The Dare by Rachel Van Dyken

The Dare (The Bet Series Book 3) (Volume 3) - Rachel Van Dyken

What This Book Is About:

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.

Oh My Thor!

I was completely sucked into this beautiful story. It takes a truly special author to be able to make you laugh your ass off one second and then make you want to cry the next. That is one of the many things that I loved about The Dare. & there were many things to love about this book. Seriously, like SO many. For example, I loved the main characters Jace & “Boring” Beth. Jace was just such an awesome character. He was very sweet, caring, and let’s not forget his god (Thor) like beauty. Beth was a very refreshing leading lady. She was smart, kind, and beautiful in the –I don’t even know I’m beautiful- kind of way. Plus, she didn't make you want to strangle her. Another thing that I absolutely loved about this book was… well, Grandma. Grandma Nadine is so much fun. She even stepped up her game a little bit in this book. Okay, maybe it was a lot. She has always been an awesome character. I loved her and Gus. So much fun to read about her! Then of course there was the fact that we got to catch up with Travis, Kacey, Jake, and Char. I may have jumped up and down a little bit when they would appear. It was awesome. And definitely one of the best parts of this book was the epilogue! I was in a state of euphoria during those few pages. My head was doing something like this: OhMyGod! OhMyGod! OhMyGod! OhMyFreakingGod! It really was incredible. Another thing that I really loved was that there was a history between Beth and Jace & the whole story behind their history. It was so sweet, but it was also so sad. Magical. It was just magical. Oh, man. Did I mention the writing? It was magnificent! Rachel Van Dyken knows how to tell a story. It was the perfect mixture of humor, sweetness, sadness, and just all around awesomeness. I also seriously loved the ending. No, not the epilogue. Just the ending. It was very heartwarming. I may have sighed out an “aww!” a little too loudly and had a few odd looks from strangers. It couldn't be helped though. I was just an “aww!” moment. Another one of my favorite parts of this story was the “six days.” Jace was so sweet to do that. I believe that the moment he began that is the moment I officially fell for him. One last thing that I thought was pretty awesome (okay, a lot awesome) was some of the kisses between Jace & Beth. Especially in the pool. Just… wow. They had me swooning like crazy. They ranged from incredibly sweet to extremely passionate. I swear, there isn't one single thing that I didn't love about this story.

I highly recommend this book. It was an amazing story!

Favorite Quotes:


*“Three more days."…"Of the fairytale," I whispered. "Guess what happens at the end?"…"What?"…"The prince wins."…"And the princess?"…"She lives happily ever after."*

*"What say you, Thor?" Jake asked, hands on hips…"If he's Thor, I'm Iron Man." This from Travis…"Dibs on Green Arrow." Jake raised his hand…"Children." Kacey shook her head. "It's like we're honeymooning with little boys and capes."-…"So, that settles it." Travis clapped. "Avengers… to the bar!"*

*"You used big science words." Right, that's all I had after his speech… Jace's eyes flashed with amusement. "Sometimes. It happens. I did go to school, you know."…"It was like dirty talk, only hotter."*

*“Word of advice." Travis walked up to Jace and slapped him on the shoulder. "Don't drink it if it tastes funny."… "Also," Jake chimed in, "the law doesn't apply to her. So if you call the cops, know it will probably be you behind bars before it will be her."…"She likes Benadryl," Kacey added…"And she will win." Char nodded.”*

*"You mean to tell me he wanted to be kidnapped?"...Grandma nodded. "Yes, that's correct."…"And he wanted to be rufied?"…"Of course."…"And he asked you to give him some time before you revealed his location?"…"That's what I'm saying."…"Did you murder Senator Brevik?"…"Oh honey, if I'd had murdered him. I wouldn't have gotten caught — that's why I'm here."…"You're here because you got caught."…"I let you catch me. To give him time."…"Fine. I'll bite. Time for what?"…"Love."*

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