Series: Dare to Love #1
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humorous, Romance
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In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.
After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.
His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.
I’ve read parts of this book more than once, it just kind of stuck in my head and I felt compelled to re-read the good parts of this book. I can honestly say I am not sure what exactly pulls me to this book, I think it’s the underlying friendships that are going on within this book. That and the humor in the book is something that stuck with me, I love books that make me giggle when I’m reading them.
Maggie is not looking for a relationship, in fact she is the farthest away from wanting a relationship, but she has a best friend who is at a place where she wants to try to find someone, but she doesn’t want to go at it alone. So the girls make a pact, at least one date a month with someone who fits their rules for a man and that they have to be open to the possibility of more. Maggie doesn’t exactly take this seriously, she goes along with it for her friend, but the date she is most excited about is with a guy who is never available and has tons of other options, she likes this date because she knows nothing will happen from it. I think part of what I like about this pact is that its something that I could easily see to girl best friends agreeing to do, looking for love can be daunting, but having a partner in crime certainly takes the edge off.
What I love about the group of friends is that they are hilarious. They tease each other just the way that I tease my friends. A bunch of them live in the same building so it makes for some interesting scenes like when Maggie gets home from a date and her friends are trying to break down the door or are already inside to find out what happened. I just loved the dynamics of the friendships in this book. Oh and there is one scene where Maggie gets one of her guy friends to go on a date with her to count for the month, and per the rules of the pact they have to kiss, the scene is hilarious, I think he gagged and even showered afterwards, it had me laughing so hard.
So the guy in the book is probably why I didn’t rate the book at five stars. He’s a perfectly fine guy, and I liked him and Maggie together. Tyler moves into the same building as Maggie and wants to keep her as far away from him as possible, he is not looking to be involved with anyone. His reasoning for not wanting to be involved with anyone was a bit hard for me. Yes I understood it, but at the same time in spots I thought it was too much. But overall he’s a great guy and I think him and Maggie belong together.
I easily recommend this book to just about anyone who likes romance, likes to have books with great friendship dynamics and that make you laugh out loud. Check out this book, you won’t regret it.