Tara Park doesn’t do relationships but she isn’t opposed to the occasional fling, it’s an arrangement that’s worked well for her over the years – allowing her to keep her heart intact and giving her time to pursue her career aspirations building up her family’s brewery. So when her best friend’s new brother-in-law, Seth Kim, proposes a dating dare during a friendly game of truth or dare, Tara thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. They agree to four dates before Seth leaves for a new job in Paris with the caveat that they can’t fall in love with one another. As irresistible as Seth is, Tara still thinks the dare will be easy peasy. Will either of them be willing to bend the rules, though, after spending all this time together causes real feelings to start to develop?
I hadn’t read the previous book in this series but this book reads just fine as a standalone. It took me a few chapters to get into it but I ended up enjoying it and found myself rooting for Seth and Tara to figure out a way for things to work out between them. Both Tara and Seth had baggage from previous relationships, causing them to each swear off relationships. This was fine but it was a little repetitive getting this from both sides early in the book. But once things got going, it turned out to be a very sweet story. Some of it may have been a little over the top, but I didn’t mind. Sometimes, that’s just what you need. Seth was a really great guy and turned out to be such a romantic. Tara was a harder sell and while overall I liked her, there were moments where she annoyed me. The biggest gripe was their lack of communication skills, a lot of problems could have been avoided had they actually opened up but that’s neither here nor there. All in all, this was a lovely little rom-com and was an enjoyable summer read.