Review of “The Consequence of Revenge” by Rachel Van Dyken

Review of "The Consequence of Revenge" by Rachel Van Dyken A review by Maria.

Max Emory was my favorite character in the first book of author Rachel Van Dyken’s Consequence series, The Consequence of Loving Colton. I fell in love with him even more in his own story: The Consequence of Revenge.

Max is treading water in the pool of life. He loved and lost his best friend to another man. He has no plans to take a job and start living his life again. He’s been considering taking up permanent residence on his couch. He even stops acting out his womanizing ways. His closest friends decide he needs a push back into the real world and secretly sign him up to be the next bachelor on the reality show Love Island. Max is furious and tries to find a way out of the contract they’d forged on his behalf. Seeing no way out of the show, Max heads to paradise with twenty-four possibly insane women to try to survive and possibly fall in love. He never counted on finding Becca, a barista who had spurned his advances in the past.

As I’ve stated, Max continues to be my favorite character from Van Dyken’s incredible cast of characters. He is smart, wealthy, devastatingly handsome and incredibly laugh-until-it-hurts funny. In this 2nd Consequence book, he is finally allowed to bring his A-game. He brings nothing but laughter as he navigates through a handsy doctor, a brother hell-bent on revenge, a demanding director, twenty-four crazy women, overcoming his intense fear of goats, and having every second of his life filmed for national television.

I must give a shout out to the hilarious cast of side characters from book one that were heavily featured in this book as well. Reid continues to be a pain for his brother Max, and even becomes part of the television crew to try and get revenge on him for a hilarious incident with some gas inducing gummy bears. Best gal pal, Milo with her new husband Colt make appearances, along with Milo’s brother and Max’s new closest friend, Jason. These four characters complete what Max fondly calls his gang. All of their interactions with him whether they involve gummy bears, prostate exams, pick-up contests, or vetting the women on reality television are down right rib-cracking funny.

The Consequence of Revenge was a very fast paced book for the most part. It began to drag a little bit during the scenes on the island but more characters arrived so it picked up the pace again. Van Dyken was continued to keep the novel witty, funny, and full of surprises.

So many scenes in this book literally had me falling out of my chair laughing, that before I was even a hundred pages through the novel I was already recommending it to all my friends! This romantic comedy is appropriate for adult readers.

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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