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Truth or Dare? (Choc Lit) (Chesil Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura E James
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The path to love …

Kate Blair’s sick of unrequited love. She’s quietly waited for Mickey for the past six years and finding a compass-carved heart, with their initials scratched through the middle, only strengthens her resolve: no more Mickey and no more playing it safe.

It’s time to take a chance on real love and Declan O’Brien’s the perfect risk. He’s handsome, kind and crazy about her so it’s not long before all thoughts of Mickey come few and far between.

But old habits die-hard. Kate may have started to forget … but has Mickey?

Laura E. James tackles some thorny issues in her debut, showing that contemporary romantic fiction is not all flowers and swooning heroines.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1995 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit Lite (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3I4PHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Possessing little in the way of domestic skills, and with an insatiable hunger to write, Laura E. James found a much better use than cooking, for the family kitchen. Tucked neatly in one corner is her very small, but very tidy desk from where she produces issue-driven romantic novels, short stories, and flash fiction. She considers her legendary affair with stationery, the urge to smell new books, and her mum's love of reading as the catalysts for writing.

Living in and enjoying the inspirational county of Dorset, her formative years were spent in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition.

Now in her formed years, Laura is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists' Association's New Writers' Scheme, a member of her local writing group, Off The Cuff, and one eighth of The Romaniacs.
With her debut novel nominated for the Best Romantic Ebook 2013, Laura writes for the award-winning Choc Lit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth or Dare? - Laura E James 22 Nov. 2013
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As many of the other reviews have stated, this is a romance with a tough edge.

The book tells the story of a number of different characters and spans over quite a few years. Although the story follows a few different people on their journeys, each individual story is told with great depth and intertwines with the others beautifully.

The author of this book deals with real life issues and she isn't afraid to be blunt about them. However, she does handle the more delicate issues with expertise and sensitivity.

The characters are well drawn and each have their own motive and personal journey - which is refreshing. With so many 'main' characters, it is sometimes easy to get lost along the way or have the characters fizzle out, but Laura E James does a great job with keeping these characters constantly at the forefront of your mind.

Initially, I was unsure of the reason for the time difference - having the book start many years previous and then jumping forward. But, this is all revealed in the second half of the book and you can see that the beginning is a vital part of the story.It not only creates a solid foundation, but, it also helps you understand the characters that little bit more.

The book kept me guessing throughout and I found myself wondering about the relevance of a certain character. However, this was all revealed to me at the crucial twist point in the book and it was fantastic! Whilst the pace is good throughout the novel, the last third was definitely spot on and kept me flicking the pages quicker and more eagerly to see the outcome of the story.

Complex themes, great characters and a well thought out plot - this is an excellent début novel. I am sure we will see great things from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its What you'd expect 5 Mar. 2014
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Easy reading, nice concept - enjoyed it thoroughly and didn't really put it down, I was very interested to see how the story ended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Debut! More please ... 20 Dec. 2013
By MrsRave
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I love how the story opens in the past, giving us a great flavour of the depth of feeling between best friends Kate and Rose, laying bare their personal hang-ups, flaws and very different views on men and relationships. In turn, we see how this has affected their present and potential future aspirations, with the author exploring some really challenging subjects. The characters, Kate, in particular, who faces some risky choices, certainly have their emotions tested. At times, it felt like I was reading a thriller, given the gritty conflict and pace which never wanes, but at the core of the story is romance, with some really tender moments which create the perfect balance. Fab twist too. Powerful stuff. I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read! 18 Dec. 2013
By izzy
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Wow! Not normally a fan of romantic fiction I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself not only enjoying this book but unable to put it down. Enough intrigue to keep me wanting to keep turning the pages, with characters that I felt I could identify with. Will definitely be keeping my eye out for the next offering from this author. *****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 5 Dec. 2013
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Well worth reading. A great plot, amazing characters, well written and can't wait for the next Laura E James book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story without the soft edges 19 Nov. 2013
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Truth or Dare? Is a love story spanning several years. However, it's not a soft romance. It deals with darker issues that are not always tackled in this genre. The characters, like every day people, have many layers and these are gradually deconstructed, examined and reconstructed as the story progresses. By the end of the book, you feel as if you really know the characters as their psyches are delved into and their actions and reactions to their circumstances are played out.

There is a twist towards the end and the fall-out of this is dealt with in a tension filled way - I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.

For those who like their romance/love stories a bit tougher, then Truth or Dare? is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 13 Nov. 2013
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I've never read a romantic novel before, being a bloke and all. This is a good read and keeps you locked into the fate of the characters throughout. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with bite 9 Nov. 2013
By RosieT
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This is such an interesting book, with characters who are definitely not out of a fairytale romance, but are real, with flaws. Some of those flaws are forgiveable, others most definitely not. It's a real page turner and I'll need to read it again, as I rushed through it because I was so keen to see what happened next. The ending is a bit ambiguous which is my only criticism, but as that was probably intentional on the part of the author, it's down to my own preference and not an indictment of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking read
This was a really unusual story and at first, I found it a bit difficult to settle into because some of the themes are very hard-hitting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by wood_beez48
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB, FAB, FAB!!
Thank god for amazon and my kindle, if it wasn't for these I would never get to read great books like this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lara croft
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A departure from my usual reading genre but enjoyable nevertheless. Recommended read.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and lies
A mostly delightful story with some heartbreaking and tense moments. Will true love win out or will blame overcome . Well written .
Published 7 months ago by Marie Cornish
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth, dare, double dare, promise or command.
Light, entertaining read which makes you think. Which would you go for - a truth or a dare. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Published 8 months ago by Lizzie Dripping
4.0 out of 5 stars A successful debut!
I saw some of this debut novel in its fledgling stage so it is really lovely to see it out now and receiving good reviews, Laura is a very committed writer and I'm sure she has... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Isolde Martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I unravelled the mystery just before the tale was told and was very proud of myself!!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Really enjoyed this book - couldn't put it down and read it over 3 nights. There were elements of the characters I could really relate to, especially Rosie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Suzannah Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put this down.
I really enjoyed every page of this very engrossing book. Fast moving and full of characters with tangled lives. Thanks Choc Lit.
Published 9 months ago by Sylvia Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Belated praise for Laura E James
I read and enjoyed this when it first came out and have only just remembered, after seeing Laura James' next book Follow Me, Follow You, advertised in the Bookseller, that I hadn't... Read more
Published 10 months ago by celia j anderson
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