Wednesday 13 February 2019


Hedging his Bets
Brits in Manhattan #3
By Laura Carter
Releasing May 22nd, 2018
Lyrical Caress

A high-flying investor

New Yorker Jake Harrington loves a lot of things about living in London. His lucrative hedge fund job. The way British women melt at the sound of an American accent. His just-sex arrangement with his gorgeous roommate, Jess. And, oh yes, being thousands of miles away from the girl who betrayed him.
His sexy British flatmate

Jess’s deal with Jake suits her fine. No commitments, no risk of being hurt again, just friendship and mind-blowing pleasure. And friends do each other favors, like agreeing to go on a trip to New York where Jake will have to face his past.

And a vacation that will change everything…

What friends shouldn’t do? Suddenly find themselves feeling something much more complicated than simple lust. When “no strings” is no longer enough, will Jake be willing to take the ultimate gamble?

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In Hedging his Bets (Brits in Manhattan #3) by Laura Carter, Jake Harrington and his roommate Jess have the perfect arrangement. They're friends with benefits. No chance of commitment because it's not what either of them wants. However, when Jake asks Jess to accompany him to New York in order to help him face his past, she agrees. However, neither expected their vacation would have them questioning everything. Will they make their relationship permanent or will Jess walk away for good?

After reading the first two books of this series and really enjoying them, I was looking forward to reading more of Ms. Carter's Brits in Manhattan series. However, I was very disappointed with this book, which has taken me nearly nine months of on and off reading to finish because I'm not a reader to DNF a book. The way this story started had me disliking the main characters immediately, as their arrangement may be perfect to them, but to me it was absolutely ludicrous. They're both using each other because they've both been hurt in the past and don't want to be hurt like they were again by getting close to anyone. 

As for the dialogue, I found it slow. Then again, it didn't help that I couldn't get into this story like I did the first two books of the series. The main characters weren't relatable or likeable, even though there were moments where I thought maybe I'd warm to them, but it didn't end up happening. The hero is an absolute jerk. The heroine not much better with her opinion of love and commitment. Just because they've both been hurt in the past doesn't mean they have to be so cynical or acting like life is fine when it clearly wasn't all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Why did the hero need Jess so badly when their relationship was only friends with benefits? Was he really that scared to be in the presence of his ex who betrayed him that he needed a crutch? Indeed, I believed this story would have been better off as a second chance romance between the hero and his ex. There would have been a lot more interesting tension and a lot stronger chemistry.

Overall, I have to give this story two stars because I did finish it, but it certainly has left me wondering whether I'll give another book by Ms. Carter a try. I would recommend Hedging his Bets by Laura Carter, only if you enjoy friends with benefits stories. 

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