I Bet You – Ilsa Madden-Mills

Reviews by Yael Waknin


Sexy Athlete: I bet you . . .

Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.

Football star.

Walks on water and God’s gift to women.

Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is . . . why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.


Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.

His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that will destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love

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My review

Has Ilsa Madden-Mills already been crowned as the Queen of College Books? Maybe she needs to?

And not just because of the stories themselves (which are obviously good) but primarily because of the characters she creates. And if we go for more specific – the male characters.

It’s supposedly another college book where he’s the best athlete, and she’s the nerdy virgin.

And when I started reading it – that’s about what I thought it would be. I wanted a good, light-hearted college book, and because most of these books are in the same format – I did not know I would be surprised. But wow, how wrong I was.

So I did not expect the book to develop like this and not because it is unpredictable; it is predictable but for the better.

I thought I would read about an arrogant man (boy?), An athlete who stinks of success and parties and friends.

But Ryker was certainly not a typical college hero.

Ryker was almost perfect. From the beginning of the book to the end.

He was so honest and vulnerable that it was lovely to witness.

Penelope was not the usual virgin nerd hiding under the rug every time someone approached.

She wrote a negative and critical article in the school newspaper Against Ryker, the college star! She had something to say, and she said it!

The connection between Penelope and Ryker was perfect. It had vulnerability, honesty, fears (on both sides), understanding, and protection.

The idea of ​​the “bet” in the plot was great because we expect something, and the writer took it in a different direction – and better!

It was a book I really had fun reading without feeling heartache while reading but only excitement, curiosity, love, and interest.

I should know – I’ve read it twice!

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