Title: The Consequence of Revenge
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Consequence #2
Release Date: 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?
The Consequence of Revenge is Max’s story, who we first met in The Consequence of Loving Colton. I was blown away by his story, which far exceeded any and all of my expectations. This is undoubtedly one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. I laughed so much my sides hurt and by the time I was done reading, my cheeks were sore from the ridiculous grinning I’d been doing the entire time. Max is utterly addictive. One sarcastic remark and I was a goner. This is one of those stories that makes you just feel good from the inside out. Rachel Van Dyken definitely knew what she was doing with this one. If being stuck on a reality dating show isn’t bad enough, throw everyone on an island and things get crazy. This situation alone was endlessly entertaining and totally ridiculous, but throw in a character as unique and a little bit crazy as Max and things are absolutely insane.
“So they’re dehydrated, drunk, on an island, and desperate?”
“Yeah.” Al nodded. “Sounds about right.”
“Well, God bless the USA.” I made my way toward the door. “Shall we?”
If you thought the Max we met in The Consequence of Loving Colton was amusing, you really have no idea. Full on Max is witty, sarcastic, annoying, silly, adorable, smart, kind, and absolutely hilarious. Rachel Van Dyken has managed to give Max his own voice that was so exclusively his that I often forgot I wasn’t right there inside his head. Max is absolutely one-of-a-kind and Rachel Van Dyken carved out every single detail of his personality until he seemed completely tangible. I don’t think I’ve ever found myself so completely lost inside a character as I did with Max. We also get to see a rare vulnerability in Max when he’s with Becca, developing his character even further. Their compatibility is spot on, pushing each other in all the right ways. The connection between them developed naturally as they became best friends, but that underlying heat between them was near instantaneous, creating a tension that made the anticipation so much sweeter. I loved every second of watching Max and Becca exchange banter and engage in hilarious antics, their relationship so genuinely full of life and love.
“Who knew if love was on the table? But that fit in just fine with my life plan – because I’d decided a few weeks ago that if I couldn’t have someone who could be my best friend and partner, I was going to stay single the rest of my life.”
Rachel Van Dyken has an incredible gift when it comes to incorporating heart into her romantic comedies. I would find myself laughing only to realize moments later the emotional significance of the moment. Somehow this talented author conjures up words that are humorous and light but still add depth to the story. Max and Becca’s story had its moments where my heart ached for them along with instances of insecurity and doubt, but it was these moments that grounded the humor and connected me so entirely to Max and Becca. My investment in their story was concrete, keeping me reading until I’d devoured this book in one sitting. As always, Rachel’s secondary characters added that extra spark that made this story absolutely shine. We saw some mostly mentally unstable new faces and revisited some familiar ones. I loved getting a dose of Reid, Milo, Colton, and Jason. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed them! With its honest moments, unexpected obstacles, and embarrassing moments, this book embodies the rush of falling in love. The Consequence of Revenge is definitely a book I’ll come back to whenever I’m having a bad day or just want to feel my heart soar for a little while. Rachel Van Dyken has outdone herself with this one. Max is a true gem.
Gah! I love how incredibly versatile Rachel Van Dyken’s writing is. It seems that whether I’m in the mood for gut-wrenching sadness, paranormal creativeness, feisty overprotective men, or laugh out loud moments, I can always find a Van Dyken book to fit the bill. Similar to the first book in the series, The Consequence of Revenge was absolutely hilarious and I loved every single minute of Max’s story.
“I just wanted to be in your solar system even if I was Pluto.”
As I read the first book, I knew that with his personality, Max needed his own story. He’s one of the loudest, flashiest characters I have ever come across. Once you meet him, you either want to join in with his crazy antics and be his best friend, or get his attention and force him to be your man slave. Though if I’m being honest, I’m kind of partial to both – just like our heroine, Becca. She was sassy and fun, especially once she came out of her shell. I loved that she went on this dating show for one reason, but came through it with a whole new perspective. There was just something so cute about the kinship that these two developed and nurtured.
“But that’s the thing about these moments, the ones that steal your breath away, you aren’t in your right mind, and you sure as hell aren’t patient.”
The premise of putting Max on a dating show was pure genius on Van Dyken’s part. For one, it’s not something I can say I’ve come across in previous novels. And two, I appreciated that it allowed for the antics and games without feeling over the top silly. Van Dyken hit the ball right out of the park with the crazy fun happenings on the island. That being said, I also thought there was a perfect balance of introspection for each of the characters. We really got to see where their heads were for every major occurrence, which I somewhat felt was lacking in the first novel.
“Let’s go be insane together.”
I felt like the second book was definitely better than the first novel of the series, which leaves me ridiculously excited for Reid’s story next. I can only imagine where this gang will take his story knowing what we do about his character. Better strap those helmets on because I have a feeling it’s going to be a bumpy ride! If you’re looking for a laugh out loud, forget the stress of the world type of book, look no further. I highly suggest jumping into this series with both feet!
“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.
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.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Consequence series:
The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence #1)
The Consequence of Seduction (Consequence #3)
The Consequence of Rejection (Consequence #4)
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