Wednesday, October 30, 2013

REVIEW: The Wager 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 . . .


          I need to start off by saying that I absolutely love Rachel Van Dyken! I have never read a book of hers that I did not like and was anxiously awaiting for The Wager to be released. After reading The Bet, I feel in love with the characters and couldn’t wait to see what happened next!  The Wager is through the eyes of Char and Jake. Meeting in junior high, that have always had that connection but it never went any further than that. Char felt that Jake was nothing but a “Man Whore” even at that young age…. Boys will be boys…

          Char is Kacey’s best friend, we met Kacey back in The Bet when Jake convinced her to return home with him and pretend to be his fianc√© to trick his grandmother that he's 'grown up' and is ready to take over the family business, until she fell in love with his brother, Travis.  Since junior high, she has ran into the infamous Jake Titus a couple of times.  After a drunken night and  a one night stand with Jake, she wakes up to a thank you note…. Yes, that is what I said! He left a 'Thank You for Last' night note on her pillow… SERIOUSLY? Makes me want to smack him!

          After finding out that they will be Maid of Honor and Best Man at Kacey and Travis’ wedding, she makes it her goal to make him miserable… except… being around him proves to be challenging in other ways.

          Jake feels that Karma is out to get him. Along with his Grandmother Nadine… Being with Kacey again and being thrown into wedding ‘chores’ by his grandmother.
The more time he spends with Char, the more he can’t deny his feelings. Knowing how she feels about him, he is determined to stay away.

          Jake is tired of having the ‘man whore’ reputation, can he truly change his ways? Will the two stop being so stubborn and denying their feelings towards each other? Can a happily ever after truly exist for Jake?

          I think the best part of this story had to have been Grandmas meddling. This is definitely one that you will laugh hysterically at. The dialog between all of the characters are amazing. If you haven't read The Bet get it today and then continue the amazing story with The Wager! You won’t be disappointed J  I can’t wait to see what else Rachel comes up with!

Enjoy! <3

Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at

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