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Review: The Love Wager by Lynn Painter

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Review: The Love Wager by Lynn Painter

Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult.

She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of.

Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward.

Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together.

Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off.

As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they each struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.

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I fell head over heels for Lynn Painter’s writing with Mr. Wrong Number, so when I heard about The Love Wager, I couldn’t wait to dive in. The Love Wager follows the story of Jack and Hallie. Jack and Hallie met at Jack’s sister’s wedding and ended up having a one-night stand. Hallie never thought she’d see Jack again, but fate had other plans. When Hallie logs into a dating app, hoping to find love, she finds Jack instead. Together, the two of them concoct a plan to become partners in the search for the one…

The Love Wager was such a fun and entertaining read. I fell for Jack and Hallie instantly. They rocked the friends-to-lovers trope. I loved how easy and genuine they were together. Their banter was witty and full of life. And we can’t forget about the explosive chemistry that drew me into their story and left me hanging on each and every word. I loved how real the author made their story with a true outlook on just how hard online dating can be.

I loved everything about The Love Wager from beginning to end. Jack and Hallie’s story was full of blurred lines, life and laughter and I just couldn’t get enough of it. If you’re a fan of friends-to-lovers romances with light drama and witty banter, you won’t want to miss The Love Wager!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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