Don’t Bet on Love by Victorine Lieske – Book Review, Preview

Posted April 8, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Again with the dream! It’s the first day of the new semester and I can’t remember where my locker is or what my combination is. And I don’t even remember where I’m supposed to be.

I had variations of this dream for years. And never when I was actually in high school – I don’t think the dreams started until at least five years after I had graduated.

I randomly mentioned this to my sister once and she laughed and said she had a similar recurring dream. Finally, exasperated, one night she got out of bed, went to the closet and dug out her high school diploma, looked at it and said to herself “see, I graduated. No more of that dream!” And she never had that dream again!

Strangely enough, though I never did anything about it, after having that conversation with her, I stopped having my dream as well!

Don’t Bet on Love by Victorine Lieske – Book Review, Preview

Don't Bet on Love

by Victorine E. Lieske

Series: Rockford High #1
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Publication Date March 7, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: Wisconsin Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 169


All's fair in love and high school.

It was just a simple bet.

Get the school’s ice queen to go to Homecoming with him. Lane didn’t think it would be a big deal. He was on the football team. Girls liked him. He takes the challenge. What he didn’t know was that the ice queen overheard the whole thing.

Trudy was having the worst day of her life. And then she overhears Lane and Gabe talking smack about her. If Lane thought he could sweet talk her into going to Homecoming with him, he was going to be disappointed.

But when the principal forces her to tutor Lane in calculus, she’s stuck.

Trudy devises a plan to get back at him. What she didn’t plan on was losing her heart to him.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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While I’m thrilled to no longer be in high school, I do love reading high school stories. So when I heard that Victorine Lieske was going to be releasing this one, I knew I wanted to read it. Not to mention the plot just sounded like too much fun to pass up.

Don’t Bet on Love was a touching, fast read. Things were constantly changing between Trudy and Lane. She was so determined to not like him and he was so convinced he didn’t like her.

While I liked Trudy because she reminded me a little of me, I liked Lane despite not being a thing like him. He was the dumb jock with his heart in the right place, despite what Trudy thought. He struggled with school and tried to do well enough to not be kicked off the team. (I do have to say, though, that it wasn’t realistic that he would have been in Calculus – at least he wouldn’t have been when I was in school.) The way Trudy was able to help him was sweet.

There was an underlying reason in the story why this was the worst day of Trudy’s life. Serious and heavy matters were handled well without weighing the story down. Yes, I was sad about the situations both Trudy and Lane faced at home but it was far from depressing.

If you enjoy high school stories with some depth but no angst, it’s a sure bet you will enjoy Don’t Bet on Love!

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2 responses to “Don’t Bet on Love by Victorine Lieske – Book Review, Preview

  1. Ellie

    Oh my word!!! I’ve had those locker dreams a bunch of times, too! I had no idea anyone else did, too. This looks like a good read. 😃