Author: Rachel Van Dyken

The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted October 3, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

I really do love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, plus she’s kind of hilarious on social media, so I’ve been waiting to get my paws on this book. I love the whole idea behind a bachelor auction, plus the guy who orchestrates the whole thing, the grandfather, well he just seemed like such a character, I knew I was going to enjoy reading this book. This book is very much a retelling of a fairytale. I mean our Just Jane is the owner of Cinderella cleaning, and she breaks a shoe pretty early in the book (oh and did I mention that her prince Brock sleeps with the shoe). And no Cinderella is complete without the evil stepsisters, except in Jane’s case, they are her actual sisters. I actually really likes Jane, except for one thing, how she handles her sisters. She lets those horrible women just walk all over her, taking over her entire life, she runs their errands, cooks their food, and basically pays all the bills and bails them out whenever they need it. It sucks. I wanted so much for her to tell them to just get lost. I mean really. They really are the most horrid vapid people. But other than that, Jane was easy to like. She really sees people, and more than that she wants to help them, make them happy. It was hard not to like her. Brock is, well, let’s go with complex. He has this thing about saying no, especially to […]

Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted August 23, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

I have read a few Rachel Van Dyken books before, and I really enjoy reading her work. She is great with pacing and with story so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was also pretty intrigued with how Dani, our main character is mute because of a trauma she experienced, it’s something I haven’t read before, and I love reading new things. So Dani is so adorable, and I really liked her. I think Rachel did a great job capturing the essence of a seventeen year old girl, she really got the snark down fantastically. So Dani’s parents died in an accident one that she seems to feel pretty responsible for, and after the accident she became a selective mute. It’s really kind of heartbreaking. But she has a great group of people around her, her sister Pris and her husband Jaymeson as well as her best friends from the band AD2. They have really accepted her and do their best to both help her and sometimes push her to go outside of her boundaries. I really loved her inner-monologue and how snarky she could be in text messages (after all she had to communicate somehow and texts totally make it easier for her). Our hero in the story is movie star Linc, who hires Dani to be his assistant while he is working on his new movie with Jaymeson and Pris. Let’s just say they start out a bit on the bumpy side. There first […]

Compromising Kessen by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted August 20, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Compromising Kessen by Rachel Van Dyken

I love Rachel Van Dyken’s writing, I don’t know why or how she does it but I do love her writing. There are even some times after I finish reading one of her books and I think about the plot and I can’t help but notice it’s not normally something I would have really liked, but her writing style just makes it impossible for me not to like her stories. This first thing I think of when I think about this book is how cute it was, how much I laughed out loud, and how awesome the secondary characters were in this novel. So I really love Kessen, she’s super smart, she’s driven to do well in her career, she has a love of historical romance novels, and just in general she is fun to read. She ends up having to go to London for a “season” to appease her father if she wants to one day take over the family business, so she goes, although she is totally not for it. Christian works for her dad, but more than that he is also a future duke, and his family goes back a very long time, so much so that the historical novels that Kessen loves so much are all based on Christian’s family. Christian is not so much a fan of Kessen on principle, he’s polite, but he already has an idea of what she is going to be like in his head, only it turns out he is completely wrong. After […]

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted February 23, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

So this book has a college setting, only it’s like no college I ever went to, and I’m pretty sure I prefer my college experience than the one the kids in this school have. But hey that’s just me. So the beginning starts out a little rough for me, not as in hard to read because of bad writing or anything, but rather hard to read because it’s hard to see how Trace is treated at her new school. And for the record Trace deserves a medal for not breaking someones nose, if anyone ever did to me what they did to her, I don’t think I would be able to reign myself in enough to not lash out. I liked Trace, she puts up with far more than I would, but it’s understand and doesn’t read as false. I like that she does have a mouth on her, that she has no problem dishing back whatever is served to her. Granted this always seems to backfire (issues with a drink, eggs, the list goes on). But she does for the most part stand her ground. If I had one complaint about Trace it comes after she was attacked and after said attack she’s like making out with someone, with it being so fresh I don’t think it read as convincing or real. Nixon as a character both pisses me of to the extreme and then I flip the page and then I like him again. He is clearly playing […]