Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Bet
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publish Date: March 26, 2013

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Goodreads Summary
"I have a proposition for you." Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. It's been years since Kacey's seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they're engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn't counting on Jake's older brother Travis still being there. She calls him "Satan" for a reason: she's never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis's gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey's more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake's deal

Jennifer's Review

Two years Kacey's life crumbled to PIECES. She lost her best friend (Jake) and her parents all in one night. Now Jake is back and asking Kasey for a favor -- Come home with him and pretend to be his fiancĂ© to help him fix his public image (he needs to go from playboy to good boy)! She loves his grandmother and therefore agrees. Even though she agrees, Kacey is nervous as she has never got over her night with Jake and she didn't things could get any worse until she finds out Jake's older brother Travis (aka: "Satan") will be coming home as well. Travis tortured Kacey growing up -- he had the whole young boys torture the girls they like down pat as a child.

As she spends the weekend with the boys she begins to realize Jake is a jerk. He actually is a big jerk and as a reader you do not really get to see any redeeming qualities that would of drawn Katy to be his best friend for all these years. I am not sure if the author was trying to show that he was just not a good boyfriend but it just came off that he wasn't a good person at all. I would of liked to see some good qualities of Jake so that I could of liked him more.

Travis on the other hand, has grown up nicely -- he is honest, likeable, and sexy. Kacey and Travis have a cute romance that was fun to read. I was personally cheering for him the whole time. I was annoyed that Katy was even confused for an instant as to which boy to pick. To me the choice became clear pretty quickly --(after he starting showing his true feelings, instead of insulting her :-)).
Grandma -- what can I say she was hysterical!

The characters get into some really childish fights(they don't act their age)  but that didn't really bother me - they have known each-other practically their whole lives so they really fight like siblings would.  
In summary, its a quick, cute, enjoyable, light read. It had some funny moments that will make you really laugh out loud. :-) :-)

From Amazon: Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at

1 comment:

  1. Great Review! I have had this on my list to read for awhile but never got to it. All of Rachel's books sound great.

    Happy Reading,
    Elizabeth @ Blue Eyed Book Reviews