This was a fun book that did not really get too bog down into Christmas holiday madness, making the reading easier as today was a rainy Monday in May. I liked the story a lot and I really liked the MCs, but was a little bogged down by the sex scene. It was a bit longer than a novella (roughly 250 NOOK pages), but the length felt right for the story.
Bets/wagers are also a favorite plot trope of mine, especially when the MCs discover/admit their feelings to themselves about half-way through the wager and scheme to get the other person to win. It was angsty, but a little lighter than book one and about the same level as the prequel. Some subjects this book covers include miscarriages, hoarding as a mental disorder and part of the aging process, and old school medicine vs. new school medicine.
Another favorite is specific to Milan's historical romances - her author's note detailing the research finds and how those finds weave into the story. This author's note was especially enlightening and entertaining.