Before the Blog review – Truth or Dare? by Laura James

I thought it would be a good idea to put all of my reviews in one place. I’ve therefore created a Before the Blog review page where all of these reviews can be found. I will hopefully be able to say where it was first posted and when I read it.

Title –  Truth or Dare

Publisher – Choc Lit

Originally posted – Goodreads

Read – 29 November 2013

“Love’s a dangerous game…

Kate Blair’s sick of unrequited love. She’s quietly waited for Mickey for the past six years and finding a compass-carved heart, with their initials scratched through the middle, only strengthens her resolve: no more Mickey and no more playing it safe.

It’s time to take a chance on real love and Declan O’Brien’s the perfect risk. He’s handsome, kind and crazy about her so it’s not long before all thoughts of Mickey come few and far between.

But old habits die-hard. Kate may have started to forget … but has Mickey?”
Kate has been in love with her friend Mickey since she was 11. She thinks that he only thinks of her as another little sister and she’s never taken the next step as she didn’t want to ruin her relationship with his sister Rose, who is her best friend.

The story opens in 1989 when Kate and Rose are 22. Kate lives alone, controlling her life with an almost obsessive compulsive nature and suffering from anorexia. Rose moves from one man to the next never thinking that she will be ready to settle down.

Kate believes she will never find a man she will love as much as Mickey but then meets Declan, Mickey’s boss. She soon falls for him and finds the feeling is mutual. Rose, meanwhile, attends a business meeting little realising she’ll meet someone who will make her feel completely different about monogamy. Whilst all this goes on it appears that Mickey has gone missing…

This is not a typical romance story. I started out reading thinking I could predict the whole story and I was wrong. I don’t want to go into what happens in this review as I think this would spoil it but I’ll just say the story is not full of happiness and joy. Difficult topics are dealt with including alcoholism and anorexia and there are some downright loathsome characters.

I’ll admit that I felt uncomfortable at some of the storyline but I think this is simply because I wasn’t prepared for the type of story the author told. I am however glad that I took the opportunity to read this book and would like to thank the publishers for providing me with a copy for review purposes.

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