Title: Triple Dare
Published: 27th October 2015
Author: C.M Owens
Who is Corbin Sterling to me? That’s what people always want to know. He was my first friend. He was the love of my life. And he was my only heartbreak. The problem is that I love the big jerk, and I’ve refused to give up our friendship, even if it does mean it’ll eventually ruin me. So, to answer the question… Corbin Fucking Sterling is the Bane of my existence; that’s what he is.
People tell you to learn from your mistakes, but the problem isn’t learning from them; it’s undoing them. I wish I could go back and undo a lot of shit. Maybe then I wouldn’t feel tortured every time Ruby calls me her “best friend.”
This might be the last chance I have to make everything right, but she’s sure as hell not going to make it easy. The games we play will either finally stop, or turn into what I’ve always wanted. This time I won’t fuck it up. Hopefully.
OMG what an emotional rollercoaster you are taken on throughout this book! Your heart gets shattered in so many ways along with Ruby’s and you are begging Corbin to just man up, face his feelings and fix it. Goes down as another off my 2015 Reading Challenge – A book you own but have never read (granted I only had it a week before reading it but I’m counting it anyway).
For a while now we have only ever seen the womanizer that Corbin is but every time Ruby came to town he shut down, turned into a hermit and solely focused on her. You could tell that there was one hell of a story to go with that and I’m glad its finally been told. You also get a glimpse into their past so you can see just where and how Corbin screwed up (in more ways then one) with Ruby and why he needs to pull out all the stops if he is going to get her for keeps this time.
Corbin f**king Sterling has been the bane of Ruby’s existence for so long now. Best friends since they were five he is her achillies heel and even though it kills her emotionally to be close to him, it hurts too much to stay away. Now she is finally back in Sterling Shore for good and it takes Corbin all but a few days to piss her off so much that she isn’t talking to him. All because of a triple dare to break up with her boyfriend – not that she really wanted to stay with him but she needed him as a buffer against Corbin. Through the glimpse into the past you can see just how much Ruby cares for Corbin and how he almost broke her. She is always so guarded around people but seems to only truly be herself when she is and Corbin (takes Corbin a little while longer to realize that he is only really himself when he is around her too). She knows that if he breaks her one more time she might not recover. She just doesn’t realize how much he really cares about her and that she is just as capable at breaking him too.
As soon as they are together they slip straight back into the way they have always been – mainly Corbin being super jealous of anyone so much as looking at Ruby. This also means that the triple dares that they have been playing since they were children gets cranked up a gear, with a few past ones coming back into play to – anyone feel like twerking? The aim of the game is to dare the other with something you know they wouldn’t want to do and if they refuse then they have to hand over their box of secrets to the other player. Neither of them really wants to hand their box over as it would mean the end of the game and in their eyes maybe the end of their friendship because if they no longer want to play then they no longer really want to be with the other person.
Corbin knows he royally screwed up in the past and is willing to do anything and everything he can to get the girl he knew was going to be his even as a child. They were meant for each other and if hadn’t been such an egomaniac as a teenager then they might have been together for real a long time ago. All that has changed though and he finally starts to see things clearly – once he gets her this time he knows he can’t let her go or she might not come back even as a friend.
Have to say that I loved Ruby’s stepmother – special brownies and a beer cocktail make quite a scene. She is invert ally the catalyst that gets Ruby and Corbin past the only hurdle they have had in the past – not being able to have sex. When he drinks something meant for her father he gets quite the reaction and he needs Ruby to help ease things so to speak. It’s either he has sex with her or has to go to the hospital and if he has to triple dare to get it done he will. Wholly hells how hot are they when they come together though and you just can imagine how that piercing he has would come in really handy – five hours of fun anyone! This just makes things that much weirder for Ruby as she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship and starts to think that this might do it. After finally getting the night he has been dreaming about for so long Corbin can’t wait to shout about them but has to refrain, as Ruby wants to keep things quite. He can only hold out for so long though but when a big secret gets reviled it could end up hurting them both too much with how they react and it won’t take long before old patterns start to come in to play.
I still love that characters from the other books still play a major part throughout the rest of the series and Brin and Rye are my favourite at the moment. The pranks they are pulling on each other are just crazy and when you read the short stories at the end about what April Fools day fully entailed for them and what happens at Halloween you will be laughing so much you might cry. Another great sub character that is just fabulous is Bella and I can’t wait to read her story. Bella and predictive text just don’t work (mother clucking phone!). I was wetting myself laughing and even when I tried to tell my mum why I was laughing so much I almost couldn’t tell her. Also get a sneak peak at the next story in line at the end and I am once again chomping at the bit waiting for it. Bo and Jax I have a feeling are just going to be hilarious and very hot together.
5 out of 5 stars