Dare to Risk (A.O. Chika’s Review)

Title: Dare to Risk (Dare #1)
Author: Kara Nash, Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 29th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Cowboy
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

For successful businessman Bran Wilson, selling the large Montana dairy farm that has been in his family for generations is an easy decision. He hates the farm, the land, even the cows, and wants nothing to do with any of it. But there’s a glitch in his plan: a stubborn cowboy from New Zealand who is as sexy as he is aggravating.

Kaden Barker loves the Wilson farm, and respected Bran’s grandfather up until the day he died. With his two best friends, he’s taken over working the farm and caring for the cows, and he’d happily spend the rest of his days doing it.

When Bran charges into his life, telling him he’s selling the farm and there’s nothing Kaden, or his friends, can do about it, the animosity between them is instant. But so is the attraction, and only one extreme can win out.

The Blurb was nice, the premise was great the execution… Seemed like it came out from one of the Harlequin American Romance lines, the only difference was that everyone was gay… I’m not kidding! On the flip side was sex, lots of it even when it was just sad, uncomfortable and just plain weird given the context.

The MC’s were nice enough. Kaden’s character wasn’t very deep although I could see that the author tried to give him depth but all I could think of was one of the Texas cowboy Harlequin romance books I read years ago. The only twist is that Kaden’s a gay millionaire, not a straight one… um, also he’s from New Zealand, not Texas. Maybe I’m being too cynical, it was a nice book after all, but a few things didn’t add up like Kaden being a supposedly wealthy man.

Bran as a character was annoying as fuck, I could do without his tendencies to sleep with everything with a dick, but people are people and who am I to judge. Bran’s entrance in the book wasn’t quite a good moment, he acted like a dick up until the ending where he was less of a dick as compared to earlier.

I know his parents didn’t get along well as they had different goals in life, I also get that Bran didn’t get along with his grandfather and that he hated his childhood, but that still didn’t explain why he was so cold and had an almost compulsive need to sell the farm. A farm that was his Father and Grandfathers sweat and blood.

There was so much that didn’t sit right with me, like Bran’s abusive ex, and the drinking games that always seemed to end in a disaster. I mean seriously, couldn’t they act like adults and talk things out rather than constantly playing Truth-or-dare, knowing fully well that it would end badly.

I actually liked Chris, but let’s be honest in real life Samuel and Chris would be a bad combination. There wasn’t any concrete heat/spark/chemistry between Samuel and Chris and don’t get me started on Chris brother. That dude has issues, and the whole masculine thing he has pisses me off.

There was way too much going on, which is to be expected with a book juggling 3 couples (2 and a half as Trent and whatshisface aren’t together yet).

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Galley copy of Dare To Risk provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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