Friday, September 8, 2017

ARC Review: Five Dares by Eli Easton

Five DaresFrom the 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 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.

Heather's rating:

I'm a huge, HUGE Eli Easton fan, and she rarely disappoints. If you love her style, her friends-to-lovers, new adult vibe, then you will LOVE this one.

I read a pre-release copy, and right from the bat I had issues with some errors concerning the book's setting (an area I know very, very well). I guess all my complaining worked because the blurb has already been changed as I'm typing this review, so many of my nit-picky issues are probably resolved, which makes me extremely (and probably unreasonably) happy.

Eli Easton does sexuality discovery stories sooooo well. Andy's slow realization about his attraction and attachment to Jake comes about naturally and gradually and was so freaking hot to witness. Eli Easton does NOT skimp on the sex in this one, and your smutty, smutty dreams will be coming (ha!) true.

Not a ton happens in the story, but that was just fine with me. Most of the plot is centered around Jake and Andy's gradual slide into romance, and I loved every juicy minute of it. If you want something more exciting this isn't the book for you.

While I adored the story, my only issue with the book was the flashbacks. I actually hate flashbacks in stories, and this one has a bunch of them, one for each of the five dares that happened in the past that led up to present time. I find flashbacks tedious, but most readers probably won't mind them.

Sexy, sexy, sexy with a heart-melting ending that will win over even the coldest of hearts, Eli Easton fans should snatch this book up.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

Enjoy, my friends!

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