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Release Day Blitz: Dreaming Up A Dare: Catherine Gayle



Dreaming Up A Dare
Catherine Gayle
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Expected July 6, 2016
 

Hockey star Jackson Maddox and gymnast Pepper Wilson have been best friends since childhood…
Just friends. 

When Jackson needs a date to a prestigious party, he calls upon his petite and dazzling BFF to be his arm candy for the night. Nothing could be better than walking into a room with Pepper on his arm. Jackson won’t ever admit how he really feels about her, because they’re… 
 Just friends. 

With her gymnastics career over, Pepper welcomes a chance to let her freak flag fly—especially with Jackson by her side. Pepper can’t confess she’s loved him since childhood. He’s her best friend, and there’s no reason to jeopardize what they’ve got. But they’re still… 
 Just friends. 

But when a seemingly harmless game of Truth or Dare gets a little too close and entirely too personal, can Jackson dream up a dare that could give them both what they really want? 

Jackson Maddox and Pepper Wilson have been best friends since childhood. He is now a pro hockey player for the Miami Ice. She was an elite gymnast until a recent career ending injury. So she has now moved to Miami to spend time with her friend and get a fresh start.

Jackson wants to help her get back on her feet and find a way to transition to a new career. He's got some influential friends like Alex, Madison, and Ian Dare to help (tie into Carly Phillip's Dare to Love series).

Pepper is sassy, bubbly and vibrant when she is with Jackson. She is fierce and full of life, but pixie sized. But she's also got social anxiety and is a bit klutzy and awkward. Jackson is tall, burly, sexy, outgoing, charming, and dependable. But on the ice he has the tendency to live up to his nick name Mad Dog. Together they look and act like opposites.

Both of them are harboring hidden feelings and attraction. And after being separated for the past few years, being together again is even more intense and a bit different. But both have been hesitant to make the first move and risk ruining their friendship if the other did not reciprocate.

But too many drinks and a game of truth or dare lead to some surprising revelations and a kiss. But was it just a drunken mistake or do they both really want to be more than just friends?

This was a cute, short friends-to-lovers novella. It was funny, steamy, sweet, and romantic. Jackson was a pretty hot hero who liked to push Pepper's boundaries a bit. It was fast-paced and did not have a chance to get into great depth due to the length, but since they had an already established relationship it was not insta-love and their connection was believable. But one night certainly changed everything and moved quickly after that.

The characters were fun, had a good rapport, and seriously hot chemistry. It was told in dual points of view allowing us to understand all of their hidden feelings with some remembrances of their shared childhoods as well. They were a couple that you could not help but like and want to see succeed. They really were so passionate and so compatible in and out of the bedroom. It was a fun, fast read with not a lot of angst. 

I have never read Carly Phillip's series, but this was easily read as as stand alone and is not associated with Catherine Gayle's other series either.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Pepper Walters and Jackson Maddox have been best friends since they were kids. When Pepper needs a place to stay as she figures out what to do after her gymnastics career is cut short, and Jackson’s is the perfect place to reinvent herself.

A little game of Truth or Dare turns a little too truthful when Jackson comes up with a dare that challenges everything they’ve convinced themselves of over the years: they are just friends. Right? But as everyone knows, Truth or Dare can quickly get out of hand, and will Pepper and Jackson be able to maintain their friendship if they cross those lines?

Even before the characters dare each other to take things further, the chemistry between these two is off the charts. Though they brush it off as just friends, it is clear that they mean more than that to each other.

This was a fun, short story of friends to lovers. These two were fun characters to read. Pepper and Jackson are opposites in a lot of ways. She is tiny, he is built. She is an introvert and a little on the shy side, he is outgoing and gregarious. They balance each other well though, and their longtime friendship means they know when the other needs a moment or a boost. 

Set within Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love Kindle World, Dreaming Up a Dare focuses on a hockey player and his best friend interacting with the characters from the original series. While I haven’t read Carly Phillips’ books, there is enough of the characters, especially Alex from Dare to Desire, that I am intrigued and will have to check them out. It stands alone nicely, and fans of either author will be able to enjoy it without missing a beat. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.



Catherine Gayle
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Catherine Gayle is a USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five contemporary hockey romance and Regency-set historical romance novels and novellas. She’s a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster’s next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.
If you want to know more, be sure to sign up for Catherine’s mailing list. She can also be found at Hockey Romance, at Facebook, on Twitter, and at Goodreads. If you want to see some of her cats’ antics and possibly the occasional video update from Catherine, visit her YouTube account.


Other Dare to Love Kindle World stories releasing today:

Do You Dare by Chris Keniston
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Billionaire businessman Chancellor Winston can pay for anything he needs…or wants. When his college buddy, Ian Dare, challenges him to experience how "normal people" live by posing as an employee at the South Florida resort Chance's company just acquired, Chance can't resist. But having it all doesn't mean he knows it all. Undercover and in over his head, Chance is learning money can’t buy everything—especially love.

Single mother Faith Gifford is walking on eggshells. The resort where she's the Head of Housekeeping has sold. Sweeping changes are coming and her job might be on the chopping block. When she meets the new management trainee, the attraction is palpable and the heat undeniable. He's even great with her young son. Faith is falling fast, but when Chance's secret comes to light, will it prove to be the one bridge they can’t cross?
Daring to Win by Jami Davenport
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One day away from living on the streets, former pro football player Jake Hudgins has sunk to an all-time low. When he's offered a job in a fledging program to transition athletes at the end of their playing careers, he jumps on it, even though the offer was made to the financially-sound man he'd once been, not the broke one he is now. Taxed with being a good example for young athletes, Jake is a fraud, and his co-worker is suspicious.

Aggie Hermann has come to terms with never being a size 6 or even a size 12. She's made peace with her body and avoids men who see women as objects instead of looking deeper. Her new coworker, Jake, appears to be the superficial variety, and he has a secret. Aggie's certain of that, even as she struggles with the irresistible attraction between them. 

Working closely together to get the job done ignites Jake and Aggie's passion until the resulting fire is sure to burn them both. Can their love survive the fallout when Jake's secret is revealed, or will it be reduced to ashes?

Dare's Wild by Parker Kincade
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Hotshot tight end Tanner Wild gives new meaning to the phrase play hard. Living the high life in Los Angeles, he blew through clubs and women as fast as he took down a defensive end—until his antics off the field landed him on the chopping block. A wild card no team was willing to play, save one—the Miami Thunder, his hometown team.

Out of options, Tanner returns to Miami, bitter in the face of the ramifications brought on by his own behavior, not to mention the memories of his high school sweetheart. The only woman he’s ever loved. The woman he spent the last ten years trying to forget. 

Realtor Abby Nash thought she’d seen the last of Tanner Wild the day he dumped her for the greener pastures of college women. When her boss makes a sudden and not-so- subtle request that she help Tanner find a house, years- old heartache boils to the surface. 

But when she sees Tanner the explosive chemistry between them is too hard to resist. Even after ten years, he knows just how to touch her. How to make her forget the past and yearn for the future…a future doomed to repeat history if she can’t learn to trust him again.

A Dare Without Regret by Wendy S Marcus
Ryan Monighan is one of the most popular players on the Miami Thunder Football Team. An all-star running back, he always makes time for his fans. They want a picture? He smiles pretty. An autograph? He’s always got a marker handy. Sex? If she turns him on, then heck yeah! Too bad the only thing sexy, sassy Kiley Ivers wants from him is the one thing he will not do for a fan. And she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

Kiley Ivers is barely keeping it together. After losing her family in a tragic car accident, she’s left alone to run the family bakery and care for her thirteen-year-old nephew, Tyler. The sole survivor, he’s stuck in the hospital, depressed and in pain. And Kiley will do anything to get his favorite football player to stop by for a visit to cheer Tyler up. Even go out on a date with him. When things heat up between them, Kiley is on board with a short fling, as long as Tyler doesn’t find out. She plans to be a respectable guardian for her impressionable young nephew. Unfortunately, nothing in Ryan’s life stays secret for long.


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