Book Review: If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon

July 19, 2015 Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: If You Dare by Jessica LemmonTitle: If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon
Published by: Entangled Lovestruck on July 21, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 188
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three-stars

He'll make her a bet she can't refuse...

Lily McIntire is in the creepiest mansion in town. Alone. At night. Because she's an idiot-and can't ignore a dare from her cocky and infuriatingly hot co-worker, Marcus Black. But she'll be damned if she's going to give him the satisfaction of winning.

Marcus has had a thing for Lily for ages, and he has no intention of losing this bet. His plan? Scare her out of the house, and into his arms. Once there, scaring her turns into protecting her and soon after, into seducing her. And his plan is working...

Lily is having trouble relegating Marcus to the role of "asshat" as easily as before. He came to her rescue, and he's actually funny. Charming. Sexy as sin on a stick. But Lily has a strict no-love-in-the-workplace rule, and even one night of the best sex ever won't make her change her mind. So she's calling everything off...

Surviving a night in the mansion might just be the easy part. Surviving Marcus's increasingly convincing advances is going to take everything she has. Losing is not an option...

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Fun and flirty, just how I like it!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

If You Dare was a fun and charming book. You get a sweet romance, plenty of steamy scenes, a good amount of drama, and a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. Lemmon really won me over with her characters though, especially Marcus. He may be a typical playboy, but he genuinely likes Lily and it fun watching him chase her.

I really liked the constant banter and dialogue between Lily and Marcus. They balanced each other out very nicely and I enjoyed watching them fall in love. The scene at the mansion was also pretty hilarious. I loved how Marcus really tried hard to scare Lily and I love how Lily came prepared for her sleepover with wine, gourmet food, and stuff to keep her entertained. I will say that I got pretty upset with Lily towards the end. She was so adamant about keeping their relationship a secret, and I get it. I know she doesn’t want people to think that’s how she’s moving up in their business world and based on her previous relationship flop, I sympathized. Still, when Marcus was clearly on her side and didn’t care what everyone else thought, I totally felt bad for Marcus when Lily does whatever she can to deny that they’re together. Also, I couldn’t stand Lily’s ex-boyfriend and I’m surprised at the way he was dealt with. It all felt like it was downplayed for such a jerk of a guy who had such a big effect on Lily’s life.

Aside from the whole secret/ex-boyfriend issue, everything else was great. I think if those elements weren’t there, this would’ve been a better read for me. I just didn’t care for it at all. Anyways, I still think this is worth a read. The humor and dialogue between these two more than makes up for the flaws in the rest of the book. It’s a pretty fast and entertaining read and I’m glad I got to read it.

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