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Release Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: New Adult. College Romance.
Truth or Dare by Sara Wylde is the first book in the Fast Times at Ridgemont Hall series. Each of these book will feature different characters/romances and can thus be read as standalones. In this one, readers will meet Asher and Dane. Both detest each other yet somehow, gravitate towards one another. It's certainly an enemies to lovers story from the start but it them combusts into a forbidden(ish) romance as there are people who do not want them together! If these things sound good to you, then I would recommend Truth or Dare!
When it comes to the story line and characters, there are thing I liked a lot about this book and some things that bothered me a bit. First, getting to the good stuff, I like how the author revolves the series around childhood games that we have all played. Truth or Dare for this book, is not just a game, but something that propels these characters into becoming vulnerable. The game, taken very seriously by those who play it, sets off all the events that take place in the novel. For instance, Asher and Dane, obviously in hate of one another, are forced to put their feelings aside when they are dared to kiss. This sets off a series of fireworks between them and those feelings of loathing suddenly bring about relationship possibilities (in a good way). Sure, the two are polar opposites but many believe in the notion that opposites attract. In this case? It works. Another thing I liked about this book are the characters themselves. Asher has literally come up from a pile of ashes and is determined to make a better life for herself. This makes her a smart and ambitious character. Dane in the beginning comes off as an egotistical jerk, but slowly the facade is pulled away and we see he is an actual human with emotions. Watching them grow, especially together, was refreshing and nice.
Now on to the dislikes. First, I felt that I only met these characters on a surface level. It's pretty clear that both Asher and Dane come from family situations that are pretty muddy. But we don't get enough of that within the book. I would have loved to know more about each of their pasts and even more about what happens between them in the future. Readers will get a little bit, but not enough to gain a well rounded view of their lives as a whole. It's sort of like eating a Hershey bar. You know how big those are but there are small sections you can snack on? Well, imagine that as the story and only getting one sliver of it. That's how I felt. Finally, these characters who are apparently college aged acted so immature. They didn't come off as young adult becoming adults as typically happens when one grows, but rather like 15 year old kids with smart talking mouths. If I had gone into the story blind I would have assumed I was reading a young adult romance with a lot of kinky sex in it.
Other than this, I did enjoy the story I just didn't love it. I am definitely interests in the next book when it comes out though. This is a rather short book as well, just under 200 pages, and can easily be read in one sitting. I did this today while lounging in my pool.
About the Author
Sara Wylde is the crackfic! contemporary pen name for PNR/UF author Saranna DeWylde. She rather imagines that all the pen names live in the same dorm in her head and frequently have discussions that look and sound something like an episode of Herman's Head.
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