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Betting On You: Always a Bridesmaid, Book 1 | [Jessie Evans]

Betting On You: Always a Bridesmaid, Book 1

Lark March is over Mason Stewart, so over him she's practically forgotten the cruel way he ended things four years ago. At least that's what she's told her sisters... But when Mason shows up at her best friend's wedding, talking sweet and looking even sweeter, Lark can't deny the man still gets to her in a major way. Mason Stewart was a messed up kid, but he's a man now, a man who knows what he wants and won't stop until he's convinced the only woman he's ever loved that they are meant to be.
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Publisher's Summary

He'd always bet on her, always...

Lark March is over Mason Stewart, so over him she's practically forgotten the cruel way he ended things four years ago. At least that's what she's told her sisters... But when Mason shows up at her best friend's wedding, talking sweet and looking even sweeter, Lark can't deny the man still gets to her in a major way.

Mason Stewart was a messed up kid, but he's a man now, a man who knows what he wants and won't stop until he's convinced the only woman he's ever loved that they are meant to be. He persuades Lark to give him seven days to remind her why they belong together. At the week's end, Lark may tell him to get out of her life for good, but Mason's betting on true love for the win.

But when old secrets come to light, Lark and Mason will find their rediscovered love tested, and happily ever after harder to hold on to than either of them wagered.

*Author's Note: This is not a sweet romance. The characters are sweet, good people, but they are also people who believe in having sex before marriage - good sex, that includes typical romance novel descriptions of intercourse.*

©2013 Jessie Evans (P)2014 Jessie Evans

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-18-15
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-18-15 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Great, quick listen with a whiplash"

    This is the first in a series. This novel is about half the usual length. This means that Evans has to setup quick and get to the point fast, which she does very well. The plot, is about an old flame (Mason) coming back to find Lark after running out on her four years earlier.

    I like the progression of the plot and the supporting character back stories, they will be the targets of the next stories. I like the pace. When you listen, be prepared for a whiplash scene where you say to yourself, "what the heck just happened?" I hope that piques your interest.

    If you are interested in a quick listen, over the weekend, or a long beach day, then this book will do it for you. It's light, interesting, the narration is good and you will want to read the other books in the series. I give it a thumbs up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 11-12-14
    Jessica 11-12-14
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    "Secrets, Hurt and Second Chance Love"
    What made the experience of listening to Betting On You the most enjoyable?

    For me, it was having the book to read along with the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lark's character. There were a lot of laughs.


    Any additional comments?

    I have several books by Jessie, but it has been quite a while since I read one of them until just a few days ago, when I read Leather and Lace. I enjoyed her writing so much that I went back to see what other books I had. I was also lucky enough to get an audible book to go along with the book, so here we go.

    We meet Lark the night before her best friend, Lisa's wedding, (which is her seventh time being a bridesmaid). She is reliving all of her weirdest anxiety dreams, which are really quite funny - losing a baby in a stuffed animal collection, being in a miniature Dutch Pancake House, waking up in church after blacking out, in nothing but caramel corn covering her (twice) AND waking up exhausted. She is not only a bridesmaid, but the caterer for the largest event in the three years of her business.

    Mason cruelly ended things with Lark four years ago and she tells everyone that she is over him. But when he shows up at her best friend's wedding, she can't deny he still gets to her in a major way. Now that he has grown up and is no longer the messed up kid of four years ago, he is determined to prove to her that they are meant to be together. He talks her into giving him seven days to prove it, betting on true love for the win out. However, their rediscovered love is tested when old secrets come out, and they both find happily ever after harder to hold on to than they thought.

    There are 5 books in this series, with the last book being the conclusion to all four of the other stories, tying up all the lose ends. I'm hoping this means we will see Lark's two sisters, with their own stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Presley Boyd 11-07-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Nothing sweeter than a second chance at forever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Betting On You to be better than the print version?

    Betting on You was the story that made me fall for Jessie Evans' writing and this audio version made me fall for these characters all over again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Lark! She is feisty, determined and despite her protests a romantic at heart! She knows Mason is "It" for her but she has moved on with her life and made her dreams come true without him for 4yrs, but having him return both scares her to death and gives her heart hope! When she takes control of one of their dates you really see what she's made of!


    What does Piper Goodeve bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Piper Goodeve does another amazing job at reading and bringing the characters to life! I've enjoyed each book she's performed.


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    Rachael Herron 11-04-14
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Betting On You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the fact that this book made my heart happy - that's why I listen to books on tape.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't pick between them! Of course, Mason got me swooning, but Lark reminded me of myself, so...


    What about Piper Goodeve’s performance did you like?

    I think she totally captured the way the book should be read - I'd listen to her read anything.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Weddings aren't always just for the bride...


    Any additional comments?

    love it! Keep em coming Jessie!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lyssa 12-30-14
    Lyssa 12-30-14
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    "It was seven hours of torture"

    A narrator of a book makes the book or breaks the book but in this case both the narrator in the book were awful. The narrator read the book like she was a little kid and the book itself was way too predictable...way too cheesy way...to BLAH!!! The only reason I didn't stop listening was because I don't have any more returns.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 10-13-14
    Lucy 10-13-14
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    "Bet on Betting on You."

    A sweet love story about second chance romance. Expertly and skillfully crafted with a superb narrator to match. Loved Betting on You.

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    Crystal Yawn Wi 11-05-14
    Crystal Yawn Wi 11-05-14

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    "great story"
    If you could sum up Betting On You in three words, what would they be?

    old hurts healed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Betting On You?

    Lark first meeting Mason again at Lisa'S Wedding


    Have you listened to any of Piper Goodeve’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, and happy. great story


    Any additional comments?

    Aside from the fact Lark gave in way to easily in agreeing on 7 dates with Mason, i really enjoyed this book. I've quickly become a big fan of Jessie Evan's books. The bride series is wonderful and im looking forward to book three

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Lascola-Lesczynski 08-09-15
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    "Second chances"

    I read this book as well as listening to the audio version and I must say it made me love this story more. I really felt the emotions of even character more while listening to the narrator. Loved it and now it makes me want to listen to Aria and Nash's story, which I have read already as well.

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    "Loved the story!"

    This is the second audiobook I've every read and I really Liked it!
    It nade me buy the series in e-books.
    Loved the story and the characters!

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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 04-25-15
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 04-25-15 Member Since 2015

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Lost this bet..."

    Couldn't finish this book. Listened to half of it and hated every second. The hero is a douche. He proposed to the heroine and the. Disappeared for 4 years and then came back expecting to win her back in 7 dates. For me the story was dreadfully boring and the narration was unremarkable. I'm sorry I wasted time and money on this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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