Five Dares by Eli Easton Review

Five Dares

Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod . As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.


I loved the dynamic these two characters had with each other. I loved how they just knew what the other person was thinking without saying a word. All the dares they did just sucked you in. I just wished they weren’t in the form of flashbacks.

I really enjoyed certain parts of this book. But the one thing I wasn’t feeling was the going back and forth between past and present. That seriously killed my flow for this book. Right when something good was going to happen in the present…. the next chapter would jump right back to a time in their past. I hated that.

Flashback are kind of tricky with me. Either it works or it doesn’t. In this book…. I felt it didn’t. I just wished we would’ve started off in the past and worked our way up to the present.

Now… as I said… I loved the friendship relationship Andy and Jake had with each other. But I wasn’t feeling how things came about with them getting together as something more than friendship.
I really wasn’t feeling how Andy was not really into Jake. I mean he had feelings for him. But I hated how he kept thinking that he couldn’t see himself in a long term relationship with a guy. He always said he saw himself with a girl not a guy. I felt for Jake!

And as I read on. Andy’s feelings never really changed. He still had to think about what life would be like being with Jake. I didn’t feel the undying love coming from him. It seemed like he had to work himself up to it. Jake laid all his feelings out there. And Andy was thinking what the consequences would be like if he pursued a relationship with Jake. What would life be like.
That really bugged me. Because everything they did together was always one sided. Andy never progressed to the point where he would throw it all away if he couldn’t be with Jake.

Not until the very end. And to me it was a little too little too late kind of feeling. And in my opinion way to late in the book for it to happen.

The sex scenes were pretty hot. (Omg…The table scene!!) but Andy’s thinking and aloofness after sex….felt cold. I just wanted him to embrace Jake fully. Not just some dare he had to work himself up to to justify his feelings for him or toward sex with him. That’s the part I hated.

I also wasn’t feeling the whole excuse of the “due to the political climate” they shouldn’t be together. Because it’s just not politically correct for two men to be together in this government. I mean what? Why throw that in there? It just seems awkward in this book. And seemed like it was just thrown in there.

Even after everything I said. I still enjoyed this book. I overlooked all the things that bugged me and just focused on the characters itself.

I’m glad it ended the way it did. With a Andy and Jake Show.


Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a game designer, an organic farmer, an avid hiker, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an addicted reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.

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