How can one book hold so much hotness without burning up? This one seems to do it without a blink of an eye. Inside Bet begins with Heather and her friend on a girls night out sampling wine when Heather’s friend gets called home. What’s a straight-laced woman to do with a night of fun that kind of went sour? Finish up her wine and head home, but that is all derailed with a handsome, sexy top gun sits down at her table knowing there is a bad girl somewhere just waiting to get free.
Heather has worked hard to be the good girl everyone sees. She is very career driven, working for a promotion in the accounting firm she works. Her wild side has taught her a few things, so she is drawn at times unwillingly to Jon as her need to let go gets stronger and stronger.
Captain Jon “Tin Tin” Carlisle loves women. independently wealthy, he thumbs his nose at his family. A Captain in the air force, he flies F16s while working with the 64th Aggressor Squadron. His two closest friends are the only ones he lets inside his walls of protection. He comes across as a arrogant, egotistical playboy, but his friends know him better than anyone.
When he sees Heather all alone, he knows he has found the woman for the night, but when he glimpses the nipple ring through her shirt, he knows he has scored the big one. The two leave the wine tasting for more exciting endeavors, making inside bets at the roulette table. During the entire time they play roulette the sexual tension mounts to the point I thought I might go off! It was just incredibly sexy, risky and just HAUT!
These two set off fireworks in a hotel room with both having plans of what they want and need from this evening. They continually push each others sexual boundaries with bets, D/s play and even switching. Jon is a Dom, but we see Heather also pulling out the stops to take control. But through it all, they both want no commitment having relationship issues from their pasts that keep throwing them for loop after loop.
The emotional climax of this book left me breathless with all the painful memories and vulnerabilities the two have to overcome. Their story drew me in and I didn’t realize I wasn’t part of their world.
The side characters of his buddies, Major Ryan “Fang” Haverty and Captain Leah “Princess” Girardi, brought us closer to knowing Jon. The friendship helps build the stage for Leah’s romance in Hold ‘Em, due out in September. While I have not read the first book, Double Down (Ryan’s story), I don’t feel I was left out, although I plan to go back and get that novel real fast. This book stands on its own with gripping drama, but also erotic suspenseful romance.
If nothing else, there is the awesome car Jon drives, the interesting exchange of fluids and the pushing of even some of my own boundaries the left me gasping for breath and waiting for the next page to find out what happens. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants an erotic romance about people who are struggling to find a connection even if they don’t know it themselves.
*ARC provided by Novel Sidekick