Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Romantic Quickie: The Date Dare by Tara Sue Me

Publication: November 19, 2018
Publisher: After Six Publishing, Co.
Source: Publisher

Who knew three words held such destructive power? No, not THOSE three words. I'm talking about the evil word trio that's my own personal kryptonite, that stole my best friend, and took away the only woman I've ever loved:
I dare you.

I was six when Darcy Patrick moved next door.
By the time we were eight, we were best friends.

At fifteen, I gave a classmate a black eye for calling her names.
At sixteen, she talked me through asking my crush to prom.

I helped her get over her first heartbreak at nineteen.
Two years later, she returned the favor.

It wasn’t until I was twenty-nine I realized I loved her.
And because I was too stupid to do anything about it,
at thirty, I lost her for good on a dare.

Darcy Patrick is tired of watching her best friend, Elliott Taber, date the wrong kind of woman. When his latest flavor of the month walks out on him, she dares him to let her find his next date. Elliott agrees, but only after Darcy agrees to allow him to do the same.

The dare is on.

The dates take place on the same night. One is an epic fail. The other is just plain epic.

Elliott isn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions hitting him as Darcy seemingly finds everything she ever wanted with the man he set her up with. He should be happy for her. He should leave her alone.

But he can’t.

So he makes one more dare….


The Date Dare is a short and sweet story revolving around two lifelong friends, Darcy and Elliot. Darcy is an international hotel chain expert and Elliot is a trainer for a professional lacrosse team. Throughout the past 25 years, they have always kept in touch.

Elliot's never been one to settle down into long-term relationships. And because Darcy feels like she knows him better than anyone, she dares Elliott to let her find him a date. Someone who she feels would be a good fit for him. Never one to resist a good dare, Elliot agrees to it on the condition that he is allowed to do the same thing for her.

Darcy and Elliott have a great friendship. You can see how close they are by their interactions. Watching each of them go on their dates was a fun and interesting aspect to the story. But no matter who they went out with or what they did, I was just waiting for that moment when Elliott would realize that he no longer could be on the sidelines when it came to his love for Darcy.

Even though The Date Dare is a short story, it didn’t feel rushed and the characters were easy to like. If you are in the mood for a little romantic pick me up, then read The Date Dare. And while you are at it, check out The Date Deal, the second book involving Elliot’s sister, Carsen.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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