Title: Dare You To
Series: Wild Side #0.5
Author: Riley Hart
Genre: MM Romance
Austin Thompson spends most of his spare time reading or logging in extra hours at the LGBTQ youth center where he works. His only standing “night out,” if you can call it that, is his weekly movie night with his best friend, Dare Nichols. Between work and Dare, it’s hard to find time for much else, so when he does actually try to date, it ends in disaster.
Dare thrives on living life on the wild side—surfing, mountain biking, sky diving. If it’s extreme, he’s game. Between sports and spending his evenings at his West Hollywood bar, Dare never sees a dull moment. Still, with all that excitement, most of his favorite times are when he’s tucked away in Austin’s apartment. Probably because he’s the only best friend Dare’s ever had.
Then the kiss happens and the men realize they don’t want to stop there. As they explore this new adventure in their relationship, Austin realizes the excitement he’s been looking for has been right there all along, and and Dare has to decide if he can conquer his only fear by risking his heart.
Previously published in the anthology, IT WAS ALWAYS YOU.
Also a prequel of sorts to the Wild Side series.
Dare You To is a sweet friends-to-lovers / opposites-attract love story.
Austin and Dare are best friends for six years now, though they are very different. Austin is steady and predictable, Dare is intense and spontaneous. Austin works as a youth counselor at an LGBT center, and looking for a relationship. Dare is the owner of a bar, and does only hook-ups.
Still, they accept, respect and admire the other just the way they are, and they always enjoy each other’s company.
Dare went tense. His pulse shot through the roof. “Did that motherfucker tell you that?”
But one night, a kiss changes their friendship. They discover something new and exciting, not only in their relationship, but in themselves too.
“I think I just need something new. To test myself, to step out of my shell. I want to test what it’s like to color outside the lines.”
Romantic and fun story. Highly recommended!