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What happens when you fall for your best friend's dad?

On the surface, I’ve got it all - a great job, good friends, a cute apartment, and a smart mouth.

The only problem? 

I’m in love with a man who doesn’t know I exist. 

We’ve all had that crush.

The one you dream about, even though he’s ridiculously out of reach.

Well, my crush is a lot closer. 

Daniel Stryker is sexy, smart, handsome…and in a double-whammy "why me?" twist of fate, he’s also my boss and my best friend’s dad. Can you say "zero chances"?

But when a night out turns into a drunken admission of some uncomfortable truths, things change. 

Or they might, if I have the guts to go after what I’ve always wanted. 

Because suddenly, I’m not invisible to him. 

And I see him, the real him I’ve never known. 

It's scary plunging in, heart first. 

Is it too fast? Is it real? 

And will he still love me when he finds out I’m pregnant with his baby? 

The Truth is a full-length romantic comedy with a happily ever after and no cliffhanger.

©2021 Lauren Landish (P)2021 Lauren Landish

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Truthfully, book 1 was better

I put this mostly in the win column, but there were a couple of not-quite-right bits that kept this book from rocking.

The comedy was strong with this book, but…:
Like book 1, and in service to the Truth or Dare series moniker, the plot is pushed along with several truth or dare moments. However, compared to book 1, the dares felt a little more forced and less fun, and the truth side led to a lot of “you had me at hello” heart-pouring speechifying that felt too sugary-sweet. Also, using dares to prompt action gets less and less credible when your MC is a 46 year old, sensible CEO. Truthfully, the better comedy came from the fabulous supporting characters, like MC Daniel’s nephews, the best betting wingmen our H/h could hope for.

Three downsides to the narration without book 1’s Shane East:
I enjoy narrator Vikas Adam for non-romances (loved him in the YA fairy tale update Once More Upon A Time), but his female voicing makes me cringe. His and narrator Robbin’s British voicing were pretty bad- good thing those parts were limited to when Colton from book 1 was in play. Finally, I feel like Mr. Adam was working too hard to lower his voice for Daniel, our 46yr old lead, and that fizzled the sizzle.

Don’t let the cover art fool you into cozy territory:
Lauren Landish’s books skew towards mouthy comedy and dirty deeds. I’m not sure how to convey this, but the get togethers seemed even more filthy and fluid-y than usual. I think I’d have better enjoyed them with Shane East narrating. As-is, they were a bit much.

I usually pass on plots featuring…:
But for this being book 2 in the series, I’d have avoided the “romancing my best friend’s dad plot.” I also don’t go looking for May/December plots or mama-drama ones. This book gets into all of these areas, not too badly, but enough to make this less fun. Still, these plots occasionally work for me.
Depending whether these plots butter your biscuit, I recommend:
👄 Good Time or Plan B by Jana Astin, May/December romance with maximum humor and raunch.
👄Kiss for a Kiss, by Helena Hunting (older H/h romance that’s even sweeter, with baby dramedy).
👄Can I Come Over, by Whitney G (“jumping my BF’s dad” comedy hotness with novella efficiency)

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Steam and wit

Very well written. The perfect combination of smut, humor, and great writing. Worth the read.

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cringe worthy

narrator was creepy and his female voice was laughable...if I hadn't wasted a credit, I'd never have finished

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laugh out loud

i love how the story unfolds. there was no dull moments for me. the only problem for me was the guy narrator. overly dramatic in how he read the part. but for the woman narrator, hands down to her. she’s awesome. worth your while to listen to this.