Title: The Dating Dare
Author: Jayci Lee
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
My Rating: 9/10
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The Dating Dare
Tara is single and does not want to have a relationship, Seth is also single but he is leaving for Paris in a month. On a wedding day, they see each other again. After the wedding, they are drinking a few beers at the brewery and they play ‘Truth or Dare’ and Seth dares Tara to go on a date four times. At first, Tara is not interested but the more she thinks about it, the better it sounds. She does not want a relationship and he is leaving for Paris anyway. They promise not to fall in love but as soon they start to get to know each other, the more feelings they get. And the more feelings they get, the more everything gets very complicated.
I only read three books in November but this was my favourite one. This is also the second book in ‘A sweet mess’ book series but I have not read the first one. But I don’t think it is necessary to read the first one because I did not have the feeling that I was missing out on something. Maybe it would be a bit weird if I would read the first book and know what is going to happen later in the second book but I don’t know. I guess I will find out later because I am going to put that book also on my list for next year. This year I’m all booked and I have a whole list of the books I want to read this winter and most of them are Christmas books because it is almost Christmas. But I will take some time to read the first book of this series.
My first thought when I started to get to know Tara and Seth a little bit better was that I thought Seth was a gentleman. He helped Tara while she was drunk. He helped to clean everything and he was taking care of her during the ski trip (later in the book). I find that very attractive, so I can admit I had another fictional crush. Seth is the kind of guy I would like to date because he sounded like a very fun guy.
I liked everything about this book. I liked the characters and how the story developed and how the main characters were working on their issues. Both did not want to have a serious relationship because of their past relationships but in the end, they were ready for this big step. I could not stop reading it and I was almost late for work because I wanted to finish the book before work. Never a good idea to read a great book before leaving for work. The writing style was great and the author also made me cry at the end of the book. I don’t want to spoil anything but it was pretty sad. I also liked the fact that the woman was actually older than the guy. I always read books about women dating older guys so this was nice and refreshing because there is nothing wrong when a woman is the oldest in a straight relationship.
On the other hand, it was very hard to find one thing that I did not like in this book but I think I found something. I did not like that the book had an ending. I wanted more. Which is a good thing for the author because this is a compliment. But it was not great for me, because I liked Seth and Tara. Every time I read an amazing book I just don’t want it to end, even though I know that it is inevitable. But I also know that this is a good sign because it means I liked the book a lot.
This year I read so many great books and a lot of them were amazing. I barely read any books that I actually did not like, which is rare. Because a lot of people read books that they don’t like. But I think I liked 95% or more of the books I read this year. And I honestly think that this book is going to be at the top of the books I read this year. If you are looking for something fun and romantic, this is one of the books you should definitely read. For the people who are wondering, this book is more a friend to lovers book. If you like those kinds of books, go for it! And there are some sex scenes in this book but they are not as explicit as in other books I’ve read. It is not very detailed.
Overall, I can positively say that I really enjoyed this book and this book is definitely one of the books I would recommend to everyone who likes to read romance. I have to warn you though, this is also the kind of book you want to finish as soon as possible. It was hard for me to put it down. So I would recommend reading this on your day off, so you could finish it in a few hours or a day.