Review: “It Started With a Dare” by S.L. Danielson, Julie Lynn Hayes

TITLE: It Started With a Dare
AUTHOR: S.L. Danielson, Julie Lynn Hayes
SERIES: Southern Comfort
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Come To Age
LENGTH: 231 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017, 2nd edition.
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


Boredom at the Junior Prom leads to a dare that leads to a kiss between two seventeen year old boys. Being gay in rural Georgia is no picnic. As circumstances force them together, Mark and Blake uncover truths about themselves, embarking on a daring relationship. But they’ve got one major strike against them already—Mark is unwilling to come out about his sexuality, and Blake doesn’t want to live in a closet.Can they fan the flames of their relationship, or will it sputter and die?

I had such a good time reading this book.
The story it develops in New Liberty where Dylan, Mark’s friend dare him to kiss the nerdy Blake. Mark being Mark just does that in the middle of prom in front of everybody.

Blake, mortified, runs out. That’s where the story begins…

Mark is living with his grandpa George. Nobody knows, not even his best bud Dylan, that his grandpa is regularly disciplining him, sometimes with belts and sometimes with his fist. That makes Mark have anger issues. He’s hot headed and he’s harsh with everybody.
Summer comes, and he finds a job in a burger house, not that there’s many offers in the small town of New Liberty. But there is Todd, his coworker, who’s teasing him about his “boyfriend”. Words lead to action, and Mark finds himself suspended from work for a week. Later, when Todd comes along to apologise, things become even worse. George comes to find out that Mark got suspended and he kicks him out of the house. He ends up in Dylan’s parent’s house.
Blake is a shy guy, and ever since Mark kissed him, he’s been battling between hating him and wanting to be kissed again. When all his hope is gone to have a summer job, him having applied late, he got a call that he can start at this burger house he likes to go. He doesn’t know just yet that he will end up being coworkers with none other than Mark.
With them being forced to work together, they call a truce…and that truce moves forward to friendship…and that friendship moves forward being…more.

Reading the book, it brought me into that hot summer lazy atmosphere, where you can hear the fly buzzing. It’s a sweet story about two teenagers finding themselves and each other in a small town where being gay is not accepted. Through losing family and friends, they manage to fall in love and be intimate for the very first time in their lives…

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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