Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Wager (The Bet series: Book 2) by Rachel Van Dyken {review}



{about the book}
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE BET

THE WAGER


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 . . .

The Wager is set to release on October 1st and is available on Amazon.com for pre-order.

{my thoughts}
So I'm writing this review with just a touch of a grudge right now. Rachel just posted a teaser song for the third book in her the Eagle Elite series and the second isn't even released yet. She is just a big fat meany head. Yes, I know that sounds so Kindergarten. I don't care! I want Elect. 

But because I'm gonna be nice. I am, promise. I'm going to write a shining 5 star review of this book ... well, because it was AWESOME!! 

Seriously, The Bet was a wonderful book. We get to watch childhood friends turn into so much more. We also see a pain in the butt brother who tries to get in the way. Then we are given The Wager about said pain in butt brother...and we find out he's not such a jerk face after all. Well, maybe he still has his moments (like when you found out he left Char just like he did Kacey!)....but overall Jake becomes quite lovable. 

And Grandma Nadine .... oh my word. I just don't even know what to say....that woman is amazing. I swear I want to grow old and be like her. The things she says and does are epic. Just plain epic.

Throughout this entire book I laughed myself stupid. I would catch myself grinning and then before I knew it I was laughing out loud. There is one instant that I bawled like a little baby but it was a good healing cry. 

I really love all of Van Dyken's books and I was so happy to see a second book in The Bet series. If you haven't read anything by her I really urge you to hop on over to Amazon and grab up The Bet, the Seaside series, Ruin, and Elite. You will not be sorry you did. :)