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The Bet

(The Bet #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  31,034 ratings  ·  2,589 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B00C2FDBX4

"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 the
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Published March 26th 2013
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Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just do not understand the high ratings on this one. The characters in this book were extremely immature. Adults who acted as if they were preteens. If you are interested in this book, please take the time to read the 1 and 2 star reviews on Amazon before purchasing. Just about everyone is how I felt reading this book, and much more acurate than the 5 star reviews!
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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“Sometimes,when life gets hard, and people make you angry or even when you're scared, the best response is laughter. Laugh in the face of fear, in the face of what scares you the most.It's the only way to get you through the things that bring you to tears.”
The Bet is one of those books that brought the laughs. If you’re looking for something light and easy that will keep a smile on your face, this would be a good one to pick up.

This is a story about childhood best friends Kacey
• Lisa •
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to • Lisa • by: Anna


I, Lisa Jayne Woodward formally declare that I'm a self-confessed book butterfly junkie, sign me up for RA (romance anonymous). Failing that leave me in a padded cell with a shoot for food and this book to read over and over again. This has to be crowned best book of 2013 for me so far. It ticked all my romance story boxes and here are my thoughts ...

What's it all about?
Kacey is approached by her childhood friend, now millionaire Jake Titus who asks her to return to thei
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
This novel had the cutest prologue I've ever read. :D

I loveddddddddddddd the book.

I want a continuation of this book!!! Like their story to continue!
Like I want more of the other brother too.
The story was wonderful and I loved the characters. Grandma was the best!

The witty bantering, the humor, the whole feeling of the book, I enjoyed it all..
The whole bet was ADORABLE! hehe

Do read this book!! Its Awesome~ :D

He knew for a fact Kacey loved p
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok

After reading the prologue, I had high hopes for this one. But as the story progressed, the immaturity of the characters was on full display along with "cheesy" dialogue.

Having enjoyed all my previous Rachel Van Dyken reads, I persevered through it hoping for the best.

Fifteen Years Ago .....

Travis, a stuttering eight year old, really likes Kacey and assumes he will marry her one day. After all, he was the oldest and well on his way to becoming a man. His attempts at showing Kacey he likes her a
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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If you know my history with romance novels, you’ll know I’m not real good at reading them right most of the time. Mainly because . . .

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One exception to my ongoing list of failures has been Rachel Van Dyken, so when I saw my library had a selection I had not yet read I was all . . . .

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This is the part where I talk about the tired trope and whatnot. If you are still a naïve thinker who believes NA romance stories can be “spoiled”
Tammy Walton Grant

Colour me perplexed. Is this what "NA" books are? 21 and 23 year olds flailing about, finding love and discovering themselves? If so, this book ain't it.

It has the other pre-requisites: heroine orphaned tragically, alone in the world and struggling to finish college; the stunningly gorgeous male lead with a tortured (well, this guy had a stutter. Sort of tragic, no?) past, tons of money and a weird family.

Otherwise, it was a standard, run-of-the-mill contemporary romance. Heroine agrees to act a
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a cute fun read ! Some awkward moments followed by heart warming full on awwwwwwwwwww moments ;). This Travis is a Breath of fresh air ! He said he was going to marry her! He knew this at the firm age of like ten ! His honest thoughts and crush on Kacey - just so adorable. Bonus points for this Travis Titus : 1) he was sentimental ( kept stuffed animal he named after her ) 2) he kept her parents memories alive 3) his fear of big bad bears 4) he finally right hooked his brother 5) his de ...more
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Sep 19, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: contains-idiots
Where's Chuck Norris when you need him to punch some fictional characters in the face?!

When I was thinking about what to write here, I suddenly realized that I'm a hypocrite (well okay I already knew I was, this just highlighted it). I was going to say that Jake was plain nasty because he pays strippers and prostitutes for sex and fuck knows what STD's he has. THEN I thought, 'hang on I read books were the heroine is a stripper or prostitute', I root for her and have never wondered what STD's sh
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Ok, this was seriously adorable. Sweet, funny (laugh out loud funny), poignant, with just the right amount of cheese. Definitely an enjoyable (mostly) lighthearted read about childhood friends who finally (with some well meaning family manipulation) realize they are meant for each other.

"He'd wanted her more than Anything. His entire life. How many people could actually claim that? That for their entire existence, the one person they wanted to share eternity with, had never changed, never fal
Sweet and sexy with lots of humor and emotion. I'm really starting to like this author. Looking forward to following this series!

My favorite quote:
“Sometimes, when life gets hard, and people make you angry or even when you're scared, the best response is laughter. Laugh in the face of fear, in the face of what scares you the most. It's the only way to get you through the things that bring you to tears.”

Rachel Van Dyken's adult contemporary romance series: The Bet includes the following installme
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
So why a four star and not a five...well I'll explain in a bit.

Kacey's world was turned upside down after a fateful night where she not only loses her best friend but also her parents.

Jake has always been Kacey's best friend and protector from not just his older brother who terrorized her as a kid, but also mean teenage girls who did not understand their relationship.

Travis (Jake's older brother) has always been behind the scenes and the third wheel to this little equation. He has also
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why the hell does this book have a "below 4" rating???? Why?? Why???
It's a real good one, girls & it has every single thing that we looooove... :)
1> Childhood crush

2> Super-sexy guys..Yep, as in more than one...Moreover they are right bit of cocky!! Just the way we love them

3> The heroine is not bad too...(Actually couldn't keep tabs on her while salivating for one of the guys... ;) :) *hint* Travis)

4> Totally loveable family members including a crazy Granny...:D Oh yes, I loved her...

5> It has
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must say this was a nice surprise. Have never read this author before but must have come across it here on Goodreads. It was romantic, funny, smart, sexy (without too much sex - well, without hardly any sex and certainly none of it graphic). Two brothers, one girl. Could get messy. No, it didn't, well not really. Kind of reminded me a bit of the old film, Sabrina. I loved Travis. Kinda liked Jake.... but he was a bit to smoozy for me - is there such a word? Think you know what I mean. Will def ...more
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
The Bet was hilariously addicting! I loved that the characters charmed their way into my heart, that the pages were filled with tons of fun drama and that the ending left me excited to read the next book in this series. This was my first book by Rachel Van Dyken and I'm definitely kicking myself that I didn't pick up one of her books sooner!
Jake's thumb rubbed across her fingers delicately.
Another involuntary shiver ran down her spine.
It's not real, Kacey. Just remember it
Laurynne Gouws
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok

No. No. No. Pure torture. Pure annoyance and irritatingly goody goody & childish.

There is no heat, no passion, no desire, no swearing, no lust, no fire.... nothing that would be considered sinful. It's a book you could read at your church picnic.

I bet you just looked at the cover again right? Yeah... deceiving. Actually it's nothing like the book. Firstly, there's no passion as the cover suggests. And more importantly, Kacey, who I assume is suppose to be the girl on the cover, actually has
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

I really enjoyed this one. It was nice and refreshing to read a book for a change that (a) didn't have an annoying heroine--or hero for that matter and (b) didn't have cheesy as hell dialogue. Now don't get me wrong I wanted to kick a couple of boys in the ass a few times....and a girl, but overall it was a really entertaining and funny read.

Jake, Travis and Kacey have known each other all of their lives. Jake and Kacey have always been BFFs and Travis was the older brother with the s
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of humorous romance.
Shelves: romance, z-kindle, lmao
This book was exactly what I needed. It was a lighthearted romance with some seriously sweet moments.

Kacey grew up next door to Jake and Travis. While Jake was a smooth talker, Travis was always being mean to her. In high school, Kacey fell in love with Jake...

but Jake was too busy being in love with himself.

Kasey looses her parents and her best friend in one night and will never be the same. She takes off and doesn't look back.

Travis, forever waiting in the wings, felt like he would never ge
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute and funny book. Definitely exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It was a quick read and the story is fast-paced. Grandma Nadine will become a favorite character, loved her to pieces. Travis is definitely on my list of book boyfriends (which is forever long). Maybe I missed the explanation (honestly I probably did) but I'm curious to know what happened to her parents... Again, probably missed it. Whoops! But can't wait to read more of Rachel's books! ...more
Chantal ❤️
Oct 22, 2016 marked it as read-when-i-am-brainless

DNF 18%. Heroine childhood friends with 2 brothers, one a manwhore (B1) and the other her old tormentor (B2) in their younger days. She gave her virginity to B1 (her best buddy) in high school and the scum only trifled with her and swiftly moved on to other conquests the next day breaking her heart in the process. I'm sure deliberately hurting your best friend and ruining the friendship would be considered a low even for scums. B1 has little remorse for his past actions. How do we know this? Bec ...more
Shelly Crane
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
Yessss! Loved it!

The book was fantastic. And it didn't need to have a sex scene every five minutes to do it! There wasn't really a love triangle either. It sounds like it, but really there's no contest. I won't say who, but I'm sure you can see once you sink into the book. And you need to sink into it. It's got all my favorite things in a book! A swoony guy, a heroine who's NOT a ditsy idiot and someone that I could be friends with, a great family dynamic, a crazy grandma, and it's all about the
Sweet, easy read with lots of funny to keep you smiling.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed

This book was a little bit fun in the beginning and i was curious to know more about the characters and basically about the climax so I gave it a chance but as I continued reading, I released how cliché this book was. The characters were around 21 and acting like a bunch of 13 years old.. talk about immaturity excellence

Kacey calling Travis "SATAN" because he teased her and pulled pranks at her when they were younger.. I mean what are you,12??
Jake, travis’s brother and kacey’s so c
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 a
*I gave this audiobook a B- for both the story and narration at AudioGals*

If you love your romances short, cute, sweet, and full of laughs, then The Bet may be a good bet for your next listen. Having previously listened to several books in Ms. Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series (mafia New Adult), I have to admit that I was expecting something a little different (deeper and more emotionally angst ridden). Nonetheless, in the right frame of mind, The Bet comes off as the classic tale of what happens w
sage elizabeth
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, new-adult
I’ve never read such a guilty pleasure read but so enjoyable
Sep 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Meh.... blah.

yeah saw AAAAALLLL that coming, but as a hate-to-love troupe I still skimmed a lot of it to see where it would go.

this was dumb, it was lame, no depth, characters juvenile, the writing wasn't the greatest so no I'm not impressed.
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books
4 Stars

Because of you Kace. Everything I do, everything I’ve done in my life, it’s all because of you.

The Bet is a quick, light, no-fuss, no-muss, light tension kind of read. If you are in that kind of mood, then it does its job!

Kacey and Jake were childhood best friends. Jake and Travis are brothers and Travis is older by 2 years. Jake asks Kacey to spend a weekend with him and his family and pretend to be engaged so Jake’s sick grandmother can be happy and pull through with her health.

May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook, i-own
This is my first Rachel Van Dyken book and I'm pleased as punch. I'm a sap for a love story with banter. Predictable but enjoyed the journey. Plus, the grandma's a hoot! She's definitely my favorite character. A must read for those that like a light hearted, romantic, whimsical book and leave it at that without over analyzing it. 3.5★s! ...more
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