Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

The Bet

"I have a proposition for you..."
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's 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.

Tifferz Take~
So, this is my first New Adult Contemporary Romance and I thought it was brilliantly written and gave me pause to think. It amazes me how Ms. Van Dyken can write so many different genres and do it so well. I honestly don't know many authors who can switch genres flawlessly! This is so different from any of her other stories. This story has grit to it. Choices are made by people that truly change and shape the future that they did not expect. I found it is also good to reflect and learn from the past but to move forward and be the best that you can be everyday. Jake, Kacey, Travis and Grandma felt like friends of mine and I grew to love each of them for who they have become. Grandma has lots of spunks and had me laughing so hard my tummy hurt. Jake had me loving and hating him and is not without his faults. Travis had me wanting to strangle him and then hug him. Ultimately I  found myself loving him. Kacey is a good girl not without her faults and flaws. The storyline was so fun and the dialog is to die for. I loved Jake and Travis's parents they made me feel right at home. The place cards at family dinner was ingenious. I have so many  favorite parts to this story I can't name them all! I don't think I will ever get sick of reading Rachel Van Dyken's stories! By the way Ms. Van Dyken I am itching to read Jake's story. I plead with you to write it soon! A must have book!

Just FYI~ This book does contain swearing through out and per-marital sex with the door slightly ajar with some discription.

Jewelz Review~
Two brothers, six & eight years old respectively. One girl that they both love. One bet for $1,000,000. A blood oath (ok, really it was only spit, but it's the same thing when you are only 6 & 8, right?)
Rachel Van Dyken has done it again with her latest new adult novel "The Bet". Some might argue that the whole "love triangle thing" has been over-done of late. I personally enjoy the various iterations of this plot and the version we encounter in "The Bet" is a bit different than the common love triangle. In this case, it's two brothers who are both in love with the same girl. The girl actually hates one and is best friends with the other. Well, they were best friends until they slept together & now she hates both boys. Except she's agreed to a fake engagement with one... Can things get anymore convoluted? Yes, yes they can.
I absolutely LOVED reading "The Bet". It was a fun, enjoyable read that literally made me go "awe..." at the end. I love a happy ending. Don't get the idea that it is a simple, fluffy romance though. There was grit, emotion, consequences, along with laugh-out-loud moments which all contribute to a depth I have found Ms VanDyken consistently adds to her new adult books. 
I enjoyed how the perspective changed from time-to-time so we get to see things from all three main characters' points-of-view. The changes of perspective were clearly defined by a break so I wasn't ever confused. I also appreciated the use of "flashback" type material to slowly flesh out their past relationships throughout the book.
The heroine, Kacey, carries some emotional baggage (nothing like Alec & Demetri in the Seaside series, but baggage nonetheless). Travis and Jake seem to both be "stuck in a rut" so-to-speak. They each have defined roles they play in their relationship with Kacey and it's very hard for them to break out of those roles. When they try to, things go a little "topsy-turvy". Jake's relationship with Kacey is the one that has gone through the most changes over the years, and Jake has been affected by it. His current status as "man whore" is (I believe) a direct result of "that night". Travis, on the other hand, has consistently been Kacey's nemesis. He has teased and tormented her for as long as they have known each other & they fall back into these roles automatically when reunited after several years. When their relationship changes, it's slow going and fraught with mis-steps and mis-understandings. But, like I said, at the end I said "awe..." Everything works out as it should, there are just stumbles along the way - as there is in reality.
I hope we get a sequel so that both brothers get a happy ending:)
FYI: contains language, drinking and premarital sex
 (open door, but not overly descriptive)
Source: ARC from author in exchange for my honest review
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