Nov 1, 2013
Title: The Bet
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Overall: 3 out 5 stars
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 . .
The Wager was a good follow up to its predecessor, and I did enjoy it. However, there were a few things that ended up seeming a little unrealistic. I usually try to turn my brain off while reading these kind of novels, but this one just had flaws that were too much to ignore.
I liked Char and I thought she was hilariously funny and strong. Which is why it amazed me that she ended up giving Jake a second chance. It just struck me as odd because she was so determined not to give him a second chance. Especially after Char mentions that after he fails to stick up for he rafter a high school bully calls her fat, and that started a 2 year battle with bulimia. That made me so mad, because it can be something as simple as that to start something so deadly but to forgive the person who did that especially when they never apologize just seemed wrong. He did do some things that really redeemed him in my eyes, but I just felt like she forgave him so quickly.
Jake was a hard character to like because he knew he was a jerk and he accepted it. He did feel bad about the way he treated people, but he also felt like he deserved it. It really bothered me because Jake seemed so damaged, and yet I couldn’t really find a reason why he should be. His life had always been filled with privilege, his parents loved him, and he had women falling all over him. So it just struck me as odd that he was so determined to push Char away.
I did really like this novel and I felt Rachel Van Dyken did a great job with the characters. Jake was charming and redeemable while Char was feisty but kind. Grandma was of course the best part of the entire book, because she was just one feisty old lady who never gave up.
I would probably give this book 3 out of 5 stars because while I did suspend my brain and really enjoyed the book. There were enough red flags that they stuck with me even after I finished.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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