Thursday, May 3, 2018

Title: I Dare You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2018

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU.
Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?
The late night text is random, but "Bad Ass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…
Delaney Shaw. 
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. 
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. 
After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

I absolutely adored this book. I read it as an ARC and then immediately got it once it came out because I wanted to see the finished product. What I loved about this book were the characters. They are relatable, they're flawed and they're funny. So some people are complaining that the book ends at like 68 percent, but what they don't realize is that this is a 60,000-word count book and that the page turns cause the book to also move slower. So, had the author made it like a 100 percent - you'd be reading this book for at least a couple weeks. I loved Maverick and Delaney. I thought that this was probably one of the best sports romances of the year. It wasn't OTT in the sexual content department, it had a plot, storyline that was worth reading and it kept the readers attention right from the get-go. I found myself really loving these characters and being invested in them. The storyline of Maverick and his homelife tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to wrap him in my arms and tell him everything would be okay. His sister having had a TBI was handled tactfully, truthfully and with great ease. She was a breath of fresh air. I even liked Delaney's cheating ex and hope he gets with her roommate because there was a little spark there.

I loved everything...all the way down to Han Solo the cat!! The text messages back and forth from He-Man and how Maverick slowly, but surely won Delaney over. He'd had a crush on her since the freshman party and it was so sincere and cute the way he tried to woo her. I thought this was well-written and oh so funny at times. I think those that want to read an uplifting book about overcoming, persevering and falling in love - should read this book.

An ARC copy was provided for free or at a discount by the publisher without expectation or any attempt to influence or manipulate this review. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect anyone else's. 

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances. 
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. 
She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.
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