Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé.
Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan.
But his plan hits a bump when news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned.
Though the dare started out the book, I didn’t feel these dares took much precedence in this book as I was thinking would happen. Draven has refused to admit his feelings towards his best friend and how his latest let downs are affecting him. Julien hasn’t let anyone know about his bisexuality and it’s hurting him to keep it from his best friend but the drama of his family makes it even harder.
I loved that Draven’s proposal ends up being the push Julien needs to be honest with everyone and live his life how he wants to. From the beginning these two are prefect with each other but watching them work though it was wonderful.
I understood both of their hesitations but when all is said and done their love takes precedence over everything. I wish Julien would really be able to stand up to his mother more but at least he finally broke through her air of obliviousness enough in the end, though I’m not sure she understands anything but what she wants. I loved how Draven is willing to help Julien even knowing he may be risking his own heart with nothing in return. I loved the ending and can’t wait for the next in the series and hope that it’s about Quinn and Xander.
The cover art by Angsty G is nice and will work as a series cover style and gives a visual of Julien.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 170 pages
Published: April 19, 2019
Edition Language: English
Series: Shore Thing #1