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The Bet (The Bet Series Book 1)

The Bet (The Bet Series Book 1)

Includes a special sneak peek of THE WAGER by Rachel Van Dyken! The #1 New York Times bestseller… “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

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A Bet Worth Making: A Grayson County Novel (Grayson County Series Book 2)

A Bet Worth Making: A Grayson County Novel (Grayson County Series Book 2)

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Jordan DeWalter has her future mapped out—build the most impressive architectural design portfolio in all of New England, and use it to one day open her own firm. But when her father unexpectedly passes away, her plans, and her heart, are broken. Now, if she wants the money once promised to her, she’ll have to return to the town that threw her family out over twenty years ago in order to get it.

If there’s one thing Jordan despises mo

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Michelle New

May 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm
141 of 157 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely loved this., March 31, 2013
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Michelle New (California) –

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This ended up being so much better than I expected. I was terrified of the love triangle aspect, the chance that Jake would pull his head out of his ass and realize that he loved her – that Travis would finally man up and admit that he had teased her so much because he loved her… and then that Kacey would break my heart by picking the one I didn’t pick…or not pick either at all.

Kacey, Jake and Travis grew up together. Kace & Jake were best friends and Travis was her worst nightmare. At the age where boys are mean to girls they like – he figured she would eventually figure out all the mean things just meant he liked her…well that plan backfired. Fast forward to their twenties and Jake is asking Kacey for a huge favor that will set his disastrous personal life on track in the media – save his chances as CEO of his families company…But Kacey is still reeling from the events that turned their friendship into a distant memory.

But returning home to his family, she is willing to put on the show. At least she won’t have to see Travis, or Satan as she named him. In the years that have passed, Travis grew up. But the one thing that never changed was his love for Kacey or the fact that he still resorted to childhood teasing.

The banter was fun, Grandma was a hoot and the crazy antics these kids recounted throughout the book had me smiling. Kacey struggles with the fact that she has not returned home since her parents died – she has not spent time with Jake – since that night and now she is having feelings for the boy that she spent his youth tormenting her. But Grandma has a plan and they all seem to be falling for it.

For those who are worried about love triangles, I feel your pain. I really tried to stay impartial through the first 60% of this book. I hoped that Jake could be redeemed and that somehow he would be less of a douchebag, I expected Travis to grow a pair and then let Kacey fight out her feelings for the two brothers. I was content with waiting it out to the end but it was obvious which one was the right choice, even as I tried to ignore it.

This was a very cute story – it had great humor and even some very touching moments that hit that awe spot in in your heart. Finally a book with two guys and one girl that does not have you in knots or full of angst.

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Yvette

May 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ridiculously adorable and laugh aloud funny, April 25, 2013
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Yvette (San Antonio, TX) –

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“Kacey was his best friend, but only in his heart. In real life, she hated him, he just didn’t know why.” These opening words perfectly sum up the romantic misunderstandings in which the hero and heroine of Rachel Van Dyken’s The Bet finds themselves entangled. Whether dealing with past heartaches or the possibilities of new love, The Bet is an adorably sentimental, and often humorous new take on a good old-fashioned love triangle.

Eight-year-old Travis Titus is enamored of his little brother’s best friend, Kacey, displaying his affection by playing practical jokes on the younger girl and making her life miserable. Being her best friend and closer to her in age, Jake Titus also stakes a claim on Kacey, leading the brothers to bet that each would be the one to marry Kacey when they grow up.
Forced to watch from the sidelines as his charismatic younger brother and Kacey grow close throughout high school and college, Travis never falters in his feelings for Kacey. Both brothers grow into handsome young men, although Jake’s egotistical, playboy tendencies differ from Travis’s calm confidence and steadfast presence. When a rift drives Jake and Kacey apart, only to find them reunited by an outlandish proposition from Jake, Travis is determined to seize his chance to prove he is the better man for Kacey.

Told primarily through the perspectives of Kacey and Travis, with occasional narration from Jake, The Bet is a sweet, romantic story with laugh-out-loud dialogue on every page. The witty and teasing banter between Kacey and Travis is outrageously funny and shocking, serving as an outlet for the sexual tension that crackles between the young couple. Providing an extra dose of humor is the Titus brothers’ mouthy grandma, who acts as a self-appointed matchmaker, putting her foul mouth to good use as she nudges Kacey towards following her heart.

There is surprisingly little drama in terms of the love triangle aspect of the story, which is an immense relief. It is refreshing to find a heroine whose indecisiveness deals with personal issues rather than her inability to choose from two handsome love interests. With a hero as thoughtful and kindhearted as Travis, it is impossible not to love The Bet. This was the first book I’ve read by Rachel Van Dyken, but it won’t be my last.

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J Spears

May 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Some Nice Steam In The End…, April 25, 2013
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This review is from: The Bet (Kindle Edition)
Kacey, Kacey, Kacey, what am I going to do with you? This book was a quick, easy read without all the usual angst and heartbreak. It also was not a cliffhanger! Woo hoo! If you are looking for a crazy sexy steamy book, you would be better off reading something like My Nights With Kate. But there is a really good scene near the end!

Kacey, Jake, and Travis all grew up together as next door neighbors. While Kacey and Jake ended up being best friends, his older brother Travis was the one with the unrequited love. As the book begins with them as children, we get to see the dynamics between the three. And while we know that Travis is in love with Kacey, even though he treats her like a young boy in love (ie- hair pulling, tripping, etc), it is the love of Jake that Kacey pines after. Queue the love triangle? No not really. Because while Jake does love Kacey, as a friend, he loves himself much more!

Jake pretty much blackmails Kacey into going back home and pretending they are engaged for the sake of his ill grandmother. Since they grew up together, Kacey loves the grandmother and will do anything for her, even put her heart at risk. The grandmother is hysterical and steals many scenes.

Of course, during the course of this weekend visit, Kacey sees Jake for who he really is, and sees Travis in a whole new light. Can she forgive him for tormenting her when they were little? Of course she can. Why? Because he grew into the most gorgeous man she has ever seen! Once she realizes her feelings, the sexual tension thickens and the book really gets interesting. And once they finally have sex, it was really hot!

This is definitely a book I would recommend to someone looking for quick read with a good story. There is just the right amount of steam to keep me interested, and the humor and few tugs on my heartstrings was worth the few hours it took me.

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