Saturday, July 9, 2016

Review: Dreaming Up A Dare by Catherine Gayle

Hockey star Jackson Maddox and gymnast Pepper Wilson have been best friends since childhood...
Just friends. 

When Jackson needs a date to a prestigious party, he calls upon his petite and dazzling BFF to be his arm candy for the night. Nothing could be better than walking into a room with Pepper on his arm. Jackson won't ever admit how he really feels about her, because they're...
Just friends.

With her gymnastics career over, Pepper welcomes the chance to let her freak flag fly- especially with Jackson by her side. Pepper can't confess she's loved him since childhood. He's her best friend and there's no reason to jeopardize what they've got. But they're still...
Just friends.

But when a seemingly harmless game of Truth or Dare gets a little too close and entirely too personal, can Jackson dream up a dare that could give them both what they really want?

Review: 
The backstory of the life long friendship between Jackson and Pepper immediately made their relationship feel real from the beginning. The alternating POV's did a masterful job of quickly revealing that they both have similar hidden feelings for each other. The sexual chemistry is steamy from the beginning and the Truth or Dare games adds an element of fun to the equation. They've both had more than friend feelings for each other for a long time, so when they finally come together it's pretty amazing and SUPER hot! This quote is from the aftermath of their first little Truth or Dare session when Pepper is a little drunk:

"I'm not saying you're too drunk," I cut in. "I just think that this has been a lot for both of us to process for now. Maybe you should go to bed. Sleep it off. See what tomorrow brings."

"Jackson," she said not even attempting to hide the plea in her tone.

"Go to bed, Pepper." I shut the faucet off and tossed the bottles in the recycling bin under my sink. "Before I change my mind and take you to mine."

I totally loved this story and finished reading in one sitting. It felt complete and not rushed, as I find some novellas.  That being said, if Catherine Gayle were to tell me she was going to develop this into a full length novel, I would be over the moon. I feel like there is an open door to expand this story to make it even more amazing. For example, Jackson's longtime ex-girlfriend is now dating one of his teammates. A teammate that he reluctantly has to play nice with for the good of his team. Pepper's transition with her new career could also be expanded and bringing in more athletes and storylines.

Dreaming Up a Dare get's five stars from me! I look forward to more Catherine Gayle hockey romance to come.

Buy Links:
Dreaming Up a Dare by Catherine Gayle is a Kindle Worlds Novella and is available now on Amazon.com. Click here to find this book on Amazon.com!

Click here to add this book to your Goodreads! 

Author Info:
Catherine Galye is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance novels and novellas, with more than half a million books sold. She's a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster's next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic. 

 Author Links:
catherinegayle.com  **  Amazon Author Page  **  Facebook  **  Twitter @catherinegayle


Note: I was given an Advanced Reading Copy of Dreaming Up A Dare in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this story! 

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