Book Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

Title: The Bet
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: The Bet #1
Publisher: Forever
Publication date: April 29, 2014
Pages: 288
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Includes a special sneak peek of THE WAGER by Rachel Van Dyken! The #1 New York Times bestseller…


“I have a proposition for you.” Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. It’s been years since Kacey’s seen her childhood friend Jake, but the minute Jake mentions his ill grandmother, Kacey is ready to do anything for the sweet old woman. And if that means pretending they’re engaged for her sake-so be it.


But Kacey wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis still being there. She calls him “Satan” for a reason: she’s never forgotten the way he teased and taunted her. Yet when they meet again, Travis’s gorgeous smile is a direct hit to her heart . . . and Kacey’s more confused than ever. As the days pass, only one thing starts to become alarmingly clear-she never should have accepted Jake’s deal . . .




This is my first book by this author, and I’m not super impressed unfortunately. I’m giving this 2 out of 5 stars.


The writing wasn’t my cup of tea, at least for this book. I’ll give the author another try because I’ve heard good things. I think the different POVs didn’t help; they kind of jumped all over the place. Honestly most of the time I couldn’t tell whose POV we were in, because they all sounded alike. If it’s multiple POV, it has to be spot on for me.


The characters were pretty immature, and I felt like they were so confused with all the back and forth with their feelings. Decide what you want people! This entire book felt like a soap opera, but not in a good way. It was too over the top dramatic for me. I really didn’t like Kacey, or Jake. Travis was okay sometimes. The only character I kind of liked was Grandma Nadine, because she was pretty hilarious.


14 thoughts to “Book Review: The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken”

  1. Agh, I hate it when different PoVs have the same voice and you can’t tell the difference… One of my bookish pet peeves, actually. I’ve also heard a lot of things about this author lately and am looking to try some of her work. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one!

    1. SAME! I was kind of nervous reading another one of her series, even though you loved Fraternize so much, so I’m glad you said this in your comment. It makes me more excited to finally get around to her new series! Thanks! 😀

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