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.
Julia has spent the past six months pretending her inner beast is a figment of her imagination. Oh, she knows she gets all furry when the moon is full and chases cute fluffy little bunnies, but as a dedicated vegetarian and all round girly type accepting all these changes is so not happening. It should be easier as her brother is the pack's new alpha but for Julia it's a tragedy and something she refuses to embrace. Poor Julia can't even bring herself to say the word werewolf so there's no way she will give up wearing her signature pink and besides pink is just so adorable and as for fur? Well maybe not what Julia desires to wear!
Sebastian has spent the past two hundred years possessed by a demon. Oh it was his own choice but he made it at a time when life seemed hopeless and his reasons made sense to him. He may be a warlock but Sebastian is still trying hard not to give in completely to the darkness the demon Dante exudes. Bound together, both want freedom but there's no way Sebastian will allow the sadistic Dante to be released. If only there was a way to send Dante back to hell but Dante makes Sebastian an offer that's too good to turn down, charm a good woman until she says she loves him. Sounds easy enough but there's a time limit and it has to be a woman of Dante's choosing. It’s a chance Sebastian jumps at but why this particular woman? She seems so normal and sweet, so why has Dante chosen her? Sebastian doesn't have the time to ponder though, as getting Julia to say she loves him is proving more difficult than he thought, but he's not a man to give up easily. Gambling with a demon may not be the smartest thing to do but if it means freedom, then challenge accepted!
I really enjoyed Betting On Julia and found it to be very original. I do read a lot of paranormal romance so it's often difficult to surprise me, but this felt fresh and unique. Oh some of it was easy to guess and predict, as let's face it this is a romance but it's written in such a way I enjoyed following the character's journey.
Julia is a hoot and her interaction with her inner wolf is unlike any other I've read. She's so determined to remain feminine and seems to almost despise the changes to her life which, although understandable, meant I did have this image in my head of an ostrich with its head in the sand! Considering her brother Daniel is the local alpha, I would have expected the pack to be more involved and supportive of her. As the story progresses, Ms Croft allows Julia's character to develop and I like that this seemingly soft and vulnerable woman has backbone and comes out fighting.
This was a very easy book to read. It's well written with great dialogue and simply entertaining. I did want slightly more from the pack if I'm honest, but as a romance it does work very well. A sexy storyline but not too over the top so those readers who skip the steamier stuff shouldn't be too put out. There's s brief mention of BDSM but please rest assured this is a sensual story and not an overly erotic one. I really enjoy Ms Croft's work and hope this series continues as there are two more sisters I think really need to find their happy endings. Another winner from Ms Croft.