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Betting on You: (InterMix)
     

Betting on You: (InterMix)

3.7 34
by Sydney Landon
 
In this seductive new novella from New York Times bestselling author Sydney Landon, Mia Gentry refuses to give up her independence—until Seth Jackson shows her just how hot losing control can be…

Living the life of a rich socialite was never in Mia’s plans, much to the chagrin of her wealthy parents. She’s made her own way,

Overview

In this seductive new novella from New York Times bestselling author Sydney Landon, Mia Gentry refuses to give up her independence—until Seth Jackson shows her just how hot losing control can be…

Living the life of a rich socialite was never in Mia’s plans, much to the chagrin of her wealthy parents. She’s made her own way, studying computer science at Brown and snagging a coveted position with Danvers International after graduation. Her plan to avoid parental involvement seems to be going well until her mother buys her a date at a charity auction—with the hot resort owner who she’s been eyeing on her latest work project.

Seth never mixes business with pleasure, but something about Mia drives him to distraction. Giving into his desires for just one night will hopefully clear his head enough to keep his hands off her during office hours.

But when one mind-blowing night turns into weeks of flirtation, frustration, and companionship, Mia realizes that their workplace fling may be developing into more—and that Seth might be the perfect man she’s been waiting for…

Includes a preview of Fighting for You

Praise for the Danvers Novels

“Wonderful…Landon’s foray into contemporary romance has just the right amount of angst, sass, sexiness, humor and of course romance.”—Fresh Fiction

“If you like the Cinderella style story, this modern day version is sure to be a hit.”—Once Upon a Twilight

“A hot, sweet, good ride.”—Under the Covers Book Blog

Sydney Landon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Weekends Required, Not Planning on You, and Fall for Me. When she isn’t writing, Sydney enjoys reading, swimming, and being a minivan-driving soccer mom. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698152168
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Series:
Danvers Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
57,345
File size:
739 KB

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Seth Jackson sighed in resignation as he ended his conference call with the management team of the Oceanix Resorts. He swiveled his chair so that he was facing the wall of glass behind him. The Atlantic Ocean sparkled in the hot July sunshine as crowds of tourists lined the beaches below. Some days it was torture sitting in the office in a suit while looking down upon nothing but bikinis and swim trunks. That was one of the hard things about living and working in a resort town. Sometimes, or in his case, most of the time, work came first. Knowing it was pointless to delay; he spun his chair back to his desk and signed his name to the bottom of the contract from Danvers International. It wasn’t that he had a problem with the company itself, because they were the best there was in the communications field. But now whenever he thought of Danvers, he thought of Beth Denton and their last date together. That was probably one of the most surprising and awkward moments in his dating life.

His best friend, Brett, had been going through a rough time since his girlfriend had ended their long-term relationship. Brett was a relationship kind of guy and he was desperate to find someone new to fill the void that Becka’s departure had left behind. One night after multiple rounds of drinks, Seth had agreed to try out a local dating service with Brett. He really hadn’t intended to do anything other than pay his enrollment fee and go through the motions until Brett found someone. When he had run across Beth’s profile on the computer, he had been more than a little interested. She was beautiful and sounded like someone he would have a lot in common with. He had asked her out that same day and had been very impressed on their first date. They had gone out a few more times and had even progressed to some hot goodnight kisses before she had suddenly gone AWOL for a few months. When she finally returned his call and accepted another date, he had been excited and ready to move the relationship forward until the dinner discovery.

He had met Beth at Sara J’s, one of his favorite seafood restaurants in Garden City Beach, South Carolina. When she had walked in, he thought she looked different. He knew it was probably a bit crude, but she had the look of a woman well fucked. During their initial dates, she was always a tad reserved and obviously nervous, but on that night, she had seemed more confident in herself and her sexuality. He was pretty sure at that point what had been occupying her for the past few months, but maybe that was over since she had accepted his dinner invitation.

They had just settled at their table with the conversation flowing easily when a man had approached their table. It was obvious that he knew Beth. He suspected from their body language that they had been intimate. He had been surprised when the introductions were made. He had heard of Nick Merimon. Hell, Myrtle Beach was a small town where you either personally knew or knew of most everyone in the business circles. He had heard that Danvers International had merged with Mericom, which had been owned by the Merimon family. He knew Jason Danvers socially and had met Gray Merimon, Nick’s brother, on a few occasions. Nick’s reputation as a ladies’ man preceded him. Even though they both worked for Danvers, he wouldn’t have suspected a personal connection between Nick and Beth. They seemed to be complete opposites. He actually found himself feeling a little sorry for Beth. He was afraid that she had probably been seduced and dumped. He, of course, would be happy to swoop in and give her the support she needed to move on. He wasn’t looking for long-term so he was happy to be her rebound guy if needed.

He had barely had time to relish that thought when things had gone wildly off course. He had asked Beth how she knew Nick and she had said that they worked together. Nick had added that they lived together and that they were having a baby. He had actually been tempted to laugh at first, sure that this was some kind of bad attempt at humor on Nick’s part. When he took a closer look at Beth’s face though he had known it was true. What he didn’t know was why in the hell she had accepted a date with him. He wasn’t one to judge, but come on. How many pregnant women who clearly have some type of relationship with the father are actively dating through a dating service?

With Nick still standing at their table, he had left the restaurant at barely less than a run. He had been pissed. He had no idea if Nick and Beth had left together and he couldn’t have cared less at that point. He couldn’t help but feel like he had been some pawn in whatever game Beth was playing with Nick Merimon. To her credit, she had left a message on his voicemail the next day apologizing. He hadn’t returned her call. He had hoped never to have to think about her or that night again, but apparently that wasn’t in the cards. Soon Danvers International would be invading his turf, and he hadn’t wanted to explain the reason behind his opposition to his nosy family so he was screwed.

Only his close friends and family were aware that the Oceanix Resorts were owned by the Jackson family. There were ten beachfront resorts located in such hot spots as Mexico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Florida, the U. S. Virgin Islands, Charleston, and Turks and Caicos. Seth ran the Oceanix Resort in Myrtle Beach and his brothers, Rhett, Ash, Dylan, and Luke, ran resorts in Florida, Charleston, and St. Croix. His cousins rounded out the rest of the management of the Oceanix chain. Like their fathers before them, they each lived and breathed the business. They could have easily expanded, but they all believed that quality was better than quantity. Each location was booked for months in advance. It was rare that they had vacancies. The service they offered was impeccable and second to none. A stay at the resort was first-class all the way. They were a five-star resort and their staff was paid well to make sure there were never issues with customer satisfaction.

In the scheme of things, replacing the communications system at the resort was minor and not something he would usually be concerned with. It wasn’t as if Beth Denton or Nick Merimon were going to walk through the door as a part of the installation team from Danvers. This was business and arguing against a Danvers system would bring nothing but questions from his nosy family. They only purchased top of the line for the resort chain and that meant Danvers whether he liked it or not.

As if some sixth sense had alerted her, his assistant walked through the door as he was setting his pen down. He had no idea how she did that. He often wondered if she had his office under some type of surveillance. He smiled as Margie made her way to his desk. They had worked together for five years now and he would be lost without her, a fact that she pointed out to him at least five times a day. Even though he rolled his eyes, they both knew it was true. She was a wise-cracking, tough-love mother-figure and he adored her. She dressed like someone off a runway but complained endlessly about the high heels that she insisted on wearing daily. Her ink-black hair was cut short and had that perfectly mussed look that women paid a fortune for. He should know; he gave her carte blanche to the resort hair salon and she was a walking advertisement for the talent of the stylists. She was fit and trim and he had no idea how. She ate like a sailor and cursed like one at times.

His own mother, Charlotte, as she preferred to be called by her sons, lived in California with her second husband. He rarely saw her and that was something that they were both okay with. She had bonded with her husband’s children from his former marriage and she tended to act as if he and his brothers were just distant acquaintances unless she needed the services of one of the Oceanix Resorts.

His father had died a couple of years back of a heart attack. He had been a brilliant businessman but lived the extravagant lifestyle of the rich. After his divorce, he never lacked for female company. Seth was sure that he never lacked for it while he was married; he just tried to hide it better than he had afterward. He had vowed to never remarry and Seth was grateful that he had kept that vow. Having to deal with a stepmother was something that neither he nor his brothers had wanted.

He jumped when Margie snapped her fingers in front of his face. “Can I have that contract or do you plan to sit there clutching it while staring into space for the rest of the day?” He handed the papers over without comment and watched as she flipped through the pages. When she was finished, she shook her head saying, “Man, it sucks to be you. Talk about bad memories.”

Margie was one of the few people he had told about the fiasco with Beth and he now wished that he hadn’t. He shrugged his shoulders. “It’s not a big deal.”

“Well, obviously,” Margie snorted. “That kind of shit happens to you every day. I think whoever came up with the idea for Myrtle Manor was sitting at a table next to you that night and overheard your whole conversation. The only thing that would have made it any better was a possible paternity issue. Any chance that you could be the baby daddy?”

“You’re a horrible assistant,” Seth deadpanned.

Margie laughed. “We both know I’m fabulous and you could never hope to do any better. Who else would put up with your snarky comments and lousy pay?”

Seth smiled, enjoying their verbal wordplay. “What? You haven’t managed to talk payroll into giving you a raise? You’re slipping in your old age.” She probably had him on the snarky comments, but she usually started it. As for the lousy pay, he highly doubted there was a better-paid assistant in the area or even the state. She also enjoyed more perks than anyone else in the resort. Some of them he had given her, some the other employees showered on her. They all thought he didn’t know, but there was nothing that went on in the Oceanix that Seth was unaware of. He made it his business to be one step ahead of everything and everyone. Margie deserved it though so he didn’t mind. She held the chaos at bay and kept things running smoothly, something that was priceless to him. He loved her unwavering loyalty and also her ability to give it to him straight when others just tried to tell him what he wanted to hear. Margie never sugarcoated things for him. As far as the rest of the staff and their clients were concerned, the woman could sell shit to a manure farmer. She was smooth, sweet, and full of southern charm.

Margie straightened to her full height, which was an impressive five-nine, and smirked. “Trust me, honey, there is nothing slipping here. I pay good money to keep it all where it’s supposed to be. Now should I send this contract over to Danvers? Does Beth handle that?”

Seth waved her away saying, “Get out before I call Joe. I think something is wrong with my computer. It’s been freezing up a lot.”

The smirk left her face as she glared at him. “If you do that, I will personally ask for Beth when I send these contracts back. Or better yet, maybe Nick. Talk about awkward.”

“I’ll behave if you do,” Seth countered.

“Fine,” she snapped before closing the door behind her in a huff. He declared himself the winner of this round. He very seldom got one up on Margie, but Joe worked every time. The head of their IT department was a sore subject for her. A few years back at the company Christmas party, Margie had indulged too much at the open bar and had grabbed Joe in a drunken embrace. He had turned her down flat. Since Joe had been after Margie for years, she had been shocked when he said no. He didn’t want to take advantage of her while she was intoxicated. To him, that made Joe a good guy. To Margie, that made Joe the man who rejected her and the sting to her pride was still there. Seth knew that Margie liked him, but she just couldn’t get past the humiliation of the party and she tried to avoid him now at all costs.

Settling back in his chair, he took a minute to gloat before moving on with his day. It wasn’t often he got the best of Margie and he needed to enjoy the moment.

Mia Gentry walked through the glass doors in the lobby of the Danvers International building singing to the music piping through her earbuds. At twenty-eight, she felt like some dirty old lady for listening to Justin Bieber, but she loved his music. She stuck the foot of her hot-pink pump in the door of the elevator to hold it. Suzy and her husband, Gray, were standing just inside the door as she made her way inside. God, she felt like such a frump standing next to her fashion idol and her GQ man. She wondered idly if they were into threesomes. She had never tried that, but she had a bit of a girl-crush on Suzy, and Gray was smoking-freaking-hot. Yeah, she wouldn’t think twice if they asked her. She smiled and muttered, “Morning,” as the doors closed.

Meet the Author

Sydney Landon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Weekends Required, Not Planning on You, and Fall for Me. When she isn’t writing, Sydney enjoys reading, swimming, and being a minivan-driving soccer mom. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her family.

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Betting on You: (InterMix) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
psee More than 1 year ago
4, but could have been 5 star review Mia is a socialite who has never embraced the life. She has gone to college and worked hard at Danvers in it's IT department. She has been assigned a great project working at Oceanix Resort. Her contact their is Seth Jackson. The two are definitely attracted to each other and due to some meddling on her mother's part, Mia finds herself sharing an intimate meal with Seth. Due to the work situation, further interactions are almost strictly business and both are anticipating project completion. Just like any other great romance novel, there is a major mistake before the two get their chance at the HEA. The sexual chemistry between the two is amazing and I loved reading it. I have never read any of the other books in the Danvers series and I don't feel it put me at a disadvantage. There may have been more familiarity with Seth and some other characters like Suzy who shows up briefly in the story, but once again, I still felt I could fully appreciate the story. The other characters in this story are great. Margie, Seth's assistant injected some humor into the story and I loved her no nonsense way of dealing with Seth. Hank, Mia's boss was supportive and I loved his conversation with her regarding her dinner meeting with Seth. Another bonus was the length of this story. Although it is a novella, I found there was a lot of substance and read more like a regular novel for me. So with all this love I have for this book, you may wonder why I only went with 4 stars. Well because I was totally disappointed with the ending. Literally I was fuming as I read it and I couldn't believe that was all there was. Seriously. The ending seem to come out of left field, and after the hurt Mia felt, I can't believe that was all it took. I mean really, kinky sex is what is gonna bring them back to each other?? So yes, I really enjoyed this story right up until the 90% mark. If you have read other books in this story I think you will enjoy this one, and even if you hadn't you most likely will still enjoy this. Just take my warning that the ending may be a let down. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love eek
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this story in the Danver's series even though it was a bit short. LA-TXN
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I'm really disappointed in this book. First of all 94 pages??? Seriously? It was sooo not worth the time and money. It should've free in this case. Very disappointed that this came from the same author. -_-
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This story is listed as book 4.5 in The DANVERS series by Sydney Landon.  If you have read the other books this book is a perfect compliment to them and a really wonderful story.  I love that Seth and Mia are so real and honest with one another even though it may hurt.   Later in the book when they realize they have feelings for one another is when we run into interference done in with an ex-girlfriend for Seth and mother interest for Mia.  They have a pretty good friendship and lots of sparks that bounce off one another.     All the fun characters from the earlier books are present in this story and play a little matchmaking on these two as well.  Suzy especially loves Mia's shoes!   In typical grand fashion, Ms Landon gives us a great read mixed in with a little angst, a hot couple and funny banter.  I give this one a 5/5 paws!!  Kitty loved this book and hopes you will too!   Out now - this is a perfect book to read when you are in the mood for great romance!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't mind that it was short. What I do mind is that the hero was an ass. Mia should have sent him packing. Plus the ending....well...sucked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short
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13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
Why was this book so short? It could have been a great story and it only just got started. I have been following this series and I really do not know why the author wrote this novella. Are they going to be part of the next longer book? Mia and Seth are not really essential to this series. I do love that we get a glimpse of Suzy again. I love that woman.
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tb_in_mn More than 1 year ago
Disappointed I've read all the books in the Danver's series and this one was not up to the standards set by the previous books. First of all, it is very short. 94 pages and the first page of Chapter 1 is page 8. The last page of the epilogue is page 86. The rest of the book is an excerpt from Fighting For You (Ella and Declan's story, which I'm sure most of the readers of this series have already read). For a book that was essentially 76 pages of text, $3.99 is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. Other novella's of comparable length by established writers may be in the area of $.99. Next, the male lead Seth is a jerk. Not gonna put any spoilers here for those who will be reading this book but if I was Mia I would have kicked him to the curb. Maybe if this would have been a longer book he may have redeemed himself. I did like Mia, and I liked the ongoing relationship between Mia and her mother. I will look forward to the next book in this series, hopefully it will re-catch my interest. This book didn't do it for me.
chicagogirl21 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading “Betting on You” by the amazing Sydney Landon. This Novella of Sydney’s is another great book in the Danvers’ series! You will love the story of Mia and Seth. Seth Jackson is an amazingly handsome billionaire who hires someone from Danvers to work on the latest project at Oceanix Resort. When Mia Gentry shows up sparks begin to fly between the two of them. Both thinking they have to keep this relationship on a business level, never expect Mia’s manipulative mother to buy a date with Seth for Mia at a charity auction! After many drinks, the evening turns into one amazing night for this couple!! You can only imagine what happens when they are expected to work together and not mix business with pleasure! WOW this is another spectacular book in true Landon style! If you have not read any of the Danvers’ series, you are really missing out. You will love this book and Sydney Landon’s writing style!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started well but then went downhill and crashed. I get that it is a novella and it is going to be short, but you still expect a decent plot and character development. This book lacked both. Half way in, the scenes and dialogs became so absurd that I actually laughed (really laughed). There was no romance, just a few sex scenes that had little appeal and no substance. Considering how much I liked the other books in the series, I wondered if this one had been written by another author (and a bad one). How this book could get good reviews is beyond me. In my opinion, it is not worth the money and time.
Just_Booked_Monique More than 1 year ago
**JUST BOOKED received an ARC by the Publisher, via Netgalley, for an Honest Review** ROMANTIC COMEDY…MAN YOU LIKE GETS AUCTIONED…MOM BUYS DATE!  Betting On You is the novella following the fourth novel, Fighting For You, in the Danvers series in which could be read as a standalone novel too. Betting On You left me wanting more than just a novella, Sydney Landon’s Danvers series is WONDERFUL and always ready to read any of her novels. Betting On You is about Seth Jackson a striking billionaire bachelor who shuns from relationships, until he meets Mia Gentry. Mia works for Danvers International and has been assign to work on a project at Oceanix Resort to install a security system. When the beautiful sassy smart-mouth techie starts talking about IT equipment, Seth could not help of thinking indecent thoughts nor control his body’s reaction towards Mia. “I’m going over your equipment now. Do you want to keep your hard drive? I can dispose of it, but some people are funny about that.” - Mia Although Mia is a techie and currently employed, Mia comes from a privilege and posh upbringing. Mia prides herself for finishing her college education and obtaining a profession without the affluence of her family. Mia discovers that Seth is participating in a charity bachelor auction for the new children’s hospital and will be auction off to the highest bidder. The charity just happens to be the charity her mother is organizing, who knew that Seth and her parents ran with the same circles of acquaintances. Seth volunteering for the event has Mia realizing that he may be more than an instantaneous physical attraction, but maybe something more. Mia is now starting to feel jealousy, because other women were bidding on Seth and all she could think was that some cougar was going to go out on a date with Seth. “Your mother bought me?” - Seth Betting On You is a FUNNY LOVE STORY that will capture your attention immediately on the adventures with Seth and Mia. Sydney Landon’s novella, Betting On You, will have you laughing uncontrollably.  I rate Sydney Landon’s novella in the Danvers series, Betting On You - 4 AMAZING STARS!
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
I loved Seth and Mia's story! This was a great Danvers Novella! I love how Sydney Landon told the Story!  I love how strong  Mia and independent Mia is! I love meeting the new character in the Danver SeriesI  I am looking for the next book in the series! I can't wait to for the next book in the Series! 
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AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Betting on You is a story I really enjoyed.  I really like Mia (and her shoes), which you will understand when you read the novel.  Mia and Seth were both introduced in previous books in the series, and though I've not read them all yet, and have read them out of order, it was easy to follow along, as they read as companion novels and not really sequels.  Mia's character is really fun and I enjoyed her a lot.  Her inner rants were hilarious at times.  I also liked Seth.  He seemed a little insecure in the beginning, again with himself, something he camouflaged well though.  Actually, they both did, but boy when things heat up, he reveals a dominant and sexy side that shows what he's really made of.  There is a lot of sexual tension between the two, as there are rules against Danvers employees having relationships with the clients they work for, and Mia is working for Seth, but that just makes everything more interesting.  There is some drama and some hurt feelings, but the romance is really great, and built up over the time they spent together during their "no touching" period when Mia was working for Seth.   Betting on You is a wonderful novella, and though short, feels very complete.  I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great short story or novella. It showed to people grow to miss and need each other. It showed him more then her realize what he lost when she walked out. I really would love to read more about them. Otherwise it was a fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the chemistry between Seth and Mia. I liked the storyline.
MaddyNunezMM More than 1 year ago
I love the Danvers Series and this one did not disappoint!! Mia is funny, sexy and independent and Seth is sexy and a little bitter from a date gone wrong. (You have to read the book, funny beginning). Mia's mom buys her a date with Seth and the chemistry begins heating up!!  Everything I expect in a Sydney Landon book and I can't wait to read the next book in the Danvers Series!!
DOWNS More than 1 year ago
This book was a little shorter than I wished it would have been.  Seems like as soon as Mia entered the restaurant for her dinner with Seth she knew she was going to jump into bed with him.  It was a good book in general and I would so read it again just seemed rushed at times.  Like on their first official date that he didn't even know would be Mia it went from sitting down to having a glass of wine to ready to jump each other.  Seth did get the raw end of the deal with Beth as she did use him so I was happy that he found someone like Mia.  Good addition to the series!