Book Reviews

Living on a Dare (A Shore Thing 1) by Grace Kilian Delaney

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 08-May-2019

Book Blurb

Stuntman Draven O’Connor never turns down a dare—even if it means getting down on one knee to propose to his former college roommate and friend. The same man he’s been crushing on since the first day they met. The same man that has grown distant over the past year. And the same man who just agreed to be his fiancé.

Julien Bouchard is tired of living a lie. He spent the past year exploring his sexuality in secret, enduring countless dates with women to appease his mother, and dodging his best friend, Draven, who knows everything there is to know about him, except the one thing that could change their friendship. Ready to face his friend, he meets him at a bar and is greeted by an unexpected marriage proposal. The dare isn’t surprising; it’s the scorching hot kiss that sends Julien’s head and heart in a tailspin—and gives him an idea for the perfect plan.

But perfect plans are never go according to plan, and news of their fake engagement spreads to their families as fast as a wildfire, forcing them to confront their true feelings about each other and hope they don’t get burned.


Book Review

“Falling in love with your best friend is quite difficult, for you would have to learn to keep the feelings just to avoid ruining your friendship.” ~ Maria Bastida

Draven and Julian have been good friends for a long time. Draven has been in love with Julian for almost that long. Julian gave Draven a lot of mixed signals which Draven tried to “translate”. He really wanted his dear, affectionate, loving friend to be gay. When Julian started dating women, Draven’s dreams were dashed and he relegated himself firmly to best friend category.

Their relationship continued, closer than most friends, but never lovers. It isn’t ideal, but Draven adores Julian and can’t imagine him not being in his life, so he deals with it. At one point, Draven goes through a particularly rough time involving a failed relationship and when he needs Julian, atypically, Julian doesn’t step up the way he always had in the past. It hurts Draven deeply, but not so much that he is willing to give up on their friendship.

After being mostly ignored for almost two years, Draven is determined to track his friend down and demand an explanation. The next time he is in town, Draven contacts Julian to let him know he is there and asks him to meet him at a bar. All he gets from Julian is a maybe, but Draven still hopes he will show up. While waiting for him, Draven’s boss and friend talk about his dilemma with being in love with his straight friend and how he is afraid of commitment since his ex screwed him over. Draven denies it and, as a joke, his friend dares him to propose to the next man who walks in the door. Of course, the next man who walks in happens to be Julian. The smile he gives Draven melts his heart and reminds him why he loves the man so much. They embrace, technically longer than they should, but Draven isn’t going to let go until Julian does. That’s just rude, right? Since Draven has accepted the challenge, he gets down on one knee and proposes. Julian thinks it’s hilarious and quickly accepts. With all the shouts and whistles of the other men in the crowd, this calls for a kiss, so they oblige. Draven expects to get a peck at best, but the kiss Julian lays on him is spine-tingling and intense. Has something changed since the last time they were together? Draven wonders but is afraid to entertain the thought.

This is a sweet but angsty friends-to-lovers story. With the parents he has, no wonder Julian is so confused about his sexuality and no wonder why it takes him so long to come to terms with it. I felt really sad for Draven, wanting to be with Julian so much while Julian seemed to be so oblivious, or at least unable to entertain the thought of being gay. As William Shakespeare put it: “All’s well that ends well.” – and this certainly fits in the case of this endearing story. Thanks, Grace, for giving Draven and Julian their hard-earned happy ending.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 235 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-April-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Living-Dare-Shore-Thing-Novel-ebook/dp/B07QDKMBC6