Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy | ARC Review

August 10, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 13 Comments

Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy | ARC ReviewDaring the Bad Boy
by Monica Murphy
Series: Endless Summer #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 22nd 2016 by Entangled Crush
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Annie goes off to camp to try to shed away her shy shell. She’s determined to make friends and snag a guy. All of her attention goes to Kyle, the hottest guy at camp. Even the girls at camp are rooting for them. Suddenly, another guy gets in Annie’s line of vision and she can’t help but think of him more and more every day.

It took me a long while to get used to Annie, even if I related to her to an extent. Annie and I were so shy at the age of 16. All of her introvert aspects were so relatable to me because I went through them. What irked me was how naive and childish she was, which was very off-putting. When it came down to daring the “bad boy”, I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes. Annie just acted like a 13-year-old and I couldn’t deal with her.

Jake is said to be the bad boy, but… There’s not much bad in this boy. This aspect of the story was more tell than show. It’s said that Jake did some bad things and that’s why he was sent to camp. Aside from that, there’s no bad in this guy. He’s actually really nice and romantic. I ended up liking this story because of him and how cute he turned out to be towards the end. I’m pretty sure I had this glossy and in-love look in my eyes every time he would appear.

Annie’s fear of the water was very serious and when she told why, I felt for her a smidge. The author didn’t really give much to that part of the story for me to feel anything. It was mostly just told and then forgotten about. Yes, her fear was present right from the start, yet when it came down to the why, it was brushed off.

Overall, Daring the Bad Boy is a light, cute, and summer read.

About Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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  • Ehh I can’t deal with childish characters. And a bad boy who isn’t as bad? I’d be annoyed even though I like the good guys much more than the bad boys because that’s not what I was promised before I jumped into the book. I think I’m going to skip this one.

  • Annie would probably annoy me too. And a promise of a bad boy and not coming through? I’m disappointed for you!

  • I’m with you guys, Annie would probably annoy the snot out of me too. I was interested in this one but after reading your review (which was great, thanks!), I’m not sure anymore. I mean, I’ve basically read that story already in other books with similar story lines and a childish protagonist isn’t a good one for me. Jake sounds cute even though he’s not bad. lol.

  • I’ve been really enjoying the new Entangled Crush line. This one sound good too. I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

  • Eva

    Great review! I like this premise a lot but this author is a bit hit or miss for me — the setting sounds good so I may pick this up

  • I haven’t read this author yet but sounds like a cute light read. Love a camp setting too. Great review!!

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