Sunday, July 6, 2014

BLOG TOUR REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: THE DARE BY RACHEL VAN DYKEN (THE BET SERIES #3)


From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, comes the third and final book in the New York Time's Bestselling Bet Series...

Boring Beth Lynn has always lived up to her nickname... until she wakes up in a hotel bed next to a sexy as sin state senator she re-connected with at a wedding the previous night.

The biggest problem? She can't seem to remember anything about the night before except for crying into a box of cookies, and she's pretty sure Grandma Nadine slipped something in her drink. And what should have been a one night stand turns into a six day adventure when Grandma whisks them off to Hawaii to save them from the ensuing media firestorm.

Jace isn't looking for commitment -- he believes he made that clear when he left the wedding with Beth. Then again, he can't remember much of anything other than the way her skin felt beneath his hands. Now he's stuck with her at some lame couple's retreat and trying his hardest to fight the attraction only a woman like Beth could invoke.

He doesn't think it can get any worse.

But one spider attack... A donkey ride from hell... And an unfortunate episode with Viagra tea -- and there's one thing Jace knows for sure: He should never have agreed to Grandma Nadine's suggestion in the first place.

Because if this isn't paradise, and it isn't a vacation -- that only leaves one option.

Survival.

But to make it through alive... they might lose their hearts in the process.

(Romantic Comedy, Friends to lovers, Vacation Romance, New Adult Romance, Funny Stand Alone, Bargain Books, Humorous Romance)


Our Review!
Grandma Nadine strikes again, y'all. This final book in the series, I feel like we get even more of her zany personality and, as always, she stole the show. I'm still grinning as I think about her. Yep. This is her book. Her grandchildren and company are just pawns in her grand schemes, and I could read her antics forever! 

You can read the synopsis and see that Beth and Jace end up in this romantic adventure..where their hearts are the things most at risk. Both of them have these deep-seated fears and insecurities when it comes to love and while there are physical obstacles they must overcome, it's these problems that create the biggest hurdle.

Can you blame them? I liked them the best I think, because while they each grew up privileged...it was less so than the Titus brothers so their problems and fears and hardships seemed more hard won and relatable. Especially Beth's. I related to her a lot, and I'm sure young girls out there everywhere will too. And that is what I love about Rachel's writing in that there is always relatable issues to root for, and keep reading late into the wee hours of the night. 

This novel plunges you right into the action and it really never stops. Sometimes the pace was a little discombobulating and hard for me to keep up with but at some point I either got used to it, or I didn't notice it..or maybe the pacing changed. Beth and Jace's back story also sometimes got lost for me..I guess I didn't always feel as connected to them and more connected to the shenanigans that were afoot. 

The beginning is where it was rocky, yeah? I noticed it too. We were back and forth and to and fro, to the point that I was unsure who was speaking and where we'd been, or were headed. This straightened out by at the latest 15% so I got connected to it too, and hurtled myself to the ending before I could even blink..or pee...or anything! TMI, sorry. 

Even with some of the things that didn't work for me, I still enjoyed the novel and the entire series. This final book brings all of the characters from the series together and they all had me laughing at various points. The epilogue offered some perspective on what they're all up to, too. Me too! Gah, Nadine, Jake, Travis, Kacey and Char were all in the mix...and it was ridiculously fun, and hilarious. I wouldn't mind a vacation like this one! Hawaii?? Yes, please. 

Fun end of the series! I will greatly miss Grandma Nadine. Grandma Nadine, for the win. 

Shelley: 3 1/2 stars
Courtney: 4 1/2 Stars



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Enjoy an Excerpt!

What the hell?” A deep voice rumbled from somewhere underneath me.
I closed my eyes.
“You can’t close your eyes. I already know you’re awake.”
“This is all a dream,” I muttered, my voice sounding scratchy and unfamiliar. “I’m a figment of your imagination. Swear. In two seconds you’re going to feel—”
“Shame,” the voice said. “Isn’t that what you were going to say? Absolute mind-shattering shame?”
I opened my eyes. “What?” I should have left them closed.
Really. It’s the small things in life that get you. Close your mouth. Close your eyes. Pretend you don’t see that. Crap. Some things just can’t be forgotten.
And that face?
Those lips?
Bright blue eyes?
Blond hair that fell just below his ears?
Officially stored into my permanent memory until I died, alone with all my cats.
“I was kidding.” Mr. Sexy chuckled. “I just thought I’d throw that in there to make you feel more comfortable.”

Right, because lying across a complete stranger in nothing but a smile screamed, Hey, let’s joke around. I’m game. I quickly grabbed at the sheet and pulled away, kneeing the poor bastard in the process.



About Rachel Van Dyken:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.


She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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