Daring the Bad Boy (Monica Murphy)


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 über-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.

Hey guys, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her review of this book here.

So, as you can see in my rating, I didn’t exactly loved this book, and to be honest, I was quite enjoying it until around 82%, and then it was just a big NO for me.

Let me start with the writing style, ok? I liked it. This story is told in dual POV, from Jake and Annie’s perspectives, and I did enjoy the back and forth of both POVs.

My biggest problem though was Annie. I honestly hate this, because I feel like I’m always hating on the girls in these romances, but I was prepared for 100% forgive Annie for her stupid decisions in the beginning and her stupid crush on Kyle, but she went from a sweet, and shy girl who loved to read, to someone who thought that other people’s opinions were more important than her own integrity. I do understand that she was 16 yo, but someone who thinks that her so called friends are talking shit behind her back, and she still does everything she can to impress them? NO!

I liked Jake. I thought he was a better rounded character than Annie, and his initial behaviour made sense because of his anger issues. He did have a case of super insta-love for Annie, but I’ll forgive him that.

The story and the romance between Annie and Jake was cute, for the most part, but then, as soon as they’re good and kind of happy, everything gets messed up, and I hated it. I hated it because Annie made a bunch of such weird choices. And then the people in Jake’s live have weird reactions and complete 180’s. Honestly, I was reading those last 18% and thinking “was this even written by the same person?“.


Until that point the book was a solid 3.5/4 stars for me, but those events kind of ruined it for me, and after thinking about it a lot, I couldn’t give it more than 2.5. Bah, what a disappointment.


10 thoughts on “Daring the Bad Boy (Monica Murphy)

  1. Cátia says:

    You already know how much I agree with you.I hated that last part and it ruined everything. It would have been better if the book ended when they start dating and went straight ahead to the eiplogue (which was super cute, btw)

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