TITLE: BETTING ON JULIA
AUTHOR: NINA CROFT
SERIES: MELVILLE SISTERS
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 25, 2014
Small, blonde, bubbly, and with a penchant for all things pink, Julia Melville has always considered herself a nice girl – until she was attacked by a werewolf. Months later, and still in total denial, Julia spends the time
between full moons fantasizing that her life is normal. And who could be better to help her with that than her new neighbor, handsome accountant, Sebastian Crane.
For two hundred years, Sebastian, a powerful warlock, has been possessed by a demon. Each day, his soul grows darker, and he knows that soon he will be beyond salvation. But the demon loves to gamble, and he’s made Bastian one final bet—get a good woman to say the words “I love you” and he’ll be free.
Julia wants a normal guy. Bastian needs a good woman. Maybe together they can find something far more valuable…redemption.
Betting on Julia is the second book is the second book in the Melville Sister series, however, it can be read as a stand-alone. It is an entertaining and humorous read which has come to expect from the pen of Nina Croft.
In this installment, readers are introduced to Julia Melville, a recently turned werewolf who ironically is a vegetarian. She is struggling to come to terms with her new nature. As a result of her transformation she was reluctant to get involved in a relationship as she did not how he could explain what she is to a prospective mate. This decision was taken out of her hands when she met Sebastian Crane.
Sebastian had his own issues to deal with. He is a 400 year old half warlock half few who ironically hates werewolves. This hatred came about as a result of werewolves destroying his family. In a bid for revenge, he became possessed by a demon named Dante. He has been possessed for the past 200 years. The opportunity for freedom came when Dante made a wager with him, which would provide him with his freedom if he could get a good woman to tell him she loves him. This, however, came with a high price as everyone knows that demons can’t be trusted.
The banter between Dante and Sebastian is humorous, however, what had me riveted to the story was the interaction between Julia and Sebastian. The attraction between them was clear from their initial meeting. They both tried to fight their feelings, but it was all for naught. These two had so many secrets and tried to keep them from each other which only made the situation more intense.
So far this seems to be a great series and I can’t wait to see what next Ms. Croft as in store for her fans. If you are looking for a unique paranormal story that has hints of BDSM then Betting on Julia will hit the spot.
NB I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.