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Bash and Kieran’s happy ending is everything I wanted

TruthOrDare AMAZONTruth or Dare by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh well that was all ends up smexy and full of loving.

Ella and Brooke pulled out all the stops for this concluding part to what’s been a really enjoyable series from the two and – finally! – a happy ending for the wonder that is Sebastian Vogel aka Bash.

I’ve loved Bash since he first arrived in Brooke’s excellent South Haven series and it was obvious he was going to need someone special. Enter Kieran Bailey.

I have to say, I’d not seen it coming but over the last two books, they’ve proved beyond any doubt that they are utterly perfect together.

This book wraps things up beautifully with some awesomely hot sex, some beautiful conversations and lots of fun times with the rest of the Baileys and with Bash’s bunch of friends on the island.

The series as a whole has been one of my favourites from the pair and I’m intrigued by the two new characters/series’ that they’ve introduced in this final chapter and which will be coming from them individually later on.

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Absolutely fabulous middle entry in this delightful series from Ella and Brooke

DareMe AMAZONDare Me by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gah, it’s a good job there’s only a month before the final book comes out because I’m already suffering from Bash and Keiran withdrawal symptoms.

I absolutely loved this instalment as Bash makes up for the seriously crappy way he ghosted Keiran at the end of book one.

It’s steamy, of course, but it’s also super sweet and has lots of wonderful conversation as both men come to the realisation that this is it.

They need to go big or go home and Keiran really doesn’t want to do that and Bash isn’t happy about letting him out of his sight either.

I think the narrative has worked really well to show how much Bash has knocked Keiran’s world off its axis.

It’s more than just a case of of experimentation though, everything about this relationship with Bash is new, but the most important part is that Keiran’s found someone he wants to hold on to.

That’s been the strength of the two books so far for me. Ella and Brooke have put in the groundwork for everything that Keiran goes through.

He’s blindsided by Bash but it’s more than just sexual, he’s attracted to each element of his character and wants more.

With the (little bit) conveniently discovered potential relocation available for Keiran at a fire house not that far from the island, I’m looking forward to seeing how these two compromise on how to move into the rest of their lives together.

Oh, and how the rest of Keiran’s family reacts to him potentially upping sticks 😁

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Bash finally gets his story told and I’m totally here for it

DareYou AMAZONDare You by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As this is a trilogy, I knew we’d get mini cliffhangers at the end of each book, but even so, this one frustrated me.

Not because it’s a cliffhanger, but because of the type of “dramady” plot trope used to create it.

Begin Whinge 

I hate with the power of a thousand burning suns the whole ‘misunderstanding of a situation’ angle and that it’s used here annoyed me because it was out of character for how both men had been behaving until that point.

That and the fact that character X appeared literally out of nowhere just for said plotline.

End Whinge

Up until that moment, everything about this book was going beautifully for me and I know it’s a personal bugbear not an actual fault 😁

I’ve been dying for Bash’s story for almost two years, I loved the idea of a crossover with Ella’s Chicagoverse, Kieran Bailey especially, and everything was working out in a way which felt honest.

The meet cute was fab, Kieran’s fascination with Bash was totally believable, his growing attraction coming out of spending time together was absolutely understandable.

They just click from the off, they’re comfortable in each other’s company and they’re funny, flirting and exploring the delights of Chicago as Kieran plays tour guide.

The set up for the first spark between them had me cheering and when the UST finally boils over, it’s a visceral connection which scorches the pages.

I know Brooke and Ella will steer the story to a joyous, happy ending in the final book, but sometimes I wish I didn’t have to suffer through the angsting first!

At least they don’t leave us waiting long, book two is out next month and the last part in September 😁

I’m also seriously keen to see what Keiran’s going to do to win Bash back round to believing he wasn’t just “straight guy experimenting” because he’s going to need to be very persuasive.

Our Bash needs someone willing to fight big for him and lay their vulnerability on the cards, so come on Keiran, go fix this!

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