Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Daring the Bad Boy By Monica Murphy

Daring the Bad Boy
By: Monica Murphy
Release Date: August 22, 2016

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 ├╝ber-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. 


This was a very sweet book about going to summer camp and trying to change your life for the better.  Monica Murphy did a great job introducing us to these young fun and realistic campers and a perfect summer setting, who’s story was quite adorable.

We meet Annie who is struggling to break out of her bookworm shell, what better way to do that then to go to summer camp where no one knows you.  But she’s still a very moralistic kind of girl so even though she has bouts of sassiness and confidence she is still that shy girl who is afraid of things.  Throughout the book you see her struggles with things that happened in the past, but the struggles are what make her who she is and she overcomes those struggles in the best way possible, with the help of the resident bad boy at camp. 

Jake was told not to fraternize with anyone really, but of course he’s a bad boy and can’t help it, especially when he meets Annie during second session.  There is just something about her.  It’s cute watching them fall for each other slowly.  Summer camp is for adventures, friendships, sneaking off for kisses and this is exactly how I’ve pictured summer camp going.  I’ve never experienced it firsthand but I can totally see this really happening, with that this book is very realistic.  There’s the girl who will be your friend till the end, the boy who is the biggest flirt but not that intelligent, the girls who are in a clique and you can’t help but want to be a part of, and just every imaginable type of person will be at camp. 

Overall this book was an adorable quick read about summer camp and finding your place in the world.  Sometimes you can really find happiness in the least expected places.  Love the cover, really can picture the two main characters on there.  I will definitely read another book in this series, have to keep up to date with all the campers.  There were some really endearing moments in this book about loss, friendships and life.  It’s hard to move on after tragedies, but it’s something we must all do, live on.

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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