Review: The Wager, by Rachel Van Dyken


Let me start out by saying that I never thought I’d laugh so much, or that I’d cry this much, while reading this book. My emotions were all over the place. I completely fell in love with this book.

Char has had a crush on Jake for practically all her life. But in Jr. high, she was tossed aside and was forced to give up on him. He was never gonna like her. So she goes on with her life until one night sends her in a tailspin that brings all these past feelings back up. And when they both are in Kacey’s wedding, it’s the best and worst thing that can possibly happen.

Jake lost Kacey to his brother and is now being forced to watch them get married. What he wasn’t expecting was Char to saunter back into his life. He’s had a crush on her since Jr. high but never did anything about it. And now she’s back and he’s determined to try for her, but since he’s such a manwhore, he doesn’t feel like he’ll ever be worthy of her love.

“Scratches. They always sting before they heal. So it stings to get rejected, but I think in the end it will be worth it.”

Watching Jake and Char go back and forth was hilarious! The banter and flirting was so very fun. Grandma’s antics had me rolling. I don’t remember The Bet being this funny. I’m sure if I was living this, it wouldn’t seem funny, but holy cow, was I cracking up.

“I’m only listening to her because she bought a shock collar the other day.”
Kacey gave him a confused look.
“She doesn’t have a dog Kace. She bought a collar. If I don’t listen, she may use it on me…”

Watching Grandma torture Travis was downright giggle inducing. I felt so bad for the poor guy. But he took it all in stride.

There were also plenty of times I cried ugly tears too. I mean wedding always get me, but this was crazy!

“To my second son…and his new wife… may your bed be filled with laughter, your nights filled with pleasure, your home filled with the smell of good food, and your hearts be filled with joy. This is the reason we are on this earth-to love.”

In the end, Grandma, the master manipulator, got what she wanted…happy grandsons.

“…your hands. God made them to hold mine…
Marriage is just the beginning of our story, and I hope to God that when he write The End, it’s us, on that last page, still holding hands.”



Buy it now The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2

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