Review: The Wager (The Bet #2) by Rachel Van Dyken


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 Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Once again Rachel Van Dyken has delivered a story that sucks you in from the beginning. From her characters that you can not only relate to, but can feel like you know them, to the perfect mix of romance, tension and hilarity; The Wager is guaranteed to be another hit! 

Jake is still an arse of course, but this time, he shows his "other" side, and I did in fact find myself rooting for him to get the girl in the end. Char is the kind of woman who doesn't take anyone's crap (least of all Jake's), while still remaining true to herself and her morals (and her determination to avoid her complicated feelings for Jake). Of course Kacey and Travis are also players in this book (it is their wedding after all), and it was nice to see them again and to be privy to this stage of their life after falling in love with them in The Bet

Grandma Nadine once again had tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard. From calling her Grandson's girlfriend a "whore" to a whole new list of shenanigans (who wasn't surprised when she turned up with a gun?), Grandma is even more hilarious then I remembered from The Bet

Overall, this is a book sure to please! 

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