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New Release – The Dare by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman

Today we have the release blitz for THE DARE by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

About The Dare:

He was more than my bully, he was what living nightmares were made of…

“I dare you…” It started as a childish game played between two friends, that ended in heartbreak.

I knew him once.
A long time ago you may have even called us friends.
That was before I moved away, before my mother married his father, before my entire life fell apart.

I lost everything, my friends, my popularity, my future.

This was supposed to be my fresh start… my last chance at new… but it wasn’t it was real life hell.

Vance Preston used to be a poor boy with a soft smile and kind eyes.
He used to be my friend.
Now he’s God’s gift to women (his words not mine), disgustingly handsome, and filthy rich.

He can do whatever he wants, say whatever he wants, and hurt whomever he wants.

No one can stop him, and no one dares too.

He might as well be god.
And his newest target: me.

He dares me to defy him.
He dares me to fight back.
He promises he won’t stop…
….not until he hurts me, not until he breaks me.

But I’m not afraid, because you can’t break something that’s already broken.

**This is book two in the North Woods University Series. It can be read as a complete standalone and contains NO cliffhanger, NO cheating, and includes a HEA. Please be advised this series contains material not suitable for all readers. This is NOT a YA series.**

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Staggering backwards like I’m drunk I harden my gaze, “Entertain me con-artist, show me another use for that pretty mouth of yours, besides spouting off lies.”

“I hate you,” She spits through gritted teeth, the lustful haze diminishing in her eyes.

I hate myself too.

For wanting you.

For hating you.

For being stuck in this stupid house with you.

“Come on, we ain’t got all night…” I tisk, impatiently.

I’m so caught up in taunting her, in feeling the lick of hate her presence brings me that I don’t notice the slap coming towards my cheek until it’s too late. Her hand makes contact with my cheek, and my head flies to the side with the impact of the blow.

My jaw turns to steel and my temper ignites. I’m reacting before I even get a chance to stop myself. Reaching for her, my fingers curl around her throat, my hold is surprisingly gentle for the amount of bitterness flowing through my veins. Ava’s reaction to me is petrified fear and she starts to tremble when I lean into her face, giving her delicate throat a firm squeeze.

“If you’re going to put your hands on someone then you better be prepared for them to put their hands on you.”

“Don’t…” She croaks.

“What? Hurt you?” I tilt my head to the side, eyeing her heart shaped face. “I could never hurt you like you hurt me, you’ve done enough of that for the both of us. I’m merely trying to show you a sliver, a fraction of the pain you made me feel.” Feeling as if I’m seconds away from crashing and burning I release her, and take a step back. Then I turn to walk away. I’m done. Done with this cat and mouse game.

About J.L. Beck & C. Hallman:

J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are two ladies with a love for coffee, books, and the bad boys who live inside them.

They’re a dynamic duo who love writing all genres of romance, from erotica, to suspense. To date they’ve written ten books together and don’t plan to stop any time soon.

When they aren’t writing you can find them making jokes, discussing their next book, arguing over cover photos, and of course drinking more coffee.

They’re humble, and truly blessed to have found such amazing readers.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – The Dare by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman

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The Dare; North Woods University #2 (Series)
by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (Authors)

This review is from: June 30, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥

The Dare was a first read for me from both authors. I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything with this being the second book in the series and jumping into it at this point, so The Dare can be read as a complete standalone. The authors write well together, but this book overall just didn’t light my happy book place up.

What exactly does that mean?

Yes, this is a bully romance, I know it’s not all sunshine, giggles and rainbows. I’ve read this trope before, yet at the end of the reading my happy book place should be filled up with a love-hate relationship that I feel content with and lots of happy angst over how the couple arrived at their HEA. The best ones make me feel happy-angsty for days, even weeks after I’ve finished them and honestly I mourn the couple because I’m no longer reading about them once I have to finished the book. Sigh.

Sufficed to say, The Dare did not leave me with that feeling. Most of the time I felt the characters suffered from a whiplash of emotions, which might actually be a more honest teenage emotional landmine and not the fictional bully trope I’ve read. When I read I want to escape instead of facing reality. I still have teenagers at home whose moods turn on a dime, I don’t look forward to reading about them.

While I love a friends to enemies to lovers theme, Vance dove too far into the dark side for my personal tastes. Ava also was a girl who took a lot of personal blame for everyone in her life upon herself. What happens to these two children were the cause of something out of their control and they basically become a sadist and masochist because of it. This isn’t a theme in the story, yet they both have those tendencies and I could see that lifestyle for them in the future.  Perhaps a thought for the future as the series progresses, as these characters mature and need a place to release their emotions.

In conclusion, The Dare just didn’t personally hit my happy spot, but the authors are well written and I would read them again.

Anyway, Vance and Ava are childhood friends. They love playing the game of Truth or Dare. One night this game leads to the course of changing their future forever. Five years later, their parents are getting remarried, to each other, and Ava is moving in to Vance’s mansion. She has no where else to go.

Ava’s father is in rehab, she is beginning college and moving in with her newly married mother is the only smart choice. However, Vance hates his ex-best-friend. He blames her for ending his parents marriage and for what has happened in his life for the past five years.

Ava has no idea what Vance has been up to since they moved away five years ago and her parents got divorced. She has no idea that he hates her guts and that he now has set out to ruin her life. They were once best friends, but things change.

Truth or Dare, which would you pick?

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