ARC Review – If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon

Posted July 21, 2015 by smutmatters in ARC, Contemporary, Reviews / 0 Comments

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

ARC Review – If You Dare by Jessica LemmonIf You Dare by Jessica Lemmon
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on July 21st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 188
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing, Netgalley
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three-half-stars
three-flames

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.

Marcus Black has wanted Lily McIntire for years. He asked her out when they first started working together, but she turned him down because the last time she dated a guy she worked with, it went very badly. Lily has been attracted to him since she started working at the same design firm, too, but between her past and his reputation as a womanizer, she turned him down immediately.

But after a few too many tequila shots at the bar one night, Lily accepts a bet from Marcus – he bets her she can’t spend one full night in the local haunted house. Lily is tired of her reputation as a stick-in-the-mud, and hopes this will make Marcus see her in a different light. She’s not really sure why it matters to her since she’s not going to go out with him, but it does. As stakes, Marcus has put up the trip to Hawaii he just won in a contest at work, so he’s determined to make sure Lily doesn’t win, even if that means cheating a little bit. If Lily loses, she has to be Marcus’ panty-less date at their annual awards dinner.

All bad ideas started with tequila

This was a quick, fun, flirty read. The stuff in the haunted house was cute, and I was glad Jessica Lemmon left that where it was and didn’t try to explain it. Lily and Marcus had great chemistry, and I liked watching them try to hide their relationship from their co-workers. I caught myself actually laughing out loud several times. I didn’t read the original novella this came from; this is actually my first Jessica Lemmon book, but I can’t wait to read more of them.

 

About Jessica Lemmon

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.