- File Size: 2226 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Kasey Belle Romance; 1 edition (September 19, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LC6F5FA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Swing and a Dare (Soulmate for a SEAL Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I found this to be a funny, romantic and very sexy friends-turn-into-lovers style of story. I enjoyed both Jack and Abby’s characters, finding them multi-layered, interesting and believable. I also am quite a sucker for a friends-to-lovers story and this one didn’t disappoint.
There is a near-rape scene at the start of the story that I found a little shocking and which took me by surprise. The prologue was very sweet and a little funny and so jumping directly from that into the almost-rape was quite jarring. While certainly not lurid or overly-graphic, it’s a serious scene along with the after-effects (hospital, doctor and police questions etc) and considering the prologue is quite light and happy I really felt that a little more time blending the story from that idyllic “childhood first meeting and becoming friends” scene into Abby being assaulted by a co-worker would have made the transition far less jarring. I have to admit though, after the shock of the opening scenes I felt that the story settled back down into a happy, mostly light-hearted friends-to-lovers style of story like what I was expecting. I enjoyed the banter and camaraderie between Abby and Jack and felt they had a good connection and when they started to admit their feelings for each other I thought there was good chemistry between them.
I also enjoyed how there were small snippets of flash-backs to Abby and Jack’s childhood growing up together. I could understand how this time-jumping back and forth might not be every reader’s cup of tea – some will love it as I did and others I can believe will find it jarring and annoying. Personally though I felt the flashbacks helped make the story better and showed me more depth to the solid and life-long friendship between Abby and Jack.
There are plenty of other wonderful characters – Jack’s SEAL buddies in particular – and I’d happily read more stories about these other delicious men. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s happy, slightly snarky/sassy writing style and overall I really loved this book. A solid read with plenty of action, conflict and tension and just enough delicious heat to spice the romance up this is a well rounded book and an author I plan to keep an eye out for.
originally posted at long and short reviews
This is the story of a life long friendship where this couple are too scared to cross that line from friend to romance in fear of losing each other when or if it all goes wrong.
Veterinarian Abby is happy enough in her life while her best friend and SEAL Jack is deployed overseas until one night when her boss sexually assaults her. Her sense of safety is shattered and she flees to Jack's house, some 13 hours away by car. He comes home and finds her bruised and battered on his couch. Her time of healing is their journey of love, love changing to a much deeper love.
I enjoyed the story line, the camaraderie between them both and his team. Let's not forget the psycho cat either, one she rescued like everything else in her life. It was a joy to finally see her rescued and treasured.
A Swing and a Dare was a sweet romance, I totally enjoyed the book, it had laughs, suspense, one hot alpha navy SEAL, one sassy female & hot steamy sex. Jack and Abby became friends the day Jack came to Abby’s rescue after a bully pushed her off the swing at school age seven and gave him a black eye when he triple dog dared her to show him she could throw a punch. The both hid their true feelings for each other, they didn’t want to ruin their best friend status, until the day Jack came home from a mission to find out that Abby had been attacked, Operation Acquire Abby formed with him and his SEAL buddies.
I loved the interaction between Jack and Abby sometimes it was comical and the passion between the two was WOW. When Jack would go all alpha on Abby she knocked him down. If you are looking for a lazy afternoon read I recommend you grab a copy of A Swing and A Dare either the original (hot & spicy) or the sweeter version (tame down sex), you will fall in love with Jack and Abby.
I received a free copy from the author for my honest review.
It did kind of annoy me a little how, at the start, Jack kept antagonising over the what ifs about them if he just said something sooner. Although neither of them did, there was no preventing what happened.
Loved Manny, Jack’s best friend, and his team right away. They were funny, protective and so sweet - really good characters.
I loved how easy going and fun all the other characters were, it was great to read about how supportive and friendly they were with each other. Each character was brought to life and it made me feel like I was a part of the story.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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