Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Bet on Us by Rachel Higginson

Bet on Us
(In the Dark, #1)
by Rachel Higginson
New Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.07
Published by: Reckless Siren Publishing
Published on: December 8, 2013
Pages: 262

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

All Ellie Harris wanted was a life of her own.

In a shortsighted decision, she follows her high school boyfriend to college, only to get cheated on and then dumped. And to add insult to injury, her overprotective family is suddenly clinging to her again, fighting to control every part of her life.

Bad luck follows her hasty decision and when her roommate steals her identity and leaves town, Ellie is left to clean up a gigantic mess.

Fin Hunter insists Ellie owes him seven thousand dollars from an online poker game and he won't stop until he collects it. Determined to keep her family out of her life, Ellie agrees to work for Fin in his illegal online poker operation. He's given her six weeks to pay off the debt.

Soon sparks are flying between them and the only thing keeping her from falling for him is the debt she still owes and the money she doesn't have.

At the end of those six weeks, Ellie will have to pay the mistaken debt or bet that her feelings for Fin will be worth more than the money.

This book was previously titled Bet in the Dark. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read a chapter sneak peek, and I was hooked. The plot immediately grabbed me as did the characters. 

I liked Higginson's writing in her novel The Rush, but I fell in love with her writing in this one. I adored the characters. The novel was fast-paced and kept me up all night turning the pages.

This is new adult fiction at its best. The book wasn't overtly sexual, but actually had substance behind it. The relationship was solidly built, but there was enough tension to keep me on my toes the entire novel. 

The Characters: Ellie was a character that I liked from the very first page. Ellie's determined to make her her way in life without relying on her family. She's independent and yet she's fun. She was a comical character. I loved watching Elli find herself in this novel.

Fin was the perfect bad boy who isn't a bad boy. He was flawed, and yet I still liked him. I adored watching him interact with Ellie. 

Major Strengths: The novel was fast-paced and intense. The chemistry between Ellie and Finn was fantastic. It was a slow-burn novel, which I adored. The comedic elements were definitely a strength. 

Major Weaknesses: The novel was predictable, which doesn't bother me, but it does some. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from the crowd. I loved the plot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: It was actually fairly clean for new adult. 16+. 

The Wrap-up: A fun, quick read that I adored. Definitely recommend to fans of the genre. 


Danica Page


  1. This sounds good and gosh that poor girl needs some good luck!

    1. It was a really great book. Definitely recommended. It's not the most intellectually stimulating, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting!

    2. It was a really great book. Definitely recommended. It's not the most intellectually stimulating, but I enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting!


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