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Peek Inside Betting the Bad Boy

Paige just bet her hottie bartender boss Noah Reid that she can resist the off-limits attraction sparking between them. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…

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Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.

Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it alone.

Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…


5 stars “I loved this book. A great light hearted read, plenty of romance, a little angst and coffee. Doesn't get much better than that.” ~Ayekah, Goodreads

5 stars “Paige and Noah are just so perfect for each other. Several good chuckle points—including a few references to unicorn vomit after the use of sprinkles on coffee and cocktails. Only disappointment was how quickly I read this story.” ~Lyn, Goodreads

5 stars “A fun and sexy romp that I just loved. An entertaining romance that fans of the genre will love...made me smile and root for [the characters] to find their happily ever after.” ~Linda Q, Goodreads

4 stars “This was a really cute story! Noah and Paige are just too cute!” ~Sarah G, Goodreads

5 stars “If you like a book that has humor, romance, and sexual chemistry, and that focuses on incredibly likable but slightly imperfect characters who just flat out belong together, you definitely should read this book and this entire series.” ~Heather, Goodreads

4 stars “I loved Noah and Paige and thought their chemistry was fiery and their banter just as sexy and snarky. I could not get enough of this couple!” ~Bookgasms Book Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759510
Series: Behind the Bar, Book 3
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Page Count: 252
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: fish out of water, opposites attract

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By Dali May 06, 2017

This delightfully entertaining read will bring a smile with its flirty, sexy and fun protagonists.

“You think you’re so charming.” She folded her arms across her chest…
“But I hate to break it to you, I’m immune.”

Paige Thomas had a life plan to achieve perfect happiness. She was unwilling the ...more

By Ayekah April 17, 2017

I loved this book. A great light hearted read, plenty of romance, a little angst and coffee. Doesn't get much better than that.
Paige always the good girl from a small town comes to Melbourne, college degree in hand and is trying to find a job. She's a bit rigid and knows what she wants for her futur ...more

3.5 Stars

Paige Thomas headed for the city with a shiny new accounting degree, a plan and big dreams of landing the job of her lifetime, but one misstep brought everything to a halt. She needs a job to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head but rather than admit defeat and head back home, she's ...more

By Lyn April 16, 2017

The perfect story for Noah's HEA and to end this series.
So clearly descriptive of the areas that I know that Stefanie, the author, is very familiar with.
Paige and Noah are just so perfect for each other.
Several good chuckle points - including a few references to unicorn vomit after the use of sprin ...more

By Linda April 07, 2017

This is a fun and sexy romp that I just loved. Paige is still nursing her wounds from a date gone awry that had a long lasting impact. It leads her desperately searching for a new job as an accountant, but without much luck. After one poor interview, she pops into First for a much needed cup of coff ...more

By Heather April 22, 2017

This is technically book three of the Behind The Bar series, but it completely stands alone. That said, you really should read the first two books because they are fabulous, and because they will introduce you to Des & Gracie (who aren't in this one very much), and Paul & Libby who play a nice part ...more

By Helen May 19, 2017

This is one book that I have really been looking forward to and MS London has nailed it with a sexy sizzling fun story that did such justice to Noah who we had met in the first two books in this series no worries if you haven’t read them this one can be read as a stand- alone (but I do highly recomm ...more

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I wasn’t expecting to actually like this book as much as did, mostly because I knew nothing about this series or the author. But I did enjoy it a lot, and this book is different from most of my reads in one thing: the SETTING! Betting the Bad Boy is set in Melbourne, Australia.

T ...more

By Becca May 19, 2017

Paige has a plan. Move to the big city, find the perfect job, the guy who is going to make her his everything, get married, have kids and live the perfect life. And so far... she's running nil on all accounts. Who knew that one date could ruin her plans and have them all going up in smoke. After be ...more

By Gwyn May 20, 2017

Paige has her future all planned out. She’s getting an accounting job, getting married, and having babies. Preferably in that order. Her mind is set, and she will not deviate.

Noah’s trying hard to forget his past. The fact that his mom left him, her family didn’t want him, and the number of foster h ...more

By Becky May 12, 2017

So cute!

I loved both Noah and Paige, and the bet motif was abso-freaking adorable. I can't imagine why I haven't read the other two books in this series--yes, it worked just fine as a standalone, but still--but you'd better believe I'm going to soon. I'm really going to enjoy watching Noah be all sm ...more

By Laura May 08, 2017

This is a great book, this is the third book in the Behind the Bar series written by Stefanie London. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was ...more

By Heather April 08, 2017

Noah is one sexy man, and he knows it, "she ran her hand slowly up his chest, her breath catching as she felt the hard ridge of his piercing. “You like?” he asked. His breath was warm at her ear, his nearness overwhelming her senses." Noah has a way with compliments, “all you have to do is stand sti ...more

By C April 23, 2017


Loved it. ...more

By RaeLatte November 19, 2017

A Coffee Barista, a bet, and one hot boss. This story of discovery, romance, and the ability to find love is the perfect pairing with a fresh brewed cup of coffee or a shot of vodka.

Noah is searching for the one thing he can't find, a place to call home, permanently. Paige is ready to prove to her f ...more

By Rebecca May 06, 2017

ARC generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

4 stars

Betting the Bad Boy is the 3rd book in a series of stand alones. I have not read any of the other books in this series.. yet, but didn't feel like I was missing anything! So feel free to read this without reading the other ...more

By Christie72 May 17, 2017

I fell in love with this book and with Paige and Noah! Nothing gets much better than a sexy Aussie man who definitely knows how to set a woman on fire, an intelligent, sassy heroine, romance, angst, and yes, coffee!

Paige is a girl from the country who came to the big city to make a life for herself. ...more

By Angel May 23, 2017

Paul’s older brother was Des the bar/restaurant where they all worked. Noah was a close friend. Des oversaw the operation and finances. Paul managed the bar and Noah was the head barister who also inducted and trained the new hires. Des was in Hawaii with his wife Grace, Paul was knee deep in gettin ...more

By Lovely Loveday April 26, 2017

Betting the Bad Boy by Stefanie London is scheduled to be released on May 8, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC and is a romance novel. I really enjoyed reading this book because it is a great light hearted book with plenty of romance. The main character in this book is Paige. She comes from a very s ...more

By Lynn May 08, 2017

Sexy and fun is the motto when country chick meets city dude! He's hot, down with the ladies and out for a good time always ... she's a unique take on sexy, sweet and dedicated to finding her perfect life. Total opposites right? So why do they mesh so well? He finds himself feeling more for her than ...more

By Angela May 22, 2017

Betting the Bad Boy is the third in the Behind the Bar series, boy did I enjoy reading this novel. It was just as good as the first two and didn’t lost the quality that some novels do in a series. Paige has been burned by a work place romance so bad that she on the hunt for a new accounting job beca ...more

By Jessica March 06, 2019

I’ve loved this series from the start and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. ALL the covers are #win for me. They're flirty and fun and they match the book inside perfectly!

Noah Reid does not do commitments in any facet of his life and he likes it that way. No responsibilities. No attachm ...more

By Melissa May 09, 2017

This was a fun light-hearted romance with lots of sweetness and swoonworthy moments. I loved the characters and the storyline. The banter was well-written. It was sexy and made me smile. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and was definitely entertained. I am new to this author, but will def ...more

By Ratula May 06, 2017

Review posted at Bookgasms Book Blog: ...more

By Bec May 08, 2017

Paige Thomas is struggling to find a position as an accountant after being fired from her job. But she's not wiling to admit defeat, not just yet, otherwise she'll be heading home to work at her parents café. So instead, she hijacks someone else's interview, and manages to secure herself a job worki ...more

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Stefanie London

About the author

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Stefanie London

Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Her favourite activity was going shopping with her Nan during school holidays, where she would sit on the floor of the bookstore with her little sister and painstakingly select the books to spend her allowance on. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her 'very practical' Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn't fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night. Now she lives in Melbourne with her very own hero and enough books to sink a ship. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, high heels and zombie movies. At night she writes sexy, contemporary romance stories and tries not to spend too much time shopping online and watching baby animal videos on YouTube.

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