Published by Berkley on March 14, 2023
Series: Mr. Wrong Number #2
Genres: contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
Today I am sharing my thoughts on a book that I really really enjoyed. This book gave me a case of perma smile and I was rooting so hard for the two characters. I am talking about The Love Wager by Lynn Painter. It is the second book in the Mr. Wrong Number series, but it is the first book I read in the series, and I loved it!
In The Love Wager we meet our two main characters, Hallie and Jack. Jack’s sister was the main character from the first book, so if you have already read her story you will really enjoy getting to see her and Colin sprinkled throughout this story. But here we have Jack who is ready to get engaged to his (kind of rude if you ask me) girlfriend, but instead of getting engaged- they break up. Enter Hallie, the wedding bartender and a lot of alcohol and Hallie and Jack have a very good time that night, only for her to flee the next morning thinking she will never see him again. When they connect on a dating app, they make a bet to see who will fall in love first. They form a friendship where they encourage each other to get out there and date, and then meet up for tacos when the dates don’t go well. Watching them clearly fall for each other was so much fun. And when the fake dating aspect came into play, I was utterly charmed right alongside Jack and Hallie.
The Love Wager is super cute and completely hit the spot. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from Lynn Painter.