Thursday, November 12, 2015

{REVIEW} Truth or Dare by Aimee McNeil

Title: Truth or Dare
Author: Aimee McNeil
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication: October 27th, 2015
Rating: ★★★☆☆

"Choose TRUTH and risk exposing your heart
choose DARE and risk exposing everything else..."


Sophie Rogers has left her demons in the past and finally has her life under control…
Three years after leaving high school, where she was endlessly tormented by the school’s golden couple, Sophie has her art degree nearly in hand. Juggling two jobs, she prides herself on her focus and determination to ensure her independence.
Until Ashton King saunters back into her life as a nude model for her art class…
Ashton and Lucinda had made it their mission to make Sophie’s life miserable from the moment she walked into their lives. But now, with Lucinda out of the picture and Sophie back in his sights, Ashton changes the rules of the game and takes it to a whole new level.
Sophie is thrown back into the turmoil she thought was long behind her…
Ashton’s body is made for sin, and his icy blue eyes scorch her with feelings too intense for a heart as scarred as Sophie’s to bear. Glimpses of another side of Ashton give her a flash of hope, but his deceptions run much deeper than she ever dreamed.
Truth or Dare…Which would you choose?
Where do I even start? I was really intrigued by the blurb of this and even liked the first half of the book, most of the time. No, actually not only the first half but also the rest ... it's just that the characters annoyed me a bit. You know, nothing bothers me more if I have to read about characters that are extremely perfect, godlike and totally unaware of their appearance on other people. Just no. Is that even possible?! To NOT notice that you're beautiful and that other people like you? I don't know.

That's definitely one huge part that annoyed me endlessly. In each chapter I had to read at least once how beautiful and perfectly shaped Ashton King was. And Sophie didn't want to acknowledge that she's indeed pretty, no matter how many people told her so. Whyyyy?! 

"Love is not being with someone because you think you can be happy with that person, but because without that person you know you can never be."

I was also frustrated most of the time. Like ... Ashton King? He's one of the most confusing people EVER. I never knew what to think of him. Some times he started to show this different side of him where he was honest with Sophie. Where he seemed to care but the next moment he, again, crushed all this hope with one stupid move/glare or statement. Just ugh. 

Even though this all seems very negative I still enjoyed reading this book. I mean, it kept my interest and I wanted to know if Ashton is really changing for the better. Or WHY exactly he's always like that. And most importantly: How things would end between Sophie and him. I don't know, I just wanted to know! 

"It's like ... hearing the most amazing song you have ever heard and no matter how much time passes or how many other songs you hear it's the only one you want to listen to, sing to, dance to. No other song makes you feel the same. It is the rhythm of your heart from the moment you hear it."

Despite all this bickering and "acting like I don't care", they definitely had chemistry. There were a couple of pretty interesting scenes where I actually shipped them a lot. I already expected the ending and even if Ashton is super arrogant and annoyed me sometimes, I liked how everything turned out for them in the end. He still had his cute moments and towards the end he really showed that he cared about Sophie and wants this to work - why not earlier, Ashton?! - but all those things with Lucinda were ... a little too rushed and abrupt for me. Oh well.

In general everything was a bit too predictable, so there was nothing to guess or decipher which is sad but in the end I didn't mind so much. It's a very easy and quick read but you definitely shouldn't expect something deep and meaningful. However, if you're up for Mr. Ashton King, some drama and an all in all really enjoyable book, this might be the perfect read for you! ;) 

★★★☆☆
*eARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review - thank you!* 

4 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm also super intrigued by the blurb!! Bug ugh, perfect people don't exist so reading about them is so annoying :/ Also, I'm not sure if I'd like Ashton that much, especially if he is a bit back and forth with Sophie but then I'm really curious about how their relationship would turn out! Anyway, I'll keep an eye on Truth or Dare. Great review, Yvonne!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

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    1. It's hard to describe but Ashton is ... well, I don't really wanna say "likeable", although I did like him at times? This probably sounds really weird and confusing but that's how I felt most of the time - he has his sweet moments and once you find out why he acts like this I understood him better. But yeah, if it intrigued you, you should definitely give it a try and see for yourself! :)

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  2. The blurb was really intriguing which is what made me really want to read your review. It doesn't sound like you were disappointed by the story or anything, but girl annoying characters can be a bit frustrating. I kinda get irritated when authors make the male character this big ball of confusion. I really hate the back in forth thing that tends to happen, but only when it goes on through the entire book. Did Ashton have any type of character growth? I'm really liking the sound of this one, but ugh the characters would probably get on my nerves!

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    1. Hi Martika! I really liked how everything turned out and even though the characters annoyed me at times, I enjoyed this read a lot. Throughout the book Ashton definitely changes a bit - even though at first he tends to make the same mistakes again and again. Like I said to Zareena, I think you should try it out if it intrigued you - who knows, maybe you won't even be annoyed by Ashton, haha. :D

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