Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Dare You by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

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Dare You; Dare to Try #1 
(#1 within a trilogy)

Publication Date: July 30, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Trilogy/Opposites Attract/MM Romance

Author: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



There is no denying that Ella and Brooke are an dynamic writing duo and Dare You is just another example of how AMAZING this author team is!

I was engaged and completely engrossed in Bash and Kieran’s story from start to finish and then left hanging and salivating from the cliffhanger. Sobbing, “NOOOOOOOO”, and flipping back and forth multiple times because how could that be the end. I need more of these two fantastic men and their story. Luckily, there will be more in the next part of the trilogy, but sadly I have to wait, along with everyone else, until that happens.

Kieran Bailey is no stranger to the queer community, although I should probably rephrase that to say, he is no stranger to the gay community. His brother’s are both gay, and while his middle brother has been out of the closet basically his entire life, he is your run of the mill average guy who wears khaki’s. His oldest brother is an entirely different story who only recently came out when he fell in love with everyone’s favorite news host, but Sean is still very much the same sports watching, beer drinking annoying big brother.

Now Kieran, one of Chicago’s finest firefighter’s, meets Bash while rescuing him from a burning building. Kieran honestly mistakes Bash for a gorgeous woman, an easy mistake given that Bash was in full drag, but with each encounter after that, it was Bash’s confident and easy going personality that continued to pull him back in. He’d never met a man like Bash in his entire life and while their time together may have begun as friendship, it soon blossomed into something more. The real trouble is Kieran doesn’t know how to feel about the budding and changing feelings swirling inside of him. Should he have looked to his family for help? Perhaps, but his work schedule and spending every free moment with Bash made that task nearly impossible.

Bash was smitten with Kieran from the moment the hot firefighter threw him over his broad shoulder. Bash wanted to thank the hero for saving his life, personally if he could, but even if he couldn’t make those wishes come true he wanted to extend his gratitude. (Their date-non-dates are simply the best). It could have been fate, but Bash and Kieran seemed to run into one another in the big city of Chicago and Bash never snubbed fate. He boldly pursued what he wanted, even if he knew Kieran wasn’t exactly achievable. You see, Kieran was straight. Working his way through the fine women of Chicago. So while Bash didn’t normally hit on straight men, he just couldn’t seem to help himself when it came to the fine firefighter. These two formed a friendship while Bash flirted unabashedly every single time they were together. Nothing would have happened if attraction wasn’t there, but sparks eventually lit a fire between them and wowza…what a fire!!!

However, with Bash only in town to close a deal and the underlying thoughts of where a relationship could really go…things were bound to get messy.

I desperately need more of Bash and Kieran, so I can hardly wait for more of this couple and to see what happens next.


From Ella Frank’s Prime Time series and Brooke Blaine’s South Haven series comes an explosive spin-off of both worlds.

Sebastian “Bash” Vogel, the magnetic, cross-dressing CEO of AnaVoge, has long been a lone island when it comes to his personal life. Self-assured and playful, he’s never left wanting for suitors—but Bash isn’t looking for something permanent. He’s more than fulfilled with his company and his closest friends, and no one is going to shake up the status quo.

That is, until he’s thrown over the shoulder of one of Chicago’s finest and hauled out of a burning building.

Kieran Bailey, a sexy, hardworking lieutenant at Station 73, has been reaping the rewards of being crowned the city’s hottest fireman, which his crew never lets him forget. So many ladies, so little time. So when he rescues the latest damsel in distress, no one is more shocked than him to realize he’s played prince charming to another … prince.

But Bash isn’t like anyone Kieran has ever met, and soon his world is turned upside down as he becomes more intrigued by the enigmatic man that he can’t stay away from.

They’re from two different worlds. This could never work. But what if … they dared to try?

Dare You is book one of the Dare to Try trilogy, an M/M romance, which must be read in order. Prior reading is not required, but is always a fantastic idea for maximum enjoyment.

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