I read Ms. Renee’s novel, Sweet Jazz, as a judge for the Swirl Awards, and I was eager to get my hands on her next release. I have to say I enjoy her historicals! Her stories tend to be on the sweeter side and can be read fairly quickly.
What’s A Bookie’s Odds about? The story centers on Georgia, a headstrong nerdy type that is fairly independent. She wants to do so much with her life but she lives with her father, and he has a very traditional mindset. He was proud to send Georgia to college, but he cares more about her finding a good husband than concentrating on career aspirations.
The book opens with the meeting of Georgia and Celeste as children. Celeste is a loner type. Not because she wants to be, but a birthmark on her face has made her the target of many bullies. Her father is also a very powerful man, which makes her part of a powerful family. Georgia and Celeste immediately click and become best friends. Georgia’s father hates that his daughter has bonded with Celeste considering who her father is, but he allows it because he wants his little girl to be happy. Because of the company Georgia keeps, she never has to worry about anything. Celeste’s father makes sure that Georgia and her father are well cared for. The special treatment comes in handy on a few occasions. As Georgia and Celeste reach adolescence and adulthood, she gets to know Celeste’s family, which includes her brother Nicholas. Well, Nicholas has the hots for Georgia, but he would never tell her because he knows Georgia is a good girl. Prim, proper, and pristine. I respect Nicholas for that. He knew Georgia was worth more than the hussies he dealt with regularly. Sadly, lol, she doesn’t want a thing to do with him because he’s the type to sleep around, but the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself attracted to him. Cue the hijinks and plot twists!
Nicholas was a likable hero, although his coy demeanor, when he was with Georgia, drove me crazy. I was screaming at my Kindle, “MAN UP! If you like her, tell her. Make her your woman!” The woman gave the guy blue balls 24/7 but he could never say a word, LOL too funny. Of course, every good story has a villain and Gianni and William filled the roles well. If you’re looking for a sweet read that teeters the line of sensual, then A Bookie’s Odds may be up your alley.
Final verdict? A satisfactory read and time well spent.
-Reviewed by Natalie