Truth or Dare

Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. 

But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson - the girl who once knew him best - he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle - or at least two matchmaking dogs - for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

©2018 Julie Coulter Bellon (P)2019 Julie Coulter Bellon

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Touching 2nd chance romance

[This is an expanded version of a story originally published in "Under the Mistletoe Collection" (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 14)]

Jonah, a military veteran, is recovering from losing his foot & learning how to use a prosthesis. He's struggling with the loss, his self-consciousness, & some bitterness. When his old school friend, Kami, gets stranded with him at his parents' house during a blizzard, she manages to break thru the barricades he's put up around his heart (with a little dog therapy). After that and over time, she begins to coax him out of his socially insulated shell.

It's very well done, especially for a short story. The author succeeds in creating believable characters within a realistic situation, and the relationship develops in a way credible way, especially because of their previous relationship. The story is so touching, & I love the way that Jonah helps Kami find emotional healing, too.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses, nothing graphic

[The narrator does a great job with making the story sound natural & distinguishing the different voices of the characters]

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Sweet Christmas Tale

This novella was perfect for a rainy winter day. It was a warm and sweet story of best friends who lost track of each other but found strength in each other in the supposed to be happy time of Christmas.

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Sweet

This was a quick heartwarming romance. Each had to struggle through their own pain. And they drew closer together and challenged each other.
A nice book to read when it’s cold outside.

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heartwarming friends to lovers Christmas romance

A sweet insightful good clean friends to lovers romance. This well written storyline has a Christmas timeline where loving dogs and a winter storm reunites two past best friends together, finding more as they find together they are able to face past scars and struggles that they have faced with an overall theme of hope in adversity.  A truly heartwarming story with fun banter, amazing chemistry, and overall love. The narration is beautifully done truly make you feel and see the emotions bringing the story to life.

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Charming

What begins with the stormy and troubled relationships results with a match made in heaven. The storytelling is charming. I felt like I could step into the story and play along.
I received a complimentary copy of this book; I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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Fabulous!

I love Christmas time! There are so many reasons why. But one of them is definitely all of the great stories of love and hope, redemption and healing that I get to read. I've thoroughly enjoyed all of the great Christmas reads I've enjoyed the last couple weeks.

I listened to an audiobook of this one and it was a great way to enjoy another Christmas story while working on some projects. I laughed. I cried. And I smiled and sighed several times.

Jonah and Kami haven't seen each other in several years. They were best friends and inseparable. They had even hoped (separately of course) that their friendship might turn to something more after they graduated from high school. Except it didn't. Life threw them different paths.

I loved the dogs in this story and thought they added such a fun dimension. I'm a dog lover and thought the author did a great job nailing the personalities of these dogs in the story. And they were a great way to bridge a gap that had grown between Jonah and Kami.

Such a sweet story. I loved the healing that came. They both have suffered and had struggles. But together they were able to face those scars. The sweet love story had my heart glowing. Definitely one I'll be recommending and enjoying again.

Content: Clean.

Happy Reading!!!

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Another Great Book

This is the third book I've listened to by this author and I've loved every one of them! I'm not a pet person but I loved how their dogs played a role in getting Kami and Jonah together. A perfect short Christmas book.

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Cozy Winter Romance

The narrator did a fabulous job telling this story. A high school friendship rekindled years later at Christmastime. Sweet and a quick listen.

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Cute Story

I really liked this story, I think I would listen again. I also really liked having a man narrate it.

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Cute Story

Jonah and Kami, a good story of their lives, the adjustments, disappointments and changes made. With the help of two dogs, they come together again. What both need is each other to love and heal.
The audio by Tristen Wright was an added enjoyment to the story.
Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion