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Peek Inside Blame It on the Bet

Hennessy is determined to raise enough money to keep her family pub away from the real-estate developer trying to buy it. Bryan wants that property…

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Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.

When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

Each book in the Whiskey Sisters series is STANDALONE:
*Blame it on the Best
*Mischief and Mayhem
*Mistletoe in Mayhem Boxed Set
*Mismatched in Mayhem


"This was my first book by this author and I was incredibly impressed! L.E. Rico has a really smooth and easy to follow writing style that is infused with the kind of hilarity that I very much enjoy in a book. If you enjoy humor of both the subtle and laugh out loud varieties, you're going to enjoy this one." -Heather P., Goodreads

"I found myself being entertained with both characters as well as the citizens of Mayhem. Oh they are a HOOT!!" -Midnight Amie

"Lauren Rico has done it again! I don't know how she does it, but she sucks me right into the story and doesn't let go. I loved this freaking story. Funny, snarky and she writes such great characters, real people with real dialogue and real problems. I just love her for that alone. She sets up the perfect story here and you're missing out if you let this one slide by. It's a must read!" -Lori Z., Goodreads

"The author has created a wonderful story that just draws the reader in and wraps them into the story to the very end leaving you with a smile on your face and another favourite book for you to read again and again." -Melinda S., NetGalley

"A funny, yet surprisingly touching read!" -Alison P., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633742
Series: Whiskey Sisters, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 11, 2017
Page Count: 326
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, enemies to lovers, opposites attract

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By Claire December 06, 2018

5 - "Wow… Just Wow." Stars!

We travel to Mayhem, Minnesota and get to know the Whiskey Sisters and believe me when I tell you they and the town they come from are unlike any family or place I have read about before, and in such a happy and positive way.

"This is something special you have here…"

Two bo ...more

By Elaine September 11, 2017

Rating 4.5/5 *
This is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance packed with turmoil and humour, making it a great read to escape into. Following the death of their father, the O’Halloran sisters discover that their father had taken out a huge loan to keep the family’s Irish Pub running and to fund ...more

By Ayekah August 24, 2017

Lauren Rico has done it again! I don't know how she does it, but she sucks me right into the story and doesn't let go. I loved this freaking story. I bit of a different twist for her, but I have to tell you the story shines right off the pages.

Welcome to Mayhem Minnesota, home to O'Hallorans Pub, A ...more

By Danielle's September 01, 2017

Blame It on the Bet wasn't what I expected, and I think that is why it took me a bit of time to get into the book. The story its self is really good and the book sets-up a town, which is loveable. This is a standalone novel. However, is the first in the series about The Whiskey sisters.

Hennessy O’Ha ...more

By Lauren September 02, 2017

Confession time: I was originally drawn to L.E. Rico's Blame it on the Bet because of the cover. It gives that Christmasy, snowy feel without actually witnessing - and more importantly, feeling - the coldness first hand.

The result? Blame it on the Bet was fantastic. Mixing together four dauntless s ...more

By Suze December 23, 2017

Hennessy and her sisters have been raised at their family's pub in Mayhem, Minnesota. After their father's death they discover he had money problems and if they can't find money fast they're going to lose the pub. Hennessy's father was already selling it to Bryan, a real-estate developer, who's inte ...more

By Heather August 22, 2017

This book is book one of the Whiskey Sisters series and it completely stands alone – it *does not* end on a cliffhanger. There is some very mild cursing (no f-bombs), and any sex that happens is off-screen so if those things bother you, you do not have to worry about them with this story.

This was m ...more

By Erin September 11, 2017

This "Bliss" book is set in an adorable Irish pub in Minnesota setting with "whiskey sisters" named after various brands of whiskey. This is Hennessy's story, and it is like a not-cheesy Hallmark movie. Having previously read and enjoyed Rico's hot contemporary, "Solo", I was looking forward to this ...more

By Nadja September 11, 2017

Note: A review galley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As opposed to Lauren's previous novels this one is a light romance. It is funny, full of charme and easy to read.

I was in such a reading slump when I picked this up but it instantly got me out of it. I loved getting ...more

By Tami August 20, 2017


Ahhh the love of small towns. The book opens with a shrewish sister and a total mess of a real estate aficionado. Good old dad died leaving the family pub in some precarious hoops. Nice book.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for ...more

By Kim Reads December 09, 2019

God help me. I’ve found a new author. L.E. Rico has made me laugh. She’s made me cry. She’s made my heart swell. I will never understand how I missed reading her before now.

In Blame it on the Bet, the four O’Halloran sisters are still reeling from the sudden death of their father. They are shocked t ...more

By Bette September 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It's full of charm, family, and small town goodness. The Whiskey sisters are all fantastic and I can't wait for the other's stories. Hennessy and Bryan are so cute together and the author did a great job with their story.

After the death of their father the O'Halloran sist ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) September 07, 2017

This is a really fun story with some very interesting messages woven into the action. I loved Hennessy and her sisters. All are named after different types of alcohols since their Father and Mother owned a pub in a small town. They get a very unpleasant surprise when he dies and have to band togethe ...more

By Sascha September 14, 2017

I fell in love almost immediately with Blame It on the Bet, which doesn’t often happen and because of that, I kept expecting to fall out of love, which I didn’t. Even though Bryan’s dialogue sometimes felt a bit formal and I “heard” him with an English accent, I didn’t care.

Blame It on the Bet made ...more

By Claire June 08, 2018

​I must admit I haven't noticed this author before, but came across the second book in this series whilst browsing, so thought I'd better read the first one beforehand so I got the story straight, and I was glad I did as I think it will definitely set the scene for (hopefully) the rest of the series ...more

By India September 04, 2017

Small town romances are my personal elixir! This book left me ravenous for more! Lauren, maybe the next one you could add, I dunno, another 600k words to the end? Yespleasethankyou.

Look at this cover. I mean, look at it. Can it be Christmas already? And let me just say that nothing gets me more exci ...more

By Marsha September 12, 2017

Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Dealing with her father’s death was hard enough, now Hennessy is being called back home to deal with paperwork, debts, puzzles and the real threat of a developer’s eye on their family’s pub. So not gonna happen, not if she had anything to say about it. Truth is their fat ...more

By Elizabeth September 18, 2017

As if losing their father wasn't enough, the four O'Halloran sisters, Hennessy, Walker, Jameson, and Bailey, are facing foreclosure on their dad's pub. Oh come on, they're Irish and you read their names...of course there's a pub involved. LOL To ensure his girls had the education they desired, and h ...more

By Nadine September 07, 2017

I was really excited about this one since I fell in love with Lauren’s writing when I read my first book of her Solo.

Solo packed a punch and I am so happy that Blame it on the bet is as amazing! Lauren is a fantastic storyteller and I just love the characters she creates. Here we get to know Henness ...more

By Jess September 09, 2017

Blame it on the bet by L.E. Rico is the first book in Whisky Sister's series. The series is about four sisters named after Whisky brands. The series takes place in Mayhem where they own a pub. Hennessey is the star of Blame it on the Bet. She is trying to keep the pub from the hands of Bryan Truitt. ...more

By Tanya September 03, 2017

Blame it on the bet is a great contemporary romance set in Mayhem, Minnesota! This novel takes a little bit to get into but it is definitely worth reading. The whiskey sisters are trying to save their bar from a investor named Bryan. Hennessy (a type of whiskey) is a lawyer that came back to her hom ...more

By Lori September 12, 2017

What a fantastic read! This story will put you through the feels - love, grief, sisterly bonding, self healing, determination. I first have to say that I loved how the sisters were named, unique and a little contrary for girls/ladies. I so wish we could have met their parents but this story begins w ...more

By April September 08, 2017

Thanks to for the ARC of this book.
I loved this book! The story is so heartfelt and the town is unique and has all the charms of a small town. The Whiskey Sisters and the names of the girls was so clever, loved it! We all need a Helen in our lives, she is a force and just perfect for ...more

By Michele April 10, 2019

Blame it on the Bet is the first book I’ve read written by Author L.E. Rico, it is a very clean and wholesome romance. We meet all the sisters in this first book in the series, Hennessey V.S., Jameson, Johnnie Walker Black and Bailey Irish are the Whiskey Sister’s their parents owned an operated O’H ...more

By Eva September 12, 2017

the town of mayhem, minnesota is the perfect backdrop to blame it on the bet. hennessey o'halloran has come back into town to lay her father to rest, only to discover that the bar that their father built, the bar that formed the cornerstone of her and her sisters' childhood is in the red and has a b ...more

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L.E. Rico

About the author

L.E. Rico

L. E. Rico was going to be principal French horn of the New York Philharmonic. That was her plan, anyway. The New York Philharmonic had no idea of her intentions, and that's probably a good thing, since she wasn't an especially good French horn player! Lauren was, however, an exceptionally good classical music radio host. She has made a career of demystifying classical music for her audiences by taking it off a dusty old pedestal and putting it into a modern context. Lauren has recently discovered a passion for writing, which she's managed to combine with her love and knowledge of the classical music world. She also writes new adult under Lauren E. Rico.

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