After a night of too many drinks, smokejumper Tony Warren and his best friend, photographer Kayla Gladney, come to the realization that they’re both bad at love. They even tried dating each other, but that crashed and burned, too. Now he’s got the hangover from hell and the certain conclusion he’s just a shit boyfriend. But Kayla thinks he’s a straight-up commitment-phobe.
So they make a bet—they’re going to hunt down his exes and decide once and for all why he’s so unlucky in love. Terrible boyfriend or commitment-phobe. Why does either answer feel like he’s still losing?
But between roadside burgers and late night detours, they discover some fires never burn out—like the one slowly smoldering between them. And suddenly losing feels a whole lot like winning again.
Each book in the Where There’s Smoke series is STANDALONE:
* The Two-Date Rule
* Just a Little Bet
* The Best Kept Secret
Good relatable characters. New twist on a familiar plot. I enjoyed reading this book
Road trip to self discovery
Let me preface this with this book is not really about smokejumpers even though it's a smokejumper book. So don't be disappointed. This book is more about growing as a person. It's about learning to trust others, but mostly yourself. And it's about respect; for others and for yourself. This is actually a very well written book of self discovery and learning what your own needs and desires are. Very well done, Ms Fenske, very well done.
Another excellent story
Just A Little Bet was a great read for this Fenske fan. While not as laugh out loud funny as some of her books have been, I really enjoyed the easy relationship between former exes turned best friends Tony and Kayla. While touching on Tony’s job as a smoke jumper, this book doesn’t go into as much detail as book 1, The Two-Date Rule, which you don’t have to have read to enjoy this story.
The focus is on Kayla and her photography, and their road trip that brings them in contact with a few of Tony’s many ex-girlfriends. We learn a lot about the kind of guy that Tony is...great, kind, funny, but definitely commitment-phobic. Of course, there’s a loveable pooch, a rekindling of feelings plus some long-ignored family drama that Tony hasn’t shared with anyone. Kayla is great for him and is way too hard on herself where her family is concerned. She’s discovering things about herself on this trip as well.
While I don’t want to give away the storyline, I do want to mention that elements of abuse are discussed, and this might be a trigger for some. It is handled in a factual, caring and informative manner and I applaud the author for her thoughtful and thought-provoking portrayal of this sensitive subject.
I loved it!