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The Love Wager

Written by: Lynn Painter
Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio,Zachary Webber
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Publisher's Summary

Two people make a wager on who can find love first, not realizing what they should be betting on is each other, in this new romantic comedy by Lynn Painter, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Wrong Number.

Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult. She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs onto the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she snuck out of.

After agreeing they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie realize they’re each other’s perfect wing-person in their searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward.

Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together. Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off. As they pretend to be a couple, lines become blurred and they both struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.

©2023 Lynn Painter (P)2023 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Painter follows up Mr. Wrong Number with an equally cute friends to lovers romance...Their equally filthy sense of humor makes their connection feel real and their game of constant one-upmanship is a lot of fun. Painter’s fans won’t be disappointed."—Publishers Weekly

"A fun, flirty, and timely read from Painter (Mr. Wrong Number), with likable characters to boot.”—Library Journal

“Lynn Painter (Mr. Wrong Number) provides the perfect rom-com escape in The Love Wager, a trope-driven romance that will remind readers, as they laugh themselves to tears, why they love the genre.”—Shelf Awareness

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What a cute story. Narrators really bring it to life. Banter is epic! Quick listen.

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Cute, Enjoyable Easy Read

I really enjoyed this book. Would recommend if anyone is looking for a light read. It was predictable but the storyline was entertaining and cute. I wanted the story to keep going! Really liked the writing of the book; how it would switch perspectives between both lead characters. In terms of the narration - I didn't love the male's voice but it was fine to get through.

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Cute!

Overall, I could not stop listening. I did find it weird that narrators would play both of the MC's parts, but honestly, the narration was pretty spot on, so it never bothered me. The story is predictable too but too cute to pass up. Glad I listened

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Great listen

I really enjoyed the story and performances. Their banter was delightful. And it was the perfect amount of steamy.

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cute!

loved this book! it was cute and funny! the narration was really good too.

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good listen

I enjoyed the narrators. The story was kind of predictable but I still laughed a few times. I would recommend it for a light read.

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  • Ashley
  • 2023-03-17

Loved it

First Zachary Webber’s voice is butter! He’s one of my favorite male narrators so anything he narrates is automatically worth a listen. Lynn Painter however is fantastic! I’ve enjoyed all of her books and this one was no exception!

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  • Iteachart
  • 2023-10-13

Fun story

I love it when a rom-com is actually funny. The MC's banter and dating app. experience's was pretty funny. Not giving into and sharing feelings became the focus of the story. Story has steamy scenes that was not over done. Narrators really made the story a fun listen.

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  • Mystikstar
  • 2023-03-16

Cute and fun

This was a quick listen. It was cute, sweet and funny. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Hailey Thomas
  • 2024-02-14

Cute Rom-Com!

Absolutely loved this rom-com from Lynn Painter. Her books are just so easy to devour! The narration on this book is A+! Loved the dual narration with the texts too!

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  • 2024-02-03

Super sweet

This was so cute! I loved the story, as friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. I loved Jack and how he tried so hard not to love Hallie. They were super sweet together.

This only lost a star because it was third person POV. If I didn’t listen to Kristen and Zachary on audio, I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish it. I can never keep up with third person.

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  • Rima
  • 2024-01-22

Fun banter, friends and lovers

The readers invest the flirty banter with the fun of a growing friendship. It’s a lively journey that makes sex more than just the usual explicit description.

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  • Katie
  • 2024-01-10

Cute story

Obviously you know how it’s going to turn out. The banter is fun and the characters are mostly likable. I needed a little break from the stormlight archive and this was a nice easy distraction.

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  • Arlene Luna
  • 2024-01-08

Easy listen

This wasn’t bad per say but I found myself losing focus often. Some spicy chapters tho

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  • 2023-12-22

Loved the narration

I loved everything about this book. The narrators were both excellent and the banter between the characters was super entertaining. Highly recommend!

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  • Anna C. Martin
  • 2023-11-23

The dialogue was snappy. The plot soooooo predictable.

Tedious. I could not finish it. Too unbelievable. Everyone beautiful/handsome. Some not very smart.

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