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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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    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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    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!

    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    quiltereader Livermore, CA 11-09-14
    quiltereader Livermore, CA 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Lame"
    What disappointed you about Betting On You?

    This story drags and I don't care about the characters. They are shallow. The ending is so obvious from the beginning and I don't like explicit sex. I quit listening after about 45 minutes.


    What could Jessie Evans have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written realistic characters? Written a plot that was not so simple?


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

    I like her voice and thought her performance was good. But the material you read has to be worth listening to.


    1 of 2 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Yawn Wi 11-05-14
    Crystal Yawn Wi 11-05-14

    Crystal

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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

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews 10-07-14

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    "Thank you Jessie! I am now hooked on audiobooks!"
    What made the experience of listening to Betting On You the most enjoyable?

    Piper is amazing! She has such a large vocal range that she brings all the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing Mason trying to win Lark back. He was going to do anything to earn her trust. She was the one that he let get away. He never found another woman that made him feel the way Lark did. Just when it looks like they might get their happlily ever after the rug gets ripped out from under them.


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

    No.


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

    Life does not give you a lot of second chances. When it does you need to grab ahold of them tightly and get ready for the ride of your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much I am now listening to book two. I love Piper. She is fantastic. Jessie writes such emotional stories that I find I can relate with. I am enjoying book two so much!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Linker 09-10-14

    Julie

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    "Smooth Listening for a Smooth Story!!"
    Where does Betting On You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Betting on You is my first audio-listen in some time, and I am pleasantly surprised--and delighted. In the past, I had no interest in audio books and couldn't imagine choosing to listen to a book rather than read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of Betting on You and can't wait to download the rest of the series!


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

    I loved Piper Goodeve's voice; it's smooth and melodic, and she did a fantastic job bringing all the different characters to life. Listening to her brought a different type of energy and liveliness to the story. Great choice of narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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