Thursday, August 6, 2015

My Review of If You Dare - Romance by Jessica Lemmon


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...



This book was okay. Although I wasn't entirely disappointed, I feel sort of dispassionate about it. The beginning was great. Marcus, the male MC, has had a thing for Lily, the female MC, for quite some time. He makes a bet with her that she can't spend the night in a haunted house and a huge trip to Hawaii is at stake, so of course he goes to the haunted mansion to kind of scare her off. 

It gets a bit predictable and cheesy from there. The couple ends up having sex, then the story just sort of fell flat for me. I actually ended up skimming a couple chapters because it didn't hold my interest, but it does pick back up again toward the end. I don't know. I would give this author another shot because the book held my interest enough for me to finish it, but it just fell a bit short. I read in the intro (or somewhere) that this story had been a shorter story but the author added content to beef it up and make it a full length novel. Part of me wonders if that's the reason  the story seemed to get boring and fall flat. A really good full length novel is a skill and an art and takes a lot of care and consideration to have the right amount of conflict and story arch. I think it's extremely difficult to take a short work of fiction and add to it to make it a full length novel and have it work. I'm guessing that's what happened here... This probably should've remained in its shorter, original state.

3 of 5 stars

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