Truth or Dare
Shadows of London #4
by Ariana Nash
“Note to self” – Do not ever play poker with Ariana Nash, that woman can bluff, double bluff and then bluff some more until you don’t know which way is up and which is down!
Ariana Nash/Pippa DaCosta never fails to pummel, batter and trample my emotions. Every. Single. Time.
A horrible moan pealed from his lips, a sound of grief that made me want to pull him into my arms and hold him until the world went away.
I had to get control of myself. Or at least appear to. I was a card castle inside, a swift breeze away from collapse. And all because I thought I’d lost him.
It’s taken a while, but Dom and Alex have finally become my very favourite Ariana Nash couple, sorry but step aside Eroan and Lysander. Dom has always been up there with Caleb, Ace Dante, Severn and Lysander but until this book, Alex hadn’t quite won my heart. In Truth or Dare, we get to see a much less put together side of Kempthorne, a softer, more vulnerable aspect of him. Though he is still keeping those damn secrets from Dom, about Dom, and I’m just wondering what consequences those secrets (lies by omission?) might herald.
The quiet, soft, hand holding, fluttering kisses, and gentle stroking… that filled my heart full of fear and doubt and stupid ideas about keeping him. About there being a Me and Him. An Alex and John.
As Dom and Alex investigate Kage’s disappearance we learn so much more about Hollywood, understood his motivations and began to forgive him. In some ways he was like Dom, doing the wrong things for good, or at least understandable, reasons. Something I love about the author’s writing is that she makes some of her breadcrumb clues so obvious that you miss the others, the more important ones, the ones that either add a twist to the twist or that simply blindside you.
Gina was right. Alex could wear devil horns and a tail and still sweet-talk his way into a nunnery with just a hello, and he had no idea he had such a superpower.
I missed Gina, really, really missed Gina there needed to be more texts or actual phone conversations! I loved how discrimination against a section of the community was examined through the lens of distrust of, even hatred towards, latents. So many allegories to both our history and our present day!
“You’re going to have to stop looking at me like that or I won’t be able to concentrate,” Alex grumbled, keeping his smile.
“Like you are.”
“This is my face. I can’t not look at you with my face.”
We had mystery, action, danger, betrayal, heat and to balance it all we had some really sweet, touching moments between Dom and Alex – *swoon*. The writing, as always, was superb, the story held me spell-bound, the emotions slayed me again and again, the plot continually twisted onto unexpected paths and I never really had any idea what would happen next. I just want to put it out there that there were times I didn’t trust the author with Dom’s happiness and Kempthorne’s safety. It doesn’t help that on social media she frequently suggests she would like to torture her readers by killing off a main character. I’m just going to remind her that (a) she has already killed off Robyn and (b) Cornwall is only half a day’s drive away from the East Midlands…….
Alex arched his eyebrow. “You’re definitely the bad cop.”
“Just because I can’t Hugh Grant it up.”
“Who is Hugh Grant?”
I snorted. “We can argue about good cop bad cop tonight… in bed. Do you own cuffs?”
Something dangerous and hungry flicked across Kempthorne’s face and lit me up like a sparkler.
So now I’m left wondering just how Dom’s new talent will save ALL latents, what role the “come to our party” girl will play in the next book (Ariana Nash doesn’t do throwaway characters) and if Bluebell, sign, apple, razor, towel is a crazy shopping list or a terrible wordle attempt. I hope it’s all sorted out before Dom runs out of playing cards.
He laughed deeply, thickly, and the sound trembled through to my soul.
Plot ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 🤍
Characters ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
World Building ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Writing ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Heat Level 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Urban Fantasy / Gay Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60444875-truth-or-dare
America. The land of the free. Unless you’re a latent.
Kage is missing. Alexander Kempthorne would prefer he stay that way. Life at the new-look Kempthorne & Co agency is difficult enough without adding a missing American to the mix. But John “Dom” Domenici won’t abandon someone who was once their friend, even if Kage is “technically” an enemy.
But as the team investigate Kage’s disappearance, a traumatic, hidden past comes to light. And a missing person case soon turns into a fight for survival for Dom and Kempthorne, in a land not-so-free.
Breathless action, suspenseful mystery, and steamy romance combine in the fast-paced gay adventure series from the author acclaimed for their enemies-to-lovers, epic twists, and morally conflicted characters.
Please note the Shadows of London series is predominantly set in London with British characters. Although the series has been edited in US English for the US market, to include US spelling and grammar, many English slang words and spelling remain as part of the character of the work.
Content warning: reference to past abuse.