The Dating Dare By Jayci Lee – Review

“No serious relationships. This is the one rule Tara Park made for herself and it has been working swimmingly, especially since she’s busy with Weldon Brewery. But when Seth Kim, temptation personified and her best friend’s new brother-in-law walks into her life, Tara might be willing to bend her golden rule . . . but only for four dates, which she agreed to after a few good rounds of beer – and a game of truth or dare.

Seth Kim can’t believe Tara agreed to his dating dare. He’s leaving for a new job in Paris in a month and a no-strings attached fling seemed like a nice distraction for both . . . But while their dates have a tendency to hit roadblocks, their non-dates and chance meetings are becoming frequent – and heated. What was supposed to be a little fun game is turning into something that neither is ready for.

But sometimes, the best things in life are the ones we never see coming.”

I had so much fun reading this lovely story by Jayci Lee. The Dating Dare is book #2 in the Sweet Mess series. (I need to go and pick up the first book because I loved this one so much) You can read them together or they can be read as stand alone stories so have no fear if you haven’t read Sweet Mess like me. Thank you so much Headline, Net Galley and of course Jayci Lee for this wonderful opportunity to read such a sweet story.

We all know by now how I’m such a cover girl – give me a cute cover and I will swoon over the book any day. I love both versions of the cover for The Dating Dare, so adorable. (I’ve of course posted the UK version as that is what is available to me)

I can not begin to express how much I enjoyed this story. It is such a feel good book I found myself smiling and swooning throughout and of course there were plenty of moments where I was giggling, even laughing out loud! I love a good romantic comedy and that is exactly what this is.

I love Tara and Seth. They are both so relatable in their own ways so as a reader you feel connected to the characters. But they are also the type of characters that you root for because you just want them to be happy!!!!

So the story goes like this – they both meet at Tara’s best friend’s wedding where Seth just so happens to be the younger brother of the groom. They get to talking (Their banter is impeccable) and end up playing a game of truth or dare, which results in the dating dare. Four dates, no strings attached. Seth is leaving at the end of the month to fly across to Paris anyways. What do they have to lose?

Well we all know from previous experience how these sorts of situations work out, right? This is one of my favorite tropes – “Make sure you don’t fall in love with me.” “No, you try not to fall in love with me.” And then by the end everyone is in love! I just think it works out so beautifully in this story as both characters are scarred from their tragic history with love and find themselves slowly but surely opening up to one another. Yes there are bumps along the way but there is also a whole lot of self discovery and coming to terms with their past and overcoming their fears.

Their chemistry is on fire and the spiciness of their blooming relationship is just on another level, It’s undeniable! There was literally one point in the book where I was like dammnnn where on earth do I find my own Seth! Literally sitting there fanning myself. Honestly this book really made me want to fall in love with the right person and just have all the crazy fun possible.

I adore Jayci Lee and the way that she writes, especially when she is describing food. It’s like hearing someone talk about something that they are so passionate about that they are oozing happiness from the inside. She is so funny and honestly every single character in this story is so relatable. I think I especially like this story because I see a lot of myself in Tara and her experiences so even though I know this is just fiction it allows me to feel as though there is still hope for me out there!

I would like to give this book a 5/5. I know I’ve said I love it multiple times before but it’s true I really do. I know the story is predictable but that’s what makes a romantic comedy so comforting and enjoyable. This was just a quick and easy read, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. Just thinking about Tara and Seth makes me smile (yes I am a weirdo like that) I absolutely recommend this book if you like cute, funny and of course let’s not forget steamy romances.

Silent Pretty Things By O. J. Lovaz – Review

“A small town…a prominent family…a secret. Only two people know the truth, and their silence will have murderous consequences.

Anna Goddard has spent a lifetime being the Good Daughter. Polished and primped into sleek, blond perfection, Anna learned from an early age that being a Goddard meant presenting a flawless façade to the world. But all that changes when Anna stumbles upon a private correspondence that leaves her reeling. With the help of Michael Donovan, a shy but charming local historian, Anna embarks on a journey to find the one thing her family has always denied: The Truth.


Propelled by her mission to protect those she loves, the young woman experiences a tantalizing taste of freedom. But in the process of unearthing the past, Anna and her family will expose a new threat so dangerous it could ruin them all.”

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this Silent Pretty Things. I knew that it was a mystery/thriller so I went in, without any preconceived notions of what this story could be about. At first it did take a little while for me to get into the book and it started off a tad slow for my liking but like any other story it picked up pace around the halfway mark and well from there on out we were in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

The story follows Anna Goodard, a young woman who has recently discovered a secret making her all that more suspicious of her not so loving father. She starts investigating to uncover the truth trying to find evidence to back her assumptions. She ends up meeting Micheal – her love interest, while on her endeavors. Micheal is intelligent and charming. He has Anna smitten from the get go and in all honestly the feelings are mutual. We watch their relationship develop quite quickly through this book. I thought that they were cute and complemented each other really well. Both are smart and witty and they just seem to balance one another out.

Anyways, back to the story. Anna enlists the help of her brother Frank – who really hates his dad and her cousin Diane- who is no longer on speaking terms with her mother to come up with the perfect plan to find out what on earth is really going on. They end up involving their other halves and exposing truths at a family gathering after many complications but not long after the unthinkable happens leaving Anna to do what she thinks will save her family.

Lovas is a great writer – there is no doubt about that. This book is so intense and descriptive that you as reader feel as though if you close your eyes you are right there in the book dancing between the lines. For some reason, I am going to put this down to the tone of the book. I thought that this story was set in England and it wasn’t until I was a few chapters in that I realised, nope we’re in Baltimore. I did however find the dialogue very formal but I guess that’s just how these characters are meant to speak. I also find the the whole trope of not calling the police because you’ll end up in jail annoying, like what even is the point of them if they are just going to blame you without investigating properly but to each their own. I’m not going to spend ages ranting about this because lots of authors do it.

I honestly wish I could say that I loved this book but ultimately it was not for me. I just want to stress that just because I don’t like it doens’t mean that you won’t. It’s impossible for a person to love every single story that they read. It’s full of family drama and secrets and in all honesty I can see so many bookstagrammers and booktokers raving about this book in the near future and rightly so. If you love shows like The Good Wife, Big Little Lies, Mistresses (sorry I can’t think of any books that give me the same vibes) This is the book for you. I will be giving this book a 3/5 because even though I don’t like it subjectively there are some great parts if we look at it objectively.

I just want to say a massive thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to read Silent Pretty Things as this has allowed me to experience something out of my usual book bubble and comfort zone! For those of you who do want to get your hands on this book it is now available on amazon.