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A million dollar bet
on 21 November 2013
Billionaire best friends Archer, Gage and Matthew have a bet; whoever settles down last gets a million dollars. Each of them feel they're sure to win. Crave gives the story of Archer, who doesn't do relationships. He's never let a woman close to him emotionally and he doesn't intend to start now. Archer comes from a rich, dysfunctional family - his mother is a distant alcoholic and his father runs a successful chain of hotels but has a bad relationship with Archer. He gave Archer a hotel to run fully believing he'd fall flat on his face but instead Archer threw himself into the hotelier business and his hotel, Hush is incredibly successful. Archer has neither the time or the inclination to let a woman disrupt his life.
There is one secret exception to this, and that is Gage's sister Ivy. Archer met Gage and Ivy when they were younger, the boys 16 and Ivy just 12. By the time she was 17 Archer was attracted to Ivy, but being that bit older than her, and being her brother's closest friend Archer has never let Ivy suspect his feelings for her and they've always have a bit of a hostile, prickly relationship.
Ivy has terrible taste in men, and is looking for one she can fix. She wants to settle down but she accepts that Archer is too much of a player and letting herself get involved with him is just setting herself up for heartbreak. It's a shame then that they are suddenly so attracted to one another.
This book is written alternating between Archer and Ivy's points of view, which I like, as you know where each character is coming from. Ivy's thoughts in particular are pretty funny at times. Archer is a bit more tiresome. Ivy seems incapable of saying no to him, which I think would have done him some good, he's often pretty selfish. There were a few instances of behaviour that didn't quite seem likely to me, and I'd have liked a bit more character development but I still enjoyed the book and I plan to give the next book, 'Torn' a read and find out Gage's story.