Saturday, September 3, 2016

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy

Daring the Bad Boy Book Review
by Monica Murphy

Truth or Dare was never this much fun…

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on ├╝ber-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.


This book fit perfectly into the type of summer reading that I normally like. It cute, with an adorable bad boy , and the perfect summer camp setting. I liked how the romance between the Annie and Jake started differently than many contemporary romances. Normally the girl is the one that is all fluttery inside and the guy seems aloof but in this book Jake liked Annie before she really realized she liked him. I liked this aspect of the book because it wasn't the complete insta-love that I expected. I liked that their romance didn't go from 0 to 60 in 10 pages. It took its time and developed in more of a slow burn. I thought the scene where they jumped off the cliff and almost kissed in the dark in the pool at the bottom was super cute. The only part of the book that kind of made me mad was how Annie pressured Jake to tell everyone even though  it could get him in trouble. I understand that she really liked him and wanted everyone to know that they were dating but it was wrong of her to go behind his back. It ended up working out in their favor though because Jake's father went through a similar situation when he met Jake's mother. The whole thing worked itself out and Jake and Annie were able to stay together even though they lived far apart. The book is a cute, easy summer read that follows a very familiar but lovable trope.

My Rating: ***.5

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