Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

When her former best friend Jake informs Kayce the his Grandmother is deathly ill, Jake makes a deal with her. He will pay off her student loans if she agrees to accompany him back home while pretending to be his fiancee. Kayce reluctantly agrees, only to be tossed back into a world she missed, but no longer knows her place in.

Enter Jake's annoying brother Travis (lovingly nicknamed Satan by Kayce). The one who tormented Kayce throughout most of her childhood. Travis has grown up A LOT, and he wants Kayce to know the truth. He is in love with her.

Torn between the brother she's always loved and the one who has always been a thorn in her side, Kayce learns that sometimes - coming home is a second chance.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

One of my dear friends actually introduced me to the works of Rachel Van Dyken, and after devouring two of her other novels (Tear & Pull) I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! 

That being said, let me get into what I LOVED (and DIDN'T LIKE) about this latest book from Ms.Van Dyken. 

Lets start with the bad (as there are very few things), the three main characters came across as very immature. There were so many times when I caught myself rolling my eyes, or desperately wanting to climb into the book and beat them all senseless myself (even though that would have made me a bit of a hypocrite because I felt that Kayce could definitely use some anger management classes). 

HOWEVER, even though I found their traits annoying, it made them seem more realistic. They had flaws, and they had issues, and that made them human. I enjoyed reading their struggles and experiencing their journey as it happened. 

Grandma Nadine was hands down my favorite character of the entire book, her antics and stories made me laugh more than once, although I sincerely hope that Ms.Van Dyken is working on a novel featuring Jake and his future exploits. 
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