Google+ Reading Teen: New Adult Book Reviews: The Wager, The Bet and Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Adult Book Reviews: The Wager, The Bet and Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492121169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492121169
  • Buy paperback: Amazon
  • 99 cents on Kindle: Amazon
 I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that the shroud of depression has become my only comfort. Ignorant, I was content in the darkness… until Wes Michels offered to be my light. I didn't know that time wasn't my ally, that every second that ticked pass was one closer to the end of something that was starting to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me and promised me what he was able to offer, each moment as it came, but it would never be enough. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. And when you think it's the end, the final curtain, sometimes that’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't… I wouldn't ever be the same. And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (June 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB7RCD2
  • Buy it: Amazon
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 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 ...

  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7XUGM8
  • Pre-Order: Amazon
THE WAGER (The Bet book 2)
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 . . .

I love Rachel Van Dyken. Along with Katie McGarry, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines, she is up there as one of the best new adult writers, in my opinion. Rachel's books have a lightness to them, where as some new adult authors characters deal with sticky topics (rape, abuse, angsty drama and so on). All three of these books are fun enjoyable reads.

 Really good. Romantic. Tear jerker. Funny. Heartwarming. All around great read.

4 out of 6 chess pieces

The Bet and The Wager:

Awww just so cute. You really should read these books back-to back. The story is just sweet, about two brothers who find true love with the help of Grandma. Yes, Grandma. Grandma might be the wittiest, funniest and naughtiest character ever. Pure enjoyment for sure. These books will make you laugh out loud. I aspire to be Grandma when I'm older. Just plain good romance.

4 out of 6 chess pieces

*These books have some scenes that are definitely for more mature audience, but I will say that Rachel's books do not have descriptive sex scenes as many NA books have.

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