Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Consequence of Revenge by Rachel Van Dyken Blog Tour & Review

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, oneterrifying 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?


“Have you been sexually active in the past six months?” The doctor sniffed and started pulling out supplies, laying them across the table. I watched in horror as visions of getting abducted by aliens danced like sugarplums in my head.

People die from fear.

It could happen.

I read stories where people would just spontaneously combust.

And it was about to happen if the heat in my body and all-around shaking were any indicator.

“I have to—” Jason ran toward the door and slammed it behind him.

“Weak stomach?” The doctor chuckled.

“He’s afraid of my nakedness—makes him feel like less of a man.”

“O-okay.” The doctor laughed again and motioned for me to turn around. “Now, drop your pants to your knees.”

Let it be known that no man. NO MAN should ever hear those words from someone who could pass as his great-grandfather.

The cold air bit my ass as I turned and waited.

“Now, bend over.”


I did as he said, cursing Jason and all his future children.

“Now, this may be cold.”

Just let it be small.

“And a bit painful, it’s totally normal to experience some discomfort.”

“Ha-ha.” I laughed dryly. “Guess we know what it means if it’s comfortable, am I right, Doc?”

And silence.

Worst thing to say when you have your pants at your ankles and the doctor’s about two seconds away from making you see stars. Where were the drugs?

“Now try not to tense up.”

Ha, seriously?

“Here we go.”

Oh. God. Did he need to count down?

“Turn your head and—cough.”

“Mother of God!” I shouted, hitting my hands against the metal table as the doctor made his intentions perfectly clear.

“Cough!” he shouted.

“Stop yelling at me!”

“I’m not yelling!”

“I want to go home now.”

“Almost done!” The doctor laughed uncomfortably.

I choked when he removed his digits from my special place. I had one of those moments, the kind where you feel so used you’re not sure whether you should cry or laugh.

“All right! You can put your pants back on.”

I felt ashamed. Like I’d just been screwed and not even offered dinner for my gallant efforts in the bedroom. Holy shit, was this what girls felt like after one-night stands?

Where the hell were my flowers?

At least give me a sucker or something . . . maybe a sticker? Saying I got . . . never mind. Those types of stickers were probably illegal.

“Now.” The doc took off his gloves and washed his hands.


He put on a new pair.

And the torture train just kept tooting.

Ha, tooting, see, it’s funny because . . . never mind.

“I’ll just need to draw some blood.” He pulled out a giant-ass needle and I had one of those moments that I’m sure every five-year-old experiences right before his mom holds him down while he gets a needle in the ass.


“This won’t hurt a bit.” He laughed nervously.


I winced as he pricked my arm and started drawing blood. His lips were moving but I wasn’t really catching anything.

“All donnne.” His voice was low. Why was he talking so slow?

“Youuu cannn gooo noowww.”

I shook my head and tried to go to the door but was met with total blackness before I took two steps.

The last thought in my head?

I was trapped in a room with a man who’d just seen my Mighty Max. I hoped to God he hadn’t liked it.

Kim's Review
5 STARS!!!

Max Emory is still feeling the loss of his best friend even though Milo hasn’t really left. His friends feel he needs to move on and sign him up as the next bachelor for the reality series Love Island. Although Max doesn’t want to be on the show he ends up going and finds being stranded on the Island with twenty-five women, one of which takes Max’s breath away. Will Max finally get his happy ending?

I was given this in exchange for an honest review.

Max is a fun-loving outgoing character who you can’t help but fall for. His not like most guys you read about in books as he wears his heart on his sleeve. He has the cheesiest pickup lines that he’s sure works but you can’t do anything but laugh. Under all this Max is insecure and looking for love. When he finds out that his friends set him up he puts up a protest but goes through with the show. What Max didn’t expect to find was Becca. The bond he has with her isn’t instant until they board the plane for the show.

Becca applied for a reality show she never thought much about other than it getting her the money she needed to continue her education. Wanting to be a teacher more than her current job as a barista at Starbucks has her doing things she doesn’t normally do. After meeting Max the first time she never expected to see him on the plane. Now that she has spent more time with him, he’s winning her over more than she wants to admit.

This is the second book in the “Consequences Series” and it’s the most fun loving and hilarious book I’ve read this year. Max is a guy who does what he wants and doesn’t worry about the consequences. When his friends sign him up for the reality show to get him to move on and get a job. Finally Max may protest but when he finds out that Becca the Barista he hit on earlier has him thinking it may not be such a bad idea.
The things Max goes through to be able to get on the show and then you add the goat to the mix once he’s one on the Island that left me laughing and wanting more. I fell in love with Max’s character easily, as he is one of those type of guys you just want to be around. He finds the good in everything. When he convinces Becca to be his partner in crime, the chemistry between these two explode and you go on a roller coaster ride with them.
This book can be read as a stand-alone as I did read it as but I suggest you start from the beginning as I just could get enough of Max. I was hooked from the beginning of this book and have added it to my favourite list. Rachel Van Dyken did an awesome job with this book and I highly suggest this book to anyone who likes to read!


Other Books in the Series

The Consequence of Loving Colton

It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?

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, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! Want to be kept up to date on new releases?

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