Review: The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken

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The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken
Series:  The Bet (# 2)
Release Date:  October 1, 2013
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 256
Source: book provided by the author for review
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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 . . .

 

Review: Another playful read reminiscent to me of books by Jill Shalvis and Sherryl Woods.  The Wager is book 2 in The Bet series and it picked up where the first book, The Bet, left off.  This was Jake and Char’s story but also a continuation of Travis and Kacey’s.  We are immersed in the wedding preparations and Grandma Nadine is front and center helping with plans and sending Jake and Char all over the city on a wedding scavenger hunt.  As they get closer and their chemistry ratchets up a notch we see the possibilities.  Jake is trying to reform his ways and it’s fun to watch his struggles which he has less of whenever Char is by his side.  Grandma continues to be a hoot and involved in everyone’s life and their business.  There are a few additional characters we get to know – Jace, the youngest ever United States Senator from Oregon and Char’s sister, Beth, and their parents who are so self centered I wanted to strangle them.  There are a lot of laugh out loud moments and some tears too.  There are family and friends, romance and love, secrets, sadness, happiness, reminisces, memories and poignant moments.  There is nice closure, a few surprises and a happily ever after.

Van Dyken is a new to me author only having read The Bet so far.  Next up for me is book three in the trilogy, The Dare.  At the back of this book the author says this is the end of the series but since Grandma Nadine has more story in her there may be an additional three books.  I for one am hoping that is true.  I will be adding her other books to my always growing TBR  pile.

Favorite Quote:  “That you were mine, from day one, from the first desire to see your shoulder, to hold your hand, to kiss that perfect mouth.  It was you and me against the world, and it always will be”.  He sighed.  “Marriage is just the beginning of our story, and I hope to God that when he writes The End, it’s us, on that last page, still holding hands.”

joanne