Title: Dare to Love, Book 1: Truth or Dare
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, USA Today bestselling author 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.
Having a door slammed in your face isn't exactly the best way to begin a neighborly friendship with someone new to your building. For Maggie, that was the beginning of her relationship with Tyler.
Maggie was easy to like and love. From her sweet and surly (Tyler's words, not mine, lol) personality to her incredible baking skills, from her guardedness against all men to her acceptance of her love for Tyler, she's a character I connected with. I admired her love for her friends, and ached when her past was revealed. I cheered when her relationship with Tyler grew, and was so proud of when she decided letting go of him might be for the best. It took time, but the woman I met at the beginning of this story was not the woman I left behind when I ended it. She grew past her heartache to embrace the love of a man who was worth loving.
Tyler wasn't so easy to like at first. It was when he opened up to Maggie and told her his reason for being in Chicago that I started to like him, especially since he chose to tell her during an, um, inconvenient moment between them. But his desire to hang onto the past and to a flimsy hope was hard to understand. Oh, a small part of me understood why but the rest of me wanted to shake him and demand to know what he thought was going to change.
Tyler and Maggie's bantering had me somewhere between snorting and laughing. It didn't take much to get them going either. Sometimes it was a look, a sarcastic remark, or an offhand statement by one of their friends and they'd go off in a battle of words. But underneath all that was an attraction that refused to die or be denied. Each encounter after they became friends upped the attraction from simmering to sizzling to scorching.
This was a great kickoff for Ms. Kelly's Dare to Love series. It introduced an incredible cast of characters who feed off and compliment one another, who act as family toward each other because none of their families are close by, and who are friends no matter what. Tyler and Maggie got the happy ending they deserved. I can't wait to see their friends get their own.
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the kids, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.