May 7, 2015

{Review} of Double Dare by R.L. Mathewson

Double Dare by R.L. Mathewson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Humor


Marybeth still couldn’t believe that she’d survived this long with a friend like Darrin, but somehow she’d managed to beat the odds and not give in to temptation and smother him with a pillow while he slept.

Of course some days were more difficult than others…

For twenty years he’s been biding his time, waiting for the right moment to make his move and now that it was here…
He couldn’t seem to stop screwing up.

Author’s Note:

Every NFH novel is written so that it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book with the exception of this one. When I started writing Double Dare it wasn’t meant to coincide with The Game Plan, but it does. So, if you haven’t read The Game Plan, you may want to wait until after you do so that you can fully enjoy this book.


I love, love the crazy Bradford boys and couldn’t wait to see what chaotic mess was going to bring Marybeth and Darrin together. This pairing was quite different from the rest as they were already good friends and grew up together, meaning Marybeth knew how crazy Darrin was already with food. Mathewson always hits the high note with her humor she creates with her couples but also adds the family dynamic to help the story along.

Double Dare follows Marybeth who has lived her whole life being friends with Darrin, all the while dealing with their strange habit of double daring each other. Neither would say no to a double dare and even though they want to practically kill each other for some of them, they still have remained friends. But as they have gotten older Darrin is tired of waiting for Marybeth to cave and realize he has feeling for her. All the while Marybeth does care for Darrin but she’s also keeping a huge secret that could alter their relationship all together.

Darrin is hilarious and also a cop, he and his family of Bradfords have a serious obsession with food and never end up with their life partner in a normal way. Darrin has always loved Marybeth, their relationship started changing becoming more intimate and daring of course. But he cant seem to get her to see how much he wants to be with her. He also doesn’t make it easy as his mistakes and dare make her mad half the time. I love his sense of humor and how he loves Marybeth for who she is not what she can give him.

Marybeth has been friends with Darrin since they were kids, but its always been one dare after the next. She is also very close with his family and loves them all and Darrin so much. But she has been sick for quite some time and it is affecting the way she sees her future. It also causes friction between her and Darrin when she wont open up to him. Marybeth was actually really hard to connect too at times because of her decision not to tell Darrin the true reason she couldn’t be with him. I would think after all these years they have been friends she would want to be truthful with him. In the end I’m glad Darrin stuck to his guns.

Overall I can never get enough of the couples and the family that love their food and chaotic romances. Mathewson knows her humor and how to make the pages steamy with her romance. I cant wait to see what happens with Reese, I know he’s going to have a challenge on his hands with whoever catches his eye.

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