Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Narrator: Tristan Josiah
Heroes: Andy & Jake
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 duo” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Nantucket. 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.
Review – Book:
I’m a huge Eli Easton fan. I absolutely adore her Mad Creek series as well as her Sex in Seattle series and I consider Blame it on the Mistletoe to be one of my all time favorite MM books ever! So it’s no wonder that I picked this up for a review. But I gotta tell ya – I was so surprised at how HOT this was!
This is a friends to lovers with a bity of GFY going on and lots and lots of “let’s explore these feelings between us” moments.
I really appreciated the insight into himself Andy’s mother helps him to find and I appreciated that there are no “evil” family members here to act as a catalyst.
The dares are a great way to show the back stories and when the dares reach a pinnacle of near disaster I was holding my breath in concern. But – this isn’t an angsty story – this was mostly fun and steamy.
Impression – Book: I loved it!
Review – Audio:
I flat out give the audio and Tristan Josiah a C. It wasn’t “good” but it wasn’t bad. Tristan doesn’t do a lot to differentiate voices and he isn’t great at emotions but his voice is easy to listen to and I wasn’t annoyed by his narration. He just doesn’t “perform” the story as I’ve come to love by some of Eli’s previous narrators (ie Jason Frazier) and so the storytelling was just a little lackluster.
Impression – Audio: It was good
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*