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Release Date: April 27, 2018
Genre: Dark YA/NA Romance
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
I Dare You is the first standalone in the Dare series. While the characters are still in high school, I consider this is a new adultromance with dark elements. They are after all, 18 or close to it. Additionally, it reads like a more mature novel so I can't really describe it as YA. As far as the plot, there are dark themes woven throughout this unconventional love story. Cole is a dark soul. He doesn't mind killing people who have caused injustice to those who didn't deserve it. In the beginning of the book we actually witness him and his friends murder someone because of something that happened to one of their friends sisters. This truly sets up the rest of the book and we see his darkness in the way he treats others, especially Austin when they first meet.
This book also has some suspenseful elements. There is a dark secret lingering within the group that isn't revealed until the climax of the story and it's a doozy! I never would have guessed what has happened and why it all occurred. Readers are going to be left SHOCKED when it's revealed.
As for the love story between Cole and Austin, it's one FILLED with angst. The two start off hating each other and this hate doesn't really let off until about 55-60 percent of the way in. Cole is pretty much an obsessive bully with Austin but she can't seem to shake her feelings from him no matter HOW he treats her. But when Cole lets his guard down and starts to realize that he is indeed falling for his little vixen we notice a big change in his character. I personally LOVED the darker side of Cole and I think dark romance fans are going to love this too.
I won't get into the ending as it's twisted and unexpected but I loved it! I wish the author added a little bit more information about what went down before the epilogue (hence the 4.5 star rating) but I was happy with how everything wrapped up. Readers, expect to beshocked at the end and don't skip around- you need to read it to feel it!
With that being said, this is a fantastic novel and I can't wait for the next book which has finally released! If you like bully romances, dark romances, and new adult books with darker elements this is the book for you.
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