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?
“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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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mischief and mayhem all rolled into one ultimately sweet story.
Max Emory seemingly has everything. He’s finished college, is incredibly good looking with a charisma to match and is heir to a hotel empire. What he doesn’t have is direction. And since losing his best friend Milo after she got married, he’s also lost his drive.
“I might have lost my best friend to marriage, but I’d gained Jason in the process, though his only goal during the last few months, since I’d graduated college, had been to get me off my sorry ass. But let’s be honest, I have a really nice ass, why not sit on it?”
But his forever meddling friends won’t let him go on like that much longer. They’ve thought of everything and in the hopes that he’ll find himself, they’ve signed him up without his knowledge to be the next bachelor in a hit reality TV show. Will he find more than wild animals on Love Island?
Becca needs money to finish college. She’s working at a local Starbucks, and as luck will have it, she’s already rejected Max and his horrible pickup lines. Together with twenty plus other beautiful women, she’s on her way to Love Island to be a contestant and try to win a quarter of a million dollars or find love. But the more time she spends with Max the more she falls for his crazy magnetic personality. Can Max convince to choose him and love?
“I thought that because he was funny he was harmless, but I’d had no idea funny could be dangerous because it was too easy to let him in and once he was in he stayed there – refusing to budge. He wasn’t just funny, he was sexy and had a personality that was electric.”
Even though we met Becca from the start, it did take a bit for the actual getting to know each other to begin. Not the comedy part though, that was included in just about every page in the book except for the steamy and sweet moments, which… ok, also involved humor.
Besides having to survive horrific doctor checkups, he’s now faced with the fact that he can’t get out of participating in this crazy scheme and will have to live on the island with various questionably stable women. Ranging from an Amazonezk who could break him in half, to one that wants to eat him, to one that can’t even speak English. No worries though, in order to survive, he’s made a chart and nicknamed most of them. “There’s Angry, Grumpy, Sneezy, Dopey and Doc. Not gonna lie – kind of on the fence about Doc.”
And let’s not forget Hades the underwear eating goat and Little G the gecko that went everywhere in Max’s pocket. But from the moment he spots Becca and gets to know her, he finds that he’ll do just about anything to keep her.
“Can I keep you? … I’ll sell Reid… He can go live in Alaska for all I care, just tell me I can keep you. I want to freaking wrap you up, put you in my pocket, and never let go.”
I loved Max from the moment I met him in the previous book and he just proved to be even more endearing in this one.
“Not the time for hesitation. You’re either hashtag Team Max or hashtag Team Reid.”
Max is sarcastic and funny and I highlighted so many witty dialogues between him and ALL of the characters, including Hades and Little G. But there were also parts where I felt the loss of Max’s best friend and his self-doubt. I was touched by how he truly cares for Milo.
“I just wanted to be in your solar system even if I was Pluto… the furthest away from the sun.”
So I was pleased to no end he found a girl that understood, went along with and even encouraged his crazy but also someone that inspired his sweet side and made him go as far as to want to give up his man card.
“I’m sure, no, I’m positive, that up until this moment I have been doing life wrong . . . because I haven’t been with you. It hasn’t been with you.”
I can pretty much sum this series up in three words: delightful hysterical shenanigans. If you’ve read The Consequence of Loving Colt, you know that Max is an incorrigible, unfiltered charmer and together with the gang which are incredible together, you know you’ll be holding on to your stomach in fits of laughter. If you haven’t read book one in this series, don’t worry, you can read this book as a standalone while holding your stomach while laughing.
The story flew by in a series laughs, smiles and swoony moments and hit the perfect spot for when you want to escape into a light read. I can’t wait to read about Jason and Reid and see what hilarity Rachel will bring us.
Book Facts: The Consequence of Revenge is book #2 in the Consequence series by Rachel Van Dyken. It’s written from both points of view. Can be read as a standalone with a happy ending.
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *
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