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I Belong

Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Bet

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: NA Contemporary

Series: N/A

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

Format: eBook, 222 Pages

ISBN-10: 145555426X (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455554263 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Bridget


“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 . . .

Quick & Dirty: A cute love story with some funny moments, but the drama was a little immature.  Very predictable plot line and not my favorite characters.

Opening Sentence: “Kacey, wait up!”

Excerpt: No

The Review

Two years ago Kacey lost everything.  She lost her virginity, her best friend, and her parents all in one night.  Life has gone on but it has been hard for Kasey and now Jake is back in her life asking for a huge favor. He is set up to be the new CEO in his families company and he has managed to royally mess up his image by his party lifestyle and being a huge player.  His grandmother has fallen ill and she wants nothing more than to see Kacey before she gets worse.  So to help Jake with his image and to see his sweet grandmother, Kasey agrees to pretend to be engaged to Jake for a weekend.

Kacey never really got over Jake and now being with him again has stirred up a lot of old memories.  But the man he has become is so different from the boy she knew and Kacey’s not a huge fan of the new Jake.  Kacey didn’t think things could get any worse until she finds out Jake’s older brother Travis is home for the weekend.  Growing up Travis did everything in his power to torture Kacey in any way possible.  But Travis has grown up and man did he become gorgeous.  The more time Kacey spends with him, she starts to wonder if she was in love with the wrong brother for all those years.

Kacey is a sweet girl, but she is pretty naïve at times.  She wallows in self pity a little too much at times and that made me feel a little disconnect with her. But that being said, I did actually like her, she is honest and she has a spunky personality.  She really cares about the people in her life and she would do anything to help them.  When it comes to the boys, I didn’t like how confused she always seemed to be.  I like a heroine who makes up their mind and sticks to it, but it did add drama to the story.

I was not a huge fan of Jake.  Sure, he is beautiful and charming, but he is a total jerk.  I know that was partly what the author was going for but I felt that it was over done.  I wish that you would have seen more of his redeeming qualities.  Kacey was in love with him for years and he was her best friend, but honestly I have no idea why.  I just thought that his character could have been written better.

I really liked Travis.  He is kind, thoughtful, and sexy.  He has been in love with Kacey pretty much forever, he just had a really weird way of showing her.   He was very insecure at times which got a little frustrating for me.  I did really enjoy his and Kacey’s romance.  They had really good chemistry and some great heart melting moments together.  Overall, Travis was a very likable character.

This was a good read for me.  It had some flaws but it was still a fun cute book.  The drama felt a little bit highschoolish to me which I wasn’t a huge fan of.  Also, the romance was more rushed than I would have liked.  The plot was very predictable and the characters weren’t perfect.  But with all that being said, I did still enjoy the book.  It was a fast read and it had some funny moments that made me laugh.  I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a book with some steamy romance and lots of drama.

Notable Scene:

Dear God, please have mercy and let him be bald and fat.

Slowly, she turned and faced her nemesis.


Would it have been too much to ask for him to at least have not grown into his perfect nose?

“Kacey.” He nodded.


“Your hair’s different.”

Kacey flinched. “You’ve grown into your nose.”

Jake walked up and stood between them. “Can you guys at least pretend to play nice?”

“No,” they said in unison.

“Look…” Jake glanced at his phone. “This is work.

I’ve gotta take this. Travis, can you drop me off at the

Portland office and then take Kacey to the house?”

“Pretty sure Mom’s going to be upset if you don’t make it home for dinner. Not that I’m scared to be alone with this one.” He pointed to Kacey. “But last time we were alone in the car, she nearly killed me.”

“Don’t be a drama queen,” Kacey huffed.

“Drama queen?” Travis raised an eyebrow. “There was a cliff, snow, and I’m pretty sure Benadryl was involved.”

“Always is.” Jake shook his head.

FTC Advisory: Forever/Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Bet. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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