When I asked my best friend to run away with me at sixteen, I knew he’d say no.
He had football, an amazing family, and a happy home to go back to every day.
So the night I snuck out of his bedroom window after hugging him goodbye, I’d accepted I’d probably never see him again.
Then we both wind up at Lindon University four years later.
I’m barely picking up the pieces of my life when the boy whose initials I used to doodle hearts around approaches me at work.
Aiden Griffith. Lindon U’s star tight end.
Still as attractive. Still as dedicated.
With rumors of him being drafted to the NFL coming to fruition, I know it’s only a matter of time before we have to say goodbye again.
But he can’t seem to let me go no matter what I say, and I don’t think I want him to.
Title: Dare You to Hate Me (Lindon U, #1)
Author: B Celeste
Publication Date: March 3, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Romance, Contemporary
This book was okay for me. I knew I had to pick it up when I saw its gorgeous cover, but that was the only thing I absolutely loved about it. There are lots of trigger warnings for this book, including self-harm, emotional abuse, and statutory rape.
This book was more on the serious side. I guess I should have known that from the prologue scene I was hit with, but still. I usually lean more towards the rom-com side of things so this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
The romance was not really “it” for me. I liked reading some cute thoughts from Aiden’s pov, but we didn’t get any cutesy moments of them together. I’m not even sure they had a real conversation or grand gesture moment where they expressed their feelings for each other. That was a real bummer for me.
Overall, the writing wasn’t bad, this book just wasn’t for me.