- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 932 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (16 Sept. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FUZPUSC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Truth or Dare: A Dare to Love Novel Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Having read the second in the series, and really enjoyed it, I was delighted to get to read this one too. I was a bit nervous that I would know what had happened, thereby spoiling it, but it has been a month or two, so it came as a fresh story. I am looking forward to the third in the series - so that the last of the gang can get his HEA too!
This is a book which manages to be humorous, and I mean really funny in places, as well as rather sad, and definitely chemistry laden. As the reader it is clearly a lot easier to see the situation, because the author lets us into both their secrets - and this is one of those times when you want to take the leads and knock their heads together on occasion. That said, they are both very honest with each other, in all but one thing - their true feelings for each other. I found the main issue to be believable and undoubtedly it made Tyler even more of a good guy. I loved the resolution and how the story ends. In fact I may well have to reread Touch & Go now, as a follow on, because I want to be reminded of how they move forward in the next book!
Thank you Ms Kelly for a lovely story, beautifully told.
~~ Wicked Reads Review Team ~~
Truth or Dare is the first book I have read by Mira Lyn Kelly, it won't be my last. I really enjoyed her fresh, fast paced writing. The banter between the characters and the one liners was some of the best I have read for a while.
Tyler Wells gave good date.
What begins as a series of one off dates for Maggie and her friend Ava turns into something so much more when the new guy upstairs turns out to be more than just an annoying albeit hot new neighbor. It turns out Tyler has more going on in his life than just moving cities for work, and as his relationship with Maggie develops beyond the friends-with-benefits they initially agreed upon you begin to see a guy stuck between trying to do the right thing, and what is right for him.
One kiss would never be enough.
The man had skills.
I liked this book, the first 60% kept me fully invested in the story. It did fizzle a little in the second half, I struggled to completely believe the whole Gina situation, and Maggie's somewhat easy acceptance of it. Tyler inevitably does the right thing, which I liked, and the epilogue rounded things off nicely for them.
Looking forward to reading the next book in the series Touch & Go, this is Ava's story (Maggie's best friend) and I love nothing more than a friends to lovers story.
ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Tyler never knew a neighbor could affect him like this. He loves riling her up and p*****g her off. She is beautiful though and that is the type of thought he needs to stay away from. He can't afford to leave her get to close. He can't offer her anything. He lives day to day waiting for a woman he can't stand to call him so he can drop everything to go be with her. Why? Well that is a f****d up story. But necessary. But these feelings for Maggie aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
When Tyler and Maggie start mixing in the same circle and spending more time together than passing each other in the hall throwing insults around, it's obvious their attraction is strong. And not exactly wanted by either of them. As the tension increases between them something has to give and surely one night together will do no harm will it? They can be adults, satisfy their needs then forget about it and carry on as friends right? No. Things get more complicated for the pair as feelings grow, secrets revealed and the absolute truth that they can never be laid bare.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This story really isn't my cup of tea....but it did have some redeeming qualities.
Pros: The hero, Tyler, isn't your typical man whore found in most of these UA Romance Novels. On the contrary, he is not an A hole, but a nice guy who wants to do the right thing and be there for his "family". I also liked Maggie, the heroine. She was smart, funny and sweet. The two of them had great chemistry. The other thing that I liked about the book is that it didn't have a cliffhanger ending and had a HEA. Now for the Cons: The writing just didn't flow well and there were a lot of words missing in the dialogue which made for a challenging and less enjoyable read. Further, the title of the novel didn't fit the story line---at all. I also didn't really get the whole monthly date bet going on between Ava and Maggie and thought it was rather stupid. Additionally, Ava, her brother, and his friends were way too involved in Maggie's personal life- Maggie's attempt at a romance with Ava's brother/her landlord was pathetic. As for Tyler, although I liked his personality and playful banter with Maggie, he was just too much of a doormat as far as Gina was concerned. He put up with her actions (or lack thereof) for far too long. I was aggravated by the whole situation.
I loved this story! I thought the plot was really unique - Tyler is a determined, loyal and forthright man, willing to sacrifice his own future happiness in order to be there for the boy he's loved since birth (who turns out not to be his biological child) even if he knows that the boy's mother is not the woman for him. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, his attraction to Maggie is all the more intense for it's forbidden pleasure, that he can't give her the future that she wants but he can't stop himself from desiring her either. You really feel for Tyler and the position he is in. Maggie is an equally engaging character, feisty, flirty, full of life and longing to be with someone who will be true to her. She knows that Tyler is holding himself back from her and that a future with him is not in the cards, but the sexual chemistry between them leads her to the acknowledgement that even if it's just for a short time, she is willing to be with him. The love scenes between them are sensual, erotic and emotional as they try to fulfill their desires for each other without committing their hearts - a task that proves impossible as their relationship develops over the course of the story.
The secondary characters in this book, specifically Maggie's circle of friends, add a delightful mix of humour, witty dialogue, thoughtful moments and the overall joy and camaraderie that is found in a group of close adults. As much as I enjoyed the romance between Maggie and Tyler, I also really liked the interactions between the group, and they really rounded out the story well. I hope there will be several more books in the series featuring the other characters introduced in this novel.
Overall I found this book to be a delightful contemporary romance with all the elements I look for in a good story - a bit of tension and angst, sexual chemistry, steamy love scenes, engaging characters and a well written plot. Once I started the book I had a hard time putting it down. 5 fabulous stars!
This is a fantastic beginning to what appears to be a great series. Can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend this one for everyone.
“You intentionally go out on bad dates to protect guys from getting their feelings hurt, and so your friend can find the romance you aren’t interested in. Maggie, you know that’s nuts, right?”
From the get-go our heroine Maggie and hero Tyler rub each other the wrong way. For the first 25% of the book they are so busy gleefully bickering like children that they haven’t yet realized how much they truly enjoy each other’s company. Or that all of that angst is riddled with ever-building sexual tension. Eventually they call a truce, at least attempt to fall into a comfortable friendship, and that’s really where the story starts.
Written from dual perspectives, both of the main—as well as the secondary—characters are multifaceted and fairly well fleshed out. The book is built on a framework of realistic friendships, in fact much of how we get to know Maggie is through the interactions with her friends. Tyler takes quite a while longer to open up, so much so that through out a great deal of the book I was torn between curiosity and frustration wanting to know more about him.
From the very beginning it is clear that both Maggie and Tyler have serious aversions to forming romantic relationships. Without going into spoilers I will say that both their reasonings—although a bit unusual—are believable and make sense.
All in all this is a book about friendship, family, and love. Engaging, entertaining, and at times alternately arousing and laugh out loud funny. I definitely have a new author to add to my must-read list.
**For the sake of full disclosure it must be stated that I received this book, free of charge, from Netgalley.**
-Very sexy: excellent sexual chemistry between Maggie and Tyler and the anticipation leading up to a physical relationship was very well done.
-Likeable leads: Tyler and Maggie are sympathetic and have a good friendship established before sex happens.
-Plausible emotional baggage: Tyler’s reason for not being available for a relationship was very sweet, a bit unexpected. Maggie being gun shy was laid out well and when things turned it was handled in a mature manner, yet very angsty, which I liked.
-Enjoyable secondary characters: I like Ava, Sam and Ford. Their friendship was wacky but fun, and I can see Ava/Sam hooking up in the next book.
The Bad and Everything In Between
-More show vs tell: their earlier conversations would have been helpful when they were getting to know one another.
-The plot is a bit thin: once you get past Tyler and Maggie’s issue (which is essentially the same thing - severe case of tunnel vision), it’s a bit thin. There’s almost no real background set up for either Maggie or Tyler. They could exist in a vacuum and their professional lives would have almost no impact on the story. Maggie’s conflict was work-related, but even that was more for plot’s sake.
-Title doesn't really fit: It's more about the pact than any game of truth or dare, but perhaps it's just catchy IDK.
The Bottom Line
The chemistry between all the characters and the dialogue made this an enjoyable read. I’ve never read anything by Ms. Kelly, but I’d definitely read more.
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