Review: Dare You (Dare To Try #1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Rating: 4.75🌈

I’ll confess, I’ve never read either author’s series before or even either author before this book. That’s going to be quickly fixed once this trilogy is done because I’m sold on both this universe and characters the authors have created together and separately.

But first Dare You, the beginning of the Dare To Try trilogy by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine. It’s a fantastic story. From the moment we’re dropped into plot, which is a fire in progress and a Engine group racing to the call, it’s all in! The authors have our complete attention, making us totally invested in the events unfolding before us.

The fireman is Kieran Bailey, hardworking lieutenant at Station 73, who’s just rescued a gorgeous woman dressed in red from a penthouse suite in Chicago. Or so he thinks.

Until the ambulance arrives and the she is Sebastian “Bash” Vogel, the extremely wealthy, and magnetic, cross-dressing CEO of AnaVoge, a tech company.

Those aren’t spoilers but facts found in the descriptions. Oh but what follows is beyond words fabulous and downright wonderful.

Because the authors take these men on an emotional journey. For Kieran, he’s always thought of himself as straight. He’s from a family with two gay brothers in committed relationships but for himself? Not really. Until Bash comes into his life and makes him question everything.

Kieran’s emotional and sexual journey is realistic, complete with his doubts about his feelings, flashes of guilt and anger, everything he’s unable to communicate or understand when faced with his attraction for Bash.

It’s not just Kieran, however, who is feeling vulnerable. Bash is also having issues with being attracted to a man who’s always identified as being “straight “. Also the fact that they live in separate states . So many potential barriers.

Dare To sees the men beginning to acknowledge not only the attraction but the fact that there’s something else behind the physical attraction. Something that’s emotionally connecting them.

The writing here is so well done, the characters layered and relatable ( even the bazillionaire) because we see them at their most vulnerable.

The end of the novel finds our men at a crossroads of sorts. A crisis that continues into Dare Me, the second story in the trilogy.

All three books are complete so do what I did. Get them all. Set aside a night. Get yourself settled and enjoy a fabulous time.

I’m highly recommending all three, starting with Dare You (Dare To Try #1) by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine .

I adore these men.

Authors too!

Dare To Try Trilogy:

✓ Dare You #1

✓ Dare Me #2

✓ Truth or Dare #3

Dare You (Dare to Try, #1) by Ella Frank – Goodreads


From Ella Frank’s Prime Time series and Brooke Blaine’s South Haven series comes an explosive spin-off of both worlds.

Sebastian “Bash” Vogel, the magnetic, cross-dressing CEO of AnaVoge, has long been a lone island when it comes to his personal life. Self-assured and playful, he’s never left wanting for suitors—but Bash isn’t looking for something permanent. He’s more than fulfilled with his company and his closest friends, and no one is going to shake up the status quo.

That is, until he’s thrown over the shoulder of one of Chicago’s finest and hauled out of a burning building.
Kieran Bailey, a sexy, hardworking lieutenant at Station 73, has been reaping the rewards of being crowned the city’s hottest fireman, which his crew never lets him forget. So many ladies, so little time. So when he rescues the latest damsel in distress, no one is more shocked than him to realize he’s played prince charming to another…prince.

But Bash isn’t like anyone Kieran has ever met, and soon his world is turned upside down as he becomes more intrigued by the enigmatic man that he can’t stay away from.

They’re from two different worlds. This could never work. But what if…they dared to try?

Dare You is book one of the Dare to Try trilogy, which must be read in order. Prior reading is not required, but is always a fantastic idea for maximum enjoyment.

Spin off from the Authors South Haven series.

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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