Release Day Launch/Reviews/Giveaway: The Consequence of Revenge: Rachel Van Dyken

The Consequence of Revenge
(Consequence #2)
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Expected June 9, 2015

After losing his best friend to another guy, the notoriously too-confident Max Emory suddenly feels lost. He may have devastatingly good looks, an abundance of charm, and a claim to one of the biggest hotel empires around, but he has no ambition anymore. So when his fed-up friends decide they’ve had enough of his moping, they sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality series Love Island. And between his pride and his forged signature on an ironclad contract, Max just can’t say no.
Now he’s stranded in paradise with twenty-four women, one terrifying goat, and Becca, the breathtaking barista who already turned him down back home. The closer Max gets to Becca, the more determined he becomes to win her over. As she gets to know him better, things start heating up. But is Becca really after Max’s heart—or is she after the cash prize she could claim once the cameras stop rolling?

“And . . .” She held up her hand like she was doing a damn countdown! “You’re kind of, like . . .” She leaned forward and whispered, “A bit . . .” Her eyes teased. “Metro.”
“As in . . . ,” I baited her.

“Feminine,” she snapped. “Yup, that’s the word. And Max, I mean that in the nicest way possible.”

“You mean . . .” I licked my lips, then slapped the water. “In the kindest way you can possibly say it, ‘Oh, look, Max has boobs’? Or you mean it in the way that says I lack the proper sexual magnetism to get your engine going?”

Becca rolled her eyes. “Hey, I didn’t come here to fight. I was just going to go over our date for tomorrow without the watchful eyes of Big Brother.”

“Hmm.” She was looking down at her feet. So I did what any desperate man who’d just been insulted in the worst way possible would do. I grabbed her feet, dragged her into the water, creating a huge splash, and then, when her head popped up for air, I gave her something else.

My tongue.

Kissing Becca could become a very nice, very addicting . . . pastime. Her lips were soft, pliant, but her hands were beating against my chest. Ah, classic move. Listen up, men: women fight us because they’re expected to. They have to put up the fight so they don’t come off as easy. So the next time a girl hits you in the chest, go with it, kiss her harder. It just means she wants more, especially when her chest is heaving and her tongue is doing . . . that. Yeah, exactly. Oh. Hell. Damn. Kill me now. When her tongue is doing that? Becca’s tongue pushed against mine and then she sucked.

I felt said sucking all the way through my body.

When she stopped fighting me, I wrapped my arms around her neck, pulling her as close against me as I could, and then pulled away.

Her eyes furrowed with confusion as she tried to lean forward.

I pulled back again, and swam her over to the ladder.

“Thanks, Becca,” I whispered. “I needed a little motivation.”


“Game on.” I helped her up and followed. “And by the way . . .” I grabbed her hands and moved her flat palms from my chest all the way down to my waist. “I’m anything but feminine. Have a good night.” As I walked away, I did what any sane man would do. I paused so she could get her fill and realize that yes, I was, in fact, still naked. And when I heard her gasp, I turned around and saluted her in more ways than one.

Point. Max.

We met Max in The Consequence of Loving Colton as he is Milo's best friend. In an attempt to get Max off his ass, find a purpose, and to get a little peace for themselves, his dear friends have gone behind his back and signed him up to be the next Bachelor on Love Island. So he is thrust on board a plane and then on an island with twenty five girls vying for his attention. And of course, the one that does catch his eye is Becca, a barista at the Starbucks near his home that has already shot him down once.

Becca is sassy, independent, smart and does not take crap from people. But she has a big heart and a bit of a savior complex. And soon she sees that Max could use a little saving. He and Becca have a rocky start, but soon find a common goal. and then develop a little bit of like and appreciation.

I love Max, but I swear he exhausts me with his fast-paced, frantic flights of thought, and crazy comments and ideas. But at the the same time his sarcasm, silly humor, and over the top reactions make me smile and laugh. He is crazy, unfiltered, and cocky, but is also endearing, vulnerable, sexy, charming, and energetic. Max also has a lot of mixed feelings about his life since his best friend found true love: anger, feeling worthless, lost, fearful, and lonely. So he is all over the place. But underneath it all is a man looking for a purpose and something to latch onto. 

Becca is a good straight woman. She can keep him in line, but also can appreciate his goofiness and quirks. She was only on Love Island for the money. They never expected to fall in like and certainly not love. They both have their fears and insecurities that hold them back and cause some doubts.

It was a wild and crazy ride with shenanigans, competitions, tricks, games, mean cray cray girls, brotherly revenge and other trials and tribulations. There were twists, conflicts, erratic behavior, and surprise guests of both the human and animal kind. It is like the Bachelor meets Survivor with a comedic twist.

Can these two navigate the pitfalls of Love Island and end up together or will they end up back home as singles?

This was a total slapstick romantic comedy and you have to just go with it and enjoy the ride. This one might have been crazier than the first book. It was completely tongue in cheek, over the top, frantically paced. Oh Max--he is just something else....and Milo, Colt, Jason, and Reid just love to stir the pot. I love this tight knit group of eccentrics that taunt and torture each other. Add some loony ladies, an oompa loompa show host, some animal friends, prize money, a little alcohol and deydration, and let the insanity take over. I cannot wait for Reid and Jason's books. They have really doled out some challenges to their friends and it is certainly time for pay back. 

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

Thanks to his friends’ influence and meddling, Max finds himself named the bachelor on a dating reality show. Marooned on a remote island with desperate, willing women competing for his attention would seem like Max’s biggest fantasy. But when he teams up with the one contestant he knew from home, Max finds his tastes and wants changing.

But how can he survive an attacking goat, sharks, and a horde of crazy women when all he wants is one woman. And will she want him when reality hits and they have to return home or is she just after the cash prize at the end?

I really liked Becca. She wasn’t on the show to find love, but to fund her remaining two years of college. She was a normal girl -- focused, grounded, and put together. She fit in with his friends, rolled with his attempts at humor, and even goaded him into further shenanigans.

Max was so frenetic and off the wall that at times it was difficult to not roll my eyes at his randomness. But it worked to add a sense of unpredictability to the story. Yes, it was clear which direction the story was going, but exactly how they would get there was up in the air with his wild antics. His reactions may have been over the top, but they certainly made me laugh.

Overall, this was a hilarious, entertaining, outrageous bit of fun. The dating show added to the humor of the situation, with set-up dates, crazy contestants, and antics that could only take place on a deserted island. The core group of characters from The Consequence of Loving Colton return to play off Max. Jason is just as accident-prone as we learned him to be. Reid is still suffering from the aftereffects of his encounters with Grandma. And Colt and Milo are in a happy haze together.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
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Rachel Van Dyken 

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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