Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken


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 . . .

This is the 2nd book in The Bet Series. You can read as a standalone but I would read The Bet first so you understand all of the characters and events that are talked about in The Wager. Jake Titus is great looking and he knows it. He is the ultimate playboy. Richer than god, sexy as sin, and commitment phobic. Women throw themselves at him left and right. He is Seattle's most eligible bachelor. He is also cocky and an ass. He needs to be "ruined" or so his Grandma Nadine says.

Then there is Char Lynn. She is a news reporter and best friend to Jake's soon to be sister in law. Oh and she is also one of Jake's one night stands. He slept with her and left a note. She thinks he is an Ass. He also is the guy she had a crush on in school.

"Sorry, it seems Jake Titus just peed his pants. Could you please help us?"
Snickering erupted around them, and Char smirked at a gaping Jake. He reached across the seat toward a striking elderly woman sitting next to him.
"Well, well," char leaned on the seat and whispered. "Looks like you're going for every type of woman these days,eh, Jake?"
"Oh,he truly does," the lady piped up. "Did you know that he had the balls to take a whore to his brother's engagement party?"
Holy crap, please let the elderly lady be talking about someone else and not referring to herself.
"I, uh..."Char took a moment to compose herself."Actually, I believe it."
"And you know what else?" The woman released Jake's hand and leaned forward over his seat. he rolled his eyes but otherwise kept silent.
"What?" Whoever this crazy lady was, Char liked her. A lot. Pity that Jake was going to break her heart. No judgment, but was he really the type of guy to go for women twice his age?
"His high school sweetheart is marrying his brother. He tries to pretend it doesn't bother him. But a Grandma knows these things."She patted Jake's hand.
Ah...grandma. Wait? Was this the infamous Grandma Nadine Kacey was always talking about?
Even though Char had grown up relatively neat the Titus family, she'd never actually met the old woman before...until now.
"So..." Grandma leaned back. "I'm going to fix him."
Jake groaned.
"You mean you're going to neuter him?"
"Oh, honey." Grandma choked on her laughter. "There would be nothing better for the boy than getting neutered. Did you know I even looked into a male chastity belt?"
Jake groaned again. "Dear Lord, save me from the female sex."
"Sex," Char snorted. " Kind of what got you in this predicament in the first place, wouldn't you say?"
The flight attendant chose that exact moment to walk up. "Where's the young man who wet his pants?" There was a nice pair of Depends in her hand.
Both Grandma and Char pointed to Jake.

Then there is Grandma Nadine..Let me say.. I want a Grandma Nadine in my life. I know there would be hours and hours of laughter. I think she makes the book. she has decided that the playboy needs to reform and she is going to "ruin" him till he does. she has fired him from the company and has made it her mission to settle down. She even has a "wager" with his brother. If she wins, she gets to sing at the wedding. No one wants that, so Travis and Kacey decide to set up Char with someone else at the wedding. Grandma has all sorts of wedding details that she needs help with so she enlists Jake and Char to do them. These include a mating dance to be preformed at the wedding and picking up cake topper from hell.

I absolutely loved this book. Was laughing out loud and even had to read some out loud to my husband. I had tears at some parts( from laughing so hard) If I could give this more than 4 clocks I would in a heartbeat. I can only hope that there will be a book 3 with Jace and Beth. Please Rachel, Please I am begging you must continue on with Grandma Nadine......

Review by Kathy Lee Herbst

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