Betting on Sin

1 star

I don’t give many one star ratings, but this contemporary romance set during the taping of a Bachelorette-type dating show is a hot mess. The premise of the book is not original and it’s poorly written.

Greta was a contestant on the dating show’s previous season, and is now the Bachelorette that 30 men are vying to win over. She says that she’s looking for a good guy to be her true love. She calls her true love her “person”, just like Meredith Gray calls Dr. Yang in “Greys Anatomy”. The author overused this phrase and it drove me nuts every time I read it.

The author tried to make the main character edgy and funny, but I found her crass and unsympathetic. The book doesn’t go into detail about the contestants on the show because Greta immediately falls for the cameraman assigned to film her, so the show plays almost no part in the book. There is no character development, or story development for that matter. The “journey” (it’s so brief I don’t even know if I can call it that) of the couple’s romance is so rushed that I didn’t feel like this was even a romance book. Three-fourths of the book is Greta’s weird inner dialogue and unfunny “gaffs”. The actions of the supporting characters are so hokey and unrealistic, it was painful to read and I found myself rolling my eyes on multiple occasions. This book really missed the mark with me.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.