Review I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

NEW STAND-ALONE RELEASE: Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills kicks off a brand-new, sexy, heartfelt contemporary romance series with I DARE YOU! Badass Athlete: I dare you to… Delaney Shaw: Who is this? The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is… Delaney Shaw. Good girl. Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. Curious. His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is. She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out. Maverick Monroe. Bad boy. The most talented football player in the country. Just ask him. Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak. But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders. Will the bad boy land t


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“Legend says the first person you kiss at the party is the one you’ll never forget. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.”

Could this first kiss be the start of something good? Or just a trainwreck waiting to happen?

“Mr. Tall, Blond and Football” (aka Maverick) is what you are always hoping for when it comes to those football player characters. He’s kind of full of himself, rightfully so, but also tall, good looking, way talented, uber caring and also quite intelligent, which puts him a step above the average athlete. He doesn’t always let you see his many talents, but tends to cover it up with kind of juvenile convos to the ladies.

“If I stood in the romance section, I’d never make it out alive. I’m already irresistible, but put Twilight in my hands and girls will piss themselves.”

Then we have Delaney. I would call her a smart introvert. She’s got the nerdy chic thing going on with her looks, but she can definitely hold her own when it comes to athletes that think they are the best. She’s already dated one and has now sworn off all football players because of his actions with a person that she absolutely despises. But get these two in a room together and their chemistry seems to explode.

….”Two stars in the sky, two souls destined to be together.”

I really liked these two characters and the way the story developed. Delaney’s ex was handled in a way that I think could have brought more interesting conflict, but I guess that’s not what the author needed. The setting and the conflict for Maverick really worked and pulled the audience in and touched on some subjects that many college athletes have to deal with. Delaney I just adored. I like when we get female characters that aren’t weak. They are strong and know their worth and do things that are just plain perfect. She was funny, smart, talented and went after what she wanted and supported the people she cared about most.
Overall, this was a sweet and simple sort of college sport romance with a little hurdle for our Hero to overcome. The story is low on angst (besides the horrible history with Maverick’s family), heavy on the nerd humor and full of fun and witty banter (by text and in person). I felt the ending went by a little too quickly, but it still flowed well. A quick read that was enjoyable and well-written. A great “weekend/beach read”.

Did you notice all the recipes at the back (the very very end, is this a spoiler?!?!? i sure as heck hope not??!! i love cooking and baking, so fun!!!) of the book??! I gotta ask when did books get to be so short? it felt like a normal length sized book, not like it was a novella but??! I know I am reading from a kindle (not a real hand held book, so I can not be for sure??!) …but this ended like a bit over 50% on my kindle?!!! and then get a chance to read an excerpt from Dirty English … which is how I 1st found Ilsa Madden-Mills. Fell in love with that series, if you have never read it. just saying! ( ; any who … love these characters … must read if you like a jock meets librarian kind of read. sweet and awe mushy gushy. ( ;
Keleia Blackman
I loved this story. It was a great read. Not very complex; however, there was enough going on to keep me pulled in. It was an easy read that did not drag on. There was romance, humor, drama, and some steamy scenes. This story contained all the elements I needed to keep me entertained; even though I could’ve went for more steamy scenes 😉 Isla is an amazing author and I love everything that I’ve read by her so far. Looking forward to another story in her collection. Would definitely recommend this book!!
Rena Davis
I loved that he waited for her and he thought about her even when she thought she loved someone else. I also love the fact that even though she almost gave up on him that he was emotionally ready to let her all the way in. I loved the story and I loved the ending and I wish more guys were like the Maverick but I will keep that dream in my heart but it was a fun read and I could read it again and again.

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