TRUTH OR DARE
A new adult, contemporary romance
Author: Aimee McNeil
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
“Choose TRUTH and risk exposing your heart
Choose DARE and risk exposing everything else…”
Sophie Rogers has left her demons in the past and finally has her life under control…
Three years after leaving high school, where she was endlessly tormented by the school’s golden couple, Sophie has her art degree nearly in hand. Juggling two jobs, she prides herself on her focus and determination to ensure her independence.
Until Ashton King saunters back into her life as a nude model for her art class…
Ashton and Lucinda had made it their mission to make Sophie’s life miserable from the moment she walked into their lives. But now, with Lucinda out of the picture and Sophie back in his sights, Ashton changes the rules of the game and takes it to a whole new level.
Sophie is thrown back into the turmoil she thought was long behind her…
Ashton’s body is made for sin, and his icy blue eyes scorch her with feelings too intense for a heart as scarred as Sophie’s to bear. Glimpses of another side of Ashton give her a flash of hope, but his deceptions run much deeper than she ever dreamed.
Truth or Dare…Which would you choose?
Ashton sauntered in, making his jogging pants and t-shirt look ridiculously sexy. He walked toward the cabinet, retrieving two glasses and a bottle of whiskey. He filled the glasses with ice before pulling out the stool next to Sophie. She glanced up at him questioningly, unsure what his mood would be. He filled both glasses before sliding one in front of her. “Your favorite,” he teased. She watched his hands and noticed that even they were sensual and perfect. She couldn’t stop thoughts of how they would feel running over her naked body.
“How sweet, you remembered.” She smiled sarcastically.
He laughed then, a deep beautiful sound that showed a side of him that had always seemed so out of reach. His genuine smile was stunning and perfect upon his strong masculine face. He sipped the amber fluid from his glass like it was water. He didn’t mind the burning sensation and strong flavor that made her feel like she was swallowing household cleaner, without the refreshing lemon scent to accompany it.
“Let me see this.” Ashton picked up her tablet and angled it away from her.
“What are you doing?” She grabbed at it but Ashton pulled it out of her reach. “You’re making me nervous.” Sophie complained.
“Don’t I always?” He smiled before setting it back down in front of her. A truth or dare game was displayed on the screen. “Truth or dare?” he asked playfully.
“Oh god…really?” Sophie asked in disbelief.
“Are you chicken?” Ashton baited her.
“Fine…truth,” Sophie caved. Ashton picked up the tablet and selected truth.
He leaned in close to her ear. “What were you thinking when you were staring at me tonight?” Ashton asked mischievously, his gaze unwavering.
“That’s not what it says. You’re cheating.” Sophie tried to take the tablet from his hands but he refused to let her take it.
“You said you would play.” He raised his eyebrow.
“Argh…” Sophie picked up the glass of whiskey and took a generous sip, causing her to cough through the burning sensation. “I thought you looked nice.”
“Nice? Come on. I saw the way you were looking at me.” He pushed.
“I thought you looked incredibly hot. Okay? Are you happy now?” Sophie said impudently. Heat flooded her cheeks at her confession. “It’s not like you didn’t already know that.”
“I didn’t know that you thought that.” Ashton’s expression softened a bit.
“Like it matters,” she added as she rolled her eyes.
“It does.” He looked deep into her eyes like he was searching for something. Sophie broke the connection as the heat became too intense.
“Your turn. Truth or dare?” She held up the tablet.
“Truth,” he answered without hesitation.
“Do you want to kiss me?” The words were out of her mouth before she realized it. She wanted to take them back immediately but they were already out there, hanging between them.
“Yes,” he answered truthfully. “Truth or dare?”
“Dare.” Sophie didn’t want to make any more confessions that she would regret later. Was this thing between them still a game?
A slow smile curled the edges of his full lips. “Take off your shirt.”
3 Stars - Average Read
Review Copy provided by author
This is my first book by Ms. McNeil and I felt like it was a story that had a lot of unfulfilled promise. I was intrigued by the premise of the book. Sophie, our heroine, was the subject of bullying in high school at the hands of Ashton (our hero) and his then girlfriend. Fast forward several years and Sophie runs into a very different Ashton and a romance sparks. As much as I liked the premise, and even some of the early devices used in the book, I found both characters frustrating. Sophie has self esteem issues and is incredibly naive about certain aspects of life, much more so that I would have expected for someone who had her childhood experiences. Combine the naivete with trust issues and we have a character that is somewhat hard to relate too. Ashton is equally confusing. He claims that he has loved Sophie from the day he met her, but he spent years being part of her torment and runs hot and cold with her now. We combine the character issues with how everything just magically starts falling into place for Sophie and things start to take on a hard to believe aspect. Overall, this is a story that I enjoyed, but felt like didn't live up to it's full potential. I would have like to have seen Ashton have to work a little harder to get the girl.
Aimee McNeil was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she continues to live today with her husband and three children. She is a stay-at-home mother that loves every colorful moment with her family.
Aimee spends most of her free time indulging in her love of writing. You can also find her lost in the pages of a good book, or making a mess with her paints. Aimee loves to explore anything that promotes creativity. It is one of the many reason she enjoys writing.
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