Tour Stop, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Five Dares by Eli Easton

Title: Five Dares by Eli Easton
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Gay, Erotic, Romance
Length: 247 pages/Word Count: 64,600


Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.

But hey, nothing gets the “terrible two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod. As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.

But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.

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Excerpt (MATURE 18+)

Walter and Jake were in the living room, talking. Walter gave me a nod, though he didn’t smile or say hello. He’d probably heard me cursing. I glared at the two of them and went into the kitchen.

Emily had left me a large coffee travel mug on the counter with a straw in it. I took a sip. It was cold. I thunked my head against the fridge, breathing hard.

I was so done. Normally, I could laugh about it or take it as a challenge, but not this morning. I was frustrated and horny and resentful.

“Andy?” Jake came up behind me, his voice quiet. I heard the sink in the bathroom turn on. Walter was in there setting up for our showers. As if I’d let him near me with this fucking hard-on.

I growled, not lifting my head from the fridge. “What do you want, Jake?”

“What’s the matter?”

I heard the worry in Jake’s voice. He honestly didn’t know? “My coffee is cold, my dick is hard, and I want to punch something. Any more questions?”

There was a smirk in Jake’s voice. “So your coffee is frigid and your dick is rigid? I hate when that happens.”

I smiled despite myself, though with my head on the fridge, I didn’t think he could see it. But at the same time, part of me wanted to tell him to fuck off. The way he’d told me to. But I didn’t. Jake wasn’t doing anything wrong. He had every right to say no to my little plan. In fact, he was probably smart to say no. I was the fucked-up one. Why did I want this so much?

I sighed and slumped even more against the fridge, feeling defeated.

Behind me, I actually heard a gulp as Jake swallowed. “Hey, listen . . . I’ll do it.” His voice was low and gravelly, as if he didn’t want Walter to hear.

I stood there, not saying anything. But my heart started pounding harder. Did he mean it?

“You said no,” I finally managed. “If you don’t want to do it, you shouldn’t.”

“I just said I would.”

“Maybe now I don’t want to,” I argued, some gremlin inside me still hurt that he’d said no in the first place.

“Don’t be such an emo!” Jake huffed. “Like you said, it’s an expedient way to get off. It’s not a big deal.”

Oh thank God. My woodie had finally been starting to go down, but now it perked up again at the idea of getting some action. A warm mouth. Jake’s mouth. Oh God. “Okay,” I said breathlessly. “When?”

Jake snorted. “Eager much? We’ll have to wait until Walter leaves, obviously.”

That soon? Oh God. “Okay. After Walter leaves.”

“Want me to ask him to nuke your coffee before I get in the shower?”

“Yeah. That’d be great. Thanks.”

Jake walked away.

How did he manage to sound so cool about it? What had changed his mind?

Holy shit. Jake and I had just agreed to get naked together and suck each other off.


Author Bio

Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, an author of paranormal thrillers, a fan-fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper, Eli Easton is happy these days writing love stories.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, three bulldogs, two cows, a cat, and a potbellied pig. She enjoys reading in all genres and, when she can be pried away from her iPad, hiking and biking.

Eli Easton has published 24 books in m/m romance since 2013. She won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary Romance in 2014 (The Mating of Michael) and in 2016 (A Second Harvest). Her Howl at the Moon series of humorous dog shifter romances have become fan favorites and placed in the Rainbow Awards and the Goodreads M/M Group Reader’s Choice awards. She is best known for romances with humor and a lot of heart.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads


To celebrate the release of Five Dares, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 7, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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17 Responses to Tour Stop, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Five Dares by Eli Easton

  1. Didi

    Happy release week, Eli. Thanks for sharing excerpt from the book.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Lee Todd

    congrats on the latest release


  3. Maya

    Congratulations on your new book! Interesting excerpt. 😉


  4. susana

    Thank you for the excerpt, and congratulations on the release, Eli. It is a must read for me

  5. Joanne B

    Congrats on the release. Five Dares sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it to learn more about Andy and Jake. Thanks for the chance.


  6. Trix

    So happy to be reading this!


  7. H.B.

    Thank you for the excerpt =)
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  8. Jennifer

    Thanks for the excerpt!
    jlshannon74 at

  9. Lisa

    Thanks for the excerpt!
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  10. Leni

    I feel so bad for Jake and now I want to find out how they work this out.

  11. Katherine

    That sounds heart-wrenching for Jake.

    toastmasterkatherine at gmail dot com

  12. Trix

    Great scene!


  13. Ami

    This looks fun. Congratulations for the release of your book, Eli. And thanks for the giveaway chance.


  14. Serena S.

    Thanks for the post and the blogtour. Congrats on the new release!

  15. Purple Reader

    Congrats, Eli, and thanks for the excerpt. This sounds great. I love the tension that builds in friends to lovers stories, and the set up for this has so much fun built into it. – Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  16. Penumbra

    Congrats on on the new release!

  17. Sandra R.

    Oh, this sounds oh, so hot! Congratulations and much success!
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