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Release Launch/Blog Tour/Giveaway: The Consequence of Loving Colton: Rachel Van Dyken

The Consequence of Loving Colton

(Consequence #1)

Rachel Van Dyken
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Expected April 21, 2015
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My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine. 

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man. 

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison.

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to. 
Damn cookie.

This was such an unexpected surprise!  I did not re-read the synopsis so was expecting the typical NA "I am in love with my brother's best friend and he thinks of me as a kid sister" book, but what I got was so much more. It is in Rachel Van Dyken's humorous style reminiscent of her The Bet Series with hilarity, hi-jinks, colorful characters, and over the top antics.

Milo has had a crush on her older brother Jason's best friend forever. He slayed her dragons when they were kids and her feelings grew as she did. After a few perceived rejections, she gave up and tried the avoidance route while she was away at college. But now at twenty-one, she is back in town for her brother's wedding and that puts her right back into close proximity with the man she still lusts after and has loved most of her life.

They taunt and tease like brother and sister and have a shared history. But Milo either wants more or to be able to get him out of her head for good and move on. And she has no clue where Colton stands. 

This wedding weekend literally turns into a free for all--bridezilla, fake boyfriend, jealousy, multiple injuries, seductions, schemes, and hidden agendas. It is frantic, fast-paced and downright hilarious. No one is safe! It is pure and utter chaos. 

I literally laughed out loud. It was set at a frantic pace with so much outrageous humor and crazy situations. The characters were quirky, strong-willed, stubborn, impulsive, and downright nutty at times. They even had trouble keeping track of their fibs, lies, and cover ups. So many antics all going on at the same time. And at the heart of it was a guy and a girl in love and terrified of rejection and the fall out with the Wedding From Hell in the background. 

I really liked Colton once we got to see his point of view. He and Milo knew what they wanted, but had been terrified to go there. And now it was all a big mess and it was hard for them to figure out what the other one was really thinking or feeling. The interference from all of the other parties just complicated everything as the lies kept getting bigger and bigger. And the jealousy, anger, and hurt kept adding up. It all eventually was going to have to explode.

The side characters were all so wild and fun:  her poor bother Jason who went through hell; her best friend Max who was like a hurricane; his brother Reid who was quite traumatized by the events. The bride Jayne was a piece of work.  Their poor parents deserved medals for dealing with it all. And oh my, there was a very inappropriate Grandma.  But I loved all of the banter and quick pacing of the story. 

I am excited that this is the start of a new series. I can't wait for Max's book The Consequence of Revenge and would like to see Jason and even Reid find their happiness. Fans of Rachel Van Dyken's special kind of slapstick humor are going to really enjoy this one (others that don't like silly rom coms will not). I stayed up way too late reading and giggling, but I could not put it down. It was just the type of refreshing read I needed. Sometimes you just have to embrace your inner goofball and just let go. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
If the thought of laughing out loud while reading in public places doesn’t appeal to you, then don’t read this book on the bus, or at work, or waiting in line for your coffee. Because the humor in this is so off the wall, slapstick, tucked into every scene that you never know when it’s going to erupt in an audible reaction.

Milo Caro has made it her mission to strategically manage her interactions with Colton Mathews, her neighbor and brother’s best friend. Ever since a near kiss at 16, and another just before leaving for college she decided she wasn’t putting herself out there again. But when she arrives for her brother’s wedding weekend she learns she and Colton will be paired up for much of the weekend. Enter a story about a fake boyfriend, a faker engagement, and the detail that her fiance is gay.

It seemed that as the story progressed, the situations got more and more exaggerated so that by the time I was at the end of the story, the characters had built up so many inside jokes simply from this one weekend, and even after having read them, the thought of those moments still had me chuckling.

The side characters only added to the slapstick nature of the story. Between pretending to have a boyfriend/fiance, and trying to break up her brother’s wedding, there was a lot going on. The ties between the side characters were clever and knotted tighter than initial observations revealed. This was a case where had the story centered solely on Colt and Milo it would have been good. But add in Jason, Max, Reid, Grandma, and all the other family members and friends, and it was like watching a great collaborative comedy movie.

I needed the levity that this story brought. There were plenty of deeper emotions and touching scenes, but with everything going on at the Caro household, the antics are out of control and over the top. From a crazy Grandma, to outrageous allergic reactions, and multiple accidental black eyes and other bodily injuries, the situations just kept getting funnier and funnier. Even within the special moments Colt and Milo managed to find there were bits that had my bursting out in giggles.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Prologue
Summer 2009

“I can’t believe you’re really going to college, Milo.” Colton’s teasing smile flashed right in front of me, rendering me temporarily blind. Man, he was beautiful. His normally dark-brown hair had shots of gold from the summer sun. Dimples peeked out from his mega-white smile and I was pretty confident that I saw a twinkle in his green eyes meant just for me. He’d been home for two months since graduation and was already off saving the world one fire at a time. I watched his full lips curve around the mouth of his Corona. He and my brother Jason had organized a going-away party for me. Apparently me getting accepted into NYU was a big deal: they’d even gone so far as to get a Star Wars–themed cake from Dairy Queen and a princess tiara that said “Pretty” across it. It was always their joke with me. I was a complete and total tomboy—I loved picking fights and getting muddy—yet still demanded they treat me like a princess.

With a sigh I leaned back on the picnic blanket and looked up at the stars. My crown fell to the side of my head, causing my hair to fall all over my face. The party had been over for a few hours, leaving me, Colt, and Jason. I should have been happy: after all, who does that for their little sister? What brother would even care? Furthermore, the fact that it had all been Colt’s idea, someone who wasn’t even family, was huge. But . . . maybe that’s the part that left me feeling empty. I might as well be family to Colton. I was the little sister he’d never had—and secretly, I’d always wanted to be so much more.

“Aw, you messed up your hair,” Colton teased, lifting the crown with the tip of his finger and giving me a sexy wink.

“Whatever shall I do?” I huffed.

“I’ll save you.” His voice was just above a whisper. “I’ve always wanted to save a princess.”

“You did.” My grin was huge. “You saved me a least a hundred times when we were little—slew the dragon at the top of the stairs and did it all without getting a scratch.”

“Messy job.” He let out a long, exaggerated sigh. “I don’t know how I made it to my twenty-first birthday without getting singed.”

“Donald didn’t breathe fire. He was a fireless dragon, remember?”

“Oh, right.” His eyes twinkled. “How is the old dragon anyway?”

I shrugged and chewed on my lower lip. “Haven’t been in the attic since you guys left for school. I’ve been busy.”

“Too busy to play?”

I rolled my eyes. “Too busy graduating to play, yeah.”

“Where’s the fun in that?”

“Fun.” I snorted. “The last time I had fun was when we snuck into your parents’ pool and—” I clamped my mouth shut before the words could tumble out on their own. Crap. Crap. Crap.

“Skinny-dipped.” He finished my thought. “Yeah, that was a blast.”

“Hey, guys!” Jason called as he ran out of the house. “Dad needs me to grab Mom from work so I’ll be right back! Don’t do anything fun without me! I mean it!”

The loud roar from his truck drowned out our conversation for a brief second and then slowly dissipated as the vehicle barreled down the driveway.

“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Colton asked.

If his thoughts were along the line of finally getting him alone, away from my brother? “Absolutely.” I grinned as he grabbed my hand and helped me off the blanket.

“Come on. Let’s go have fun.”

Curious, I followed Colt as we ran through a few backyards and finally ended up at his house.

“What are we doing?” I asked in a hushed voice.

“Having fun.” I swear his grin made my heart almost stop. “Now strip, Milo, we don’t have all night and Jason’s going to be pissed he isn’t with us.”

Laughing, I took off my shirt and shorts—I’d spent years swimming with the guys in my sports bra and underwear, though as we got older it became weird, but only on my end. It felt strange to strip down to nothing, knowing that my feelings for Colton were very real whereas his were nonexistent. I mean, it was Colton. Sure, I had a crush on him, but he never, ever thought of me that way. Ever.

“Last one in’s a rotten—”

I didn’t hear him finish—but I did beat him into the water. His mom and stepdad’s pool was always my favorite place to swim. It had a little waterfall in the deep end that you could swim under that always made me think of fairy tales and the movies. Then again, that could be because every time I broke through the water it was Colton’s face I saw, and his smile that drew me. He was my own personal Prince Charming.

Laughing, Colton splashed around, then hauled himself out of the pool and did a cannonball right by my face. I was glad that it was dark—I must have been beet-red. Man, the guy was ripped.

“Wanna race?” he asked, out of breath.

“Wanna lose?” I countered.

“Never.”

“Um, it’s an everyday occurrence.” I swam over to the edge. “Ready, set—”

“—go!” He ran instead of swam and then dove under water.

Bastard! Arms burning, I tried to make it to the other end of the pool. I usually didn’t open my eyes under water, but this time I did to see where I was going.

His body was a blur in front of me. All I saw was hard-lined muscle.

I stopped right in front of him and jumped to the surface. “You cheated.”

“I like to call it winning.” He beamed triumphantly.

“Cheating.” My teeth ground together as I pushed against his chest. Laughing, he fell backward, pulling me with him. Our bodies ground together, heat against heat, skin against skin.

And suddenly sneaking away from Jason wasn’t funny anymore.

Neither of us was laughing.

His hands moved from my waist slowly up my body until they rested on my face. With a curse he pulled my head toward his. “We should . . .”

“Yeah,” I whispered.

Neither of us pulled away.

His lips brushed mine, just enough to make me strain toward him—I needed him like I needed air.

“Kids!” His stepdad’s voice rang through the night air. “You out here making noise?”

Colton pushed me away and I nearly hit my head on the waterfall rocks.

“Yeah, just . . . hanging out!” Colton called. “I’m with Jason’s sister.”

I froze. He’d never called me that before. He even said it in such a final way, as if that was all I would ever be. Period. My heart didn’t just sink . . . it shuddered, then combusted, as all the hopes I’d harbored since I was thirteen came to a crushing world-altering halt. My suspicions were finally confirmed. Out loud. On the day the boy I liked had thought enough to throw me a party.

The line had been drawn. And I might as well be on the other side of the universe.

That was the day I lost Colton Mathews—forever.


The Consequence of Revenge
book 2
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Expected June 9, 2015

book 3

Rachel Van Dyken 
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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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