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Review: The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

Jayci Lee is an author I am determined to keep following. Thinking A Sweet Mess was cute, I was so excited for The Dating Dare! I am a huge fan of fake dating recently and so this one sky rocketed to the top of my TBR! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Tara Park doesn’t do serious relationships. Neither does she hop into bed with virtual strangers. Especially when that particular stranger is her best friend’s new brother-in-law. It isn’t an easy decision, though. Seth Kim is temptation personified. His unreasonably handsome looks and charming personality makes him easy on the eyes and good for her ego.

When a friendly game of Truth or Dare leads to an uncomplicated four-date arrangement with Seth, Tara can’t say she minds. But their dates, while sweet and sexy, have a tendency to hit roadblocks. Thankfully, their non-dates and chance meetings get frequent and heated.

Seth is leaving for a new job in Paris in a month and a no-strings attached fling seemed like a nice little distraction for both… But soon Seth realizes that Tara Park doesn’t come in a “nice & little” package–she’s funny and bold, sweet and sexy, and everything he ever wanted and never expected to find. Neither of them are ready for something serious and both have past relationship baggage they’ve been ignoring, but with a shot at forever on the line will they follow their hearts and take a chance on happily-ever-after?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Characters fighting their feels? Count me in. The Dating Dare oozes chemistry and that, “I am terrified of my feels” vibe. I love the idea of saying that you don’t want anything serious – because does that ever work? Saying this as someone who also used that line and had it backfire on my heart. I love a determined passionate heroine and Tara is one of them! The Dating Dare features characters who are scared of being vulnerable. Of the possibility of getting hurt again.

How long do we hold onto our dreams? And what happens when someone arrives in our life who make us question everything? Or all the times when we wonder what that lump is in our throat, that emotion that seems to overcome us. The Dating Dare features electric chemistry. I just wanted to say, “you’ve got the feels”! We think that we can protect ourselves, but instead we live in fear. The Dating Dare was a book I ended up reading the last third in one sitting. Talk about a story with emotional investment!

If you can’t tell, yes I loved the action and story of The Dating Dare. But give me characters in denial any day and I’m hooked. Find The Dating Dare on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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