Title: Dare to Hope(Dare book 2)
Author: Kara Nash, Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 11, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, homophobic parents, self harm
Page Count: 264 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Christophori Romanoff is an expert at being the perfect son for his homophobic father. But maintaining the facade comes with a heavy price, and when he swears off anonymous sex and getting drunk every night, he needs his friends more than ever. Only he’s convinced they’re busy with their own lives and better off without his interference. On the surface Chris is fine, but underneath the expensive suit and the law degree he got only to please his father, he’s breaking apart from the pressure, and he falls back on his oldest—and most dangerous—coping mechanism.
Samuel Mealamu hoped to hear from Chris soon after their last good-bye in Montana, but as the months go by without a word, he realizes what they started was one-sided. Still, he worries about the destructive path Chris was on and hopes the silence means he’s doing better. But nearly a year later, Chris finally calls, and it’s obvious he’s in trouble. Samuel thinks he’s seen Chris at his worst, but this new, far more broken man might be too much for even Samuel to help.
I read the description of this book before I started reading the actual book. I have to say that the description did not do this book justice. Yes it intrigued me but this book was so emotional that I felt it to my core.
Chris appears to be one of those people who has it all. He is a lawyer, has what appears to be a good family, has his best friend though he lives far away, and always has a smile on his face. But like most times appearances can be deceiving and in Chris’s case it is extremely deceptive. His father is homophobic and does everything in his power to control every aspect of Chris’s life just as he has done so since the day he was born. He places so many demands on Chris that it is hard to keep up and all Chris really wants from his father is to accept him, which will never happen. His father treats him like he is not worthy to be alive much less like he will ever accept him.
Chris feels as if he has no power ofver anything in his life except his cutting. Up until four months prior he had quit but his self destructive stage came. Ack and it is full force now. Chris knows he needs help and so he turns to the one person he wants to let in, Samuel.
Samuel fell in love with Chris eight months ago when they met in Montana but he could tell that Chris was self destructive and he did not want to get involved until Chris had a handle on his life. When Chris calls him out of the blue he knows something is terribly wrong but he has no clue just how bad it truly is until Chris turns up at his house and opens up to him about everything.
These two men are clearly in love with each other but they have so much standing in their way. Every time one of them broke down I was able to feel their pain. Every fight they got into I was able to feel their anger. Every time one of them was scared I could feel their fear. And every time something good happened I could feel their love and happiness. Those things in my opinion is what makes a book truly amazing. And this book definitely was.
Kara Nash and Caitlin Ricci did a truly incredible job on this book and I really hope there will be another book in this series.