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The Bet #2

The Wager

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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 . . .

256 pages, ebook

First published January 1, 2013

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Rachel Van Dyken

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555 reviews1,526 followers
October 10, 2013


After reading this story , once again I need to be checked into RA (romance anonymous). My romance boxes are full to the brim and overflowing after completing this tale of love. 'The wager' was one of my most highly anticipated books on my 'to read' shelf this month.'The bet' is one of my, I-love-forever-and-ever books and I could not wait to get my hands on this story of Jake Titus and Char Lynn. Rachel Van Dyken did not disappoint, the wager delivered on all romantic counts and my heart is full to bursting with memories of this delicious tale and here are my loved up book thoughts ...

What's it all about?
Jake Titus is a millionaire with plenty of women at his disposal, he has never been concerned with matters of the heart and this playboy has made plenty of mistakes when it comes to his love life but things are about to change whether this romeo likes it or not. Char Lynn has been in love with Jake Titus ever since they were young school friends but how many times can you allow the love of your life to break your heart? especially when the love is completely unrequited. 'The wager' follows one heroes journey of self discovery, one heroines revelation of her worth and one crazy, meddling Grandma with a talent for match making that is utterly magical.


What did I love?
You'll find a plethora of misunderstandings, a dialogue amongst the characters that will have you laughing out loud and romance so sweet it'll knock your romance socks off. I loved the silliness of this book, it's not what I look for every time for the enjoyment factor of a book but Rachel Van Dyken writes this romantic comedy genre to absolute perfection. The characters are fascinating I whole heartedly fell in love with Jake Titus nothing appeals more than a character that goes through a transformation and the author mapped his changes with a twist of humour, heart and actually with a hint of realism. Jake won my romance heart over towards the end of the story and I made more than enough room for another Titus brother by the time the epilogue rolled around. Char had some personal issues she needed ironing out and in my opinion she was vulnerable without being annoying, she had enough about her to make me relate and connect with her and I was desperate to see her win the heart of this gorgeous brother. Grandma Nadine was as crazy as ever her antics brought the humour factor of the book well into the lime light and gave the book a real original story line and twist that had me laughing and swooning in equal measure.The story rounded off brilliantly I loved having a second chance glance into the loves of Travis and Kacey, I never wanted the story to end. This book was all I wanted and more I laughed, I felt the emotions of the characters, I fell in love and most of all I ended this book with a big smile on my face and a heart full of book butterflies, what a way to follow up the series after the success of 'The bet' well done Van Dyken you have a huge thumbs up from this romantic addict.


Final thoughts ...
This book has a well rounded blend of funny, romantic and well written storyline. I love the characters that this author conjures up and I was well satisfied with a book that I've been waiting for ever since finishing 'The bet' which happens to be one of my favourites of 2013. If you like your romance to be full of over the top comedy and drool worthy heroes then do not delay, go grab it readers. Enjoy ... Kisses.

If you would like to check out my review for book one in the series feel free to click the link below:

The Bet (The Bet, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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December 6, 2016
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Meet Jake Titus . . . .

It’s manwhore little one. Jake is a manwhore. Jake’s idea of a good time has always been doing as little work as possible while doing as many chicks as possible. When Jake is fired from his family’s company and forced to interact with childhood friend Char leading up to his brother’s nuptials, Jake starts to think it might be time to grow up, get his shit together and maybe even find a way to get the girl.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn . . . .

In case you aren’t aware, I’m kind of a superfan of Rachel Van Dyken . . . .

Not really. Well . . . . maybe. Anywho, I bought this for wicked cheap in paperback from Barnes & Noble thinking it would be a definite winner since I seriously luuuuuuuuurv most everything I’ve read by this author, and her over-the-top zany romcoms generally fill the void in my cold, dead heart. The problem I had with The Wager was Jake . . . .

Jake was a character in The Bet (a book I loved). His role there was to play the disgusting manbearpig counterpart to his dreamy brother Travis in order for leading lady Kacey to clearly see who would be the better option for the long-run. Book 2 picks up with Travis and Kacey getting ready to tie the knot and Jake getting a gal for himself. But Jake is THE. WORST. so this redemption arc just didn’t work for me. The timeline was too scrunched together for him to come to terms with his assholery and I couldn’t ever let myself like anything about him.

This is going to sound super crazy, but I highly recommend reading this second book before the first . . . .

I’m serious. If I had not been aware of Jake’s backstory I think there’s a chance I could have liked him in this one. Also, there were plenty of other things to appreciate. Mainly in the form of Grandma . . . .

I adore that little matchmaking lunatic.

Chalk this one up in the “hubs didn’t get no play” column. You’d think after 20 years of marriage he’d stop relying on sexytimes books and go with the surefire method of getting me in the sack . . .

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896 reviews1,947 followers
October 11, 2013
3.5 Matchmaking Stars!


So, this book tells us the story of Jake and Char. They share a best-friend, Kacey, so they know each other since they were kids.
Char was hurt by Jake in the past, so she is not completely happy about having to see him, but she won’t miss her best-friend wedding, who’s marrying Jake’s older brother.
What neither of them was expecting, was the matchmaking skills of Jake’s grandmother, who is settled on getting those two together. Even if they think they don’t want to.


This was a very fast read, a sweet romance with likable characters and a nice story line.
It is not angsty , or frustrating or completely original, but it is one of those books you can read when you’re in need of something light and fluffy! ;)
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501 reviews454 followers
September 29, 2013

I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed and giggled so much while reading a book.

With Kasey and Travis' wedding drawing closer, Jake and Char (best man and maid of honour) are forced together to get things done for the wedding.

I can't even get along with her, let alone plan something. Do you want her death on your hands?

A year previously, they slept together and Jake left her with a thank you note! *tut tut Jake*

There's a lot of love I feel for this book. I loved Jake and Char as a couple. I felt like everyone was telling poor Jake he wasn't good enough for her.

I loved the drugstore scene and the flight scene. I loved getting more Kasey and Travis time. I bloody loved Grandma and her hilarious comments.

How lovely! It seems your whore has arrived

Overall, this was cute, some parts were over-the-top, it was predictable, sweet and hilarious. An all round feel good book x

ARC received from NetGalley

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February 1, 2016
Recensione del I volume
Recensione del III volume

Recensione caustica e piena di spoiler.. Lettore avvisato!

Per i lettori di Novella2000 in esclusiva il riassuntissimo del libro! (E non perdetevi per soli 15 euro in più, la borsa mare per portare sempre con voi il libro della van Dyken!)

Jake: "Char è brutta, cretina, 'sta stronza, ma chi la vuole oh, e poi mica mi posso impegnare.. Seee"
Char: "Sto stronzo che mi ha lasciato un biglietto di ringraziamento dopo la nostra notte di sesso.. Non si regola proprio!"
[I due si guardano e si palpano un po']
Jake: "Mazza quanto è bona.. La bacerei tutta, me la farei.."
Char: "Oh, però è proprio fygo, io me so' innamorata.."
Jake: "Char è la donna della mia vita. Lo è sempre stata. Kacey era una finta"
Si baciano, fanno sesso, si sposano.
The end

Dicono del libro (Lo so, ormai è un must. Giusto per darvi consapevolezza del disagio generale):

La va Dyken ha scritto un altro libro?! Ma non avevamo pagato qualcuno per tagliarle le mani?? .. Cadranno delle teste!
Esponente in vista di un clan malavitoso affezionato alla buona letteratura.

Caxxo e io ke sprv di nn lexxere mai + una cs simile.. bau
14enne promossa in primo superiore da poco che deve ancora superare il trauma del primo volume

Boh, io il libro manco l’ho letto, ho usato Google translate figuriamoci
Traduttore della Nord, che probabilmente aveva meglio da fare quando si è cimentato nella traduzione AD CAZZUM

Orbene lor signori! Tutti noi aspettavamo l’imperdibile seguito di una delle pataccate più pataccate che si siano mai viste sulla faccia della terra.. Quelle che ti fanno dire: “Ohibò, dai, Tre metri sopra il cielo alla fine era solo ingenuo. Cioè, fattibile!”.
Se vi siete persi la chicca, trovate la mia recensione ENTUSIASTA qui :3

Dopo aver letto quella sottospecie di.. aborto letterario, non pensavo sinceramente che l’autrice potesse riuscire nell’incredibile impresa di scrivere un libro ancora più BRUTTO e INSULSO di quello che – non si sa sotto l’effetto di quale droghe – era riuscita a partorire, pubblicare e Sbam! Far tradurre all’estero facendolo diventare un Bestseller (Momento di pianto estremo per questo fenomeno tristissimo).
Ecco, dicevo.. Non pensavo fosse umanamente possibile scrivere una porcata che fosse più porcata della prima porcata e invece.. GRIDIAMO AL MIRACOLO!
Il secondo volume della Bet trilogy (e potete giurarci che ormai leggerò anche il terzo) è una pataccata TERRIBILE!!! O.O

*Parentesi del titolo: Ho anche capito perché questa serie si chiami così.. Nel primo i due fratelli scemi scommettono su chi avrebbe sposato KAcey; nel secondo la nonna scommette con Kacey/Travis che Jake sposerà Char.. Oh, persone mature mi dicono*

Il volume precedente, dopo tante avventure rocambolesche (…) pathos a non finire (……….), risate a crepapelle (………..) e personaggi indimenticabili (…………), aveva visto Kacey innamorata in un weekend di Travis, che fino a quel momento aveva sempre preso il palo, la quale accanna senza indugi il povero Jake, fratello di Travis. Ma orsù dunque! Potevamo lasciare quel bel pezzo di manzo senza una donna accanto? Come non dedicargli un altro volume?!

La van Dyken, porella, ormai lo sappiamo, è molto limitata sia nella fantasia che nello stile, e quindi ripropina al povero lettore la solita trama banale, idiota e totalmente priva di senso; Char è la migliore amica di Kacey (fa pure una comparsata nel primo, che fortuna eh?), donna fichissima e di successo con un bel caratterino..
a) chi incontra Char in aereoporto,
b) chi le ha rubato il cuore a dodici anni e
c) chi è andato a letto con lei per poi scappare lasciando un bigliettino con su scritto “Grazie”?

NOOOO DAIIIII e voi come lo sapevate che era PROPRIO Jake? Incredibile, eh? Ma guarda tu il caso..
Dunque, il libro inizia con il punto b), quando Jake e Char stanno facendo il gioco della fiducia (lasciarsi cadere indietro aspettandosi che l’altro ci prenda) e.. Niente, Jake non la prende. Capite? Questa cosa segnerà profondamente la povera, piccola Char.. Piangete. Forza, almeno cinque minuti, senza barare!
Il lettore, già infastidito, si trova poi catapultato all’oggi, quando i due cretini si incontrano sull’aereo e la scena – GIURO – grida al disagio ad ogni riga: Char vuole vendicarsi di Jake perché è un verme (che poi, no, sei la best dei best di Kacey e vai a letto con il suo ex sapendo oltretutto quanto è demente? Fattele due domande!!) e se ne è andato dopo la famosa notte di sesso (il lettore già è sul punto di dormire, visto che è la STESSA cosa che la van Dyken ci ha propinato nel primo libro.. Vedasi il punto “La van Dyken è limitata”), cosa fa? Prende un bicchiere d’acqua, lo getta sui pantaloni e urla “Se l’è fatta sotto!”
…. Sì, giuro, è una delle prime scene del libro.
Vabbé, dopo questa simpaticissima trovata, entra in scena nonna Nadine, che sta viaggiando al suo fianco; il personaggio – che già era disagiato nel I volume – nel II si dimostra eccessivo e caricaturale: vorrebbe far ridere, ma è ridicola, volgare e imbarazzante: non temete, avrete la vostra dose di disagio esistenziale nelle citazioni :3

Vabbé, dopo una conversazione allucinante, durante la quale mi sono chiesta come gli editori americani abbiano potuto prendere in considerazione il libro, Char dice qualcosa a proposito di una bomba e sull’aereo scoppia il panico.
Nonna Nadine decide di punire il giovane rampollo perché essenzialmente è un puttaniere cretino e idiota (Sì, lo stesso punto battuto nel primo, che tocca fa’!) e quindi lo licenzia dalla compagnia e va a vivere a casa sua fino al momento del matrimonio di Kacey e Travis (ahimé, ritornano anche questi due ritardati..), ovvero una settimana dopo. Ovviamente, da che Jake e Char non si sono mai visti praticamente a parte la notte di sesso bravo, finiranno per ritrovarsi in ogni angolo, con tutte le conversazioni/atteggiamenti idioti che abbiamo già avuto il grande dispiacere di trovare nel primo libro.
Jake, povera anima, continua suo malgrado ad avere forti problemi di personalità: “Char è una cicciona”, “Char è bellissima”, “Char non la voglio manco morto”, “Char me la devo fare subito”, “Char… Char chi?”, “WILMA, DAMMI CHAR!” e via dicendo. E’ snervante, ogni quattro righe dice una fesseria diversa.. E tu lì attonito che osservi il teatrino di questi due poveri minorati, incapace anche di insultarli.. Eh sì, perché anche Char è lì che “Jake è fighissimo”, “Jake è un coglione”, “Jakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”, “’Sto stronzo, ma guarda te oh!”.. Insomma, una pena che non vi dico!
Mentre Char prova un abito da sposa per nessun motivo apparente se non che sono tutti seriamente disturbati, arriva, senza motivo pure lui, Jake che la guarda come noi mortali guarderemmo un vasetto di nutella e capisce che lei è davvero bella, mamma mia come ha fatto ad essere così cieco? Forse.. No no, percaritanondiciamofesserie, IO MICA POSSO IMPEGNARMI!
Nonna Nadine si incaponisce in uno dei suoi piani e manda i due dementi a fare le ultime commissioni per il matrimonio (mentre Kacey e Travis evidentemente sono troppo impegnati a cazzeggiare a livelli olimpionici, visto che non possono occuparsi del loro matrimonio) e assistiamo ad una delle scene più tristi della storia dei libri: Jake e Char in uno studio di una ninfomane che fanno il ballo dell’amore (o dell’accoppiamento.. Vabbé, una poracciata simile, credetemi sulla parola!) e per sfuggire alle grinfie della megera assatanata, Jake da vero galantuomo ficca la lingua in gola di Char che, per tutta risposta, abbandona il suo “’Sto stronzo che mi ha mollato senza un perché” e il suo amor proprio e si lascia concupire dal maschio Alfa bellissimo, fighissimo e gran baciatore (ovvio!). Un altro giorno i due pranzano insieme a casa di Jake, con lui che si lamenta che buuuu mia nonna è cattiva e mi ha licenziato, e che importa se ho una casa grande come uno stato e vivo da ricco, ho una famiglia che mi ama nonostante io sia un povero cretino e buuuu! Sighhhh! Snif! Sono Calimero piccolo e nero, nguéééééééé e lei che lo cazzia perché ha tutto e invece lei viene sempre dimenticata dai genitori che nguééééé non si sono ricordati del suo compleanno come ogni anno e ha un FORNO CHE FUNZIONA A MALAPENA, MENTRE JAKE HA DUE FORNI E NON APPREZZAAAAAA nguééééé!
*Parentesi necessaria: Bah, qui si apre un buco nero di dimensioni epiche, perché in teoria Char è una giornalista televisiva ricca e famosa.. Cosa vuole?! La van Dyken per un paio di pagine prova a mostrarcela come una piccola fiammiferaia moderna, per poi lasciare perdere questa strada troppo difficile per lei, povera stella.. Cioè, un personaggio povero e comune mortale sai quanto è dispendioso da creare??*

Insomma Jake si sente un verme e vuole aiutare Char: tramite sua nonna, ex agente della CIA (… Il delirio cosmico, lo so), rintraccia i genitori che stanno in un B&B e organizza lì un pranzo cosmico per Char.. Se non ché i genitori (Due oranghi tanghi sottosviluppati, è palese) la umiliano, la paragonano alla sorella e non l’apprezzano, tanto che lei se ne va in lacrime, ma non prima di aver ripetuto la scena lingua-di-lui-nella-gola-di-lei (ho parafrasato la scena per renderla interessante, perché era così noiosa da rischiare il soffocamento da sbadigli eccessivi). Nonna Nadine le organizza un mega compleanno, in cui compaiono Kacey e Travis, i quali le dicono che hanno invitato un figaccione della scuola al matrimonio così lei ci può provare.. Jake tira fuori la clava, da bravo uomo primitivo quale è perché non vuole che qualcun altro stia con Char.. Per poi pensare “Beh nemmeno io voglio starci” (ECCETERA!).
La sera dormono tutti nella stessa casa, e nonostante:
a) Questa gente potrebbe tranquillamente infrangere il copyright della Disney e tuffarsi nell’oro alla Paperon de’ Paperoni, con case che solitamente hanno 13 stanze (per la servitù) e quattro appartamenti singoli all’interno della casa stessa;
b) Kacey e Travis sono obbligati da nonna Nadine a dormire in camere separate per non “consumare” prima del matrimonio (e che importa se i due abbiano ampiamente fatto sesso nel volume precedente? La regola d’oro della van Dyken è: buttala in caciara, il lettore non ricorda)..

Domanda difficilissima per i nostri lettori.. Indovinate chi deve dormire nella stessa camera?!

1) Barbie e Ken, riconciliatisi dopo che Barbie gli aveva fatto un allegro “CIAONE”
2) Char e Jake, nonostante lui sia un puttaniere incallito e lei lo odi (ah ah ah) (Ma Char avrebbe potuto benissimo dormire con Kacey visto il punto b) di cui sopra)
3) Darth Vader e il Signor Spock senza nessun motivo apparente
Se avete risposto 1) o 3), vincete un ghiacciolo al limone come consolazione, se invece la vostra risposta era la 2).. Un set completo di pentole a pressione!
La van Dyken è così tristemente prevedibile e noiosa che dopo questa grande trovata ricicla un’altra idea già usata nel volume precedente: Jake dice a Travis fuori dalla porta della camera che è solo divertimento, che è un’amica ecc ecc; ovviamente Char da dentro sente tutto ed è furiosa/ferita/sconsolata.. I due litigano, perché hanno la maturità di due amebe che ancora non hanno sperimentato la riproduzione asessuata.. Insomma, capito il tipo, no?
Segue un periodo di buio e noia cosmica, in cui probabilmente questo teatrino fastidiosissimo continua: Jake con le sue 4/5 personalità, Char che non si capisce sinceramente cosa voglia, la nonna inquietante e imbarazzante, Travis che è un morto di figa, vari personaggi sullo sfondo che sono sempre morti di figa.. Il mio cervello non ricorda già più i particolari, ma fidatevi: non vi perdete niente :D
Jake e Char continuano nelle task della nonna che ha ovviamente un piano deviato, ma i due sono troppo idioti per allacciarsi le scarpe, figuriamoci per capire altro!!
Ad un certo punto c’è una cena di dubbia natura ‘di prova’ in cui viene chiamata una specie di esperta sadomaso/oggetti sessuali e tutti devono vestirsi con pizzo e pelle.
Ora, io non so voi, ma a questo punto mi sono seriamente chiesta se la van Dyken abbia avuto problemi nell’infanzia o che.. Magari è stata rapita dagli alieni! Ma come ti viene in mente di scrivere un libro con porcate simili? NO ANZI, MA COME TI VIENE IN MENTE DI SCRIVERE UN LIBRO E BASTA??

Vabbé, ovviamente Char vede Jake baciarsi con un’altra, ma è tutta una finta, è lei che gli si è appiccicata addosso.. A chi non capita? Tu stai lì, per i fatti tuoi, e poi improvvisamente ti trovi in un’altra stanza con una tipa random.. Caspita, non ci si può più fidare di niente e nessuno!! Rilitigano, il solito teatrino imbarazzante fino a che Travis dà a Jake una lettera di Bill, il padre di Kacey (vi ricordate? È morto in un incidente d’auto anni prima quando lui stava togliendo la verginità alla figlia :3) che è una specie di idiozia melensa e imbarazzante perché lui non è più il coglionazzo di sempre, ma è un coglionazzo innammmmorato. La sera prima delle nozze Char e Jake sono ai ferri corti perché JAke ha scoperto che lei voleva fare un servizio giornalistico sul matrimonio e quindi ‘l’avrebbe usato e finto di essere sua amica’, fino a che non vanno a prendere il vino in cantina: baci ardenti, passione, L’EPIFANIA DIVINA: Char è sempre stata la donna di cui lui è innamorato, l’ha vista la prima volta e SBEM, l’amore lo ha colpito.. Kacey? Quella su cui ci ha fatto cadere le ginocchia a terra e venire istinti omicidi per le smielature? La donna della sua vita che ha sposato il fratello?
NAAAAAAAA macché,si scherzava. Tutto finto, Jake non ha avuto occhi per nessuno se non per l’indomita Char..
Segue una scena disgustosa in cui lui le promette amore eterno, scopre che la notte che hanno fatto sesso era la prima per Char (MA PURE LEI??? A me viene il dubbio che l’autrice abbia preso il primo, cambiato i nomi e l’ordine delle cose e basta..), che da quel momento sarà diverso e che “Non voglio fare sesso con te, ma l’amore” (Arcobaleni ovunque. BLEAH), bla bla bla fino a che l’ormone ha la meglio e fanno sesso selvaggio. (E la parte romantica? E il “Voglio che sia dolce, delicato, lento e indimenticabile?? A parole son tutti bravi..).
Dopo 4 amplessi (E MICA CI FACCIAMO PARLAR DIETRO, EH!), arriva la nonnetta che afferma che i due hanno firmato un contratto matrimoniale e dunque sono sposati. Nessuno batte ciglio. SIETE RITARDATI PER CASO?
Siamo al 77% della storia. I due si sono trovati, si amano, hanno fatto sesso.. Perché il libro non è ancora finito???? O.O
Il restante 25% è fuffa pura, più del resto del libro.. Alla fine dopo mille scene patetiche, battute che vorrebbero far ridere ma creano solo imbarazzo nel lettore, manfrine, amoreggiamenti vari ed eventuali.. Kacey e Travis si sposano: Char invece che il vestito da damigella indossa un abito da sposa (Così, perché CE PIACE. Senza contare che lei ha l’abito bianco e Kacey ha optato per un “vestito color crema”. Ah boh), senza che nessuno batta ciglio, Kacey vede i suoi genitori (morti) vicino al lago che sono felici per lei e SMANCERIE CRETINE A NON FINIRE.

Il libro non ha il minimo di senso: personaggi che agiscono alla cazzo senza logica, senza tener conto di quanto è stato detto di loro nel primo volume.. Char e Kacey in teoria sono quasi sorelle, però poi lei non ha mai conosciuto nonna Nadine, non è mai stata a casa dei Titus, si è vista mezza volta con Jake a parte quando hanno fatto sesso.. Jake un altro po’ si suicida per il palo che ha preso da Kacey nel I volume, qui dice che Kacey non è mai stata la donna per lui..
‘Sti cretini non hanno caratterizzazione, l’unica cosa in cui tutti eccelgono è il farsi eccessive e stupide seghe mentali sul “Non la merito ma la amo”, “mi ha ferito ma è un figo”, “non sono abbastanza” “NGUEEEE NGUEEEE NGUEEEE”.. Mamma mia le bastonate!!!
La storia – se possiamo dargli questo nome – è.. Boh, atroce? Non saprei come descriverla, sono devastata!

Lo stile della van Dyken poi.. Altro velo pietoso da stendere.. Penso sia una delle persone con il peggior stile di scrittura che io abbia mai letto.. Soprattutto per il voler far ridere per forza con scene aberranti ed esagerate.. A ME NON HAI FATTO RIDERE. SOLO UNA GRAN PENA -_-
Io credo che l'autrice abbia seri problemi personali, perché non vedo in quale distorta realtà una persona normale potrebbe partorire una storia del genere!!

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2,082 reviews857 followers
July 19, 2014
ARC received by the publisher via Net Gallery.

I seriously just fell in love with a book.

Rachel Van Dyken created another great mix of humor, wit and romance. This was pure sugary sweet love at it's best. Although Jake has some heated moments, there is nothing too steamy in this read. But the romance is off the charts. Nothing like a reformed playboy to cause your heart to skip a beat. Sometimes a great romance is just that, no angst or drama thrown in just for effects.

"Because it's going to be the first of a hundred thousand kisses."

"Love." Jake smiled. "Love isn't effortless; it hurts. When I watch you my chest feels like it's going to explode, when you touch me I feel it everywhere, when you breathe I hold my breath until you exhale. Love is hell, it's torture, it drives a man insane, and it's the scariest thing I've ever felt. I feel like I jumped into a burning building...but Char, you're my water. I just need to know one thing."
"What?" She whispered.
"Will you come to my rescue?"

The Wager is the sequel to The Bet, where we first meet Jake. I have to admit that part of me was pulling for Jake in The Bet, but I am so glad I did not get my way. So what is it that finally gets the millionaire playboy to sit up and pay attention? One girl, Char.

Jake and Char have known each other since they were kids, he was the first guy she fell in love with and the first boy to break her heart. But when they a brought back together for Kacey & Travis's wedding some feelings from the past are too much to ignore. Throw in a meddling grandma and you get one hell of a scheme to get two people together.

But when they were kids, something changed. They went from spending every day together to suddenly to just being acquaintances. Every time Char had allowed herself to hope that Jake would see her as someone he could love, he let her down. He did it back in Junior High and once again when they finally saw each other after years. But now that they are paired up for the wedding, Jake is forced to see what he feels for Char for the first time.

Jake has abused his good looks and his money for years, he's lost sight of what was important and there is one old lady that is bound to set him straight. With a nice dose of tough-love and most likely slipping something into his drink, Grandma is going to break him down so he can be rebuilt. From the moment Char and Jake find themselves on the same plane heading home, the plan goes into place. And Grandma doesn't lose.

Jake has always seen himself as someone that was not worthy or deserving of a girl like Char. After all he has already broken her heart more than once - but there is just something about her that he can't seem to let go of. So when they spend a few weeks forced to spend time together, Jake must try to figure out just what it is that he is willing to fight for and he must learn to not walk way from it.

These two just felt like they fit. And although they might have gotten there eventually, one pushy broad wasn't going to sit back and wait.

Let's meet Grandma.

'Grandma reached out and patted Aileen's arm. "Sweetheart, I'm the one with hearing aids, not you. I called you a whore. Would you like me to spell it for you, too?"

She is bat-shit crazy but she knows her boys and she knows just what it will take to ensure that she shoves them head first into love. Grandma is a bit of a hussy and a little over the top. And I love her for it.

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October 12, 2013
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The Wager is the follow up to The Bet, the story of Jake and Char- Let me tell you it is just as sweet, funny and amazingly written as the first book.

Grandma Nadine comes out in full force in this one, causing lots of mayhem, LOVED HER! Her schemes just got funnier and crazier!


Jake was not the most likeable in the first book but in The Wager he steals my heart. Reading his POV, his pain, his insecurities just made me swoon! In the end his love for Char was so heartwarming, I believe that without Grandma's interference he would have found his way to her!

He’d never tire of her, ever. Maybe his Grandma knew him better than he knew himself. After all, it had taken a hell of a lot of plotting for him to pull his head out of his ass, and he knew, sooner or later, he’d have to thank Grandma all over again for her manipulative ways.

Char is my favorite character in this series to date, no annoying traits, loved how she gave Jake a run for his money and didn't let him to ride roughshod over her! Good for you Char!!


Ahhh I loved their interaction, their banter and I loved most the sweet moments they shared together!

“I love you… I am in love with you.I want everything with you, all of you…”

“I’d miss you—if I’d never met you, I’d still miss you, because I’d know there was some part of me that wasn’t present.”

What I loved about this book :

- Everything
- Everything
- Everything


A definite re-read for me! Highly recommend!

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July 29, 2016

I read The Bet and thought it was a cute read, I had some frustrating moments, but overall I was pleased. So I went into The Wager with no expectations, usually book 2 is hard for me to like in any series, but not this one!

I’m putting Rachel Van Dyken on my favorite list because this book was just TOO CUTE! I know I said it already, but it just had to be said again.

So you have two characters, Jake and Char, best-man and maid of honor, come on… what more could you ask for? Oh, throw in a Hilarious Grandma and you got yourself a pretty comical book. Grandma stole the show and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes, antics and great banter between Jake and Char. If you are in the mood for a light hearted read, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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November 15, 2013
A more wretched hive of sophomoric "humor" and outright idiocy will be hard to find.

No, seriously, this book actively kills brain cells and makes the reader stupid.

I want to know what happy drugs led to the five star reviews, because those drugs could cure depression. Maybe even end world hunger. They must be that strong, because there is no way any reader with an ounce of self-literacy respect can read this and not be appalled by the sheer inanity.

This is what supposedly passes for humor:

1) A man whore dumps his date for his brother's wedding - a date whose last name he can't remember - at the airport.
2) Even though said date was about to go away with him for weekend at a family wedding, the date believes that the man whore is into dating senior citizens and is disgusted (nothing like sexism AND ageism!)
3) Said senior citizen is actually the man whore's grandmother, who loves nothing more than humiliating said man whore grandson. Later, grandma is described - by the ostensible heroine - as having pert breasts.
4) Said heroine is supposedly a broadcast news personality of some renown, even though for all it adds to her character development, she might as well as be unemployed. Actually, that would be more believable.
5) The writer thinks that having the heroine dump a glass of water into the hero's lap and announce to a plane full of people that "Jake Tully has wet his pants" is a) funny, b) sympathetic, c) how mature, sophisticated adults act. She's wrong on all accounts.
6) The author would have us believe that a US Marshal would deal with a suspect on a plane by stuffing the suspect's mouth full of peanuts.
7) And it's "funny" when the hero doesn't realize that he is allergic to peanuts and goes into anaphylactic shock.
8) And that it is in any way believable and allows the reader to suspend disbelief when it turns out the grandmother just happens to carry an adrenaline shot because the hero was allergic as a small child. Like how would she suspect this would happen?!?!
9) Ditto on having the US Marshal start to CRY because he nearly killed a suspect by stuffing the suspect's mouth full of peanuts and so he lets the suspect go.
10) Oh, and the hero is a millionaire thanks to a trust but all of a sudden worried about his lifestyle when his grandmother, who runs the family business, abruptly fires him (without benefit of pesky real-life legal issues such as severance, notice, or cause for termination)
11) And that the bride apparently is letting her groom's grandmother take over the wedding just a few days before the ceremony
12) There are two main male characters pursuing the heroine and their names are JACE and JAKE. Because that's not confusing and outright annoying and irritating to the reader.

I could go on, but the more I think about this "story," the more exasperated I get.

The term "Festivals of Stupidity" was coined precisely for this book.

Cannot read further; I value my brain cells too much and my reading time is far too precious to waste on dreck on this. How the )#*$^*(^(&Q^($&@*($*_( could this have been published by a Big Five company?!?!??!
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September 28, 2013
Sweet and entertaining. Review to come. The Wager was a fun and sweet romance filled with lusty kisses and wacky humor!

Char had a wicked crush on Jake when they were in middle school, but after he hurts her by not coming to her defense they’ve had nothing but an antagonistic relationship. Char can’t forget about Jake though because he’s a good friend of her best friend, Kacey, making for awkward. Then complicating things more is the amazing one night stand they shared. Jake ends up ruining that as well with a hasty morning exit. Char didn’t take his scribbled “thank you” note left on the pillow well. With both of them in Kacey’s wedding, meeting again is unavoidable, and you know sparks are bound to fly. Maybe some fists, too, lol!

Jake is a spoiled, rich bachelor who regrets the way he left things with Char. But he’s never been one for commitment because if you don’t commit, they can’t leave you. Fortunately, Jake’s scheming Grandma Nadine has plans for both Jake and Char, and neither one of them can ruin the HEA she has planned for them.

This was a cute romance filled with humor mostly provided by the manipulative Grandma Nadine, an eighty-six year-old who’s force to be reckoned with! This lady has plots and machinations that would give the devil a run for his money! Thankfully, she uses her power for good, (mostly) and Char and Jake are the current recipients of her talents. She shoves them together making it impossible for their mutual attraction and old feelings to be ignored. It’s a good thing too, because Jake and Char’s pride are difficult things to overcome. Misunderstandings from the past provide obstacles that only Grandma’s interventions could overcome.

This was a predictable, yet enjoyable romance. I don’t mind predictable if it’s entertaining and I crave it sometimes. The chemistry and magnetism between Char and Jake was palpable, but I would’ve been happier if they weren’t so contrary to each other for so much of the story. I also had a little bit of an issue with the history between Jake and Kacey. It almost felt like Jake was more attached emotionally to Kacey than Char, especially since Jake and Char were at odds for most of the story. Other than that, this was an enjoyable, and quick read that had me cracking up in so many places!

Favorite quote:

“I want to ruin you for anyone else’s kisses. I want to brand you as mine. I want to hear you say my name, not because you’re irritated, but because you’re so damn turned on you can’t think straight. I want to do that to you. I want to make you mine.”
“Yours?” Her eyes welled with tears.
“I’m a very possessive man if you can’t tell. I’m done walking away.”

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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August 5, 2016
Very funny
fairy-tale like love story...
and quite touching.....

Grandma Nadine is back! This time she has her heart set on ruining Jake, in a good way ;)

I laughed so hard with all her antics here. Jake and Char never knew what hit them. Char has been pining for Jake since they were grade schoolers... then after a one night stand where Jake just left her, she's out to get even. But Grandma Nadine has other plans.

All this is happening during the preparation of Kasey and Travis wedding. The banters between Char and Jake was just hilarious, the sexual tension, hot!

The wedding had me in tears.

What can I say, I enjoyed and loved this book very much. It's exactly just what I need. Definitely a recommended read!!!

ARC kindly provided by author for an honest review.

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September 2, 2013
From Amazon:


Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Book Description: From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE BET


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 . . .

85,000 words
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533 reviews183 followers
October 20, 2013
Let me start off by telling you how much I love this series! Rachel really can write sweet, sexy, funny stories! Her characters have me laughing out loud throughout the book. Especially Grandma! That woman is a riot, some of the things she pulls off are beyond hilarious.

Jake Titus....what a fine specimen that man is! But, he's a jackass, he proved that in The Bet. However, you get more in depth with Jake in The Wager. He realizes how much he has thrown away and how his actions hurt those he loves and that includes Kasey's best friend Char. Char has loved Jakw for years, but he did something horrible and Char can't forget that. But that doesn't mean that she doesn't have feelings for him.

"I'm not backing out of the fight. I'm just choosing not to participate in it, especially when I know I don't deserve to even participate, let alone win."

This is the first real insight we get into what lies inside Jake Titus. And it only gets better! Add in Travis and Kasey trying to set Char up with Jace, one of Travis' friends, and it's like a fire started inside Jake and he can't control it.

Char has had a shitty life, her parents have made her feel like she isn't enough. They are always comparing her to her sister, and are always forgetting her birthday. Jake does something really great for her and that makes my heart melt...FINALLY! Jake does have a heart in there after all!

"I want to ruin you for anyone else's kisses. I want to brand you as mine. I want to hear you say my name, not because you're irritated, but because you're so damn turned on you can't think straight. I want to do that to you. I want to make you mine."

This book was a 5 star read for me. It has everything I love in a book. Sweet romance, bad boys, humor, and hot sex scenes :) can't forget the sex scenes! You definitely want to read this series.
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February 1, 2016
La prima parte della recensione è QUI!

L’espressione della nonna si fece raggiante. «Ah, che meraviglia! È arrivata anche la tua puttana.»
Il disagio in una frase

«Tesoro, sono io quella che ha bisogno dell’apparecchio acustico, non tu. Ti ho dato della puttana. Cos’è, ti devo pure fare lo spelling?» Tirò una gomitata a Jake. «Per caso l’hai rimediata a una giornata di orientamento al lavoro per liceali?» Poi, in un tono di voce così alto da risultare terrificante, fece quanto promesso e scandì le singole lettere: «P-U-T-T-A-N-A».
Il disagio continua, imperterrito

Ma la ciliegina sulla torta, che trasformò quel giorno nel più brutto della sua vita, fu quando le tette di una hostess sgusciarono casualmente – sì, certo, casualmente – fuori dalla camicetta, per andare a sbattere proprio sul viso di Jake.
Ma in che mondo deviato vivi, van Dyken?!

Char aveva desiderato qualcosa di più che una notte di passione, ma Jake... be’, per lui era stata una botta e via. Non l’aveva mai raccontato a Kacey, la loro amica comune, e aveva giurato che si sarebbe portata quel segreto nella tomba.
In fondo Jake era solo il suo ex e innamorato.. Non gliel’hai raccontato perché hai la coda di paglia già sul punto di prendere fuoco, vigliacca!

«E così ho deciso di sistemarlo io», aggiunse la nonna, appoggiandosi al sedile. Jake protestò. «Intende dire che lo farà castrare?» La nonna scoppiò in una gran risata. «Ah, cara, credo che nel suo caso sarebbe la soluzione ideale. Sai che una volta ho perfino cercato una cintura di castità maschile, per lui?»
Il solito disagio. Dovrebbe far ridere?!

Accidenti a lui, era così attraente da risultare offensivo.
Stiamo circa al 5% della storia e lei l’abbiamo già perduta.

Brontolando, si voltò a guardarla... a guardarla come si deve per la prima volta. Accidenti, se solo non fosse stata così fastidiosamente bella. Quasi gli sembrava di sentire i suoi capelli di seta tra le dita. E quella bocca? Avrebbe fatto impazzire qualsiasi uomo.
… Come abbiamo perduto lui. Ma cosa hai, gli occhi foderati di prosciutto??

Senza una parola, Nadine prese il bicchiere dalle sue mani e mandò giù una lunga sorsata. Il suo rossetto vermiglio aveva ricoperto tutto il bordo, senza risparmiare neanche un millimetro e marchiandolo come oggetto a suo uso esclusivo.
Provo e riprovo ad immaginare come avere tutto il bicchiere con il rossetto, ma non riesco..

Quand’era piccolo l’ho protetto troppo. Ma sai, aveva paura di tutto.» «Ah, sì? Non lo sapevo.» Char tentò di dissimulare il proprio interesse, ma il cuore le batteva all’impazzata all’idea di quanto le stava rivelando la nonna. Lei rise. «Ah, mia cara! Da ragazzino era terrorizzato dalla sua stessa ombra. Ha dormito con mamma e papà fino ai sei anni!»
Devo ancora capire perché tutti i personaggi sono metà rincoglioniti e metà così cattivi da svergognarli in pubblico!!

L’ultima volta che aveva bevuto tanto quanto lei in soli venti minuti, Char si era ritrovata con la faccia riversa nella cuccia di un cane, accanto a un labrador di nome Lucifero, che a giudicare dalla quantità di peli che si era ritrovata in bocca doveva aver approfittato di lei per tutta la notte.
Senza parole.

All’università si era dato alle feste sfrenate, aveva speso soldi come se non ci fosse un domani e non si era preoccupato di nulla a parte se stesso. Il che non sarebbe stato un problema, se il denaro non fosse finito all’improvviso. Cioè, non era proprio finito, a dire il vero. Lui era pur sempre milionario, ma, non potendo più contare sull’eredità della nonna, doveva darsi una regolata. Addio viaggi improvvisi alle isole Cayman, suite presidenziali e feste di compleanno a sei zeri.
Ecco, no, poi quando l’autrice ti presenta un personaggio così, tu che devi pensare??

Ma aveva bisogno di una bella sbornia e un po’ di sesso selvaggio per poter affrontare anche soltanto il pensiero di andare al lavoro il lunedì successivo. Chissà se Sarah era disponibile? O magari Natasha.
Eccoleeeee! Le entità femminili zoccoleggianti con la H nel nome!

Con la bocca spalancata, la nonna gli puntò un dito contro. «Dopo tutto quello che le hai fatto passare! Se solo ci penso... Un biglietto di ringraziamento? E per cosa, per un orgasmo? Davvero i giovanotti si comportano così, oggigiorno? Quella poveretta non ricorda nemmeno di essere venuta a letto con te. Secondo me hai perso il tuo tocco magico... Anche se dubito tu l’abbia mai avuto», concluse con un’occhiataccia. «Che cosa? Ma di che cavolo parli? Posso soddisfare tutte le donne del mondo, come e quando voglio! Sono un dispensatore di orgasmi nato!» sbraitò lui.

Come diavolo era possibile? Char non ricordava la notte passata con lui? Niente di niente, sul serio? Era impazzita? Lui ricordava ogni particolare. Dai capelli morbidi di lei, che avevano un lieve profumo di lavanda, ai leggeri suoni gutturali che aveva emesso mentre la baciava. E il suo sapore... Dio, un uomo non poteva dimenticare il sapore di una donna, e poi in Char tutto era unico, irripetibile. C’erano voluti mesi per scordare il suo profumo, il modo in cui aveva stretto le lenzuola tra le dita, e poi, con le stesse mani maliziose, l’aveva toccato...
Questa è la personalità innamorata, ma le altre personalità ancora non lo sanno.

«So come ti senti. Anch’io sono sempre un po’ arrapata, quando prendo l’aereo. Ti passerà»», gli sussurrò la nonna all’orecchio.
Disagio. Disagio ovunque

Detestava i piagnucolii mattutini delle donne. Erano trappole mortali da cui non c’era salvezza. Con quelle gambe intrecciate alle sue, i baci sulla schiena... No, non poteva sopportarlo. A lui interessava una cosa sola, e si rifiutava di dare di più. Perché alla fine, se davi di più, erano gli altri a lasciarti, proprio come avevano fatto i genitori di Kacey. Erano morti la notte in cui lui le aveva preso la verginità.
Il delirio di questa frase nonsense!! Ma cosa volevi dire Rachel??

Ma per favore. Lui non contava niente. D’accordo, era attraente; e allora? Jake ne era consapevole, era quello il problema. Era sempre stato così. Era un bastardo egoista, e Char non aveva intenzione d’innamorarsi di nuovo di lui. Non se lo sarebbe permesso, perché era una storia che finiva sempre male.
Eh sì, dai, dillo un altro paio di volte che magari ci crediamo anche noi.

Jake si chiuse a chiave in camera. Ma la nonna non mollava. Dopo qualche bussata decisa e un gran fragore, la porta uscì dai cardini. «Jake? Santo cielo, pensavo fossi morto!»

Char non sapeva se coprirsi il petto o se era meglio lasciare che desse una bella occhiata alle sue dotazioni, così da sottolineare una volta per tutte che, anche se era stata con lui, non si sarebbe concessa mai più.
Ah, fammi capire, gli fai vedere le tette per comunicargli che non ci andrai più a letto insieme?! Interessante..

«E va bene, però tieni a posto quelle manacce.» «Ma per favore», sbuffò lui. «Come se per un uomo coi miei gusti il tuo corpo fosse una tentazione.»
… Ma convinto eh.

Ci avrebbe riflettuto – se accompagnare Kacey all’altare – anche se quello significava che non sarebbe stato lui ad aspettarla laggiù. Non meritava quel genere di amore, e forse non l’avrebbe meritato mai.
Ma sei ritardato? Cioè è innamorata di tuo fratello, tu stai sbavando per l’amica.. E questo è l’unico pensiero coerente che riesci a partorire?!

Ti promettevano piacere e alla fine pretendevano che ti impegnassi, cosa che un uomo fuggiva come la peste, soprattutto uno come lui. Non meritava niente del genere: e non era così stronzo da non sapere che una persona come Char meritava un bravo ragazzo. Non uno come lui. Lui era l’ultimo della lista. Quando le sorrise, le s’illuminarono gli occhi. Maledizione. Doveva smettere di flirtare con lei. Si sarebbe fatta un’idea sbagliata e, se doveva starle accanto per tutto il fine settimana del matrimonio, Jake rischiava di diventare matto, chiedendosi se lei stesse solo aspettando il momento giusto per piantargli un coltello nella schiena.
Stream of consciousness di una persona disturbata

Conosceva quello sguardo fin troppo bene: era lo sguardo della solitudine. Sentirsi dimenticati dalla propria famiglia era quasi come essere la pecora nera, quella che non vuole nessuno. Quindi forse sì, le loro situazioni erano diverse, ma non poi così tanto. Lei era quella cui nessuno pensava, lui quello che nessuno prendeva sul serio.
Ma sei lo stesso Jake che faceva feste a sei zeri? Fatti due domande e datti le risposte.. Vedi tu che la gente non ti prende sul serio!

Se la faceva sotto all’idea che, se si fosse messo in gioco con qualcuna per cui valeva davvero la pena, si sarebbe sentito ridere in faccia. Se lui non era abbastanza per Kacey, come poteva esserlo per Char?
Quindi stai dicendo che Kacey fondamentalmente è una merdina. Ah ecco.

Da parte sua, Jake non sopportava l’idea che lei uscisse con un altro. No, avrebbe ucciso chiunque l’avesse toccata. Non che volesse essere lui a toccarla.
Le personalità di Jake che fanno a pugni

«Sì, la odiavo. Trovavo idiota che la gente votasse per qualcosa di tanto sciocco e che le ragazze lo prendessero sul serio. Del tipo: ’Oddio! Avete visto Jake Titus, oggi? È così sexy, e ha messo quella maglietta. E sapete cosa significa?’» «Cavolo, e tu come facevi a saperlo?» Lei rise. «Lo sapevano tutti. Quando la mettevi, significava che eri pronto per qualche... esercizio extracurricolare dietro la palestra. Le ragazze andavano agli armadietti, si ritoccavano il rossetto, si accorciavano le gonne e speravano che le scegliessi.
La tristezza di questa scena!!

«Così si conclude la dimostrazione. Mi stai chiedendo di fidarmi di te, quando in realtà sappiamo entrambi che mi spierai, quindi facciamola finita e basta.» «C-Come, scusa?» «Alzati.» In realtà, Jake non era affatto sicuro di essere in grado di farlo, né che fosse una buona idea. «Oppure resta seduto.» Char si spostò e si mise a cavalcioni sulle sue gambe. Oh, cazzo, stava succedendo davvero? Aveva deciso di...? «Credo tu sia erroneamente convinto che io non sappia come ragionano gli uomini.» «Be’, ecco...» «E a causa di questo piccolo fraintendimento, e anche per tutte le volte in cui da viscido e arrapato ragazzo delle superiori mi hai spiata...» Gli afferrò le mani e se le mise sulle cosce. «... non potrai guardare.» Significava che poteva toccarla? Si fece scorrere le mani di lui sulle gambe, risalendo lungo i fianchi e fermandole appena sotto il seno, poi le spostò sul petto e quindi sul viso. «Lo senti, Jake Titus?» Ah, cavolo, sì che lo sentiva. Gli occhi gli ardevano di desiderio, il bisogno di averla faceva vibrare il suo corpo. «Quindi non hai bisogno di guardare. Tu e la tua testolina da pervertito potete usare l’immaginazione. Adesso fuori di qui», gli disse lei, allontanandosi. Gli indicò la porta e si mise a braccia conserte.
Lei non vuole essere guardata mentre si spoglia e quindi monta questo teatrino. NON HO PAROLE

«Non mi tiro indietro. Ho semplicemente deciso di non provarci nemmeno, perché so di non meritarlo, e comunque non avrei nessuna speranza di vincere».
Vabbé, chiamalo “non provarci”.. Ma non è la stessa cosa di tirarsi indietro?

«Pronta?» chiese una voce dietro di lei. Altri sussurri e mormorii, qualche imprecazione, poi un gemito. Sì, una donna aveva davvero emesso un gemito a voce alta. «Jake.» Char deglutì e si voltò, pronta ad affrontare il dio in persona. Indossava un paio di jeans attillati strappati e una maglietta bianca. Santo cielo, era splendido. Il gemito era giustificato.
Oh ma possibile che con un paio di jeans attillati la gente vada in visibilio?? Donne arrapate senza ritegno..

Perché doveva essere così bello? Sarebbe stato molto più facile litigare con lui se fosse stato brutto, o se all’improvviso la balbuzie di quand’era bambino avesse deciso di ricomparire.
La maturità di questo pensiero, lor signori!

«Quanto dobbiamo per la licenza?» «Sessanta dollari in contanti.» Sally tese la mano. Per poco Jake non si strozzò. «Sessanta dollari? Per un foglio di carta?»
Cioè ma sei ricco da far quasi vomitare e fai il pidocchio per sessanta dollari?? Ma vergogna!

Con un sospiro, Char aprì la porta e trovò Jake ed Amy avvinghiati. Lei gli aveva gettato saldamente le braccia al collo e non indossava niente, se non la biancheria presentata alla festa. Jake l’allontanò, poi vide Char. «Ti spiace? Qui avremmo da fare», le fece notare Amy, seccata.
L’unico motivo per cui si era trovato in quella stanza era che Amy aveva bevuto davvero troppo, e non voleva permetterle di rovinare la festa facendo una scenata; prima dell’ultimo bicchiere di vino l’aveva vista mandare giù anche qualche pillola.
… Ah, ecco, certo.

Per la cena era stato chiamato un catering ed era previsto un intrattenimento completo per gli ospiti. In teoria avrebbe dovuto essere organizzato dai genitori di Kacey, ma, siccome non c’erano più, i Titus avevano provveduto a saldare tutti i conti.
Ma queste informazioni inutili? Visto poi che i Titus sono miliardari….

«La domanda è: lo vuoi dimenticare? Vuoi andare avanti, magari con me? Ti basterebbe? Le mie parole, il mio denaro, tutto ciò che comporterebbe una relazione con me sarebbe abbastanza per cancellarlo in modo definitivo dalla tua mente?»
Oh, che dichiarazione d’amore dolce! Il mio denaro… -_-

Ma ho deciso che non voglio mai più fare sesso.» «Che cosa?» Char si destò dalla propria eccitazione. «Cosa vuoi dire?» «Voglio fare l’amore, e lo voglio fare con te. »
*Vomita arcobaleni*

Jake le prese il viso tra le mani. «Io. Sono cambiato», le sussurrò. Lei si accigliò. «Dipendeva da me, non da te. Tu sei sempre stata così. Che volessi pugnalarmi o baciarmi, non sei cambiata. Io invece sì, sono diverso.» «Così, all’improvviso?» Sembrava scettica.
Siamo scettici anche noi, effettivamente

«Ti ho amato dal primo momento in cui ti ho visto.»
ma che cazz….

Ripeté gli stessi movimenti, e le stampò un bacio umido al centro del petto.
Ma voleva essere una scena sexi?

«Non averti baciata la prima volta in cui ti ho rivista, e non averti chiesto scusa per essermene andato, abbandonandoti, quando in realtà, nel mio cuore, ho sempre saputo che eri tu la persona giusta per me.»
Il tuo cervello e le altre personalità non erano d’accordo!

«E non fatevi venire in mente di usare preservativi. Ho bucato tutti quelli che c’erano in casa, dal primo all’ultimo. Pretendo un bambino entro la primavera.»
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960 reviews256 followers
August 13, 2014
SO FREAKING AWESOME! I initially was't sure if I wanted to even read this since I loathed Jake in The Bet. But lucky for me, Ms. Van Dyken (somewhat) redeemed him at the end so I went straight to this and guess what?! I couldn't put it down! I freaking loved it! Jake turns out to be a good guy. I loved watching him come to the realization that how he'd been living his life wasn't too good. His behavior was appalling and I could tell he truly wanted to change. Of course, once he realized his true feelings for Char, that made it even more apparent he needed to do some serious soul searching, and he did. I actually felt kinda bad for him at a few times since it seemed no one, other than Char, even saw he was trying to be better. Char was a very likable girl. She didn't put up with Jake's crap and gave as good as she got. I loved the appearance of Travis and Kacey but the character that truly stole the show... Grandma Nadine! That lady is all kinds of crazy wrapped in and 80 year old package of awesome! I wish she were my Grandma! Life would definitely be more interesting..... Anywho. This one was just as awesomesause as the first and I can't tell you how much I loved them! I seriously found myself slowing down at the end because I didn't want it to be over. And when I finished I seriously considered starting The Bet over and then rereading both back to back again! I still might... Both were amazing! Hilarious, well written, nicely flowing and great characters that leave you sad when its time to say goodbye! I hope there will be a third! But only if it includes Grandma! ;)
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Author 2 books58 followers
October 3, 2017
This was even funnier than the first book!
I had my doubts going into this one because I wasn't too crazy about Jake's character in The Bet but I was pleasantly surprised by his development in this book. He proved to be more than a mindless jerk and displayed his vulnerable side which went a long way toward redeeming him in my eyes.
As usual, Grandma Nadine takes the cake for the most insane, hilarious character ever. Even though she proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she did not understand the concept of boundaries when it came to the personal relationships of her grandsons I still love her.
If you're in the mood for a laugh, pick up this series. Seriously.
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292 reviews197 followers
October 13, 2013
When a book's that good, I have nothing much to say. I don't know why. But for some reason, this story got to me. The storyline wasn't even that original. Nothing extraordinary. But I felt every emotion in it. I could relate well to them. The main characters stood out especially the hero, Jake Titus.

I seriously have nothing left to say... I just loved it...

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288 reviews31 followers
October 20, 2013
"I want to ruin you for anyone else's kisses. I want to brand you as mine. I want to hear you say my name, not because you're irritated, but because you're so damn turned on you can't think straight. I want to do that to you. I want to make you mine."

Thank heavens for Rachel Van Dyken! I actually browsed through The Bet once again before diving into this one just to bring back all those Titus family lovin' feels. And dare I say that this was actually even better than the first!

I actually would've never guessed that it was going to be Char, Kacey's best friend, to be the one to hook in the infamous Jake Titus once and for all. But I guess, I really liked how they're keeping it all in the family considering she was already Kacey's best friend for a very long time now. Speaking of family, the whole Titus family was still the best part about this book as it was in the first one. And the even best-er part? Grandma Nadine was actually present and very much involved every step of the way in bringing Jake and Char together. Oh and it was all funny as hell.

Who would've thought that Jake could be such a swoony bastard after just being a plain old douche in the first book? He really brought his A game on in this one even though he did start out as the douche that he was during his first encounters with Char. I also loved how Char was this fiery character, more like the epitome of a scorned lover out for revenge, but nevertheless likeable... even moreso as the story progressed. I laughed with and at them, swooned over Jake, and how can I forget the sizzling sexual tension between them?

"Because every time I touch you it's as if you aren't close enough. My body aches to be closer. But even when there's nothing but skin separating us, my desperation doesn't let up. It won't ever let up. Because the very essence of you is what I crave."

But more than Jake and Char, what really won me over was the very touching moments between the Titus family, especially since Travis and Kacey were set to be married in this book. This book also felt like an extension of the first one and we get more heart-melting moments between Travis and Kacey as well as Grandma Nadine and the parentals. I swear there was a moment during the actual wedding that really did me in and got my tears flowing nonstop. Everything wrapped up beautifully and there was even a small hint of a possible follow up involving another couple... with Grandma Nadine's help, of course.

Another must-read from Rachel Van Dyken. I basically just want her, RL Mathewson, and Tara Sivec to come together and have funny romance book babies. Hey, a girl can dream.
Profile Image for May Mostly Romance.
677 reviews69 followers
October 2, 2013
I received this book from GCP via NetGalley.

I am eying Rachel Van Dyken's book since her book "The Bet" landed on New York Time Bestseller List. However, I do not really like love triangle plot so I do not pick "The Bet" up to read yet. However, since this book had been offered on NetGalley and I like the blurb, I decided to request it.

I usually request the book I am more than likely to love. I really hate to write a low star review. It is not easy and uncomfortable. Sadly this book is one of them.

For full disclosure, I think this is the reason why I do not love this book as much as everybody.

1. I am too old for this book.

I have trouble connecting with the heroine, who are in her early twenty. I cannot accept her behavior when she thrown the water at Jake. I understand her anger toward him. But I just think that someone in her position, a TV personality who already have one notorious news, could not afford to be in another notorious news. And getting arrest by a federal air marshal is definitely a notorious news. I think she is too childish.

But that maybe my age talking. Sometime I do not really get what a girl in twenty do at all.

2. I have trouble buying into "best friending" thing.

The blurb says Char (the heroine) is the best friend of both Jake (the hero) and Kacey (Jake's another best friend) but throughout the story there is no best friending (if there is a word like this) at all. I do not see any closeness, comrade, or gossip. Char is just best friend because we were told she is.

Case in point: Char do not know Jake's grandmother. Jake do not know Char's sister. Since those 2 knew each other since kid, how can it possible that they never met each other relative.

3. What is the point of Jake's grandmother plan to "ruin" him.

At the beginning of the story, grandmother complains about Jake's reliability on the family money so she cut him off by firing him from the CEO position. And then so what? Nothing happened. Jake still can live the same lifestyles and enough money to spend and do what he want to do. So I do not get it at all. What add this scene to the story when it did nothing to contribute.

4. I like the humor but I just cannot overcome the silliness.

I love the humor and the banter between characters but the unreasonable (or what I called the "silliness") just ruins it. I cannot simply accept the story and find myself finding faults in every turn. That is not a good reading experience.

5. Back to No. 1

All in all as mentioned in No.1, I think I am too old for this story. I think people need to not take anything too serious in order to enjoy this book. I just cannot do that.
Profile Image for Stephanie D.
295 reviews4 followers
October 8, 2013

Everybody loved it. Except me!!!

I just found it boring. And silly. I mean, it was sooo different from the first book.

It was weird, I didn't feel the connection between Char and Jake. I could feel Jake and Kacey's connection better.

I don't understand Char's pull. I just don't. What makes her exceptionally different. Or what sets her apart from others. I like Jake's character better, atleast his was developed. He became a better person, etc.

I'm sorry, the first one was really good with great characters. This book has poorly developed characters with good banter.
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97 reviews6 followers
November 23, 2013
I regret reading this because it ruined my perfectly fun and nice impression of The Bet. Because this book tries too hard to follow the atmosphere of the first one it borders on being insane. That, and Jake gets a sudden epiphany and boom - he gets his redemption.

If you read The Bet and loved it, I suggest skipping this one. Or at least skip the Jake and Char part to get to Travis and Kacey.
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196 reviews47 followers
October 7, 2013
A playboy with a reputation to save, a news-reporter with a job to keep and a heart to protect, add a wicked grandma and you'll have perfect entertainment!
14 reviews
February 7, 2019
I loved listening to this book. I loved The Bet, but I think I loved this one more. I want to grow up to be Grandma Nadine. Her character was what made this book very enjoyable.
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629 reviews652 followers
September 24, 2013
Rachel Van Dyken’s The Bet will always have a special place in my heart, not just because it was the first book I reviewed for my blog, but because the complicated love triangle between the Titus brothers and their childhood friend, Kacey one of the funniest, sweetest, and most heartwarming stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. In The Wager, Jake Titus gets to redeem himself from his previous womanizing ways when he comes in close contact with childhood friend and former fling, Char Lynn. Sparks fly between Jake and Char, and there is never a dull moment throughout the story as they get swept up in the never-ending chaos courtesy of good ole Grandma Nadine.

Rachel Van Dyken uses a multi-narrator format in The Wager, which I absolutely love because it allows readers to connect with four different protagonists and to follow their separate storylines to completion. While The Wager is in large part the story of Jake and Char, former protagonists, Travis and Kacey, also contribute to the narrative. The stories of the two couples seamlessly interweave with each other, bringing a double dose of romance, joy and laughter to the book.

Much like with Travis and Kacey, the chemistry between Jake and Char is so potent that it erupts in spontaneous bouts of passion, which take form in either heated arguments or steamy kisses... and sometimes both. The atmosphere surrounding the couple is equal parts playful and hostile, with their shared history offering ammunition for their incessant verbal clashes. Aside from wanting to kick Jake in the nuts every so often, I genuinely enjoyed his and Char’s witty banter.

While all the characters are immensely entertaining in their own right, Grandma Nadine is the heart of The Wager, providing numerous opportunities for hilarity and shock value. Much like in The Bet, she is back to her scheming ways, stealing each scene she’s in with her eccentric and elaborate attempt at matchmaking. I’m not sure how many different types of laughter there are (giggling, chuckling, guffawing, etc.), but I’m fairly certain I experienced them all by the end of the book.

Rachel Van Dyken consistently creates incredibly likable characters with underdog characteristics, which makes it easy to sympathize with them and to root for them to have a happy ending. The Wager is a light, yet emotional read which I easily finished in one sitting. The story and its characters captured my interest with the book world’s most adorable prologue (or maybe tied for the honor with The Bet), and didn’t release my attention until the last page of the epilogue, especially since much of the epilogue is devoted to setting up the third book in the series.
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1,594 reviews220 followers
September 23, 2015
ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review.

3.5 Wedding Stars

Char had the biggest crush on Jake Titus, Kacey's other best friend, since they were kids. That is until, the 8th grade, when he showed that he wasn't the prince charming she was looking for. But one drunken night a year ago, leads to a one-night-stand and a two word note left by Jake saying "Thank you." So angered by this, Char promised herself that the next time she saw him, she would give him a piece of her mind. She didn't expect that would get them arrested by an Air Marshall on a plane, or that it would give Jake's Grandma idea.

Since Char is the Maid of Honor and Jake is the Best Man for Kacey and Travis' wedding, Grandma ropes them into running errands to help with preparations, throwing Jake and Char together and tricking them into things. They fight, but soon realize that they are meant for each other. Hilarity ensues as Grandma resorts to trickery and manipulations to get her way. Going so far as to enlists the help of one of Travis' friends to help make Jake jealous.

Will this couple be able to figure out what they really mean to each other, survive Grandma's machinations to help them along, and being thrown together at the wedding of their best friend and brother?

Because of Jake's ways, this book was much funnier than The Bet though that one as pretty funny. I was shocked that the author was able to redeem Jake and turn his character around as she did. I never thought I would like him or root for him to come out on top. He and Char were a very funny couple. I loved that Char finally got the family that she picked who would care for her like her parents never did.

On the the next installment. I'm looking forward to Jace and Beth.
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187 reviews9 followers
October 2, 2013
I'll admit, I've been a fan of Rachel Van Dyken's books for some time now. I was fortunate enough to read The Bet before it was released back when it was self-published - I loved the story of two brothers who made a bet as little boys that they each belived they would marry their best friend and neighbor Kacey. Well, older brother Travis won The Bet and in this amazing sequel The Wager we learn of a crazy wager between Grandma Nadine and Travis/Kacey.

Let's not mince words here, younger brother Jake was a man-whore in The Bet. He was NOT anyone's favorite character. The Wager is a roll-on-the-floor laugh-out-loud story in which we see Jake get his "com upance" and Grandma Nadine is up to her antics - only this time she's gone all-out! If you aren't literally laughing out loud at while reading this book, you may want to check for a pulse - it's that funny.

In The Wager we learn that even Jake can be redeemed and will find his perfect match - with a little help from Grandma. Char is Kacey's best friend and she has a long history with Jake. She's pretty much been in love with him since junior high, but she's also pretty much hated him since the 8th grade. The way Grandma manages to manipulate her grandsons into doing exactly what she wants is nothing less than amazing.

Ms Van Dyken manages to juxtapose poignant emotional moments with the slap-stick comedy in a way that is seemless and natural. The surprises that Grandma has up her sleeve seem endless - and just when you think you have it all figured out, Grandma proves that she truly knows all and that everyone is just a pawn in her little game called life (even Aunt Petunia.)

FYI: contains swear words & sexual situations
Honest Disclosure: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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1,991 reviews17 followers
October 4, 2013
ARC Received from the author

I FREAKIN' LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Oh my goodness, this book was everything that I love in a romantic comedy. As I was reading it, I was directing the movie in my mind. This absolutely needs to become a movie.

Jake Titus is in limbo. His best friend growing up is marrying his brother and to top it all off, he was fired by his grandmother, from his CEO position at the family business. On the way to Portland, on the plane, he runs into a ex-one night stand, Char - who just so happens to have grown up with Jake too. She has had a lifetime of rejection from Jake and the last straw is when he walks by her, not really giving her the time of day. From this point on, the comedy ensues.

Everyone's favorite Grandma is back from The Bet, and she has a plan to ruin Jake and make him see exactly what he has been missing. I laughed so hard reading this book and the list of things errands that Grandma sends Jake and Char on is gut wrenching perfection. I had a stupid grin on my face for 90% of the book. The other 10% had me crying - I always cry at weddings :)

If you have not read The Bet then you are truly missing out because the followup, The Wager is just as good if not better! 5 Fantastic Stars!!
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1,131 reviews249 followers
December 10, 2014
La recensione sul blog qui: http://www.leggereromanticamente.com/...

Ho trovato questo secondo romanzo della serie new adult The Bet ancora più bello del primo! Non avrei mai pensato di dirlo, soprattutto perché durante la lettura di “Quello che sei per me”, Jake Titus mi sembrava solamente uno sbruffone superficiale e non mi entusiasmava particolarmente … Invece mi sono dovuta ricredere!
Jake Titus e Char Lynn, rispettivamente il fratello di Travis e la migliore amica di Kacey, sono i due protagonisti principali, nonché i due testimoni delle imminenti nozze.
La storia, infatti, si svolge principalmente nel periodo che precede il matrimonio dei sempre più innamoratissimi Kacey e Travis, i quali sono entrambi molto presenti anche in questo secondo libro.
Jake è stato ormai etichettato da tutti come un ragazzo ricco e superficiale, oltre ad essere un playboy senza nessun interesse per qualsiasi cosa di serio e duraturo. Attraverso alcune sue confidenze però, scopriamo dei retroscena del suo passato che l’hanno condizionato e colpito nel profondo. Grazie al ritorno di Char nella sua vita, finalmente vediamo un nuovo lato di Jake, e soprattutto la sua voglia ed il suo bisogno di cambiare e riscattarsi. Jake e Char si conoscono sin da ragazzini, lei ha sempre avuto una cotta per lui, ma dopo il modo in cui l’ha trattata un anno primo (da strozzare, caro Jake!) è quasi arrivata al punto di odiarlo. Ma si sa, in questi casi è solo un altro lato dell’amore…
Char è si una donna in carriera, ma è anche una ragazza semplice, per nulla abituata al lusso come i membri della famiglia Titus, ed ha la sfortuna di avere una famiglia che non l’apprezza affatto come dovrebbe (ad eccezione della sorella). Per questo motivo mi è piaciuto molto il modo protettivo e gentile di Jake nei suoi confronti in alcune spiacevoli situazioni.
A muovere i fili di tutta la storia, personaggio fondamentale ed indubbiamente unico, è la vecchietta più arzilla, moderna e spudorata che ci sia: nonna Nadine! Dopo aver aiutato Kacey e Travis a raggiungere il loro happy ending, la sua nuova missione sono proprio Jake e Char, e vi assicuro che i due si troveranno nelle situazioni più ambigue ed imbarazzanti che ci possano essere!
I sotterfugi di nonna Nadine sono qualcosa di assurdo, e per questo motivo le risate sono assicurate in diverse scene del romanzo.
“Cosa non farei per te” è un romanzo romantico, emozionante e ricco di scene divertenti ed esilaranti. Un mix completo per una piacevolissima lettura!
La scrittura di Rachel Van Dyken è semplice, moderna, ricca di dialoghi ironici e doppi sensi che sono sicuramente un punto di forza del suo romanzo.
Nell’attesa della prossima missione da cupido di nonna Nadine (che ha già fatto intendere chi saranno le sue prossime “vittime”), è una lettura caldamente consigliata, soprattutto alle romantiche lettrici che amano anche un pizzico di humor!
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395 reviews28 followers
October 1, 2013
Ok so after reading The Bet I truly hated Jake I thought he was a pompous spoiled little rich boy that held no regard for others feelings as long as he got what he needed and wanted… It was so easy for him to be a jerk because he basically had everything handed to him. Well that was all about to change in The Wager. When the tables are turned on an unsuspecting Jake, Grandma takes over and boy does she do a number on him!

What we get in this book far surpassed my expectations! I truly enjoyed everyone moment of this rip roaring funny book! From the very first few pages I knew that I was going to have a very good laugh and all at the expense of Jake. What I questioned was could he truly redeem himself? I had my doubts. But this is the last time I will ever doubt Rachel…

Jake and Char knew each other since they were children but life turns led them far apart for many years. Except well there was that one time… yeah but they pretend it was forgettable. *wink*

Char has harbored her feelings for Jake and no matter how much she wants to forget about him… She can’t... When the wedding between her best friend Kacey and Jake’s brother Travis force these two together it can be nothing but explosive fireworks. Char is sassy and has a smart mouth and Jake ego is as big as ever, but when Grandma sees the opportunity she decides that her intervention into Jake’s playboy life is long overdue and so she sets her plan in motion…

The Wager is set and you won’t believe what is at stake!!!

The events that unfold will have you holding your belly from laughing so hard. I couldn’t believe some of the trickery that Grandma pulled to not only win the wager but prove to Jake that he is worthy of love and strong than he believes. Jake’s arrogance is truly a façade to hide behind and as its stripped away we get to see a whole new side of Jake that literally makes him loveable! Yes I said it! I eventually fell for Jake’s charm and charisma. Once he drops the arrogance and truly displays his feelings you can’t help yourself. He even made me CRY!

And I can’t possibly review this one without mentioning Grandma’s sister. I don’t think that I ever laughed this hard at a book. Those two will have you gasping for breath they couldn’t be more opposite. The one liner’s that come out of their dialogue are sure to be highlighted on many devices as readers make their way through this story…

This heartwarming, charming story had me giving a standing ovation for Rachel’s witty and loveable cast of characters! I will even go as far as to say that I liked this one even more than the first! I give The Wager 5 stars! It’s deserving of so much more truly. Rachel has a winning cast of characters that are sure to delight your every sense of emotion! I hope for more with this crew and crazy Grandma!
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