Blame it on the Bet

Blame it on the Bet

by L.E. Rico
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Blame it on the Bet by L.E. Rico

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.

When her family's pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O'Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem's Main Street where O'Halloran's Pub sits. But his "quick business" turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he's betting her he can outlast Mayhem's punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he'll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan's not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640633742
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/11/2017
Series: Whiskey Sisters , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 20,371
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. Today, she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, but she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

She lives in New York with her husband, Tom, and one impossibly cute/obnoxiously bratty miniature schnauzer named Gracie. When she’s not behind a microphone or in front of her computer, she enjoys binge watching English, Danish and Australian crime thrillers.

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Blame It on the Bet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Lorizen 6 days ago
Lauren Rico has done it again! I don't know how she does it, but she sucks me right into the story and doesn't let go. I loved this freaking story. I bit of a different twist for her, but I have to tell you the story shines right off the pages. Welcome to Mayhem Minnesota, home to O'Hallorans Pub, A Little Slice of Heaven, Basilica of St Mary of the Assumption and home to Father Romance and Knitty Kitty. First of all, the sisters O'Halloran, aka the Whiskey sisters. Right, Hennessy who is an attorney and lives in St Paul. Walker, bartender and mixologist extraordinaire, Jameson married to Win aka the books resident jack hat and Mom to little Jackson. Bailey, the baby soon to graduate highschool. They've jus lost their beloved Pops a few months earlier and have called Henny home to make heads or tails out of all the paper work and the loans none of them knew he took out. Waiting in the wings to snag the property from beneath them when they default on the loan is Brian Truitt, real estate handler who lives in Cali and hasn't a clue about Minnesota, small town life or what he's up against with the sisters. He's soon to find out. He decides the go to Mayhem when he doesn't hear back from the girls Dad, he's got no idea the man has passed away. When Hennessy is going over the paperwork and finally puts things together, the bar is deep in debt, Truitt is their now breathing down her neck and the initial dance these two do is pretty comical. The book has so many funny moments, Walker is a fire breathing snark machine, James not so much, but she takes no prisoners either and young Bailey for all her gum chewing and primping is no dummy and adds a lot of color in her own way. Henny is just classic. I loved the witty and snarky banter between her and Bryan. When Brian decides to settle there for the next month, even renting office space, he's got a plan of attack courtesy of his secretary Helen who as he describes her best, looks similar to an orange haired troll doll. But Helen looks after Bryan and keeps him in line. Bryan is settling in to small town life, he's getting comfy with the people, Father Romance and even the sisters. One night as he and Henny were going head to head over something, he makes her a bet, one that she can't and won't back down from. That he'll give her the deed to the pub free and clear, there are other details but you have to read them. The girls need to raise 100k. That's a lot of money in a short period but these girls don't roll over for anyone. And the attraction between Bryan and Henny continues to grow and I love how up front she is with him about it. I held my breath a couple times, thinking something would happen and then it didn't and damn when I didn't see it coming, it clobbered me over the head. The Knitty Kitty hits the fan and I'm going to leave you dangle right there. This book is a must read. Lauren is a favorite of mine but even having said that, this book just bowled me over. Funny, snarky and she writes such great characters, real people with real dialogue and real problems. I just love her for that alone. She sets up the perfect story here and you're missing out if you let this one slide by. It's a must read. Absolutely. Perfection Lauren!!! And what I wouldn't give to see a book about Walker!!!
etoile1996 8 days ago
the town of mayhem, minnesota is the perfect backdrop to blame it on the bet. hennessey o'halloran has come back into town to lay her father to rest, only to discover that the bar that their father built, the bar that formed the cornerstone of her and her sisters' childhood is in the red and has a buyer. the saving grace is that the contract hasn't been signed, but the sisters only have 60 days to pay off the mounds of debt that the bar owes. when bryan truitt comes into town to figure out what happened to his handshake deal with pops o'halloran. what he discovers is four angry women intent on keeping their family legacy. when bryan makes a bet with hennessey that he can stick it out in mayhem for the duration of their 60 day grace period from the bank, he doesn't expect to be so charmed by the residents of mayhem. as hennessey spends more time with bryan she comes to realize that he is not the bad guy in this scenario. the bet is actually a pretty fair deal for the pub, and even though she doesn't agree with what he plans to do with the property she can acknowledge that he really does have good intentions for the town. i enjoyed spending time with the residents of mayhem, and the romance between hennessey and bryan is sweet and, as they open up about their past and family histories, has some surprising depth. as the start of the series, a fair amount of time is spent introducing us to mayhem and the whiskey sisters, and i do look forward to jameson's, walker's and bailey's stories, but sometimes with these small town romances, i feel like i get cheated out of time with the leads. **blame it on the bet will publish on september 11, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.
Lori-Gonzo 8 days ago
What a fantastic read! This story will put you through the feels - love, grief, sisterly bonding, self healing, determination. I first have to say that I loved how the sisters were named, unique and a little contrary for girls/ladies. I so wish we could have met their parents but this story begins where their father passed away. The sisterly bind grew and strengthened. Such a beautiful and funny part to the story. The connection between Hennessey and Bryan was sweet and magnetic. He had some emotional issues of his own that he was helped by his assistant Helen. She was a fun take no carp woman - loved her. Bryan and Hennessey's journey to love was a definite feel good and he will totally steal your heart with his words I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley
Danii_045 9 days ago
Book Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Blame It on the Bet wasn't what I expected, and I think that is why it took me a bit of time to get into the book. The story its self is really good and the book sets-up a town, which is loveable. This is a standalone novel. However, is the first in the series about The Whiskey sisters. Hennessy O’Halloran moved away from home to pursue her career. Unfortunately, her father has just died, and she has returned to her home town to help her family. Her father wanted to give his daughters everything he could, which led to expensive loans. At the heart of the family is the pub the sisters hold dear, and now they have to fight to save it. Hennessy hadn't realised how much she had given up for her career, and now is getting an insight into what living close to her family could mean. Bryan Truitt life is his career. He literally sleeps at his desk. When one of his projects isn't turning out the way he would have liked he decides to get hands on and find the source of the problem. What he discovers is a town that is more than he expected, and the key to unlocking his cold heart. There isn't much humour in this book, and I realised after that I kind of expect at least a bit of sass/wit in my romances reads. In this book, humor isn't needed, and I think it wouldn't benefit the story. Bryan is a complex charter who closed off this heart a long time ago. His job needs him to keep his head in the game. Hennessy has just lost her father and needs to find some money fast. These situations aren't really funny. As for the bet (the title). It wasn't really a big aspect of this story. I would say if you are looking for a story with depth over comedy this one is for you. 4 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
Bette313 9 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's full of charm, family, and small town goodness. The Whiskey sisters are all fantastic and I can't wait for the other's stories. Hennessy and Bryan are so cute together and the author did a great job with their story. After the death of their father the O'Halloran sisters are struggling to keep the family pub open and running. They have enough to deal with without some developer trying to get his hands on their property. Yet that's exactly what Bryan Truitt, Mr. Bigshot LA real estate guy, is trying to do. All his flash and charm might work in LA but in Mayham, MN they do things just a bit differently. With all the barbs and sparks flying between Bryan and Hennessy it isn't long before they have a bet. If Bryan can make it through a long MN winter the pub is his, if he can't he'll give it over to the sisters. Don't miss the fun as these two battle it out. I highly recommend this one.
Splashesintobooks1 9 days ago
Rating: 4.5/5 This is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance packed with turmoil and humour, making it a great read to escape into. Following the death of their father, the O’Halloran sisters discover that their father had taken out a huge loan to keep the family’s Irish Pub running and to fund their education and treats. The young women, all named after alcoholic beverages, are determined to pay back the loan and keep the pub as a family run establishment. The story is told from alternative view points of the two main characters - Hennessy V. P. O’Halloran and Bryan Truitt. She is a lawyer working in the city but would much rather be running the pub and near her family again. Bryan is a developer who is used to getting his own way. The initial encounters between the two are hilarious as he expects to be able to bamboozle Hennessy into signing over the property to him without any problems. This is just the start of things as he ends up making a bet that he’s not sure whether he really wants to win or not, she’s got him so twisted up emotionally! The four sisters are amazing diverse characters, each with their own reasons for attitudes and behaviour. The small town community has additional folk who bring the whole thing to life - especially the priest who provides so many laugh out loud moments, starting with his name. I mean, what else could you expect when he’s called Father Romance? Then there’s a pie maker who seems psychic and a lady who knits sweaters for cats . . . . well, you get the idea! With a main character keeping secrets, you'll just have to read it yourself to discover what happens! This is a brilliant easy read small town romance and I hope there will be other stories featuring the other sisters in the near future! I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Lauren817 10 days ago
Confession time: I was originally drawn to L.E. Rico's Blame it on the Bet because of the cover. It gives that Christmasy, snowy feel without actually witnessing - and more importantly, feeling - the coldness first hand. The result? Blame it on the Bet was fantastic. Mixing together four dauntless sisters, a memorable small town setting, and most importantly a romance that made my heart SWOON, Blame it on the Beat made my bookish heart so incredibly happy. Mayhem, Minnesota has quickly shot up to the top of my list of favorite fictional small towns ever! I even go so far as to say that it's reminiscent of another one of my favorites - Stars Hollow, CT. So trust me when I say that there's so much to love about this quaint, close-knit community. L.E. Rico did a wonderful job of describing and establishing Mayhem. I often felt as if I was right there with Hennessy and Bryan, experiencing the fortune inspiring pie slices, the oddly named cats in sweaters, and the cozy and charming O’Halloran’s Pub. My favorite part of the setting, however, was the wide variety of characters it introduced. For instance, Father Romance was equal parts wise and devious. His "secretive" plots to unite Hennessy and Bryan were not only adorable but also just so well played. I also loved Janet Lahti, the incredibly smart business woman & fortune teller behind The Little Slice of Heaven Pie Shop. Her fortunes were not only spot-on but essential to key parts of the plot. I always enjoyed when Janet and her pies appeared on the page; however, I am super disappointed that she can't predict a fortune for me based on my pie selection. Now let's get to the two stars of the book: Hennessy & Bryan! Both were not only incredibly relatable but also incredibly lovable. I admired Hennessy's love for and dedication to her family, especially when it meant keeping the place that was so incredibly precious and important to her family's history. I always enjoyed seeing her interactions with her three sisters: Jameson, Walker, and Bailey. For four sisters, the girls couldn't be any more different, and that's part of the reason I came to love each of them. They were so distinctively each their own person, and I applaud L.E. for making that occur - sometimes with a book with that many siblings they start to blend together but thankfully that didn't even come close to occurring here. Additionally, Hennessy was also fierce & savvy, making her one girl whose bad side you definitely didn't want to get on! More importantly it's part of what made her interactions with Bryan so incredibly enjoyable, because every time he would attempt to one-up her, she would shoot right back him and just as hard - if not harder. Bryan was the typical hero on the path to redemption and true love, and I enjoyed every single minute of him straying further and further away from his playboy millionaire ways and closer and closer to being a small town boy loving a small town girl. Besides his interactions with Hennessy, I also loved his interactions with everyone else in Mayhem. Each one moved in one step closer to being at home; however, his interactions with Jameson's baby were some of the most hilarious moments of the book! In all, Blame it on the Bet is a great start to a new series! I can't wait to see which Whiskey sister gets a book next. Personally, I'm hoping it's Jameson. Grade: A+ *This review originally appeared on Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf*