The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken
The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2
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 . . .
I was a fan of The Bet, so I decided to read The Wager even though it was about Jake, and I really didn't like him in the first book. Now in this book it is like he is suddenly a completely different person. I don't know why but I wasn't really buying that he had a crush on her forever ago and actually cared about Char like that. That suddenly he would change his ways for her? I didn't believe it. I can see him getting tired of everyone thinking the worst of him and such, but it just didn't feel believable the way it was written.
The grandmother was alright in this book. I didn't like the whole trick close to the end as well...it seemed a bit much. Like they would just go along with it even though they just got together? I guess it is supposed to be like that and humorous, but it just wasn't for me. The book overall was better than I expected, and I did like Jake in it, but he was just so different. I didn't see why he would change suddenly. I think that was my main issue. That and it just went on forever it seemed like. I did enjoy part of the Travis/Kacey wedding, but parts just made me scratch my head. It was an alright read, but not my favorite. I'm not sure if I would read another book (potentially Beth/Jace?) with grandma just interfering like crazy in their lived. Really she was crazy and trying to help, but she also got on my nerves sometimes. If she were in my family I definitely would not have been able to handle her as well as the characters in this book.
Rating: ★ ★1/2