The Consequence of Rejection by Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You know the universe is trying to tell you something when you get struck by lightning, but only after getting hit on by the elderly, almost getting run over by a semi, and running into the one who got away.
Why do they say it like that anyway?
Like I accidentally lost her when she was the one that got in the car with my best friend and left me.
The day after I proposed.
We were eighteen.
I wanted forever.
It’s been ten years.
I tried to move on, tried to get married, had that same wedding crashed by my now best friend who says the only way for me to stop pissing off the universe, is to gain closure with the one woman I can’t forget.
So I do it.
I embark on a journey down memory lane that not only lands me in prison but on the receiving end of a fist fight in front of the entire town, this naturally happens after drunken pool sex, climbing the same girl’s window, and getting threatened at gunpoint by her father.
To say the universe is trying to tell me something anything, is a giant understatement.
I just hope I survive the message.
And then, I hope I survive her—again.
“Be the bigger man, even if it means you look like a complete tool. I’ve been the bigger man all my life. Now look at me… total tool, but alas, I got the girl.”
–Max Emory’s Guide to Dating and Other Important Life Lessons.–
I’ve been waiting for Jason’s book ever since readers were introduced to him in Milo and Colton’s story; this is where readers were privy to Jason’s endless trail of bad luck, leaving him emasculated, violated, and turned off by the female crazies who seem to always veer in his direction. And, as each of his friends has found his other half, Jason’s been side-lined, watching from the bench as love finds them while all he feels is rejection and heartache.
Maddy Summers was Jason’s high school sweetheart; he wanted to give her everything, but all she gave him was a broken heart, so when she returns to their hometown, there are unresolved feelings and questions that force them to go back 10 years ago when Maddy left town and took Jason’s heart with her. There are consequences to both of their actions – the ones in the present as well as the ones from when they were a couple, and now that it looks like they will be in each other’s space for the foreseeable future, they need to at least come to a truce and learn how to be around one another, especially when it’s clear that their feelings never dissipated regardless of the decade they’ve been apart.
I love second chance romances; the fact that the hero and heroine already have history together definitely makes their reunion more intriguing, and then when you add in Max’s disastrous plan and Jason’s last ditch effort to stop ticking off the universe, it’s one heck of a hilarious, chaotic romantic comedy that finally gives Jason his shot at forever.
There are so many laugh out loud moments in The Consequence of Rejection that I couldn’t stop giggling, which makes sense because Jason’s new bff, Max, is hell bent on helping Jason by any means necessary, and of course, Max calls in Colt and Reid as reinforcement, even though Jason will probably need saving from them more so than from Maddy.
I do have to admit, though, that I feel like Max’s hijinks and big personality, at times, overshadowed Jason and Maddy’s story. Max is definitely an in-your-face kind of guy and he just so happens to be Jason’s self-proclaimed best friend; Max’s role in reuniting his bestie with his lost love is a huge part of the story line, but as much as I adore Max at the center of everything, I really wanted Jason and Maddy to be the focus throughout the entire story, and there were parts that put them in the background, reveling more so in Max’s over-the-top antics than anything else.
Overall, I loved being back in Rachel Van Dyken’s quirky and unique world; it’s good to know that even though Max, Colt, and Reid have found the one for them that they still know how to raise a little hell and cause quite a bit of mayhem regardless of the fact that they are in love. The comedic shtick is strong with these boys, so there’s never a dull moment when they’re all together, which is both a blessing and a curse for the women who put up with them!
4 Poison Apples
Meet the Author
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!
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