Five Dares

Five Dares

by Eli Easton


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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 two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod. 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781626496514
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2017
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Five Dares 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Andy and Jake have been best friends for a decade or more. They grew up together in the Boston area, went to school together and have been roommates for four years now at NYU, from which they’ve just graduated. As kids and adults, Jake has had a secret crush on Andy, the wild and charismatic son of an esteemed lawyer and a financial planner. Andy has a penchant for planning outrageous dares that Jake has been a part of as well, either as the front man egging him on and ginning up the crowd (at Andy’s behest) or as a co-participant. Jake gets a thrill out of being Andy’s closest confidant, but he’s wanted more for a long time now. Jake’s anxious to move to the west coast, knowing that he’ll leave Andy behind, so that he can maybe get the space he needs to find a boyfriend who can love him, unlike Andy who he believes is happily heterosexual. Andy plans a spectacular dare for a big graduation party–and for once it goes horribly wrong. Andy and Jake end up with second degree burns on their palms, and Jake’s unable to leave for his new job; they both need eight weeks of rest to allow their skin to heal. Andy’s father is frustrated that Andy pulled another stunt, one that sabotaged his summer internship before he starts Harvard Law school in the fall, but Andy’s somewhat thrilled. He gets his father to let him and Jake their family cabin on Cape Cod in which to recuperate. They have daily nurse visits, and the cabin caretaker’s willing to make some meals for them while they both remain bandaged and a bit surly through recovery. Andy didn’t want to see his best friend leave, and this affords them a chance to have some uninterrupted time together before the next phase of their lives begins. Andy’s known that Jake is bisexual, at the very least, for more than a year, and he doesn’t understand why Jake never told him. Doesn’t Jake trust him? Doesn’t Jake want him? Should Andy want Jake to want him? It’s a hornet’s nest of jealousy, in Andy’s mind. As the days and weeks pass and the boredom sets in, Andy comes up with a new dare, one that will scratch his itch for Jake’s undivided attention: that they combine forces to get each other off. They have no other sexual outlet, and can’t use their own hands to do the deed, not with all the bandages in the way, but some careful positioning might just allow for physical release. Jake’s not down with it, though, because he’s already too in love with Andy, and doesn’t want his heart smashed just for some experimental fling. The thing is, Jake’s been well-trained to go along with Andy’s dares, and this time he’s going to get more than a rush out of it. They only have a handful of weeks left together. And they make the most of it…until the next dare: falling head over heels in love. This is such a sweet friends-to-lovers story. They history is carefully added in a series of vignette flashbacks that really demonstrate the bond between Andy and Jake, a bond Andy didn’t recognize was love until he’d almost lost Jake, and himself, in his new and lonely future. Andy’s father is a stern taskmaster and Andy can’t see veering of the path they outlined years ago, when Andy was still just a teen. But he’s not happy, and he misses Jake terribly. Their summer of love ended too soon, and his heart can’t take the thought that Jake will move on without him. Jake struggles too, until Andy reaches out before it's too late. A happy ending for both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I have trouble passing up Eli Easton. When she is on, her characters are so charming and funny that I can't resist them. But this story? Two spoiled, rich boys who reminisce about past idiotic dangerous stunts between bouts of sex while recovering from the most recent attempt to maim or kill themselves. Waited on at a cottage on Nantucket by a cook/housekeeper and private visiting nurse. All paid for by their boring hard working parents. Angsting about one having to start a high paying job right out of college while the other suffers through Harvard Law school also paid for by those boring parents. The past stunts were the kind teenagers have been pointlessly ruining or ending their lives with forever. And they especially enjoyed it if their friends were so scared for them that they were in tears. Yeah, good times. I almost dnf at 40% but I wanted to give a fair review. Very disappointed.
amatate More than 1 year ago
I’d generally consider myself a fan of Miss Easton. I’m also pretty partial to friends to lovers romances. So when I started Five Dares, I expected to like it. What I wasn’t expecting was how hard I’d fall for these two characters and how wrapped up in their story I’d become. This was such a vibrant story- full of fun, humor, sexiness, and a wonderful romance, and I absolutely enjoyed it. Five Dares is a new adult, best friends to lovers romance, that also incorporates the gay-for-you trope. It follows long-time friends Andy and Jake as they graduate college and prepare to start new lives on opposite coasts. A stupid prank gone wrong threatens their futures, but also uncovers a host of new and unrequited feelings. The book includes a good amount of flashbacks to past “dares” Andy and Jake pulled off together, giving the reader a glimpse into their close friendship and highlighting important moments as they grew up together. I was surprised at how effortlessly those time jumps worked into the narrative. It didn’t feel overdone or inconsequential, and the book maintained a smooth, brisk rhythm even with the flashbacks. As I’ve come to expect from this author, the narrative and dialogue fit together seamlessly, making it difficult to put down. Although the story itself was interesting and unique, it was the characters who grabbed me. I loved how much depth and emotion came through with Jake and Andy, and I really enjoyed seeing them grow over the course of the book. I didn’t quite understand the rushed events at the end of the book, but I so enjoyed everything else and appreciated that the story didn’t go down the overblown angst path that I initially anticipated. Rather, this was a well-rounded romance featuring great characters with a good dose of heat and humor. I definitely think Five Dares will appeal to a wide range of readers. *eARC provided via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
sweetpotato101 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a delightful, sigh-inducing book! I picked this one up and went on a straight-up reading rampage. Eli Easton’s Five Dares is all about the first niggling of awareness and the ups and downs of friendship and the inevitable draw of growing up and growing apart. And maybe—just maybe—finding more in the most unexpected of places. I have a massive soft spot for a coming-out story and add in the best-friends-to-lovers? It doesn’t get any better than that. The emotion is dragged straight out of the reader. Jake has been in love with his best friend for years, but there’s a problem. Andy is straight. But after a particularly dangerous stunt leaves them without the use of their hands, they decide to recuperate together in a lakeside cottage. Their last hoorah before they go their separate ways. The close confines and the lack of the use of their hands leave them with a little bitty problem. Andy has always led with his reckless urges—with his dares—and he jumps head-first into any problems. So, it’s no surprise to Jake that Andy’s ready to get off with his best friend. But Jake doesn’t want to open Pandora’s box. He can’t keep his feelings casual…can he? And the biggest question of them all: can friends still be friends when emotions—and blazing sexual chemistry—comes into play? I loved the structure of this story. The use of dares, the situation of burned hands, the slow burn. Jake and Andy are such dynamic characters, and everything is revealed piece by piece in such a way that made this book absolute magic. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience the butterflies and the sighs and the blurry-eyed reading. There’s a lot of hidden beauty in this book, and I’m putting Eli Easton on my must-read author list because of it. 5 stars!