All Bets Are On by Cynthia Cooke: ARC review

All Bets Are On by Cynthia Cooke
Published byMacmillan on 2014-09-22
Genres:Paranormal Romance
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
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A paranormal category romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint… His wicked games… The Prince of Hell needs to get laid. Well, according to his minions, anyway. Now Derek Wescott, ruler of the Eighth Level of Hell, has been set up on an online date. And worse still, his minions are placing bets that Derek won’t be able to entice the sweet yet plain Jaclyn Reynolds into bed before midnight. But Derek has no intention of losing the bet. Not now. Not ever. Jaclyn, on the other hand, is in danger of losing everything. The charity she runs is in trouble, and she is desperate for cash. The moment she sees her absolutely gorgeous—and insanely wealthy—date, she knows she’s in way over her head. She also knows his type all too well, and it will be a cold day in Hell before she ever gets into his bed. Yet Derek offers her a friendly wager: he’ll give $10,000 to her charity if she can resist him. The wagers have been set. The game has begun. And Derek will do just about anything to ensure that Jaclyn is completely—and infernally—his…

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Jaclyn’s friend talks her into a blind date with a guy from a dating website. Derek doesn’t know his minions have put him on the dating site, thinking he needs to get laid. Jaclyn goes to the date, but she’s got a whole list of reasons not to actually go out with the guy, mostly based on her assumption that good looking guys are jerks.

I thought it was funny how it was the less attractive person who was judging based on appearance. It was refreshing that they don’t instantly like one another, despite the physical attraction.

I liked Cynthia Cooke’s writing style. She didn’t add unnecessary words. The pacing was great.

In a few places in the book, there were some cliched phrases. I can overlook that, since it wasn’t a huge issue.

This was one of few books where I didn’t skim or skip the sex scenes. They were written very well.

Derek is a good guy, despite being the prince of Hell. Later in the story, we learn why this is. There’s a nice twist about his father.

I wished she had slowed down a little to add some descriptions of places. I would have liked to have a sense of the city. Other than one time they went to the beach, setting is non-existent. All I knew was that they were in Miami.

However, when Derek takes Jaclyn to the underworld, his home is described well.

Jaclyn is a character who is easy to relate to as well. It is understandable why she is so afraid of getting involved with Derek, especially once she learns what he is.

Most of the secondary characters were well developed. I particularly liked the interactions between Derek and his mother and sister.

Although it is a paranormal book, the problem Derek and Jaclyn have to deal with is very normal–her partner is embezzling from their charity. I thought this was a nice change from what I usually read in this genre. They didn’t need superpowers to solve the problem.

Overall, I loved reading All Bets Are On. I would recommend it to readers who are looking for a paranormal romance with a solid sub-plot and an up-and-down kind of relationship between the main characters.

Plot: 5 stars

Pacing: 5 stars

Setting: 3 stars

Characters: 5 stars

Dialogue: 5 stars

Style and Rhetoric: 4.5 stars

Sex Scenes: 5 stars

Romance Development: 5 stars

World-Building and/or Research: 5 stars

Consistency, Details, Logic: 5 stars


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