“Betting it All” is a short and sweet romance perfect for a reader looking for a quick feel good read. Mac is a kind hearted and genuine hero who readers will love right away. Norah is an independent heroine who can be a bit abrasive, but is ultimately compassionate and thoughtful. The historical elements are well researched, and add an excitement element to the story. The story seems a bit too short. It doesn’t feel completely fleshed out, and ends rather abruptly. “Betting it All” is tagged as erotica, but to me anyways, there doesn’t seem to be any erotica in the story. It takes most of the story for Norah to trust Mac, and their romance is sweet rather than steamy. However, I don’t mind that Masters has written a sweet romance with some excitement. The one major plot twist makes for a great ending, and though I feel like Mac and Norah’s story ends too soon, I overall enjoyed “Betting it All.”
Norah Hawkins wants to start a new life in San Francisco, and when someone gifts her a building she doesn’t hesitate to start her new life. Upon arrival she meets Mac, a man of many talents who starts to bartend for her. Just when their tension starts to become something more, an earthquake destroys the city and Norah’s business. Mac is determined to help Norah start over, but Norah is unsure if she can trust Mac with more than just her business.
Norah Hawkins wants a new life as far from her old one as possible, but where can she ever find that chance? When a letter arrives promising her the deed to property in San Francisco, Norah packs her bags and flees the broken shards of her troubled past.
With its anything-goes atmosphere, 1906 San Francisco suits Irishman Gerard MacKenzie just fine. He loves tending bar in Norah’s saloon, and verbally sparring with the shrewd businesswoman for more privileges and work. Her beauty, wit and sass make his blood boil with need.
But disaster looms over their promising new lives when a terrible earthquake buries their dreams and threatens to shatter their future. Norah and Mac must rebuild their lives from the ruins and they’ll need each other more than ever, but can their ties to each other save them or tear them apart?