A BET WITH BENEFITS – Karen Booth
The Eden Empire , Book 3
Harlequin Desire #2687
ISBN: 978-1-335-60389-0
September 2019
Contemporary Series Romance

New York City – Present Day

Mindy Eden and Sam Blackwell have had a tumultuous on-and-off affair for months, with them currently on the outs after he betrayed her. However, Mindy is forced to face Sam again after he buys the building she was looking at to expand her business. She's angry, of course, but one look at him again has her insides melting. He's all wrong for her, especially after he betrayed her confidence by leaking to the press the truth about her half-sister, Emma. When Sam counters her demand that he sell the building to her by requesting an invite to her sister Sophie's wedding, Mindy turns it on him by asking him to be her date instead. She needs to use Sam as a barrier to an overeager suitor and thinks she can avoid sleeping with Sam. But will the temptation be too strong to resist him? What about the bet with Sophie that if Mindy does sleep with Sam then she'll have to stay on at Eden's Department Store for a longer period than she wants?

Mindy and Sam have been drawn to each other like butterflies to a flame, which ended with both getting burned. Mindy has been burning the candle at both ends with her own company and that of the family-run store. But something has to suffer, and it looks like it will be her company—unless she can get Sam to sell her the building he swooped in and bought. It wasn't intentional when he bought it because he didn't know Mindy was interested in it. Someone gave him the tip that it was a good deal. Is someone betraying Mindy and trying to make her business fail?

Meanwhile, Sam goes as Mindy's date to the wedding festivities, and it doesn't take long before they're back in bed. There is this uncontrollable passion between them. If only they could stop hurting each other. Since she's already lost the bet, Mindy decides to go “all in” by spending a week with Sam at his apartment. The nights together only make it clearer to her that she's head over heels in love with Sam. Does he feel the same about her?

A BET WITH BENEFITS is the third tale in The Eden Empire series by Karen Booth about the three Eden sisters and their quest to keep Eden's Department Store from failing. You can find Sophie's story in A CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION and Emma's in A CINDERELLA SEDUCTION. While all three are connected, each can be read as a standalone without too much difficulty.

Mindy and Sam can't get enough of each other in A BET WITH BENEFITS, and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. It's a reunion with benefits, and readers don't want to miss finding out if they're going to finally have their happily-ever-after.

Patti Fischer