June 15, 2013

Review: BET IN THE DARK by Rachel Higginson

Title: BET ON US (Formally BET IN THE DARK)

Author: Rachel Higginson

Source: ebook from author for review

All Ellie Harris wanted was a life of her own.

In a shortsighted decision, she follows her high school boyfriend to college, only to get cheated on and then dumped. And to add insult to injury her overprotective family is suddenly clinging to her again, fighting to control every part of her life.

Bad luck follows her hasty decision and when her roommate steals her identity and leaves town, Ellie is left to clean up a gigantic mess.

Fin Hunter insists Ellie owes him seven thousand dollars from an online poker game and he is determined to get it from her. Determined to keep her family out of her life, Ellie agrees to work for Fin in his illegal online poker operation. He’s given her six weeks to pay off the debt.

Soon sparks are flying between them and the only thing keeping her from falling for him is the debt she still owes and the money she doesn’t have.

At the end either Ellie will have to pay the mistaken debt or bet in the dark that her feelings for Fin will be worth more than the money.

My take...
From the very first scene I knew I would love this book. I mean she is smarting off about Kelly Clarkson! It was hilarious and I snorted my way through that scene like a champ.
In fact I started to think Kelly Clarkson was a genius. And like maybe we were soul sisters that survived something awful but came out on the other side stronger. I started to think maybe she got me....
And that is just a bit of the fun parts of the beginning. Here I was not even 1% into the book I knew I was a goner. I knew Higginson had me from the start with this one. And I seriously was happy to be prisoner of this book. I literally could not put it down. I inhaled this book until the very end and was left smiling at the end. 
Lets talk about Ellie. This girl was so fun (in a dry sense of humor kind of way) and could definitely hold her own. Well, she had 3 older brothers, so she had to. I will say that she is a lot stronger than me though. Because I would have ran home with my tail between my legs had someone came to me demanding I owed them $7000 and it wasn't even my debt. And when the feelings got stronger between her and Fin I wouldn't have held out like she did. Oh no, again. I would be all over that like...well you understand right? Ellie was a great character I never tired of and I honestly wish there were more female characters like her. I loved watching her fall for Fin and fail miserably at not being able to withstand him and his charming ways. But after all, he couldn't possibly be interested in her...look at all his latest conquests. They are leggy and gorgeous. And, as Fin put it himself...she was missionary looking. Plain.
In that moment, that exact moment, I knew Fin Hunter was going to change my life forever. I didn't know if it would be better or worse when he was done, I just knew that he was blowing through everything I thought I wanted and needed like a tornado of change and I was helpless to stop it. 
I was helpless against him.
So that leads me to Fin Hunter. Like I was saying...he is something all the girls want...and someone a lot of the girls already had. He has what you call a manwhore reputation. And even Ellie's brothers, being somewhat of manwhores themselves, know him well. Or as well as they can. They have forbid Ellie to have any contact with him. But we readers know there has to be more than what meets the eye, right? So off we go, reading along to see who the real Finley Hunter is. And let me tell you...he is more than his reputation. I won't get into who he is. I will let you figure it all out on your own.
Oh gosh folks, I have been rambling and you guys are probably scratching your heads trying to piece together this review and make some sort of sense about it. So sorry. Great and fabulous books do that to me and I ramble. If you take anything from this mess of words...get this book and read it. Get to a comfy chair (you are going to be there a while, not wanting to quit this book until it is done) and read this book! It was a fun, romantic read that readers are going to adore. 
As always Higginson, your book was amazing. Thanks for the chance to review it!


  1. Anonymous22 July, 2013

    This book looks so good! I really want to read it but I am having a hard time finding out if its new adult or young adult. And since I only read YA books I have been hesitating on buying it, can you help me?

    1. It is a pretty clean NA. NA just bc of the characters ages.