Series: The Bet

Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted February 11, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Bet by Rachel Van DykenReviewer: Holly
The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bet #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: June 25th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Coming of Age, Romance, Contemporary, General, Contemporary Women
Pages: 288
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three-half-stars

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"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 ...

80,000 words

The Bet started a bit slow, but picked up after the first few chapters. It was light and silly, just what I was in the mood for.

Kacey and Jake have known each other all their lives. She thought she was in love with him for a long time, until he ruined it after one lovely night together. Now, after years of silence, he’s asking for her help; pretend to be his fiance to make his dying grandmother happy. The last thing she wants is to deceive is family, but if it will make his sweet grandmother happy, she’ll do it.

Too bad Jake forgot to mention his older brother Travis would be home. Travis has always been the bane of Kacey’s existence. Unbeknownst to her, Travis had a huge crush on her and that’s why he constantly played pranks on her and tormented her. As far as she’s concerned he’s a mean bully…except the man who shows up to bring her home from the airport is sexy and sharp – not at all how she remembers Travis.

Over the course of the weekend Kacey and Travis get to know one another a lot better and Jake shows he hasn’t changed much. Too bad she’s there acting as Jake’s fiance and can’t indulge in what she’d like with Travis.

As I said, this was a light read. It only took me an hour or so to read it. The antics of Kacey, Travis and Jake were a little over-the-top silly sometimes, but I found myself smiling over them instead of becoming annoyed. This may be because I was in the mood for just this time of read when I picked it up, but I can’t deny I enjoyed it.

I wanted to punch Jake in the junk a couple times, but in the end I couldn’t hate him. I have a feeling he’ll get what’s coming to him.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Forever. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

three-half-stars