Thursday, September 20, 2018

GRL 2018 SPOTLIGHT - Eli Easton - Five Dares

In my attempt to cover some of the attending authors for this year's GRL,
I am reviewing 

Five Dares by Eli Easton!


Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he's convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the "terrible duo" down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy's family cottage in Nantucket. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities-including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don't just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Five Dares by Eli Easton is a fun friends to lovers romance, which is one of my favorite tropes.

Andy and Jake grew up together, have been best friends forever, and will soon be leaving each other to start their post-college careers. But, there's a change of plans as they are injured during a stupid stunt. As a result, they spend the summer rehabbing together. Their injuries? They brunt their hands and can't use them for 6 weeks.

What's a guy to do all day when he can't use his hands? Especially once he needs to get off and can't do so himself. Well, if you're best friend is with you and he's in the same situation, maybe you can help each other out.

Soon, Andy and Jake are helping one another get relief and enjoying each other's company more than ever. But what about when they are healed and ready to part as planned? 

This story is written in a light-hearted manner, with a whole lot of imagination. The dares are crazy, but in the end make some sense. One of the best scenes is when Andy has his epiphany. It is worth the long journey to get there.

As friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, I was excited to read this one, and I was not disappointed. It was a slow build up, as one man loves the other, but the other is firmly in the closet and completely uncomfortable thinking about gay sex. I loved the ending and the epilogue!

Definitely check out Five Dares if you enjoy friends to lovers, as well as just some goofy young men. Eli Easton's depiction of Andy and Jake is funny, crazy and a whole lot of enjoyment.

Eli Easton

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

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