“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 …
Review: This book was not at all what I expected. It was better. It was playful in parts but also heartbreaking. How Kacey could feel so overwhelmed and unloved as well as have so many fears tore at my heartstrings. Growing up with the Titus brothers skewed her thoughts on not only friendship but love. Thinking she was in love and best friends with playboy Jake, who is now heading the family business and a millionaire, seems unrealistic since everything is always about him. He thinks marriage and a mistress go hand in hand! Kacey’s whole life is full of angst and as the story progresses we see it in her past as well as in the present. Jake’s older brother, Travis, who she always found annoying, always liked and loved her from afar but never let on. What happens when they all meet up again?
Grandma is definitely a hoot as is her next door neighbor and love interest. She seems to see it all and is often quietly behind the scenes and other times in your face! She is feisty and the matriarch that lives life on her terms and doesn’t mind getting others to do her bidding. She seems to get them all – Kacey, Jake and Travis, and being so observant nothing seems to get by her. Jake was hard to like the way he lives his life and wanted Kacey to fall in with his plans after not being in contact for a number of years. Travis trips over his own two feet a lot of the time but at least his heart is in the right place even if he doesn’t know how to show it. He and Kacey were good together but both were afraid to move on their feelings not knowing how the other really felt and they made a mess of it more than once. Sometimes I felt that they were all trapped in their childhood. There were family and friends, games, lies, secrets, name calling, hurt, reminisces and memories, fights, tears, laughter, laugh out loud moments as well as loving and love. The tree house was a nice touch as was how her deceased parents were brought into the story. The prologue set the stage for the story and there was nice closure and a happily ever after in the offing. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, The Wager and The Dare.
Van Dyken is somehow a new to me author. I don’t know how I haven’t read any of her books before but I plan on rectifying that by adding them to my always growing TBR pile, not just the ones in this series.
Favorite Quote: Kacey watched the tense exchange between the brothers. It was like being in one of those twisted melodramatic TV shows or something. One minute she and Travis were laughing, and the next he looked ready to burn a hole through his brother’s face.