Welcome to my stop for the tour of The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken. Keep on reading for a dream cast, my review of The Wager and a fab giveaway!
The Bet (The Bet #1)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: 26 March 2013
"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 . .
The Wager (The Bet #2)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: 1 October 2013
Lose a bet, lose your heart...
What is it about a junior-high crush that can send an otherwise intelligent woman into a tailspin? TV reporter Char Lynn wishes she knew. Jake Titus is too rich, too handsome, too arrogant: a trifecta that once lured Char into the best night-and worst morning-after-of her life. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party. It's awkward, but survivable . . . until Jake stops acting like a jerk, and starts acting like the man she'd always hoped he could be.
If watching your brother marry your best friend is weird, being attracted to your best friend's other best friend is downright bizarre. Unfortunately for Jake, Char hasn't forgotten how he once tossed her aside. Worse still, Jake's already-nutty grandma is even crazier about Char. Cue meet-cute shenanigans and all manner of meddling, and somehow, Jake's falling. For Char. Now all he has to do is make her believe it . . .
This is one of those magical books that made me laugh AND cry...a lot! I loved it.
I was worried about how Jake would be redeemed because he was such a tool in The Bet, but the real Jake definitely shines through in this book. The broken, insecure side of Jake comes out and he allows himself to be vulnerable with Char. I loved him in this book and happily forgave him for all the stupid decisions he made in his past. He becomes the man that Char, and everyone else, knew he could be- and that man had me swooning often!
Char is a great heroine! She's really likable and has grown out of her childhood insecurities, until she is reunited with Jake. She's been crushing on him since they were young, but I loved that she still had a backbone around him, no matter how tempting he might be.
Jake and Char together were just adorable and utterly sweet. I loved their chemistry as well, it was so passionate and inevitable.
I also loved that we get to revisit with Travis and Kacey, from The Bet. Their wedding made me cry so much, it was just so perfectly sweet.
And I have to mention Grandma! She's probably the best character in the series. She's so sneaky and crafty, with all the best intentions for her grandsons. I just loved her, she cracked me up so much and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion!
'Everyone jumped to their feet and made a run for it. All the while Grandma yelled, "I'm not going back to the slammer!"
There's never a dull moment in this book, and I was hooked from the beginning. If you don't have Jake Titus in your life, then you need to read this book. Today.
*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest review. Thank you!
About the Author
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!
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Wowsers, what a fab giveaway there is as well! Two e-copies of The Bet series, and a Kindle Paperwhite are up for grabs. Good luck!