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Peek Inside Just a Little Bet

Smokejumper Tony Warren and his best friend, photographer Kayla Gladney, make a bet—hunt down his exes and figure out why he’s so unlucky in love. Commitment-phobe or just a bad boyfriend?

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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.

Praise

Super swoon-worthy friends-to-lovers story.” --Patricia R., Goodreads

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED this book! The characters, the well flowing storyline, the “heat”, and FIREBALL!!!  I love a great dual POV and this one was “on fire”!” --Nicole W., Goodreads

A fun, witty and interesting road trip story of second chances and all that entails.” --Karen R., Goodreads

This book will pull at your heart strings! Tawna does an amazing job at making her characters feel relatable. Tony is so complex you can't help but root for him. Kayla has a huge heart and her willingness to hold on was inspiring.” --Heather P., NetGalley

Truly snort-laugh-worthy moments!” --Regina D., Goodreads

“This story has all the heat and all the heart!” --Viper S., Goodreads

“Just a Little Bet by Tawna Fenske a smoking hot five-star read.” --Ashely S., NetGalley

“This is one romantic road trip to remember!” --Erika C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370648
Series: Smokejumper, Book 1.5
Release Date: Oct 26, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, reunited lovers, second chance

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By DJ October 26, 2020

Favorite Quotes:

What woman wouldn’t want a chance to tell a guy how he screwed up? … If an ex came to me and asked me to list all the ways he’d messed up, damn straight I’d share. Hell, I’d build PowerPoint presentations for some of them.

“Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat— everyone scre ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews November 02, 2020

Just a Little Bet is the second book in author Tawna Fenske’s Smoke Jumpers series and it was a very good story, but fans of Fenske should know that this was not a light rom-com that she’s known for. I liked this book, but at times it was a bit heavy mainly because I wasn’t expecting that when I pic ...more

By HeyAnci October 16, 2020

Firstly huge thanks to the publisher for my advanced readers copy. This book tells the story of Kayla and Tony who are best friends that have dated before but it didn't work out. Who after Tony's latest breakup something good comes out of (definitely not going to spoil for anyone). It's a awesome st ...more

By Viper October 20, 2020

This story has all the heat and all the heart!

A little road trip, a little self-help book, and a little Fireball add up to make this a deeply emotional, sexy, heart-pounding love story. It's both a second-chance and a friends-to-lovers story, as Kayla and Tony have kept their friendship despite thei ...more

By Elaine October 27, 2020

This is a fun, best friends/second chance romance.

Romances never seem to work out well for Tony Warren or his best friend, photographer Kayla Gladney - not even dating each other worked for them. After one more relationship ends in another friendship and Tony drinking a load of shots, he agrees that ...more

By Tanisha October 13, 2020

I first heard about Tawna Fenske in August of 2015 when her book "About That Fling" was featured as a "Kindle First." I have fallen in love with the way that she tells a story. Her characters are fun, and even ones you may not like at first tend to grow on you. Since then, I have read anything that ...more

By Misty October 11, 2020

This was my first book by this author, and I am glad I gave it a chance. At first I felt that everything was being a bit over explained and wondered if I was going to like the book. However, the farther I got into it, the more I felt like the over explanations fit and it wasn't really over explainin ...more

By Micheal November 02, 2020

*I won this novel for my Amazon Kindle from a giveaway on GoodReads and was asked for an honest review*

This novel is #2 in the series, "Smokejumper" by author; Tawna Fenske. I have not read the first novel in this series so this is my first read by this author. Even though I have not read the first ...more

By BookishJibberJabber October 11, 2020

I love this book. Love friends to lovers romances.
It was cute and sweet, and alerts us type of abuse.
Words hurt. And you should be careful what you say and how you say it.
This was a 4 stars for me. ...more

By Beth October 21, 2020

Another absolute gem from Tawna Fenske! I just adore her writing, and reading Just a Little Bet was delightful...and also eye-opening and heartfelt.

This has got to be one of the best friends-to-lovers romances I’ve read. The dynamic between Kayla and Tony is electric, and equal parts funny and swee ...more

By Susan October 20, 2020

Good friends-to-lovers/second chance story. Tony and Kayla were a couple for a short time before they decided they were better friends than lovers. Since then, they have become best friends, sharing movie nights and romantic woes. After yet another break-up, Tony drinks a bit too much and confesses ...more

By Lauren October 24, 2020

Content warnings: (view spoiler)

Road trip, lovers-to-friends-to-lovers, second chance romance? Hello, all my catnip in one shiny package! This is the second in a serie ...more

By Sandy S October 24, 2020

JUST A LITTLE BET is the second instalment in Tawna Fenske’s contemporary, adult WHERE THERE’S SMOKE romance series (formerly known as Smokejumper). This is smokejumper / firefighter Tony Warren, and thirty-one year old, photographer Kayla Gladney’s story line. JUST A LITTLE BET can be read as a sta ...more

By The Rogue Book Reviews October 27, 2020

**Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions**

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This the second book on the Smokejumper series, but can be read as a standalone. Although it is part of this series, there's not a lot of fire/smokejumper theme as it takes place w ...more

By NICUnurse October 27, 2020

Tawna Fenske is a new-to-me author. I love finding new authors that I am able to connect with their writing and want to come back for more, and this author certainly falls into that category. I was told recently that her books were “so fun” and that helped push me into reading this story. And I’m so ...more

By pageswithpayten October 20, 2020

Thank you NetGalley, Entangled Publishing and Tawna Fenske for gifting me an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
Exes Tony Warren and Kayla Gladney have never let their past keep them from being best friends. Even though their relationship didn’t work out, their chemistry st ...more

By Jennifer October 25, 2020

This was an excellent follow up to the first book in the Smokejumpers series, The Two Date Rule. We met Kayla and Tony in the first book as they briefly got together, then split, but became close friends, both agreeing that they were better off as friends rather than lovers. The only problem is that ...more

By Come_read_with_me_ October 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this second chance romance.

Kayla and Tony dated years ago, however when their relationship finished they became best friends. Kayla has had bad luck when it comes to love. Whilst Tony has given up the idea of love. In order to get the bottom of Tony's relationship situation, Kayla p ...more

By Fedora October 26, 2020

Four and a half stars

Just a Little Bet by Tawna Fenske is the second in her Smokejumper series but stands well alone. It's a friends-to-lovers, second-chance, road trip story, full of heart and heat and humor and a charming dog, Fireball, who threatens to steal the show.

Tony Warren and his best frie ...more

By Laurie October 21, 2020

I am a huge Tawna Fenske fan, and, after reading The Two-Date Rule, I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this second “Where There’s Smoke” smoke jumper series (both books can be read as stand-alones). Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me an ARC in exchange for this honest rev ...more

By Shirley October 26, 2020

Original review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Amara!

Just a Little Bet is the second book in the Smokejumper series and tells the story of Kayla and Tony. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

I l ...more

By Wendy October 13, 2020

After enjoying The Two-Date Rule of Tawna Fenske, I was very happy to see another Smokejumper in the next part of the series. After Grady got married to his Willa, Tony can't help to be a little envious. Although he moves through his girlfriends faster than he can put out fires, deep in his heart he ...more

By Terri October 12, 2020

What a great story of friendship that goes beyond to be so much more. Kayla and Tony are friends, actually best friends and even though they tried dating a while back for a very short time they have managed to move past that to be the best of friends. Kayla knows Tony and she sees another breakup co ...more

By Cheryl October 19, 2020

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 d ...more

By Shirley November 01, 2020

Friends-to-lovers, a bet and a road trip?! Count me in. Tawna Fenske is a new-for-me author, but after reading the blurb I couldn't help but jump at the chance to read the story.

Both Tony and Kayla were great characters to get to know. I enjoyed learning about both characters' disastrous dating his ...more

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Tawna Fenske

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Tawna Fenske

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.” Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, step-kids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com. To learn more about all of Tawna’s books, visit www.tawnafenske.com

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