Friday, August 22, 2014

BOOK REVIEW - THE BET by RACHEL VAN DYKEN - THE BET # 1 - NEW ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE - HACHETTE

By: Rachel Van Dyken
Published By : Hachette
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from library, 272 Pages

RATING: 3.75 STARS

Blurb : Goodreads

"I have a proposition for you." Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. It's been years since Kacey's seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they're engaged for her sake-so be it.

But Kacey wasn't counting on Jake's older brother Travis still being there. She calls him "Satan" for a reason: she's never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis's gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey's more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake's deal . . .


BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I am a fan of Rachel’s Eagle Elite series. I totally dig it. The Bet was a lower rating for me, but it won’t stop me reading the rest of this series.

I did have a little trouble with connecting with the characters in this first installment.

Grandma Nadine is a hoot and I hope to be like her when I am wearing my grannie panties.

She is a fun meddler.


“And you!” Grandma poked Travis in the chest. “I was counting on you!”

“Counting on me?”

“Yes, you fool! I gave you every opportunity, and you were doing so well the other night!” Grandma plopped onto the bed next to him. “Do you know how difficult it is to fake a stroke when you’re in your prime? If I have to lie down one more time...”



Jake was an up and down character, I was having trouble getting
my flow with him. I expect to like him a whole lot more in The Wager.

I was scratching my head a bit with half this book and then I started connecting with Travis more.

I think I felt like the characters could have been deeper for me, but in saying that I still enjoyed this read.

It is a very light read with what Kacey gets up to. I really only started to grab hold of Travi’s character in the latter part of the book.

Rachel was definitely aiming for a light and fun read and I think she brought it for the most part, for me personally.

This book has sold a lot of copies and the ratings on Goodreads, alone, are almost split up into the thirty percent for each, five, four and three star ratings.

I found myself getting a bit from each of the reviews in the four and three star ratings.

I think this is a book that some will embrace totally and others like me will find it entertaining but seeking a bit more from the main characters.

I will read anything from Rachel that time permits me to. I know she has written a lot of works and is a fun spirited person, that showed in, The Bet. A good start to this series.




Michelle


2 comments:

  1. I haven't tried any of her books. That said, the granny sounds like a hoot but the story overall doesn't seem like it's for me. Thanks for the feedback though :)

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  2. I've only read one of Rachel's books and I think it was the first one she ever wrote. But I picked up this one when I met her in Seattle back in June...I'm looking forward to starting the series - just happy to know I may have a little trouble connecting at first. I definitely want to read her Eagle Elite series! :)

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