Review: If You Dare

cover-if you dareTitle: If You Dare
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short Novel
Available: July 21st


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…

NOTE: This title was previously published November 2013 on Flaunt as a novella but has been significantly revised and lots of yummy new scenes added to give readers a full-length category romance full of humor and sizzle.

Source: ARC from Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley

The first half of this book is so much fun. I loved the whole haunted house plot. As someone with an overactive imagination, I can terrify myself in a locked house full of dogs as long as it’s dark and I’ve starting think about what could be hiding (and even if I know I’m doing it to myself, it can still scare me, because I am ridiculous). So I loved all the stuff with Lily in the house, before and after Marcus’ “help”.

The tale balances cleverly between teasing and creepy, making the most of its setting and the mystery. The whole bit with the keys… eek!

But this book is about more than a haunted house and a silly bet. Which in some ways is good and in other ways a little less so, sadly. I liked Marcus. He’s uncomplicated and straight forward, a talented designed who respects Lily’s own skills and knows what he wants. I found his self-disgust at his soppy behaviour pretty cute and he’s also very sexy.

As for Lily, well, I did like her. She’s competitive and determined, and I fully understand her refusal to date a work colleague. She has excellent reasons. However, I wish she’d explained them to Marcus a bit earlier, because the constant pushing him away even as she pulled him closer was a bit annoying. As was his own skittish moments when he didn’t want to frighten her away. After the fun, creepy beginning in the haunted mansion, I found the second half a little predictable and less fun.

Overall this is a good read, with a creepy first half and a sexier second. The characters are likeable and the plot is by turns fun, flirty and romantic. I enjoyed it. If you’re looking for something playful with plenty of heat and a little touch of ghostliness, then you should give this a try. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this author.

If You Dare is out July 21st!
Visit Jessica Lemmon for more details.


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