Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.
But hey, nothing gets the “terrible duo” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Nantucket. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities-including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.
But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.
I enjoyed this story and loved how I got to see bits and pieces of their past together to help picture these two characters together. Andy is a daredevil and everyone loves him but the one person he wants to have the attention of is Jake. Jake has spent the last few years trying to mentally and emotionally separate himself from Andy knowing that they will be separating after college and knew he needed the time to actually do it.
They end up with a few more months together when they injure their hands and Andy starts to push Jake in ways he never thought. They are both suckers for dares and don’t want to say no.
I liked both of these characters, maybe not the things that they have always done but I love how easy it was to love these guys and see how they are feeling. They just need to learn to talk about their emotions. I could feel their pain at having to be apart and how hard it was to navigate their lives without the other. I loved watching Andy come to the conclusion that he has always loved Jake but didn’t realize that’s what it was and how one that happened he jumps in with both feet. I loved their reunion scene and the future that they are building together.
The cover art by Nathasha Snow is great and I love the picture of these two together.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 232 pages
Published: 2nd edition, April 2, 2018 by Pinkerton Road
Edition Language: English