Saturday, October 5, 2013

Review: The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Wager
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Book Two in The Bet Series
Published By: Forever (October 1, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:

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 . . .

My Thoughts and Review:

I have to say this first, I just have to, I. Love. Grandma. 

Oh my heck the woman was hilarious. I laughed out loud from her remarks after the very first encounter. She rocks. Seriously. This is one speak your mind, play shenanigans, love you to death, meddling,  heart of gold, feisty woman you do not want to miss out on. I would have read this story for her alone, although it was rather nice meeting they yummy Jake and wonderful Char too. 

Okay okay, truth be told, I should have already meet Grandma earlier in the first book in the series The Bet, but this time, this one, rare, time, I read a series out of order so I had no idea how much fun it was going to be meeting her, meeting all of them actually. And now, now, I must read The Bet next because I want to know all the characters. I want to know Travis and Kacey better but most importantly, I need more Grandma!

This story was perfect. I can't remember a time I had so much darn fun reading a book in the genre. Honest. Ever new chapter was a new adventure, a new prank, a new mishap, new laughter or a new heartfelt moment. I loved every single darn minute of it.

All I am going to say is this, if you haven't read this, if you haven't tried this author yet and are any sort of fan of this genre, go out and buy a copy of one of Ms. Van Dyken's books, you will not be disappointed. 

This was so witty, so entertaining and so well done on all accounts, to the fleshed out characters, to the realness, to the sweet storyline, it is one you do not want to miss out on. She has made a fan out of me, for life.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

As always don't forget to check out the month long Something Wicked Blog Hop posts. There are some pretty fantastic giveaways, interviews, guest posts and review all perfectly themed for this Halloween season!

Today's stop is with Heidi at Rainy Day Ramblings with author Misty Provencher!

Tomorrow look for:

Michelle@Snarky Mom Reads: Jamie Rush: Dragon Mine & Dragon Rising 


  1. I love it when there is that character in book that is so hilarious. Grandma seems great. I haven't heard of this series but it sounds really good. I must check it out. Great review :)

  2. Grandma sounds awesome! I love spitfire characters who speak their mind and meddle in a hilarious way. It's awesome that you were able to read this out of order and love it so much. I'll have to check this out! Maybe I'll start with the Bet. Thanks for the lovely review! :-)

  3. I want to pick this up just for Grandma alone! She definitely sounds like the sort of character that is worth meeting. So glad you enjoyed this. :)

    Great review!

  4. Grandma is so worth the read, let alone all the other great characters!!

  5. Ali, I want to read this just to meet Grandma, this sounds wonderful and hilarious. Lovely review!

  6. I just adore these secondary hilarious characters like Grandma! They can make any series infinitely better. I'm very much looking forwaed to this.

  7. Haha - I love hilarious grandmas! Hell, I want to read this just for her.

  8. OMG - I have to meet Grandma. I have the first book in this series and now I want to drop everything and read it. I have been really good not to request this one on NetGalley, and I am just going to buy it after I read the first one. Wonderful review.

  9. Oh my goodness Ellen go meet Grandma, she is hilarious!!

  10. This sounds like just the type of book I would love to read. I can relate to crushes a little bit because I sometimes run into my 5th grade crush around town...and he is still hot! LOL

  11. I am sure that is kind of strange for you Becca! :)