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Truth or Dare (Dare to Love #1) by Mira Lyn Kelly

Truth or Dare (Dare to Love #1) by Mira Lyn Kelly

3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

My Review
I enjoyed Truth or Dare, but I didn’t love it and I can’t really figure out why. Part of it might be that it took me awhile to get into the story. I thought maybe it was the third-person point of view, because I had been reading a few young adult titles which are commonly first person, but I don’t think that’s it. I read plenty of third-person POV, and usually, somewhere around the second chapter, I nearly forget that’s the case, getting so involved in the story, I feel as if I’m inside the character’s heads regardless of POV. But I never really got there with Truth or Dare and I’m back to not knowing why. It’s not the writing, which is solid, nor the plot which has some unique aspects.

The story centers around the romance between Maggie and Tyler, both single by choice. They start off in an antagonistic relationship that only exists because they live in the same building. But friendship develops along with strong sexual attraction, until these two can’t deny their feelings any longer. But those reasons to not be involved in relationships still exist, so they do what any normal red-blooded American singles do — have a purely physical relationship. The sex is definitely hot, so I know it’s not that, that didn’t work for me. I think I’ll chalk it up to a mystery that will never be solved.

Plot
The story got off to a slow start, but once it picked up, it moved along well enough. The author did a good job of throwing in plot twists. In fact, there’s one at the end that caught me completely off guard. I thought the story was over and was kind of surprised the wrap-up was taking so long. Then bam, Mira Lyn Kelly hit me with something seemingly out of nowhere, but in retrospect, I realize it was the perfect way to conclude Maggie and Tyler’s story.

World Building
There isn’t a lot of world building in this contemporary romance set in Chicago, but the descriptive details are there and help bring the story to life.

Characters
The characters were my favorite part of Truth or Dare. Both Maggie and Tyler were interesting as well as a whole slew of supporting characters. The witty banter and the sexual tension were what worked best for me.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Truth or Dare
1. The Cookies. They’re a recurring theme that adds a sweet, homey touch.

2. Ava. Weird monthly challenge aside, she’s a good friend and tons of fun.

3. Tyler and Maggie. They are terminally cute together.

4. Tyler. His dedication to a boy who isn’t his son makes him one of the good guys, but the way he refuses to use Maggie when she was willing, makes him one of the great ones.

5. Maggie. I love how she refused to break Hot Doc’s heart even though she was convinced things with Tyler were over.

Bottom Line
I enjoyed Truth or Dare, even though I didn’t love it. It has great chemistry, fun characters, and a few good twists.

Disclaimer
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book
Title
: Truth or Dare
Series: Dare to Love #1
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Pages: 270
Category: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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Author Mira Lyn Kelly

Author Mira Lyn Kelly

 About the Author
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 and naughty dog provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the family, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.

Where to Find Mira Lyn Kelly
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