Review: The Love Wager by Lynn Painter


Release date: March 14, 2023

Publisher: Berkley Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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 into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of.

Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective 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 each struggle to remember why the other was a bad idea to begin with.


I’m constantly searching for the perfect rom com and somehow this author always nails it. I was texting friends throughout this raving about how good the banter between Hallie and Jack was and I can’t even really explain how just how freaking good it is. The wit, the humor, the sniping back and forth with each other was just utter perfection. On top of all of that goodness you also get a bunch of fun tropes. These two go from a one night stand to friends to lovers to secret pining to fake dating to only one bed and if that sounds like too much it’s not it’s everything! Their relationship felt so believable from the start and their chemistry was off the charts. I may have even liked this just a teeny bit more than Mr. Wrong Number and I loved that one too. A must read for romance fans!

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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