Jake and Andy start their life together through a series of five dares. Let’s sit back and watch them fall in love. This is an adorable and sexy friends to lovers story.
FIVE DARES by Eli Easton
Publication Date: April 2, 2018 Genre: LGBT Romance Length: 245 pages Purchase: Amazon Source: Signal Boost PR Story Rating: 4/ 5 Romance Rating: 4/5
Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.
But hey, nothing gets the “terrible two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.
But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.
You all know what I’m going to say here. This is a hot cover, isn’t it? I’m going to leave it at that. You might not believe me but I picked this book for the title; not the cover. Who doesn’t have good memories of playing Truth or Dare?
Now for the actual book. Five Dares is an interesting concept. I’ll be super honest, I didn’t exactly have high expectations for this one. I was curious, but I was half expecting the book to read like a bad porno. Some parts certainly did, but others were adorable and sweet. I’m glad I read this book and I can absolutely say I enjoyed it.
Personally, I think friends to lovers stories are the best. In my experience, the most successful relationships are the ones where you’re actually friends with your significant other. It was really sweet to watch Jake and Andy as friends before seeing them transition to more. It was an awkward and sometimes painful transition but they got through it and gave me that happy ever after I require from my books.
Now for the steamy scenes! It starts out as an arrangement of convenience. You see they had a mishap with firecrackers and now their hands are burnt and unusable. They help each other meet their, uhm, needs. All of a sudden there’s feelings involved and they’re trying not to get too invested.
I have to say it wasn’t the most realistic storyline I’ve ever encountered. But, I have to give the author credit for being so creative during those steamy scenes. Imagine trying to do the naughty without using your hands? Like I said, you have to be pretty creative.
Overall, Five Dares was a sweet story that highlighted the importance of finding your voice and fighting for what you really want. I’d recommend this book for anyone looking for a light and charming weekend read that will leave you with a smile on your face.