Fiona Riley certainly knows how to write steamy romances that will have you blushing as you read the sex scenes. At the same time, she’ll melt your heart with a passionate love story. I’m happy to say Ms. Riley gets to keep her reputation as a sensual romance author with her latest novel Bet the Farm.
This is the second book in the “High Stakes Romance” series. This novel is set in the same universe as the first book, Bet Against Me, and some of the folks we met in the first tale are in this story as well, including Lauren Calloway, who is a main character in this novel. One of the perks in reading a series like this is after the first book, the basic world of the author’s making is already fleshed out and familiar to the readers. Ms. Riley has done a great job with the setting and characters in both books.
The story in Bet the Farm is intriguing. Lauren has an unforgettable one night stand with Thea Boudreaux, only to find out days later that she may be overseeing the sale of a farm that Thea’s family has owned for generations. Thea is adamantly opposed to the sale, which of course leads to all kinds of opportunities for tension and angst.
This is a delightful tale of lust and love with a fair dose of heartache to balance the story out. I totally enjoyed reading this novel, just as I did the first book in the series. While this book could be read as a standalone, I suggest you read both novels in order. I will be looking forward to Ms. Riley’s next book.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.