On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.
Scrap was a good opposites attract story, but it didn't come close to Stuff, IMO.
It took me a little while to warm to Dare and Grant. Both of them irritated me in previous books, and I thought that their chemistry was a bit too rough around the edges for my taste. While the chemistry and romance improved though the course of the story, I still didn't quite see the love develop. It was more like strong attraction, as far as I could see.
I'm not a huge fan of kids in romance books, mostly because I know how kids act at certain ages and I get irritated if authors get it wrong, but it wasn't so bad here. However, while Grant showed his softer side well, Dare stole the show with how he acted with his brother. He was supportive and really wonderful.
What irked me throughout the book, however, was Grant's snobby attitude and the back story of Grant's company trying to buy Dare's land. It gave me a feeling of negative tension, and it kept me from being fully invested in the relationship.
All in all, a good story with some high points, but it doesn't compare to the Mas's book for me.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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