GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: The Whiskey Sisters (Book 1)

Release Date: September 11, 2017

Note: 99¢ pre-order price up until release day fromAmazon | B&N | Kobo | Entangled Publishing


About the Book

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 pan.

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.

Read an Excerpt

Standing there, looking bedraggled and exhausted, is Bryan Truitt. He’s holding his iPhone up to the door, and I can just make out the tiny image of Peter Gabriel’s album So on the screen. Bryan doesn’t say a word. He doesn’t knock. He doesn’t ring. He just stands there, phone up, waiting for me to hear him and open the door.

I do.

“In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches…” Peter Gabriel sings just loud enough so as not to bother my neighbors.

“That’s my favorite line,” he says. “The doorway to a thousand churches line…”

“Yeah, that is a pretty amazing image,” I agree, playing along as he pretends this is a perfectly natural situation.

“I get it.”

“What?” I ask, neither of us budging.

“I get what he’s saying. Because I see that when I look into your eyes.”

I stare at him, my breath suddenly caught in my throat.

“You…you do?” I ask, sounding tentative.

He nods.

“I do. And that’s why I’m here.”

“It is?”

Jeez, could I be any lamer?

He nods again.

“Can I come in?”

I step back and hold the door open so he can pass me.

I realize I’m dressed in only a terrycloth robe with my hair swept up in a towel turban. No clothes. No makeup. Not even a pair of slippers.

“Uh… Let me go put something on—”

“No,” he says sharply. The surprise must register on my face because he’s quick to jump in again. “I don’t want to let you out of my sight. Not for a second. I can’t.”


He sets his phone down on the breakfast bar and wraps his big, strong hands around my forearms.

“No, Hennessy. I let you go once, and I won’t do it again. Not ever.”

My Review

Blame it on the Bet does an excellent job of utilizing dual first person point-of-view. I knew exactly whose head I was in and, more importantly, why I was there.

The “rich man wants poor woman’s property” is not a new trope. However, the addition of Hennessy’s sisters and extended family give this story a fresh twist. Not to mention how much I loved Bryan’s assistant Helen. I am Helen … or at least I was many years ago.

Well written, this sweet read had the perfect balance of sexual tension and self-discovery. Blame it on the Bet kept me reading until I’d finished it in one sitting. I’m looking forward to more of the Whiskey Sisters in upcoming books. Bonus: it’s always exciting to get in on the ground floor of a new series!

If you’re a fan of a great push and pull between the two main characters, you’ll love this book.

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. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

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A Giveaway

L.E. Rico will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win. The bloggers who are also reviewing the book are noted in the list.

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It’s been a pleasure hosting fellow Entangled author L.E. Rico for this stop on her tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.


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3 Responses to BLAME IT ON THE BET by L.E. Rico

  1. Lauren Rico says:

    Hey, Nancy! Thanks so much for the lovely, thoughtful review and for hosting Blame it on the Bet :^)


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