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In Truth or Dare, we met Maggie, Tyler, and all their friends. It was a book filled with instant attraction and a whole lot of angst. Touch & Go, the second book in Mira Lyn Kelly’s Dare to Love series, centers around Ava and Sam, minor characters from Truth or Dare. I would suggest starting with Truth or Dare before picking up Touch & Go to get a sense of who these characters are and how they’re connected… but if you’re pressed for time, you won’t be missing anything too major if you just jump right in.

Ava and Sam have been best friends for twenty years. They’ve been inseparable since the first day Sam wandered into her neighborhood and, shortly after, became an honorary member of her family. They’ve been together through thick and thin, so surely their friendship can survive one fake date, right?

Ava’s being pestered by a guy at work. To give him a not-so-subtle hint to leave her alone, she asks Sam to pretend to be her boyfriend at a party. It doesn’t take long for them to get a little too into their roles, and they can’t deny the chemistry when they kiss. One kiss turns into one night, which turns into several nights, which turns into broken hearts.

Can Ava and Sam have a happily ever after? Can they even repair the damage they’ve done to their friendship?

Let me just say that best friends falling in love is pretty much my favorite type of romance. I’m a sucker for the build up and the fallout. Add in some genuinely funny characters, the right amount of sweetness, and a healthy dose of sexual tension, and I’m done for. I stayed up half the night reading this one, and then resumed first thing in the morning to finish.

I enjoyed Touch & Go even more than Truth or Dare, and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: ★

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Generally, when a book begins with two people adamantly not looking for a relationship, you know that a relationship is inevitably going to develop. In Truth or Dare, that’s exactly what happens.

Maggie is broken after being called out at the altar by her fiance’s pregnant wife. Her confidence is shattered and she doesn’t even want to attempt to get back into the dating pool. Tyler shuts himself off from everybody around him because he needs to be free to leave at any moment. He has his own mysterious reasons for not wanting to get attached.

Truth or Dare is a prime example of the good kind of angst. I wasn’t rolling my eyes and heavily sighing as Maggie and Tyler fought and argued and pushed against their mutual attraction. It was believable. Their connection grew against their wishes, but still seemed natural and realistic. I thought that aspect was really well-handled.

The thing that I didn’t like was Tyler’s reason for not wanting a relationship. I don’t want to spoil it, although it may not come as that big of a surprise if you read a lot of this type of novel. I’ll just say that I found it weird and a little creepy, but he was still a great guy overall.

Overall, Truth or Dare was a good story, and I will happily read Touch & Go, which features Ava and Sam.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy!

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