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DNF: The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken

The Wager - Rachel Van Dyken

I hate to DNF a book. I try to stick with a book, hoping it gets better, I read 15% of The Wager and had to tap out. I had no idea what was going on, who these characters were, why were they so crazy and over-the-top. The Wager is book 2 in The Bet series. Apparently, you need to read The Bet to understand everyone's motives in The Wager. I figured since The Wager featured a separate hero and heroine from The Bet, that getting into the story would be pretty simple.

 

Char and Jake had a one-night stand. Char is pissed that Jake rolled out without so much as serving her breakfast in bed. Char and Jake are on the same flight, headed to Seattle (I think) when Char decides to air her personal dirty laundry and embarrass Jake. I know a woman scorned doesn't think properly but Char is a TV personality. She has a career to think about but I guess hurt feelings are more important. So Char throws water on Jake, says the word "bomb" 10+ times...on a plane! And is then arrested by an Air Marshall. This is where the ridiculousness commence. The entire scene with the peanuts, epi-pen, the Air Marshall calling Char a "hero" had me rolling my eyes. And at the end of all this madness, no one was arrested? Really?!!?

 

I like over-the-top characters but there was just TOO MUCH in The Wager. Let's start with Grandma. I'm kinda tired of old people being used as a way to add humor. I couldn't figure out if Grandma was crazy like a fox, senile or the smartest person in the book. LOL! I couldn't take much of her even though her goal is to play matchmaker and get Jake and Char together.

 

Sad to say that this book didn't work for me. Maybe if I'd read The Bet, I would have been able to finish The Wager. With that being said, I don't think I will be reading The Bet. The little I saw of these characters did not endear them to me. They're all a little too self-involved for my tastes.