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Dare Me, by Rebecca Shea
Publish Date: March 28, 2016
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5 STARS
(Synopsis) Five coworkers.
Two fleeting smiles.
A dare that will change my life.
That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.
My name is Saige Phillips.
I never walk away from a dare.
I knew from the very first chapter of Dare Me that I was going to love this book. It has all the components that I need for a fantastic story - a forbidden romance, a hunky alpha male, and a secret that could tear them apart.
Dare Me started with a bang, and it never let up. Thirteen-year-old Saige went through a horrible tragedy, and ten years later, she's still dealing with the repercussions. And who could blame her? After what she saw, I don't know how anyone could come back from that. And, the repercussions are still hitting her hard, despite the success she's had professionally. I really loved Saige and her gumption. She's exactly the kind of heroine I love to read about and root for.
And then there's Holt. The owner of the company she works for. A multi-millionaire. And a man who has a lot more going on behind scenes than what he lets on. This man was seriously sexy and surprisingly sweet. Based on his internal musings and actions toward Saige, I guessed at his secret long before it came out, but honestly that was okay. It just made the anticipation of that moment all the more nail-biting.
At around 75%, I was so nervous, because I knew that when Holt's backstory came out, it would destroy what he and Saige had built. Rebecca Shea did a fantastic job with the build-up to that moment. And, then the aftermath was very emotional and had me in tears with all the feels.
I really loved this emotionally-charged book. Dare Me grabbed me from the very first chapter, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
Those fucking legs.
They were the first thing I noticed when I met Saige. Her legs go on for miles. I thought I was hiring a midwestern farm girl; however, she is anything but. She's been a bit of a mystery to me—all of her social media accounts are locked down, and no online photos. She’s almost as good at being as invisible as I am, except I paid someone a lot of money to keep me off the Internet. I hired her sight unseen and only because of her last name. Thankfully, her credentials matched exactly what I was looking for, which made it easier on me and less likely for HR to question my motives.
And then I met her. Her and her long dark hair and those fucking endless legs. She left me speechless. Everything about her was nothing I had expected. Tall and lean. Dark and fair. Kind and ambitious. Mysterious and perfect. Exquisite. She is perfection.
I stand outside Bar 51 and take a deep, cleansing breath. “What the fuck are you doing, Hamilton?” I run my hands through my hair. I cannot go out for drinks with her. I know I shouldn’t, but fuck if I could tell her no.
“Mr. Hamilton?” The sound of my name pulls me from my thoughts, and I turn around to find Saige and our other employees huddled together. “You waiting on someone?” Isaiah Gutierrez asks me. I look past him to see Saige standing arm in arm with Rowan Hansen.
“Uh, no. Was just getting some fresh air before I head home.” I turn my attention back to Isaiah. “You guys headed out?”
“Yeah, it’s that time.” He gives a short laugh. His eyes are bloodshot and glossy.
“Well, I hope you all enjoyed your evening,” I tell Isaiah, but I turn my attention back to Saige as I shrug my suit coat on.
The group of them begins to chat and laugh before they disperse. Saige gives me a small wave as she starts to walk away, her arm still looped through Rowan’s. Part of me wants to rip her away from him, and the other part of me is happy she’s found a friend that she can trust—a very gay friend, thankfully.
Rowan helps her keep her balance as they walk down the street, and I smile as she giggles. I catch her look over her shoulder at me one last time before they turn the corner and disappear, but not before I memorize the look of want in her eyes.
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
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