betting the bad boy, barista-turned-bar manager noah reid finally meets his match. paige thomas is trying to start a new life in the city. leaving behind her family's small town café in search of a big city job in accounting, she finds herself down on her heels when her first job doesn't work out.
on her last rope she accidentally falls into an interview at first a coffee shop/bar hybrid that noah is managing for his friend while he's on vacation with his wife. after a life in foster care this opportunity feels a lot like a noose. he's not ready for this kind of responsibility.
when every interview candidate fails to impress or flakes out on him, noah is forced to take a chance on paige. he's hesitant at first because she lied. and also because he knows she's looking for something else. but she makes on mean cappuccino. and he can't help his attraction to her.
paige is determined to not make the same mistakes she made her first time on the job. namely no entanglements with co-workers. but the chemistry between paige and noah is too hot to deny for long. and as they continue to dare each other to cross lines with bets with sexier stakes, it's only a matter of time before they end up ensnared in a romantic relationship.
but noah has no track record with relationships. he's got trust issues too. his past has shown him that keeping people at arm's length is necessary to keep his heart whole. but the truth is, when you do that, you also keep your heart, your life empty of love. and that's not a good way to live either. so he has to take a risk, he has to figure out a way to let paige in. because it's possible that it will be worth it in the end. and it almost takes him too long to realize this, because protecting your heart is a hard habit to break. luckily, paige is worth breaking the habit for. and it's an enjoyable read as they figure this all out.
**betting the bad boy will publish on may 8, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.