Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

4 star review by Guest Reviewer Allison East

"I have a proposition for you..."
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus' mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.

Four days. She could do four days!
But she wasn't counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement. One thing is for certain. One brother is right for her.  One wants a lifetime. And one is in league with the devil. She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood –Goodreads

The book starts off with a flashback of Travis, Kacey and Jake as kids. It shows the reader that Travis is the prankster and maybe he was shown the wrong way on how to get a girl's attention.  Also, Jake and Travis have a running bet on who is going marry Kacey.

Jake stuck out his tongue, “I’m gonna marry her.” “Are not!” “Are too!” “Are not, I’m older, she’s going to marry me.” Jack stuck out his tongue then brushed the dirt off his pants. “Wanna bet?” “Yeah! I do. One million dollars!”

Then it switches to present day, where Jake has a very interesting proposition for Kacey- come back home with him and pretend to be engaged. He needs to clean up his image as a playboy, and Kacey may just do the trick. However, Jake has no intention of changing his ways. We learn a little bit of Jake and Kacey’s back story, how their friendship turned into something more one night and it’s referred to as “the incident.”

Kacey calls her friend Char, which I am hoping to see more of in the planned sequel, and tells her the plan as she gets ready to go back to her home. Kacey is somewhat of an orphan after her parents died. Jake and his brother have a grandma, Grandma Nadine, who is very special to Kacey. She is also one of the reasons Kacey has decided to go through with this proposition. Kacey has a soft spot for Grandma, who happens to be a great character too. She is so wise, and had lots of tricks up her sleeves.

"If you ask me to spoon you, I'm going to smother you with my pillow," he grumbled. "Please, like I want your favorite appendage anywhere near my body." "Keep telling yourself that, Kace." "Night, Satan." "Night, sweetie."

I really loved Travis, the older brother. He melted my heart- I rooted for him from the start, especially since it seemed like Jake had ulterior motives. I really loved the banter between Kacey and Travis. It was hilarious that she called him Satan for a nickname. You could tell that they had SO much tension between them, sexual and otherwise.
My favorite quote from the book;

“That,” he said as he kissed her nose. “Is a shame. You should be told you’re beautiful every day. Because every day it’s true, and every time I see you, you grow in your beauty. Just because people don’t say the words, doesn’t mean it’s any less true, Kace.” “Where have you been all my life?” she said, watery-eyed. “Home,” Travis answered a note of seriousness in his voice. “I’ve been home, waiting for you.

I did want more, I read the epilogue that was posted online and I STILL want more. Other  than that, Rachel wrote such a great book, and I can’t wait for book two!

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  1. Definitely my favorite quote too. Such a moving part in the book. :) *sigh*

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  2. Thanks for the review! I saw this book posted on the subreddit selfpublish and definitely found myself wanting more info!


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