Title: Truth or Dare
Author: Mira Lyn Kelly
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Status: First book of the Dare to Love trilogy, but can be read as standalone
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 was searching for books like Darker Water when I came across Touch and Go, which is the second book of this series and I really liked the premise! But even though it could be read as a standalone, I wanted to read this one first and I’m so glad I did!
After a very disastrous mistake is very nearly averted, Maggie doesn’t want to jump into commitments anytime soon. But her best friend wants to put herself out there and convinces Maggie to make a pact with her—to go out with one person every single month for a year, in hopes of finding their “one”.
Right about the same time, Tyler moves into the same building a floor above Maggie’s and they get off to a wrong start, leading to them referring to each other as “Apartment Two” (Maggie) and “Apartment Three” (Tyler). There’s tiny tension, quite a bit of banter and trash talk between them. Then, a jilted date of Maggie’s and Tyler being at the appropriate place and offering himself up to be her date of the month leads to so much more.
What I loved most was the pace of their relationship. The book spans over a YEAR and through that, slowly slowly, Tyler and Maggie get together. They went from arguing neighbours to reluctant friends to lovers and I. LOVED. IT.
Maggie was so EASY TO LIKE. And even though there wasn’t something very special about her, I loved her character and she felt new and different. Also, this isn’t a “heavy dark past” book so her issues weren’t the norm, which I see in so many NA books now.
Tyler was a CUTIE-PATOOTIE. His issue in the book was COMPLETELY NEW. I have never read about such a character or issue and I FELL. IN. LOVE. with him. He was perfect. I want him. I ranted to my best friend in those short minutes when I took a break from reading that I want him and how he’s perfect.
The group of friends was #goals. I loved all of them and how they gelled together. PERFECTO.
I said it before, and it’s worth saying twice, the pace of the relationship was what I wanted. Too many books with too-soon falling-in-love time period have made me think more critically that the first thing I look for in a book is the relationship growth.
Maggie and Tyler were also really cute with their trash talk banter, having fun insulting each other and stuff. THEY. SO. ADORBS. I SHIP IT.
Really good book. I finished it in a few hours (partly because I couldn’t wait for the second book which I started an hour after finishing this one). Definitely recommended for those who want friends-to-lovers, really good and light read, and a book that doesn’t rip your heart into pieces with too much sadness.