RELEASE: April 21st, 2015
It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.
They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?
Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.
Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?
Review by: Gina
This is one of those stories where it would have been easier if Milo and Colton where just honest with each other about their feelings...but then it wouldn't have been as good and it was sooooo good! I was hooked from the very first page. I am a huge Rom Com fan and Rachel did a fantastic job with this book. It was sweet but there were times I was crying because I was laughing so hard!
I love a good brother's best friend story, it's one of my favorite troupes, and this one was perfect! It was well written, really fun story line and the comedic timing was amazing! Even though there are several character's interacting all at the same time, it was still really easy to follow.
While I loved all the character's, Max stole the show for me! He was super funny, everything that came out of his mouth made me laugh! I would love to have Max as my best friend. I highly recommend this book, it's sweet and super funny! You will not be disappointed!
Review by: Tracy
I love Rachel Van Dyken's books but this is now my absolute favorite one, probably my favorite of 2015 so far.
When I first started reading the story of Milo being in love with her brothers best friend I was expecting it to be like all the other stories I have read. I was proven so very wrong. Yes Milo is in love with her brothers best friend Colton. She realizes that he is never going to see her as anything more than "like a sister". She goes away to college and meets Max, her hysterical best friend. Having to head back home for a wedding she wasn't ready to be around Colton again. That's where everything begins.
Max is hysterical, the shit that came out of his mouth literally had me laughing out loud. It just keeping better and better. The antics him and Milo got into. Then him and Colton. By the end of the book I was laughing so hard I was crying. I seriously need to find a friend like him, it would never be a dull moment.
Oh, there is a hilarious grandma too!
Run, don't walk to get this book, you will be so glad you did. I hope you laugh and enjoy it as much as I did.
Review by: Tatia
You know those authors that write a book that you absolutely love and then have you wondering why you haven't read more of their books? Rachel Van Dyken is that author for me. I've only read a handful of her books, which I loved. After reading The Consequences of Loving Colton, I'm kicking myself in the ass for not having read more.
I inhaled this book. I put off everything I possibly could so that I wouldn't have to put it down. I was literally crying I was laughing so hard at the ridiculousness that was pretty much every one in this book. The characters are my absolute favorite. Milo, God love her, is the most dangerous person on the planet. She just needs to be locked up in a padded room and kept there. She doesn't injure herself though. No, she only inflicts pain on those around her, mainly her brother, Jason. Poor guy. I felt extremely bad for him throughout the entire book.
And then there is Colton. He's grown up with Jason and Milo, so he knows to be cautious of the walking disaster they are. He antagonizes Milo, pushes all of her buttons and knows how to get underneath her skin.
I couldn't begin to tell you all of the things I loved. RVD created characters that can not be topped. It's not all about sexy alphas that have our panties melting with just one look. I want the heroes that have me holding my side from laughter, spitting my drink across the room from something ridiculous they said. We get that and more. I found my new favorite book, and you can bet that I'll be picking up my next RVD book as soon as possible. She's a definite must-read author.
Review by: Heather
Yep! Rachel Van Dyken has done it again! The Consequences of Loving Colton is a tale of two childhood friends, Milo and Colton who a brought together after a while of not seeing each other for Milo's brother, Jason's wedding.
Having had feelings for Colton for like ever and being rejected more than once by him, Milo's best friend, Max comes up with a plan to help Milo get her man.
With the help of Max and some other secondary characters, the wedding weekend turns into one of chaos and hilarity. Throw in a horny grandma, a tree and some ants and you have yourself a delightful and belly laugh funny book!
I absolutely adored this book! I couldn't put it down! It was smart, sexy and oh so funny! I laughed out load through at least 70% of this book. The story line was great, the characters were lovable- all of them including Jason's bitch of a fiancé, Jayne.
I loved this light, humorous read so much I give it 5- omg your are going to pee in your pants from laughing so hard - stars!
Review by: Fidah
The Consequence of Loving Colton is a fun, entertaining and quick read. It follows a rather common idea where the female character is in love with her brother's best friend. For most stories, the two characters would have a rather hot and cold progress in their relationship which is the case for this book. However, some of the things that makes this story great are the characters and the weird situations they get pulled into.
The characters in this book are hilarious and entertaining to read about. My favourite character is Max, who is Milo's best friend and pretend boyfriend in the book. Max is a loyal, witty and outgoing guy. I love the dynamic between him and Milo. He won me over easily. At some point in the book, I even realised that I adored him even more than Colton. He often lands himself into ridiculous situations which makes those scenes really fun to read. Not only that, he's such a great support for Milo. There weren't any unnecessary drama. I really liked him. Of course, the other characters were just as fantastic but Max, he's it.
The downside to this book would be the second half of the book where things get rather complicated and insane. While it made me laugh, the storyline started being rather unrealistic too. Overall, it was a rather great new adult read. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a silly and funny contemporary romance.
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 and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
“I can’t believe you’re really going to college, Milo.” Colton’s teasing smile flashed right in front of me, rendering me temporarily blind. Man, he was beautiful. His normally dark-brown hair had shots of gold from the summer sun. Dimples peeked out from his mega-white smile and I was pretty confident that I saw a twinkle in his green eyes meant just for me. He’d been home for two months since graduation and was already off saving the world one fire at a time. I watched his full lips curve around the mouth of his Corona. He and my brother Jason had organized a going-away party for me. Apparently me getting accepted into NYU was a big deal: they’d even gone so far as to get a Star Wars–themed cake from Dairy Queen and a princess tiara that said “Pretty” across it. It was always their joke with me. I was a complete and total tomboy—I loved picking fights and getting muddy—yet still demanded they treat me like a princess.
With a sigh I leaned back on the picnic blanket and looked up at the stars. My crown fell to the side of my head, causing my hair to fall all over my face. The party had been over for a few hours, leaving me, Colt, and Jason. I should have been happy: after all, who does that for their little sister? What brother would even care? Furthermore, the fact that it had all been Colt’s idea, someone who wasn’t even family, was huge. But . . . maybe that’s the part that left me feeling empty. I might as well be family to Colton. I was the little sister he’d never had—and secretly, I’d always wanted to be so much more.
“Aw, you messed up your hair,” Colton teased, lifting the crown with the tip of his finger and giving me a sexy wink.
“Whatever shall I do?” I huffed.
“I’ll save you.” His voice was just above a whisper. “I’ve always wanted to save a princess.”
“You did.” My grin was huge. “You saved me a least a hundred times when we were little—slew the dragon at the top of the stairs and did it all without getting a scratch.”
“Messy job.” He let out a long, exaggerated sigh. “I don’t know how I made it to my twenty-first birthday without getting singed.”
“Donald didn’t breathe fire. He was a fireless dragon, remember?”
“Oh, right.” His eyes twinkled. “How is the old dragon anyway?”
I shrugged and chewed on my lower lip. “Haven’t been in the attic since you guys left for school. I’ve been busy.”
“Too busy to play?”
I rolled my eyes. “Too busy graduating to play, yeah.”
“Where’s the fun in that?”
“Fun.” I snorted. “The last time I had fun was when we snuck into your parents’ pool and—” I clamped my mouth shut before the words could tumble out on their own. Crap. Crap. Crap.
“Skinny-dipped.” He finished my thought. “Yeah, that was a blast.”
“Hey, guys!” Jason called as he ran out of the house. “Dad needs me to grab Mom from work so I’ll be right back! Don’t do anything fun without me! I mean it!”
The loud roar from his truck drowned out our conversation for a brief second and then slowly dissipated as the vehicle barreled down the driveway.
“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Colton asked.
If his thoughts were along the line of finally getting him alone, away from my brother? “Absolutely.” I grinned as he grabbed my hand and helped me off the blanket.
“Come on. Let’s go have fun.”
Curious, I followed Colt as we ran through a few backyards and finally ended up at his house.
“What are we doing?” I asked in a hushed voice.
“Having fun.” I swear his grin made my heart almost stop. “Now strip, Milo, we don’t have all night and Jason’s going to be pissed he isn’t with us.”
Laughing, I took off my shirt and shorts—I’d spent years swimming with the guys in my sports bra and underwear, though as we got older it became weird, but only on my end. It felt strange to strip down to nothing, knowing that my feelings for Colton were very real whereas his were nonexistent. I mean, it was Colton. Sure, I had a crush on him, but he never, ever thought of me that way. Ever.
“Last one in’s a rotten—”
I didn’t hear him finish—but I did beat him into the water. His mom and stepdad’s pool was always my favorite place to swim. It had a little waterfall in the deep end that you could swim under that always made me think of fairy tales and the movies. Then again, that could be because every time I broke through the water it was Colton’s face I saw, and his smile that drew me. He was my own personal Prince Charming.
Laughing, Colton splashed around, then hauled himself out of the pool and did a cannonball right by my face. I was glad that it was dark—I must have been beet-red. Man, the guy was ripped.
“Wanna race?” he asked, out of breath.
“Wanna lose?” I countered.
“Um, it’s an everyday occurrence.” I swam over to the edge. “Ready, set—”
“—go!” He ran instead of swam and then dove under water.
Bastard! Arms burning, I tried to make it to the other end of the pool. I usually didn’t open my eyes under water, but this time I did to see where I was going.
His body was a blur in front of me. All I saw was hard-lined muscle.
I stopped right in front of him and jumped to the surface. “You cheated.”
“I like to call it winning.” He beamed triumphantly.
“Cheating.” My teeth ground together as I pushed against his chest. Laughing, he fell backward, pulling me with him. Our bodies ground together, heat against heat, skin against skin.
And suddenly sneaking away from Jason wasn’t funny anymore.
Neither of us was laughing.
His hands moved from my waist slowly up my body until they rested on my face. With a curse he pulled my head toward his. “We should . . .”
“Yeah,” I whispered.
Neither of us pulled away.
His lips brushed mine, just enough to make me strain toward him—I needed him like I needed air.
“Kids!” His stepdad’s voice rang through the night air. “You out here making noise?”
Colton pushed me away and I nearly hit my head on the waterfall rocks.
“Yeah, just . . . hanging out!” Colton called. “I’m with Jason’s sister.”
I froze. He’d never called me that before. He even said it in such a final way, as if that was all I would ever be. Period. My heart didn’t just sink . . . it shuddered, then combusted, as all the hopes I’d harbored since I was thirteen came to a crushing world-altering halt. My suspicions were finally confirmed. Out loud. On the day the boy I liked had thought enough to throw me a party.
The line had been drawn. And I might as well be on the other side of the universe.
That was the day I lost Colton Mathews—forever.