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”.