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Series: Endless Summer #3
Title: Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: August 22nd, 2016
This is a cute summer read, with teens heading off to summer camp and some dramatic changes to their expectations and behaviour. It has some strange parts to it but perhaps they just add to the story? Annie is determined to make changes to how others perceive her. She’s fed up with being the shy nerd who most folk never even notice. To make the change, she convinces her very protective parents to let her go to summer camp by a lake – even though she can’t swim and the family has a traumatic history regarding water safety.
The male main character is Jacob/Jake. The camp is run by his uncle and Jake is there as a junior counsellor, with strict instructions not to start any relationship with any of the campers. He mustn’t make any mistakes as the alternative is being sent to juvenile prison as a result of his one too many rebellious escapades. Whilst his past history may make him somewhat undesirable, his maturity, consideration and determination to try to do right make him a brilliant young man, IMHO.
I initially thought Annie was a great character, too, but then, soon after arriving at the camp, she succumbs to focusses her attention on the first good looking and confident handsome bad boy, Kyle, even though she doesn’t really know anything about him but his looks. Not only that but this initially quiet, caring and considerate young lady has a further change in attitude as she takes a stupid life threatening risk and then threatens and bribes to get her own way. Now, whilst it is great that she’s more confident and prepared to stand up for herself, she starts to make unconsidered decisions some of which could have far reaching negative consequences for both herself and for someone she supposedly cares about. Sometimes it is important to keep the common sense regardless of other changes you’re trying to make in your life, behaviour and attitude!
The story is still great with all the things you’d expect from a well run summer camp, with new friends, plenty of fun, a few folks who are out to spoil things and plenty who aren’t. There’s fun, challenges, spooky ghost stories, a moonlit walk and, of course, the possibility of romance for many of the participants. Go escape to the lakeside camp for summer fun in the sun!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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