Betting the Bad Boy

Betting the Bad Boy

by Stefanie London

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Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.

Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it alone.

Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…

Each book in the Behind the Bar series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 The Rules According to Gracie
Book #2 Pretend it’s Love
Book #3 Betting the Bad Boy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633759510
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Series: Behind the Bar , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 115,391
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Originally from Melbourne, Stefanie now lives in Toronto with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies and drink coffee. By day (and night!) she writes romance with humour, heat and heart, and tries not to spend too much time shopping online and watching baby animal videos on YouTube.

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Betting the Bad Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Just so so
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Paul’s older brother was Des the bar/restaurant where they all worked. Noah was a close friend. Des oversaw the operation and finances. Paul managed the bar and Noah was the head barrister who also inducted and trained the new hires. Des was in Hawaii with his wife Grace, Paul was knee deep in getting his mixology school off the ground that left Noah to be boss for the month Des was to be gone. Des was to soon expand his business and dropped hints he wanted Noah to manage it. Paul had a girl he was crazy about - Libby so Noah was the only bachelor left. Paige had just been trying to get a job and had been for awhile. And she was stressed about her future. Paige was trying to get an accounting job. Paige had been staying with her friend Sally. Sally just left her know that in a month she would be moving in with her boyfriend. Paige had already been looking for a job for a month. Paige stopped at Des’s bar/restaurant First for a coffee and fell into an interview as another girl. Then Noah was told the other girl wouldn’t be in Paige bet Noah a job she could make him the best cup of coffee he had ever had. Noah thought Paige looked like sex on a stick in a kind of girl next store way. Paige thought Noah looked hot. On Paige’s first day she brushed shoulders with Noah and felt sparks go through her. She hadn’t felt those kind of tingles since her first kiss. Paige had moved to Melbourne about four months ago before that a country girl born and raised. Paige had a different job in the accounting field but had dated a coworker but when she wouldn’t sleep with him he spread it all over the office she was a floozy and she lost her job. She had learned never mix business with pleasure. Noah had been brought up in the foster care system and had several foster parents and he felt he had let them all down but Paul and des were his best friends. Noah also had three sisters not blood but sisters nevertheless. Noah had a policy to always set the bar low when it came to commitment. That way he didn’t expect much. As a kid Noah had been kicked out of every foster home he had been in. Being a lone wolf meant security. Noah was always desperate to be the one leaving when it came to relationships as he was never in it for the long term. Paul and Noah had been friends since third grade. I enjoyed this story. I liked how Noah and Paige tried to control what they felt. I was glad when they came together. I liked the plot and thought this was well written. I thought this dragged a little at different times but didn’t stop me from finishing the story. I liked how close Noah was to Paul and Des. I also loved how Noah loved his sisters. I loved Paige’s determination . This was just a good read I loved the characters and the ins and outs.I recommend.
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Paige has her future all planned out. She’s getting an accounting job, getting married, and having babies. Preferably in that order. Her mind is set, and she will not deviate. Noah’s trying hard to forget his past. The fact that his mom left him, her family didn’t want him, and the number of foster homes he’d been sent to (and rejected from). He has three foster sisters and 2 best friends. As far as he’s concerned, he has everything he needs. Paige is all about relationships. Noah avoids them at all costs. Do they have anything in common? How about intense physical attraction, straightforward honesty, and the unwillingness to play games. Sounds like a match made in heaven right…at least if they could get past that pesty commitment thing. Should they? Can they? Will they? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out. With witty exchanges, the coolest BFF’s, an original premise, and well-developed plot, and sex just has hot, steamy, and milky as the coffee, I promise you won’t regret it.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
First of all I must say, Ms. London had me when she described Noah as the missing Hemsworth brother. Sexy hot! Noah tries to play himself as a loner and not willing to do commitment, but he truly was a special warm hearted kind of guy. I enjoyed his character. He was fun, sarcastic, flirty, a little dirty talking, and a whole lot of innuendo. Paige we a sweet girl who was down on her luck. I loved having a glimpse into her inner thoughts. She was hilarious. I enjoyed the way they came together, and the sweet ending and romantic epilogue. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
So cute! I loved both Noah and Paige, and the bet motif was abso-freaking adorable. I can't imagine why I haven't read the other two books in this series--yes, it worked just fine as a standalone, but still--but you'd better believe I'm going to soon. I'm really going to enjoy watching Noah be all smug in his non-commitment-dom, knowing exactly what is coming in his future :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Paige for the first time in her life may have bitten off more than she can chew on more than once. First she bets on the wrong man. Then determined not to do it again she makes a bet that she can keep her hands of the second man. This was a fun, light-hearted, well-paced read that gave as good as it got. Paige had to figure her life out and fast. She was on a downward spiral after make a very huge miscalculation. Needing to keep thing flowing along she takes the job with very sexy Noah. She feels the heat and the heat of the passion burns strong. But she was determined to not make that mistake again. Noah being well Noah did all he could to make her lose that bet and succumb to his alluring ways. Noah was a hit for me from the very beginning. A bad boy doing a good deed with naughty intentions towards one sweet, innocent, sexy, naïve woman that needed a job. Did this make him a bad boy, well duhh that was why it’s called Betting the Bad Boy. She taunted and egged him on with each new addition to the bet. She was making herself more and more open to him. I understood her need to be independent and strong but her way of teasing, that was how it felt to me, Noah was a bit nerve racking. I was not sure if I wanted to hit her or skip her. Regardless of this, I still go myself a good read and would find myself at some point going back and reading the prior two books of this series.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. It was an ok book, there were times I wanted to knock out Paige, and her snobbishness. At times I felt the book was a little slow, and wanted them to hurry up and admit or act on there attraction, so the going back and forth got seriously annoying at time. I did like Noah, however I was disappointed in him, when Paige finally admitted how she felt, and he became a coward. However, this is a romance story, so they did work out there differences.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3 in the Behind The Bar series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Paige has no luck getting a job in the field of her own choosing. The problem with her previous employer probably not helping. Now she just needs a job anywhere or she will have to go home. Noah has no idea she is not the candidate he was going to interview for the position. After the whole mess, he just is glad he has someone competent to the job. Now if he can just stop wanting her for himself.... I found this to be a fun and sexy read. I liked the banter between the characters. I think this series is fun and I hope there are more stories to come. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Sexy and fun is the motto when country chick meets city dude! He's hot, down with the ladies and out for a good time always ... she's a unique take on sexy, sweet and dedicated to finding her perfect life. Total opposites right? So why do they mesh so well? He finds himself feeling more for her than he ever imagined was possible ... but can she accept less than she was looking for and learn to trust in what he's offering? Paige Thomas disappointed her parents by taking off for a life in the city instead of staying closer to home, so there's no way she can fail and have to run crying home again! She had a job she thought was going to take her places, but she mistakenly trusted the wrong person and now she's crashing on her friends sofa with no job and no money! What's a girl to do? Noah Reid is a fun guy to hang with, but he doesn't take anything too seriously. Growing up in the foster system and having disappointment after disappointment taught him not to trust in anything being there when he needed it. He has some great friends, loves his job and has a blast cruising through life ... but that's all he's looking for. He is filling in for his buddy while he's away for a month and ends up hiring Paige at the coffeeshop/bar temporarily. Instant attraction is her worst fear realized, so she playfully puts a bet in place to make sure they don't fall into the lusty trap! Will they be able to hold out, or will she be pushing her rules to the side faster than she can recite them?
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
in betting the bad boy, barista-turned-bar manager noah reid finally meets his match. paige thomas is trying to start a new life in the city. leaving behind her family's small town café in search of a big city job in accounting, she finds herself down on her heels when her first job doesn't work out. on her last rope she accidentally falls into an interview at first a coffee shop/bar hybrid that noah is managing for his friend while he's on vacation with his wife. after a life in foster care this opportunity feels a lot like a noose. he's not ready for this kind of responsibility. when every interview candidate fails to impress or flakes out on him, noah is forced to take a chance on paige. he's hesitant at first because she lied. and also because he knows she's looking for something else. but she makes on mean cappuccino. and he can't help his attraction to her. paige is determined to not make the same mistakes she made her first time on the job. namely no entanglements with co-workers. but the chemistry between paige and noah is too hot to deny for long. and as they continue to dare each other to cross lines with bets with sexier stakes, it's only a matter of time before they end up ensnared in a romantic relationship. but noah has no track record with relationships. he's got trust issues too. his past has shown him that keeping people at arm's length is necessary to keep his heart whole. but the truth is, when you do that, you also keep your heart, your life empty of love. and that's not a good way to live either. so he has to take a risk, he has to figure out a way to let paige in. because it's possible that it will be worth it in the end. and it almost takes him too long to realize this, because protecting your heart is a hard habit to break. luckily, paige is worth breaking the habit for. and it's an enjoyable read as they figure this all out. **betting the bad boy will publish on may 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
This delightfully entertaining read will bring a smile with its flirty, sexy and fun protagonists. Paige Thomas had a life plan to achieve perfect happiness. She was unwilling the deviate from it until she losses her dream job because she unwisely mixes business with pleasure and now Paige desperately needs to find a job to help her stay afloat in the big city otherwise she’ll have to go back to her small town home. Rather than face defeat, she takes a barista job under the management of sexy Noah Reid. Can she resist from blurring lines and stray further from her grand plan? Noah would like nothing more than to keep his life simple, unattached and free from big responsibilities. Raised in foster care, he’s afraid of letting down and being let down. But when his best friend leaves his bar to Noah’s care for a month he has no other choice but to hire help in the form of a gorgeous, outspoken aspiring accountant. Can he convince Paige that being flexible and having some fun is a good thing? This was a fun, fast pace, lighthearted read. Paige and Noah have some witty and steamy verbal foreplay going on right from the start which is fueled by their competitiveness. There were very few limits to what they would bet each other on, but they tended to stick with the steamy kind which were doomed to fail because of their undeniable chemistry. Paige is a determined goodie two shoes. A bit naïve and indecisive, whose mixed signals gave me a bit of whiplash. But her steadiness helps Noah with his trust issues, even though at first glance you wouldn’t detect any chinks in his delicious armor. He’s a sexy bad boy with a gooey middle. He’s protective of his three foster sisters and loyal to his friends. I liked how Paige and Noah meet each other half way, he shows her how to enjoy life without it having to be perfect and she shows him that having someone to share life with is wonderful. Betting the Bad Boy is book #3 in the Behind the Bar series by Stefanie London. It is a cute and sweet standalone contemporary romance told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A perfect light,fun, sexy read that will keep you smiling. Wonderfully written with great characters made this a very relaxing read. Low on angst and high on fun! Oh and did I mention coffee?? Lots and lots of coffee!! Paige and Noah are perfect together but they are both determined to fight the attraction between them. A case of mistaken identity has Paige getting hired as a barista at the coffee bar Noah is running for a friend. Paige won't stop looking for her perfect job but for now First is a great place to be! I highly recommend this one!
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and sexy romp that I just loved. Paige is still nursing her wounds from a date gone awry that had a long lasting impact. It leads her desperately searching for a new job as an accountant, but without much luck. After one poor interview, she pops into First for a much needed cup of coffee and meets Noah, who mistakes her for someone else. One thing leads to another, and soon she's working there as a barista. They have an immediate attraction, but Paige wants a committed relationship and Noah won't commit to more than a night. What follows is an entertaining romance that fans of the genre will love. This novel made me smile and root for them to find their happily ever after, even while smiling at the situations they got themselves into. While part of a series, this is a stand alone novel, however, it's so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Betting the Bad Boy is the best of Stefanie London. Full of fun, lots of heart and a comedic gold mine. Noah and Paige have enough electricity to short out the power within a five mile radius. However, courage is in short supply. Past heartbreaks have given love a bad name that continues to leave it's mark. Will this highly magnetic duo, be able to step out of their heads and chime into their hearts? Laughs, love and life lessons is a sweet and salty combination.