Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Amber reviews The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken.

Welcome to The Dare Blog Tour!!
The Dare:

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.


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)


Amber's Review:
5 Holy Thor Hilarious stars
The Bet was my first Rachel Van Dyken book and to say that I fell in love with her writing and these characters when I read it last year would be a major understatement! Rachel never fails to make me fall in love with her characters because there is never ANYTHING predictable. Plus this series gave us Grandma Nadine, and if you haven’t yet read these let me just tell ya she steals the show!! This installment finds all our favorites from The Bet and The Wager and it sets us on a whirlwind of love, laughter and the pursuit of happy-ever-after.
Beth has always been the quiet, smart and unassuming one in her family. Her nickname in high school was boring Beth, and at this point she is wondering if she should just go ahead and adopt the cat she has saved on the shelter website and begin her path as the crazy cat lady. She works as a chemist, loves her kindle and her sister; but she wishes for someone to love her. After watching her sister get tricked into marrying Jake and watching her friend Kacey marry Travis, Beth is a bit depressed and just wants to drink herself into oblivion and forget everything. Enter Grandma Nadine (and when she gets involved things are always a bit unpredictable). Beth wakes up with a sexy as sin Senator the next morning; and neither really remembers what happened other than nakedness, drunkenness and cookie fits.
What ensues is nothing short of a crazy adventure as they find themselves hiding from the paparazzi and are whisked along with the newlyweds to Hawaii via Grandma. Despite both Jace and Beth’s protests to the contrary they have crazy electric chemistry and despite neither initially saying anything, they remember each other and the unforgettable encounter they had at Beth’s senior prom. It was that night, that dance, that kiss that altered them both. Beth says “that one touch had destroyed my idea of what a kiss should feel like.” For Jace he ponders that “life isn’t like the movies, and Beth isn’t like any other girl I’ve ever met.” So it seems both are affected by the other, but Jace has been burned in the past and can’t see committing to anyone again, even Beth.  However with Grandma’s meddling the pair find that they are more alike than they believe and not just that but that crazy chemistry they had as teens? Oh yeah they got that big time! But can chemistry that sets them both ablaze turn into the happy ever after that Beth craves and that scares Jace to death? Well if Grandma gets her crazy matchmaking way, yes it will though they will have to overcome couples therapy, Viagra tea, killer spiders named Frank and the ever popular dose of Benadryl.
Well I have to say that Rachel wrapped up this trilogy in the most wonderful of ways. A happily ever after that was ever so gratifying! In some ways I loved this installment the most because I identified with Beth a lot, but then I think that I’m not sure I can choose because those Titus boys and their girls were yummy too! Though Jace had the Thor thing happening and that was “Holy Thor” hot!! All and all I laughed, I cried and I cheered! It was a great story of hope, of family and love; and a great reminder that life is short and if you’re not prepared to take a leap of faith you may just miss your chance at happiness.


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About the author:
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

EMAIL ME: rachelvandykenauthor@gmail.com