Review: The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bet (# 3)
Release Date:  July 8, 2014
Publisher: self-published
Pages: 325
Source: book provided by the author for review
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From #1 NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, comes the third and final book in the bestselling Bet Series…

Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname… until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a wedding the previous night.

The biggest problem? She can’t seem to remember anything about the night before except for crying into a box of cookies, and she’s pretty sure Grandma Nadine slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save them from the ensuing media firestorm.

Jace isn’t looking for commitment — he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can’t remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he’s stuck with her at some lame couple’s retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.

He doesn’t think it can get any worse.

But one spider attack… A donkey ride from hell… And an unfortunate episode with Viagra tea — and there’s one thing Jace knows for sure: He should never have agreed to Grandma Nadine’s suggestion in the first place.  Because if this isn’t paradise, and it isn’t a vacation — that only leaves one option.

Survival.

But to make it through alive… they might lose their hearts in the process.

 

Review: Another playful read that continues the story nicely from the first two books in the serieseven though it wasn’t my favorite.  Grandma Nadine is all over this one and she’s in her element – matchmaking, setting things up, planning and getting the outcome she desires but not without a lot of twists and turns.  The start of each chapter with her being interrogated gave me a chuckle or two especially when she seems to always be the one in charge.  The prologue set the stage nicely.  This is Jace and Beth’s story and they are swept up by all the activity and don’t know what hit them.  For the most part they go along with it even if they have doubts and problems communicating and they never seem to be on the same page at the same time.  Throw in the two newlywed couples and there’s never a dull moment!

The descriptions of Hawaii – the huts, the waterfall and all the scenery was breathtaking.  There were family and friends, reminisces and memories along with flashbacks, hurt, sorrow, paparazzi, laughter, tears, shock, lots of loving and love.  There was a happily ever after but I for one am hoping for more even though this is the end of the trilogy.  There was nice closure with the epilogue.

Having now read Van Dyken’s The Bet series I will move on to some of her other books that have been added to my TBR pile.

Favorite Quote:  That one touch had destroyed my idea of what a kiss should feel like.  it had taken the movie-star and romance-novel kiss and turned it into something suddenly achievable.  In ten minutes, Jace had taken my expectations and put them on a level that no man would ever meet.

joanne