Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour: the Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

RELEASE: April 21st, 2015
It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancĂ©e, what could possibly go right?

4.5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

This has to be the most laugh-out-loud book that I have read.  Yes, I have read books that have humor interspersed throughout that make me laugh sporadically, but this one had it consistently.  Every chapter was a new experience and a new addition to the already huge web of “what can go wrong next” parody. I have read several of Ms. Van Dyken’s writings, most notably the Eagle Elite and Ruin series, and she was able to show us that she is capable of injecting humor to her more drama-filled storylines, but I was very impressed with her ability to continue humor throughout an entire book never lagging or dragging the story.

Jason, Colton and Milo were childhood playmates. Jason and Colton were best friends.  Jason’s little sister, Milo, was always a tomboy and hung around them until she developed boobs.  Then she was no longer welcome.  Milo has had a crush on Colton since the age of 13, and at age 16 she took the opportunity to seize the moment and capture his lips.  This didn’t go over well and he mortified her by not only referring to her as the little sister, but also by laughing in her face.

“To be fair, your skirt was tucked into your underwear.”

Milo has returned home for a weekend festive occasion and is suddenly faced with seeing Colton again.  She has successfully avoided him on her return trips home from college for 4 years, and in fact it has been 18 months since she last saw him.  She is still fully attracted to him and is hoping to steal a kiss sometime during the weekend.  That kiss isn’t too hard to steal when Colton is a willing participant; however, afterwards she is once again reminded that she is the “little sister.”

My mouth dropped open.  No. Freaking. Way.  No way was he pulling the sister card again!  One day I was going to find that card, rip it to shreds, put a hex on it, and bury it next to his body.  Okay, a little harsh, but I hated that card. Hated it more than peas and that’s saying a lot.  Peas shouldn’t exist.  Period.

Milo is brought to tears with this brush off and she does now want Colton to know that he is the real reason for her tears.  Milo does the the first thing that comes to her mind by throwing out the only name she can think of that can save her from this mess of emotions…Max.

“Shit balls.  Oh, look, a bus!  What? What was that?  You want to throw me under it?”   

As I’m writing this I am laughing again – the type of laugh that you try to contain and all you end up with is squinty eyes and nobody would guess that you are holding back a laugh.  Instead they think you are possessed.  Well, either way, I’m still laughing about Max’s role in this story.  He is Milo’s best friend from college and he can find a way to turn around a plan gone wrong in an instant. Max is a genius when it comes to his plans and he can talk anybody into believing him.  Of course that means he may have to continually take one for the team (of which consists of him and Milo) and throw himself under that proverbial bus on more than one occasion. 

“Man, that bus just keeps driving by and your whole family just keeps pushing me under it.” 

I have no idea where I’m going with this review.  I can’t stop laughing about the antics that this group has going on and how it continually keeps rolling.  Nobody comes away unscathed from this weekend.  There is a lot of ice being used to keep down facial swelling.  If you are familiar with the author’s The Bet series, you know she likes to include Benadryl.

“Oh, and I gave him Benadryl.  Though I wasn’t aware he’d consumed so much alcohol.  Max is absolutely certain Jason’s still breathing so there’s that.”
I raised my hand.  “Max isn’t a doctor.”
“No?” Mom asked.  “Oh, well, he seemed so informed on the topic of allergic reactions.”

Can’t forget to mention crazy grandma.  Gotta love a grandma with some libido!

I yelled his name.
But I was too late.
She launched herself into his lap like a rabbit in heat.  There was no time, no time to save him

It all started as Milo wanting a kiss from Colton and then she would be able to forget him.  Instead it turns out to be an unforgettable weekend.  You will not believe the craziness that is jam packed into 3 days! I guarantee you will be laughing your booty off! Every character plays a part in the shenanigans, but the main focus is getting Milo and Colton together.  All that craziness pays off and there is a happy ending in store for Milo… “Milo,” he whispered against my mouth.  “I. Love. You.” 

The story is told from multiple points of view.  I’m holding out hope that the author will treat us to more books in this series based on the secondary characters.  In parting, I will leave you with the words of Max, who sums it up perfectly.

“All, in all” – Max looked around the room – “I think the weekend went pretty good.  We should do this again sometime.” 

Please…let’s do it again soon!

Summer 2009

“I can’t believe you’re really going to college, Milo.” Colton’s teasing smile flashed right in front of me, rendering me temporarily blind. Man, he was beautiful. His normally dark-brown hair had shots of gold from the summer sun. Dimples peeked out from his mega-white smile and I was pretty confident that I saw a twinkle in his green eyes meant just for me. He’d been home for two months since graduation and was already off saving the world one fire at a time. I watched his full lips curve around the mouth of his Corona. He and my brother Jason had organized a going-away party for me. Apparently me getting accepted into NYU was a big deal: they’d even gone so far as to get a Star Wars–themed cake from Dairy Queen and a princess tiara that said “Pretty” across it. It was always their joke with me. I was a complete and total tomboy—I loved picking fights and getting muddy—yet still demanded they treat me like a princess.

With a sigh I leaned back on the picnic blanket and looked up at the stars. My crown fell to the side of my head, causing my hair to fall all over my face. The party had been over for a few hours, leaving me, Colt, and Jason. I should have been happy: after all, who does that for their little sister? What brother would even care? Furthermore, the fact that it had all been Colt’s idea, someone who wasn’t even family, was huge. But . . . maybe that’s the part that left me feeling empty. I might as well be family to Colton. I was the little sister he’d never had—and secretly, I’d always wanted to be so much more.

“Aw, you messed up your hair,” Colton teased, lifting the crown with the tip of his finger and giving me a sexy wink.

“Whatever shall I do?” I huffed.

“I’ll save you.” His voice was just above a whisper. “I’ve always wanted to save a princess.”

“You did.” My grin was huge. “You saved me a least a hundred times when we were little—slew the dragon at the top of the stairs and did it all without getting a scratch.”

“Messy job.” He let out a long, exaggerated sigh. “I don’t know how I made it to my twenty-first birthday without getting singed.”

“Donald didn’t breathe fire. He was a fireless dragon, remember?”

“Oh, right.” His eyes twinkled. “How is the old dragon anyway?”

I shrugged and chewed on my lower lip. “Haven’t been in the attic since you guys left for school. I’ve been busy.”

“Too busy to play?”

I rolled my eyes. “Too busy graduating to play, yeah.”

“Where’s the fun in that?”

“Fun.” I snorted. “The last time I had fun was when we snuck into your parents’ pool and—” I clamped my mouth shut before the words could tumble out on their own. Crap. Crap. Crap.

“Skinny-dipped.” He finished my thought. “Yeah, that was a blast.”

“Hey, guys!” Jason called as he ran out of the house. “Dad needs me to grab Mom from work so I’ll be right back! Don’t do anything fun without me! I mean it!”

The loud roar from his truck drowned out our conversation for a brief second and then slowly dissipated as the vehicle barreled down the driveway.

“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Colton asked.

If his thoughts were along the line of finally getting him alone, away from my brother? “Absolutely.” I grinned as he grabbed my hand and helped me off the blanket.

“Come on. Let’s go have fun.”

Curious, I followed Colt as we ran through a few backyards and finally ended up at his house.

“What are we doing?” I asked in a hushed voice.

“Having fun.” I swear his grin made my heart almost stop. “Now strip, Milo, we don’t have all night and Jason’s going to be pissed he isn’t with us.”

Laughing, I took off my shirt and shorts—I’d spent years swimming with the guys in my sports bra and underwear, though as we got older it became weird, but only on my end. It felt strange to strip down to nothing, knowing that my feelings for Colton were very real whereas his were nonexistent. I mean, it was Colton. Sure, I had a crush on him, but he never, ever thought of me that way. Ever.

“Last one in’s a rotten—”

I didn’t hear him finish—but I did beat him into the water. His mom and stepdad’s pool was always my favorite place to swim. It had a little waterfall in the deep end that you could swim under that always made me think of fairy tales and the movies. Then again, that could be because every time I broke through the water it was Colton’s face I saw, and his smile that drew me. He was my own personal Prince Charming.

Laughing, Colton splashed around, then hauled himself out of the pool and did a cannonball right by my face. I was glad that it was dark—I must have been beet-red. Man, the guy was ripped.

“Wanna race?” he asked, out of breath.

“Wanna lose?” I countered.


“Um, it’s an everyday occurrence.” I swam over to the edge. “Ready, set—”

“—go!” He ran instead of swam and then dove under water.

Bastard! Arms burning, I tried to make it to the other end of the pool. I usually didn’t open my eyes under water, but this time I did to see where I was going.

His body was a blur in front of me. All I saw was hard-lined muscle.

I stopped right in front of him and jumped to the surface. “You cheated.”

“I like to call it winning.” He beamed triumphantly.

“Cheating.” My teeth ground together as I pushed against his chest. Laughing, he fell backward, pulling me with him. Our bodies ground together, heat against heat, skin against skin.

And suddenly sneaking away from Jason wasn’t funny anymore.

Neither of us was laughing.

His hands moved from my waist slowly up my body until they rested on my face. With a curse he pulled my head toward his. “We should . . .”

“Yeah,” I whispered.

Neither of us pulled away.

His lips brushed mine, just enough to make me strain toward him—I needed him like I needed air.

“Kids!” His stepdad’s voice rang through the night air. “You out here making noise?”

Colton pushed me away and I nearly hit my head on the waterfall rocks.

“Yeah, just . . . hanging out!” Colton called. “I’m with Jason’s sister.”

I froze. He’d never called me that before. He even said it in such a final way, as if that was all I would ever be. Period. My heart didn’t just sink . . . it shuddered, then combusted, as all the hopes I’d harbored since I was thirteen came to a crushing world-altering halt. My suspicions were finally confirmed. Out loud. On the day the boy I liked had thought enough to throw me a party.

The line had been drawn. And I might as well be on the other side of the universe.

That was the day I lost Colton Mathews—forever.

About Rachel Van Dyken:

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


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