Kacey’s life is anything but easy. She lost the love of her life, her best friend and her parents all in one horrible life. Oh, her best friend and the love of her life are still alive. Walking around as handsome, sex on a stick Jake. He’s a rich playboy, and has some image cleaning to do if he wants his families company. His plan includes using Kacey to get the press and the board off of his back. A fake engagement, sick and ailing Grandma, and Jake’s older brother, who Kacey calls ‘the Devil’ make this book a quirky little romance.

I so wanted THE BET to be more than it was, but I just kept getting tripped up, by small little details. Simple little things like the scene where Kacey and Jake fly back to visit his parents. It seems like they are flying coach. Why would super rich, soon-to-be CEO, ride coach? It bugs me. I don’t think the author ever actually comes out and says how they are flying, instead she focuses on the humor of Kacey’s quirks, that while cute were also a bit annoying. She has a tendency to just blurt out random things. It was funny, but sometimes it was awkward, which is probably what was intended.

Another thing that bothered me was the age of the characters. They came off as people being in their late twenties. No, they were early twenties. Really, a CEO straight out of college? It was just not believable for me.

Jake’s older brother, Travis, supposedly suffered from a stutter. A severe one, and I know people can overcome those, but when the writer was writing from his POV she would tell us he could feel it coming on, but I never really feel like I was being shown it. There was one instance of the stutter. Of course, if she had shown more of it readers would have complained it was annoying. *sigh* Such is the life of a writer.

I did enjoy the story, like I said it was a quick quirky read, I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. Rachel Van Dyken is being added to the list of authors for me to watch. This book had a lot of potential, and if not for a few things that tripped me up I could have given the book four stars easily.

lori