Betting On Him (A Wilde Love Novel) by Kelly Collins [arc review]
I have a soft spot for Mafia Romances, so I had to read this one. It was an interesting and sexy marriage of convenience story. The plot made sense and the main characters were easy to like.
|Betting on him, Kelly Collins|
He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?
Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they'll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.
Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead...
As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?
I have discovered so many great romance authors this year, it has been phenomenal. This was my first book by Kelly Collins and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Alex has been forced into an arranged marriage and the only way to get out of it without hurting his brothers is marrying someone else. And Faye has a lot of debts and is running the risk of being evicted. So when their paths cross they find they are the solution to each other's problems.
What starts as a marriage of convenience slowly becomes a very real one for both of them. Alex and Faye had a lot of chemistry, their scenes together were off the charts. Both characters were really well written.
As far as Mafia Romances go it both was and wasn't what I was expecting. I will explain: it was because there was certainly a lot of Mafia involvement. Alex's dad used to lead the family and now it is all left to Alex. He doesn't want to deal with any of the illegal crap his father did but he has little choice to start. But it wasn't because Alex spent the whole book going clean, under-covering other Mafia bosses, and even helping the FBI. I like my bad boys on Mafia Romances, so I guess that is part of my disappointment...LOL
I specially liked the side characters though and I am looking forward to the next Wilde Love Novels. By the way the story is set up they have the potential to be even better than Betting on Him was.