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What made the experience of listening to The Bet the most enjoyable?
I didn't care for the narrator. She made it feel more childish with her voice inflections.
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This book is quite unique, at least it was for me. It reads like a romantic sit-com. Everything that can go wrong, does. Every opportunity is interrupted. Every comment misinterpreted. Don't get me wrong, it was quite amusing but it felt fiction.
Jake and Travis grew up with Kacey. She's the girl next door. They're brothers. As the younger brother, Jake was the best friend to Kacey. They had their moments of more in high school and again with the "incident" but it hadn't worked. Travis is the brother who loves her and can't show it. He chases her in a very little boy way. Spiders, snakes and rocks are all involved. She calls him Satan. But she doesn't always notice how much he's there for her.
When Jake needs to smooth things over with the press, he thinks a fake engagement to the one girl he should love is the perfect plan. He's not good enough for her but he thinks he should love her. Problem is that he's an a$$ and she's not what he needs at all. But thinking of his poor sick (NOT) grandmother who's always been there for her, she agrees. Too bad Travis (aka Satan) will also be there.
Yeah, these characters do have a childish charm to them and they really are still pretty young but I love them. Of course, Travis is my favorite. (I actually wanted to drop-kick Jake the first time he...never mind). Travis is a sweetie who has been in love with Kacey since he was eight and made a bet with his younger brother. Even though he has a terrible way of showing his feelings, Travis did so many sweet things I was a pile of goo for him.
Kacey is struggling with the death of her parents and the "incident". She needs to work through it all and Grandma has a plan. And no one should ever get in the way of Grandma's plans. She's a riot, really.
While these characters and this story really felt like a work of fiction, I found is amusing and entertaining. Giggled some and swore once or twice. It's a fun read.
Any additional comments?
This book really got on my nerves. I kept listening, hoping things would get better but they didn't. The main characters were in their 20's and acted like children. The banter back and forth was funny sometimes but in the most part irritating. The misunderstanding between the male and female characters was just ridiculous. The only good thing I can say is Tanya Eby was narrating and she is a favorite of mine. Not credit worthy in my opinion.