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- File Size : 5413 KB
- Publisher : Elle Kennedy Inc. (June 16, 2020)
- Publication Date : June 16, 2020
- ASIN : B086N3KSRQ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 354 pages
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,208 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So let me say first, that this author is an auto-buy for me, so obviously had to read this story to complete the series. It started off sooo well. So many hilarious moments that I’ve bookmarked to reread later. It seemed like things were going well, and I was halfway to it, though I knew there must be some conflict coming for sure. It comes and goes at about 75%, and I thought hmmm, what’s going to happen... I felt like the story could’ve ended here, the rest totally unnecessary. I understand the insecurities one would have at this age would be all consuming, that didn’t even bother me since they both had issues. What I hated was the fact that he hooked up with someone else while “they were on a break.” (Umm Ross and Rachel?) Sorry, that was just a big NO for me! And in his apology, he says, that he would’ve gone through with it. I just can’t with this book, and I’m so disappointed the series ended this way.
Being bullied in her sorority at Briar U is nothing new for her. Neither are the douchebags that talk to her cleavage instead of her face.
Behind those curves is a bright, whip-smart, snarky young woman who just feels real and authentic. I loved that so much about her. The guy who sees all that and more hides his insecurities behind a golden boy smile and looks. He was raised dirt-poor and only good fortune made it possible for him to go to an Ivy league school. He never feels he belongs, really.
Connor was such a lovable goofball with so much empathy and goodness in him. And while it seemed that he and Taylor didn't have much in common on the outside they complemented one another like puzzle pieces. Watching them grow together, realizing their worth through the other one's eyes, was just perfect. The empowerment in their relationship was front and center.
And oh how I loved all of the side characters. Connor's roommates were the bomb. We also get a little Hunter and Demi. Taylor's best friend is somebody who everybody should have in their life. She was T's sister from another mister and always had her back.
If I have one niggle it's the repetitiveness of the characters insecurities. It was mentioned pretty much in every chapter and I guess that can get a little exhausting. This reader wasn't too bothered but I wanted to mention it since I did notice it.
Elle Kennedy is my unicorn author. Her books are my fix for when life is taxing. She always makes me laugh and the fake sex scene including a "Was it good for you?" had me in stitches for minutes. But make no mistake, despite the lightness of her books they don't lack depth. This author combines entertainment and wisdom in her books. THE DARE is an utterly enjoyable, sweet, steamy story with endearing characters that will put a smile on your face until it hurts.
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So yeah, I felt like the author really wanted to give Conor a story which I very much appriciate and honestly his storyline, past and behaviour was detailed, interesting and consistent.
The insecure girl+hot athlete trope was intriguing as I love these kind of stories but it turned out to be one in a million.
Taylor, our female lead, is fat shamed by her sorority sisters. At least that's implied though only two of them actually behaves like a b*tch. She has problems with her body and her image of herself is distorted by the mean comments.
That would be okay if she had an epihany or something about accepting herself and not caring about the bullies but that never happened.
When she is dared to hook up with a hot hockey player, Conor Edwards she finds herself an admirer and a fake boyfriend. And Conor tells her from the get go that she is beautiful and sexy, but she doesn't belive him for a while. And it is freaking sad that she needs a hot dude telling her there's nothing wrong with her to feel a little better.
I get insecurities. I have tons including body image issues. But the amount of self-loathing and the utter lack of respect for herself is disappointing. We need to teach young women the power of self-acceptence and how attractive it is. We should not depict it as normal that every girl needs an attracive athlete appriciating her to feel pretty.
My orher problem was that the conflict due to miscommunication and pushing away the other because it's for the best was played out not once but twice. This is a turn that is annoying the first time it's in a book and to put it in a second time is just lazy. Or the purpose really was to infuriate me to no end. And of course, just to top the whole insecurities trope with a cherry after Taylor sais some mean and hurtful things to push Con away she doesn't own up to it. In typical dumb chick fashion she sits around and Conor is the is the one who comes groveling. Please, just once, have the girl enough balls to go after his man!
Conor, the hoceky team and the mentions and appearences of characters from past books made the book funny and lively sometimes and it was quite enjoyable till the end, but some sh*t just bothers me too much!
If I want an easy to read story with unique characters I will 100% go back and do re reads of all my favourite Elle books time after time and this was no different.
This time we get the story of Conor and Taylor. And what a beautiful woman Taylor was! Feeling like she is full of flaws she never would believe that someone like Conor could be interested in knowing her.
But what an amazing man Conor turns out to be!
Both of them do a lot of growing up and learning about themselves through this book and it takes us on their journey full of emotions and turmoil.
Love all the side characters throughout these books giving us lots of laughs and they always show us what true friendship should be like...and yet again it shows me that I really would love to bag myself a hot hockey guy Haha!
Conor is a recent transferee to Briar University. Originally a dirt-poor son of a working mom their lives changed forever when his mom fell in love and married a billionaire. Conor was well on his way to a life of drugs, gangs and petty crime until he was sent to Briar and he feels a complete fraud, as if people would look at him in disgust if they knew who he really was. After twelve months of taking advantage of being a young good looking hockey player and hooking up with loads of girls Conor is starting to feel like he wants something more, a connection, someone who actually sees him. Then a scared looking girl with beautiful eyes asks him to humour her and come upstairs for a bet - she emphasises that she has no designs on his body!
What follows is a classic fake romance becomes real but Conor has this low self-esteem, accentuated by the fact that he doesn't know what he wants to do in life (other than follow his step-father into his business), and Taylor worries that the romance is all an elaborate hoax and Conor will dump her in the most humiliating way possible.
I love Elle Kennedy and I have loved the Briar U series but I have to say this just seemed to be recycling old plot lines and three-quarters of the way through this book I just thought, 'meh! Read this all before in one of the earlier books' First Conor has a situation and pushes Taylor away, that gets resolved, and then Taylor has a situation and pushes Conor away, yawn.
Maybe my expectations were too high, if this was a book from an unknown author I would have rated this higher, because Elle Kennedy's writing is good, but this just lacked any originality for me - a sad way to end a series.
I hate to say this but The Dare wasn't my favourite read in the Briar U series, compared to the other books it just didn't do it for me. Now I'll be honest I was pretty in to it, loving Conor and Taylor's chemistry, the sexual tension between them whenever they were in the same room but then around halfway through it just kinda fell flat for me.
They hit it off pretty much straight away, Taylor was given a dare to get Conor upstairs so she approached him and convinced him to go with her so the mean girl would basically leave her be. That's where their friendship hit it off, they spent hours talking getting to know each other. A few days later something happens and they decide to have a fake relationship, and it is fake until its not. An attraction shared by two people is only going to go one way, but what happens when it blows up in their face and hearts are broken.
I think I'll give it another read in the future and see if I fall in love with it....
This book was so good as the rest of them have been, I loved Taylor and Conor’s relationship and I LOVED Conor! Especially his friendship with Hunter that was so cute! I LOVED seeing Brenna more like yes my queen, as well as Hunter and Demi and the mention of the others it was so nice and nostalgic!
Only bone I have to pick is that I didn’t like Taylor, like AT ALL, there was moments where I was like yeah I can deal with her for now. But other times I wanted to pull my hair out because she was so stubborn and annoying and silly half the time! At least Conor and all the past characters and his flatmates all made up for it because they were perfect, amazing characters!
Love this series until the end and I’m sad and content that it’s now over - what a ride. Now I’m gonna go back and reread Jake and Brenna’s book lol!