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Taking the Dare #4 (Truth or Dare Series) by Lee Brazil

Taking the Dare (Truth or Dare #4) by Lee Brazil
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Morgan Hawke is happy with the status of his relationship with Dan Blake. After three years, though, Dan’s ready to move their relationship to the next level.

Having seen his brothers find love and settle into family life, Dan Blake has realized he’s ready for change. The only problem with that is that his lover prefers to maintain the status quo. Dan’s up for the challenge of changing Morgan’s mind. He’s got plans, and he’s used to working behind the scenes to get his way.

Morgan can’t understand the changes he sees in Dan. They’ve come a long way from the office of the bar where they met, but he’s not sure he’s ready to move their relationship from the shadows to the front pages. Publicity is okay for Dan—he’s got the weight of the Blakes behind him—but the Morgan isn’t sure he’s ready to let go of the past he’s been clinging to.

Can Dan manipulate a happy ending for this script?

Dan has been seeing Morgan for over three years but he isn’t happy with hiding their relationship any longer.  He sees the happiness that his brothers have found with their partners and he wants that for himself.  He has stepped back to re-examine his life and what he wants out of it, now he just has to convince Morgan that they are worth taking a chance for.

Morgan is married to his high school sweetheart but it’s a marriage in name only.  Elyse is aware of his relationship with Dan since they are both dating other people.  They are sharing expenses and putting on a front the Hollywood to aide both of their careers.  He doesn’t know what to make of the change in Dan or his ultimatum but he does know he needs to make some changes in his own life.

I love that Dan finally has to come to terms with his life and the way he has been manipulating everyone in it, including his brothers and Morgan.  He discovers that he is not exempt from the truth or dare game he instigated with his brothers when he is given a dare of his own.  He loves having Morgan in his life but he isn’t sure if he is ready to share him with his family or not.

Dan desperately wants to feel like he comes first in his lover’s life because he always felt like he came in second with his family.  He is always hiding behind his manipulations and his Dan persona that he keeps his true self, Dannie locked away inside.  He only lets him out to play when he’s at Giffin’s bar; there he isn’t Dan Blake, movie mogul he is just Dannie.

Both of these guys care about each other but they are self-centered and look out for themselves.  After Dan gives Morgan an ultimatum regarding their relationship, both men do some soul searching and discover that they are both at fault for the problems in their relationship.  Both guys have some hard decisions in their lives to make before they can move forward.

At the beginning I didn’t like Morgan much because it seemed like he was just using Dan for his name and connections.  As the story progressed, it was nice to see him thrown off kilter by Dan’s ultimatum and see him change into the person that Dan needs.

Dan comes across as a manipulator but he really just uses it as a defense mechanism to hide behind.  He doesn’t let many people close to him but when he does; he loves them with his entire being.  Family is extremely important to him and he yearns for the type of relationship his brothers have found.

I loved the newest installment in the truth or dare series, I was not disappointed.  The main characters had so much to deal with before they could have their happy ending but it was worth the wait.  I would’ve loved to see more of the characters from the previous books but I think the author had a good balance of primary and secondary characters.

Overall I enjoyed this book and give Taking the Dare 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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