"Monica Murphy always delivers the swoon-worthy romance that I crave. And Murphy’s latest is no exception with this first love, mature young adult novel: Daring the Bad Boy." -Debbie, I Heart YA Books
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.
Each book in the Endless Summer Series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 - Daring the Bad Boy
Book #2 - Keeping Her Secret
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Sweet & Fun
“Daring the Bad Boy” is author Monica Murphy’s newest young adult book, and I found it to be fun, refreshing, and light-hearted. I am a huge fan of Monica, and like all her books, this book does not disappoint. Annie is a shy, high school student, who wants desperately to be more than she is - stronger, more confident, and more daring. Jacob is an older, high school student, who has suffered tragedy and has acted out because of it. He is a little misunderstood, a little lonely, and looking for attention of any kind. These two meet at summer camp in the most classic way - he is a junior counselor, she is a camper, and any relationship beyond friendship is forbidden. And, of course, he sees in her what she is trying to be, and she sees in him what he is desperately looking for…..
This is a sweet, young romance story with, what I believe, are typical teenage characters (it is amazing how will Monica captures the nature of a teenage boy and girl). Monica continues to provide complexity and unexpected turns here, as she does in all her other books, even though this book is geared towards a slightly different reader than her adult or new age readers. Having a young daughter, this is the type of book I would prefer my daughter to read when she is a little older - one with not only a fun storyline, but also touching upon real life issues and offering good messages. Of course, I want to know what happens next - hoping for a sequel Monica!!!
*I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
You will love this book!
This book was amazing read. I loved how sweet the main character was and how the supporting characters had a bit of depth too. Be warned, if you have a boyfriend, he'll never compare to jake.
Daring the Bad boy by Monica Murphy
This is such a cute, heart-melting read! It makes me want to go back and relive those moments of first love!! l also enjoyed the dual POVs in this story. I love knowing what each character is thinking!
Annie is the 16 years old good girl and has never been done anything spontaneous in her life. She's known as the quiet, shy girl that always has her face in a book. She's never had any attention from the boys unless you mean being made fun of by them. She decides this summer is the summer to change all that. She's going to Summer camp where no one knows her and she can become anyone she wants! She plans on making lots of friends and finding the hottest guy in camp and make him her boyfriend. Oh and don't forget learning how to swim!
Jake is the 17 year old bad boy. His mom died when he was 14 and his dad became withdrawn and basically neglected Jake as a way of dealing with his grief. Jake's attempt at getting his father's attention is doing stupid pranks which ends up getting him in trouble with the law. His father has had it and ends up sending him away for the summer to work at Jake's Uncles Camp. He's to be under strict supervision! One more screw up and he's off to Juvie!
Upon arriving at camp, Annie quickly puts her sights on Kyle to be her soon to be boyfriend. Then she meets Jake whom she end up blackmailing to give her swim lessons and give her info on Kyle. But the more and more time she spends with Jake, does she really like Kyle as much as she thought she did?!
Jake can't seem to get Annie off his mind, he may be falling for her but there's one problem- relationships between counselors and campers are completely off-limits! If Jake gets in any trouble he's headed straight for Juvie! Are they willing to break the rules and risk getting caught to be with each other?
This is a easy, light summer read! This is Young Adult and Monica proves that she can pull off writing any genre of book!!
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.