3 out of 5 Licks
Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge—last bachelor standing takes all—Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.
Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: Infuriating, arrogant…and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.
But in the light of day, everything seems clearer and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet…and win the jackpot instead.
First let me explain my rating for this one. I know without a shadow of a doubt that had I read this via paperback or ebook I would have rated it higher. The narrators were so damn annoying that I could hardly focus on the book. They slipped in and out of weird accents and read really fast compared to other audio books I’ve listened to. They just completely ruined the listening experience for me. This is the first time I’ve had an audio book where I flat out couldn’t stand the narrators and sadly it continued for the next three books in the series, as you’ll see in those reviews. Ok enough about the horrendous narration let’s move on to the book.
Archer and Ivy were likable enough but sometimes it was hard to differentiate the voices of the narrators from the ones I think the author intended. There were times when the tone didn’t feel genuine and I think it wasn’t what the author was going for. Ivy came across a little annoying at times and Archer was a bit of a jerk, but overall the story was entertaining enough to keep my interest.