushed up, but all she managed to do was press her groin harder against his erection. And oh, what an erection it was: hard, long, thick ... ugh. Cripes, she'd just bet there was nothing premature about him. He could probably go for days on end.

Get it together, Andi!

He groaned, but when her eyes met his it wasn't agony she caught there. She tried to push away. "I need to get off."

"Um ... yeah."

Shit! She didn't know whether to laugh or cry. "I mean ..." Oh, Jesus. "I need to get off you."

"Here let me."

His callused fingers slid down her arms and closed over her wrists. He gave a little tug, pulling them away from the floor, and she collapsed back on top of him. He pressed her arms to her sides, and rolled, until he was on top of her, his big body pinning her down hard. If the elevator never moved again, and she died like this, that too would be A-okay in her books.

Her skin burned, sizzled like bacon in a hot pan. His scent, his looks, his mere presence did the most delicious things to her insides, but she'd rather give up her weekly brownie than let him know it. Better for him to think she was mad than aroused.

Don't sound breathless. Don't sound breathless.

"This is your idea of helping?" she snapped, sounding breathless. Shit!

"No, this is."

He pushed to his knees, hovered there, looking down at her for a moment before rolling effortlessly to his feet. Dammed if the view from her vantage point wasn't a nice one. As his presence swallowed up the small space, her gaze started at his ankles and traveled upward, stopping when she reached his crotch region. Oh, how those worn jeans hugged his body so nicely. Whoever said good things come in small packages wasn't talking about Nolan. Her nipples tightened, making her fully aware of the embarrassing state she was in, as she lay half naked at his feet. That still didn't stop her from admiring the view in a very unlady like fashion, undressing him with her eyes, until his jeans and T-shirt were a thing of the past — much like her dignity. But, my how he'd grown. Gone was the thin teenage boy she'd fallen for. In his place was a man. One who oozed sex in a way the young, high school boy never had.

Her glance moved back to his face, to the smirk that told her he knew she'd been checking him out. Damn him.

She came up on her elbows and made a move to get up, but he bent forward, grabbed her arms and hauled her to her feet. Her body bumped his, and a slow, unsteady breath left his lungs. His warm, sweet scent washed over her face, and her lips were so close to his, all she had to do was lean forward if she wanted to kiss. Which she didn't ... she didn't think.

"Thanks," she mumbled.

"Ryan," he said.

"What?" His boyish grin nearly melted her panties, and that was quite the feat considering how big they were. Shit, she really needed to get dressed and out of there before she did something stupid. Again.

"After what we've just been through we should at least know each other's names. I mean we practically —"

She held her hand up, palm out to stop him. "I know what we practically did."

"So, I'm Ryan and you are ..."

The second he said his name again, it hit her. Her mouth dropped open and she pushed his chest to get away from him. He stumbled backward until he hit the wall. What the hell? Why would he give her a fake name? This was Nolan Wheeler, former bad boy turned pilot. She'd bet her brownie on it. That's how sure she was.


(Continues...)

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Very brief summery Andi Palmer, is a romance Novelist. She’s at the convention in Las Vegas and some mishaps happens and the next thing she realizes is she is naked in an elevator and next thing she now is her child hood crush is standing in the door. Andi hasn’t always been pretty; in high school was a cubby kid who liked the schools heartthrob. But, sometimes everything isn’t what they seem. Is the guy at the elevator really the guy she thinks he is… Thoughts Andi and Ryan were adorable together. I liked their witty banter back and forth. I really liked reading about them getting to know each other. But most of all, I really liked reading about those two falling in love with each other. Overall Overall, I actually enjoyed this one a bit more than a few of the other books in this series. Andi and Ryan were great characters to keep you entertained throughout the book.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
Andi was stuck in a very hot hotel elevator and decided to change before she got to her room. The problem? As soon as she took off her clothes the elevator door opens and the man she used to have a huge crush on who crushed her heart and self-esteem so long ago walks in. Andi thinks Ryan is Nolan his younger brother and plans on getting back at him for being so cruel to her so long ago by seducing him and then leaving. Except she doesn’t leave she stays and spends the night with him. While she’s nervous about falling for the man who crushed her so long ago Ryan is getting worried about telling Andi who he really is. He doesn’t plan on falling for her, just having a quick weekend together while the romance writers convention is going on and then going home. Betting on the Wrong Brother was not what I was expecting. I thought she was going to fall for the man she loved before, but she fell for the brother, which makes a lot more sense for the title of the book. Andi used to be heavy and awkward. Nolan was her brother’s best friend. She thought he liked her, but he was just being nice until the day she professed her feelings. Now years later with the weight and awkwardness shred she has put Nolan behind her. Until she runs into his older brother Ryan who she thinks is Nolan in disguise. Andi is pretty funny and I liked her character a lot. Ryan was a good guy who suffers from Dyslexia and is a mystery writer trying to find haunted places and write about them. He immediately is attracted to Andi and her feisty personality. I love all the dates he takes her on and how he goes from not believing in love to wanting nothing but to be with Andi. Betting on the Wrong Brother was a good story with lots of romance that was super cute, sexy scenes that will require a fan and characters who will leave you laughing. I like how both the characters grew a lot. While I enjoyed the story it was a bit predictable for my taste. Still a cute story.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
etting on the Wrong Brother by Catherine Fox was a fun little book. Naughty at times too. It's the twelfth book in the What Happens in Vegas series. It looks like each book within this series is a stand alone story, and they're written by different authors. Andi was a little spit fire with her plan of revenge. That whole situation was pretty funny. Ryan was put in quite the awkward spot. I enjoyed his charm and personality quite a bit. Together, Ryan and Andi were pretty amusing. Little did she know they had something pretty big in common too. The ARC of Betting on the Wrong Brother by Catherine Fox was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
Could you be so petty that when you see the guy who hurt your feelings in high school you’d try to get back at him? Ok, so apparently he doesn’t remember you and he is hotter than before but still… you send him to a book-cover male model contest? I’ll concede that was a brilliant move but come on! Are you 12? The best part is that Andi, romance writer, has mistaken Ryan for his baby brother Nolan, the jerk from high school, and at first Ryan thinks Andi has discovered his secret identity… he is actually a famous horror writer who’s had a bit of an issue with a psycho-stalker fan. So it’s like a double mistaken identity plot. They have great chemistry together and they start a kind of affair, after all, what happens in Vegas… Well, the whole story goes around Ryan trying to find a way to tell Andi he is not his brother while also trying to get to know her. Andi on her part, is completely clueless about Ryan’s real identity and even though she finds him pretty much irresistible in every way she kind of forces him to be all “pretend”. Lots of steam, romance and a bit of drama, Betting on the Wrong Brother was a quick, very enjoyable read. I can’t say I’ll remember much about it after some time but I definitely had fun while reading it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
I am really starting to love "Meet Cutes" in plummeting elevators. A Hero with one real name and two aliases and is mistaken for yet another name, and a Romance novelist meet at a Romance Writers Convention. It sounds like the set up for a joke but it is actually the premise of a sexy, funny, and spooky romance that also needs a guy in a fish head on the side calling out, "It's a Trap!" but not for the reader. "Betting on the Wrong Brother" is a delightful installment of the What Happens In Vegas series. The puzzle is the mistaken identity and the aliases of the hero, which is actually easy to explain. But by the time he understands who the heroine thinks he is ... well ... the sand trap he was standing in has already turned to quicksand. Mistaken identity sibling books are difficult to pull off because there is a fine line to dance upon, because in some cases, such premises can strike readers as being a rape scenario. In "Betting on the Wrong Brother" this issue is NOT a matter of contention because the heroine was never pining for either brother. Andi DID NOT have any intention of wanting to sleep with the brother she thought Ryan to be - she wanted to sleep with the man she had met in the elevator. Cathryn Fox definitely knows her way around sex scenes. And the humor and fun that she paints in the date scenes here are fantastic. The main characters grow from being a confirmed bachelor to a man wanting something more and a lady with self esteem issues to a woman finding her "groove". To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1LxK6m1
Lindsey_Gray11 More than 1 year ago
Ever do something completely embarrassing in front of someone you think you know? Andi has. She thought her brother’s best friend from high school was the one checking out her half-naked self in an elevator. Turns out it is his older brother, Ryan, who gets the eyeful. Catherine Fox brings us a sinfully sexy romance for the What Happens in Vegas Series. Both Andi and Ryan have their flaws throughout the story, but in the end it is those flaws that bring them together. Their witty banter had me rolling with laughter while their time between the sheets amped up my temperature a few degrees. If your in the mood a mistaken identity/revenge romance set on the Vegas strip, Betting on the Wrong Brother is the right novel for you. I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Definate Romantic story-Mistaken Id can be fun Romance writer Andi Palmer is attending a romance convention when she is having just a horrible run of bad luck—everything is going wrong-she is running late, the elevator just goes bad just as she needs it and it takes forever for her to get another one. So Andi , since she is running late anyway, decides to change right when the elevator opened to Jack Wheeler- her teenage crush who broke her heart years ago in High School. Jack Wheeler –aka Ryan- is not her HS crush- that was his brother- but he is there for the conference as well. He is a horror writer and he sees the undressed Andi and is immediately entranced by her but doesn’t realize that she thinks he is his brother. Andi is all about revenge for how she was treated way back when. When Ryan realizes the truth, he doesn’t know how to tell Andi because he has fallen hard for this beautiful woman. As I read this book I loved Jack aka Ryan and he was such a good guy- he was this quiet yet strong man who really saw Andi’s beauty –inner and outer. He made sure to take interest in things she loved even though he didn’t all because he cared for her. In his mind, this was a time for the past to sleep and for him to step up and be a hero but when the past comes blazing back to life and bites him, and causes Andi and him pain, will Ryan be able to get Andi to forgive him? Or will their love be a thing of the past? I loved this love story and the mistaken identity storyline/? 2nd chance love story. The MC had this heat that made me all melty inside and the ending was fantastic. Andi is a firecracker while Jack aka Ryan is a true alpha / quiet dominant male of the romance gene. I loved him and their romance made this story remarkable. My rating: 4.5 stars **** *A gifted copy was provided the publisher for my honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read several of this author's books and liked them but I believe this is my favorite. Was steamy but not vulgar.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
I love this fun read. It was a delightful story from the beginning. A great and memorable opening. Solid character development and not a whole lot of angst and drama which is what I enjoy in a light-hearted romance novel. Even though this is another what happens in Las Vegas stays in Vegas type of story, the author gave us a unique and entertaining book. The male lead is sweet and really makes an effort to treat a girl right. This book is fun and sexy and even though it was a quick read, it held my attention throughout
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, sexy novella that centers around romance novelist, Andi Palmer who is in Las Vegas for a convention. She has a memorable run-in with her old high nemesis, Nolan Wheeler, aka Ryan. They hook up and a hot affair ensues. Both keep their secrets close to their chest and a wonderful time is had by all. This is the perfect book to read in a hot tub and relax with because it features strong leads, a great setting, and a fresh take on the mistaken identity. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was longer, but it was a great ebook. Funny & Sexy ?
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Fun, Sexy, Light Hearted, Quick read. I was excited to read this one just based on the blurb. I fantasied about meeting me a hot, naked guy in the elevator. I would be assured that elevator ride would not end anytime in the next week. But on to what brought us here. I found this happening in Vegas to be a delight and wanted more. There were 4star Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh going on here. This year's romance convention was not what one Ryan Wheeler was expecting. He got much more that he could have ever expected a deliciously hot, naked woman in the elevator. But something more was going on. He had a feeling of familiarity. Of course being a man he was in no rush to find that connection. There was a naked woman before him. More @ http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/2016/02/betting-on-wrong-brother-what-happen-in.html **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
KaraS More than 1 year ago
I can’t get enough of these sibling stories by Cathryn Fox. I love her stories – they are always highly entertaining and the right sibling always ends up with the right girl. This time around – the scenery is Vegas and what happens in Vegas…. Ryan Wheeler is a horror writer at a romance convention and he runs into Andi Palmer in a state of undress in the elevator. Andi can’t believe he doesn’t remember her from their childhood and that he gave her a false name. As with her other books – there are mix-ups along the way and these may just threaten any hope for the future. The fact that Andi wants revenge for her heartbreak years ago doesn’t help matters either. Ryan is no gentleman inside the bedroom and Andi is a good girl looking to be bad – it is a hot combination. Misunderstandings and secrets cause some bumps in the road and you have to wonder if anything will happen outside of Vegas. This was a great, quick, completely enjoyable read. Cathryn Fox books never disappoint. Received ARC from the Publisher via Net Galley
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
3.5*** This was a fast paced light hearted read with a sexy man who can rock some tight military pants with his "moves like Jagger." Andi had a very nice revenge for Ryan. I could picture it so well in my mind. This couple was very spicy together. I wish there would have been a little more with his family side and Andi's resolution with Nolan. However, Ryan's speech at the end totally made up for any shortages in the storyline. It was so sweet, so sincere, majorly swoon worthy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It's a lighthearted romantic novel. It's a story of a romance writer and a horror writer, both are at romance readers' convention but not for the same reasons. I loved both Ryan and Andi. Book is well-written and story flows smoothly which makes it a quick and fun read. A must read for romance lovers!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ryan meets the hot Andi in an elevator of a hotel in Las Vegas. She appears to recognize him. He does not remember her but her name sounds familiar. They are instantly attracted to one another. Andi is a little mad that Nolan does not remember her. Figures. He treated her just like that in the past, too. Now she is thinking this might be her chance to heat him up and then let him down. The perfect revenge. Too bad once they connect and the sparks are flying no one wants to let the other go. What a great story and full of surprises. I had a hard time putting it down. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
You know what they say when you assume. Andi runs into a blast from the past or so she thinks. She can get sweet revenge and let her wild side out because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I really liked Ryan. He really understood Andi though keeping a big secret from her wasn't a smart move on his part. The "date" he took her on was just perfect and the way he tells her how he sees her priceless. I can completely relate to Andi and her high school years. Went through what she did. To see where she is today is inspiring. There are funny moments that just add to the book. Over all a great read.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Betting on the Wrong Brother by Cathryn Fox Book Twelve of the What Happens in Vegas series Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck Publication Date: February 8, 2016 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): He may be at a romance readers’ convention, but a naked woman in the elevator is not what horror writer Ryan Wheeler expects. Now he can’t take his eyes off of her—and not just because he saw her naked, though her luscious curves certainly aren’t helping the matter. She’s beautiful, funny, snarky…and a complication he doesn’t need. Running into her teen heartthrob while naked wasn’t exactly part of romance novelist Andi Palmer’s weekend plans. Worse, he doesn’t recognize her and gives her a fake name¬. Years ago, he shot her down in the worst possible way, and now this? It’s time for a little down-and-dirty revenge. Ryan’s more than a little turned on by this good girl who wants to be bad. But things aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re keeping from one another might just end this sexy little rendezvous before it ever begins… What I Liked: I was supposed to review this book with my other post going up today, but given that I didn't like this book very much, I wasn't about to skew my rating to fit the tour. I had a good feeling about this book, but it just wasn't for me! The good thing is, unlike the title might insinuate, there is no hint of love triangle (I didn't think there would be). But I was not pleased with this book overall, sadly. Romance writer Andi Palmer is having terrible luck in Vegas - she gets stuck in a hot elevator in the hotel while trying to make it to her meetings at the romance writers convention. She's trying to change when the elevator starts working again, and in walks someone she knew from when they were kids. Someone who was horrible to her. Ryan Wheeler is at the hotel to chase ghosts (he's a horror writer), and he doesn't expect to find a half-naked woman in the elevator. Sparks fly, but something is off about Andi. They can't deny the attraction between them, but there are too many secrets between them too. Despite what the title might imply, there is no love triangle in this book. Andi sees Ryan and immediately thinks that he is Nolan (who is his younger brother). Nolan and Andi knew each other in grade school, and Nolan wasn't particularly nice to her. Years later, Andi thinks it is Nolan she is speaking to, and Ryan doesn't realize that Andi thinks he's Nolan (it's not obvious). When he gives her his name, she thinks he's lying and hiding his identity, and that he doesn't recognize her (she used to be overweight and very different - her words, not mine). There were so many awkward and cute scenes in this book, which were pretty funny, for the most part. There is ONE hot scene, and it's pretty hot (not super hot though). The book is short, so you'll blow through it very quickly. Of course, all three of things things I just mentioned are easily dislikes too. Read on for what did not work for me! What I Did Not Like: Possible spoilers. Ahead. Possibly. I'm just going to start typing, so you are warned as of now. I honestly don't even know where to start. I was really up and down, with Andi. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Andi Palmer, romance writer, was in Vegas for a book convention. On her way to a meeting she got stuck in an elevator with the only man she ever loved and never wanted to see again. Ryan Grayson, horror writer, knew she was familiar but never would have thought she'd mistake him for his younger brother Nolan. Every time he tried to tell her who he was she would stop him. He didn't believe in happily ever after...did he? This is another great story by Catherine Fox. I'm sure glad it didn't stay in Vegas. I can't wait to read more! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
A case of mistaken identity that leads to a happily ever after neither one expected. Ryan doesn't believe in love because the of the bad examples his family has shown him. Randi doesn't think that she'll ever get married because no one will like who she really is inside after her teenage crush, Nolan, broke her heart. She has a different persona she puts out for the world. So when she thinks he's the guy from the elevator who doesn't recognize her and is lying about his identity, she takes the opportunity to pay him back. Unfortunately her plan backfires and she finds herself actually enjoying his company. Ryan is actually Nolan's brother, and once he figures out what's going on, he's torn between telling Andi the truth or continuing with the fantasy. This was a very fun, flirty and sexy read - I loved it from beginning to end. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Andi had her heart broken when she was a teenager by a man that she thought was her friend, but now that she is older she writes her own romances. While at a romance writer's convention in Vegas who does she get stuck in an elevator with? The man that destroyed her self confidence years ago...or so she thinks. What she doesn't know is that it is actually his older brother. She comes up with a plan to seduce him and then leave him wanting but the attraction between the two of them is off the charts. I love Cathryn Fox's series, In the Line of Duty, so I was really excited to see her jump on the "What Happened in Vegas" train. I've really been enjoying this series and reading from authors I hadn't heard of before. It's a lot of fun to see everyone's take on a Vegas love story. This one had me laughing out loud a few times, and the tomboy in me loved Ryan's idea for a date with Andi. So much fun! The story moves fairly quickly because it takes place in just a week, but I think that adds to the fun. A few times in the story they talk about how Ryan once had a "stalker situation" but they never really say what happened. It's not really a big deal but the curious part of me was wondering and a little bummed when it was never explained. I also thought it would have been interesting to see an interaction with Andi and Nolan now...just for closure. I still really enjoyed this one though. ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quick and enjoyable story. It is well written with characters that are well portrayed and easy to connect with. There are many funny moments and steamy encounters. This was my first time reading a story by Ms. Fox. I was pleasantly surprised by her work. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Cathryn Fox and was so excited when I saw this one come across for review! Cathryn Fox has a way with making a great story and likable characters all while delivering romance and humor. This story is full of humor that will keep you laughing your way through this story. Andi is a romance writer and is having a bad day. When she is running late for a meeting and the elevator gets stuck, she decides to go ahead and make use of her time and change in the elevator. Just her luck, the elevator starts working again as soon as she in naked. The doors open and in walks a surprise! Ryan is a horror writer that is in town doing research for a new novel that he is wanting to write when he happens upon Andi naked in the elevator. Ryan is taken aback at Andi's curves and beauty, but he doesn't realize that she thinks he is his younger brother that broke her heart when she was a teen. Andi is determined to get revenge on her old crush that broke her heart, but things don't go as planned for Andi. This is a great light, quick read that you will enjoy! Will Andi get her revenge or will she figure out that she has the wrong brother? Thanks Cathryn Fox for another great read and I can't wait for more from you!!