THE BET by Rachel Van Dyken (April 29, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
"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 . . .
Kacey should really know better than to trust Jake Titus. She has loved him for almost her entire life and the only thing that she has to show for it is a broken heart. He is everything that she thought she always wanted and now that he is one of the most eligible bachelors in Seattle – he is never lacking for female attention. So when he comes to her with a ridiculous proposition to pretend to be engaged in front of his family, she should have run for miles in the other direction.
She would do just about anything for Jake and that includes coming up against his brother. Travis Titus had been her childhood tormentor and seeing him again brings back a flood of crazy feelings – and since when did he become so irresistible?
If Jake hadn’t been so sure of Travis’s feelings towards Kacey, he would have thought his big brother had a bit of a crush on her. But that was impossible. If anything, Travis tortured Kacey more than Jake did, which was really saying a lot, because he had pulled his fair share of pranks when he was little. Travis, however, took the cake. A day didn’t go by where he wasn’t pulling Kacey’s hair, throwing rocks, or starting a Girls are Ugly and Stupid Club, and then electing Kacey as its mascot.
Travis has always watched Kacey from the sidelines because he never stood a chance against his brother for her love. Maybe now that they are older, she will be able to see Jake for the player that he really is and he can win her heart for himself. Can they forget the pain that they caused each other in the past or will it forever be an insurmountable barrier between them?
The Bet was a sweet and yet poignant love story. Rachel combined her flawed and lovable characters with her mastery of laugh out loud banter - and that makes this a series that will make you giggle, make you cry and then make you cheer. Over and over again...
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Travis sighed next to her. “You don’t need a man like Jake to give you what you want. Believe me. When you have the perfect house and tons of money, you still won’t be complete if the man you share it with is out paying whores to do things you would never do.”
About The Author -
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.
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