Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly: Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

I was provided with an advance reader copy by Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly: Review, Excerpt and GiveawayTruth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly
Series: Dare to Love #1
Published by Loveswept on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 270
Format: eARC
Source: Tasty Book Tours
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In a deliciously sexy twist on the classic game, USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly proves that when playing truth or dare—always choose dare.

After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.

Thank you all for stopping by My Written Romance today to visit this stop on the virtual book tour for Mira Lyn Kelly’s wonderful new release from Loveswept, Truth or Dare.

As part of the virtual book tour, I am lucky enough to have a sneak peek for you all inside the pages of Truth or Dare. There is also an awesome giveaway at the end of this post as well, so stay tuned!

Here are my thoughts on Truth or Dare:

This was such a fun book to read – the whole enemies-to-friends-to-lovers aspect was so well done. Mira Lyn Kelly has done an amazing job of building the sexual tension between Maggie and Tyler, even after the “deed” is initially done. I loved the banter between these two, and totally got why they did what they did, in the way they did it.

There are moments of great humour throughout Truth or Dare – one of Maggie’s failed early dates springs to mind – and there are some genuinely emotional moments as well, particularly relating to Tyler’s desire to be a ‘father’ to Charlie again. While I didn’t always get Tyler’s actions, I can definitely understand his reasons.

I’m really looking forward to the second in the series….hell, I’m looking forward to reading the whole series. The supporting characters, from Ava to Sam and Ford, just beg to have their own stories told, without taking the focus away from Maggie and Tyler.

Definitely a keeper!

Want a teaser? Here’s a little excerpt!

What did he think she wanted?

It didn’t matter. An instant on the receiving end of this guy’s humorless glower was enough to know he wasn’t going to be another swell addition to her group of friends.

Not a problem. But for the sake of civility and because she was actually standing there, baked bounty in hand, she pushed into place an imitation of the smile that had been genuine when she’d started and tried again.

“Sorry to interrupt. I stopped up to say, ‘Hey, neighbor,’” she offered, adding one of those cheesy half-circle waves that smacked of a classic Karate Kid wax-on. “Tyler, right? Yeah, okay. So. I’m friends with Ford . . . our landlord . . . and he asked me to swing by. I live down in Apartment Two.”

“The girl next door,” he bit out, eyes pinching closed in what looked suspiciously like a plea for patience.

Though it couldn’t have been even a full minute since she’d first darkened his doorstep, so, seriously, what was with the attitude? Sure, she’d been looking. But the door was open. And he’d been the one stripping in front of it.

“Mmm-hmm . . . okay, or . . . umm . . . girl downstairs, technically. But either way—”

His jaw twitched. “Christ, I don’t need this.”

Maggie’s wide-eyed stare shifted from the six-foot-plus stretch of hard-cut, stubble-rough, and overtly hostile male braced against the door frame, down to the seemingly benign plate of cookies and back.

Was she missing something?

Only then the guy raked a hand through the damp mess of his hair and blew out a strained breath. “Look, Apartment Two. Whatever you’re offering, I’m not interested.”

No. Way.

“Whatever I’m offering?”

The hard slant of his mouth and pointed jut of his chin were as much as he had to say on the subject. More than enough to make his meaning clear.

Her mouth gaped as disbelief and outrage kicked off a turf war deep within her chest.

Did this knuckle dragger actually think he—?

And worse, was he suggesting she—?

Not in this lifetime, bub.

Fine, the guy wasn’t an eyesore. He had a built-tough body going on, with all the hard-packed high definition to boot. But so very special? So irresistible Maggie figured her best bet for getting a jump on the competition was to make her move . . . with cookies at nine on a Sunday morning?


And to think, she’d felt bad for him lugging all his crap up the three flights on his own. But yeah, didn’t that make perfect sense now.

What a dick.

“So we’re clear, the only thing on offer here, Apartment Three . . .” Maggie tucked the milk into the crook of her elbow and folded the plastic wrap back from the plate, infusing the air around them with the pure essence of melted chocolate, toasted oats, and the rich, buttery goodness of a family recipe so sacred, only three people in the world knew it.

Helpless under the aromatic assault, his eyes went briefly unfocused before dropping to the cookies.

Selecting the biggest one, Maggie lifted it to her mouth and bit, chewing with deliberate relish before cracking the lid on the milk and taking a long, slow swallow.

Satisfied when the muscles of the guy’s throat worked up and down, she re-covered the plate. “. . . is my suggestion you look over your rental agreement regarding noise pollution and turn your music down. Or at least close your—”

The door swung shut in her face.

Unbelievable. But at least she didn’t need to waste another breath on the jerk.

Here’s a little bit about Mira Lyn Kelly!

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the kids, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.

You can find Mira Lyn Kelly at her websiteFacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Now for the giveaway!

As I mentioned at the start of the post, there are some super awesome prizes on offer, thanks to Mira Lyn Kelly and Loveswept!

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