I Dare Youby Published 26 Apr 2018
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.
Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?
The late night text is random, but "Badass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…
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.
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.
Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?
I DARE YOU is a full-length stand-alone novel.
I Dare You Reviews
It has been a while since I read a romance set in college and one featuring a football player made it even better.
Delaney first meets Maverick Monroe when she starts at college. She is out at a bonfire night with friends and it’s like one of those corny stories about eyes meeting across a crowded room, yadda yadda, yadda. When you can feel someone’s eyes on you and a connection you haven’t felt before? Okay, it doesn’t happen for everyone but it does happen.
‘You know that moment when everything stops and the next breath you take is the first one of the rest of your life? That’s what it feels like as Maverick Monroe stares at me with his piercing blue eyes.’
The interaction that night between them is fleeting but it does leave a lasting impression on both of them. Sure he is good looking, a bit cocky, slightly arrogant but he is exactly the kind of guy who would most likely break your heart. She plans to steer clear of guys like that.
Maverick has always had a bit of a crush on Delaney, ever since that night two years ago at the bonfire. He has had no shortage of company in that time but Delaney is not like the football groupies, she is naturally beautiful and a really sweet girl. He knows there is a connection there and he needs to know if she feels it to.
Initially Delaney is very skeptical of Maverick’s interest in her but over time she discovers that there is so much more to him, she completely misjudged his character. He isn’t just his looks, he is a talented player, intelligent and attentive to those people important to him.
Every decision Maverick makes is with his family in mind, even if it means putting his own chance of being drafted into the NFL at risk. For so long he has been carrying his burdens alone but Delaney seems to be burrowing under his skin and keeping secrets from her could ruin everything they have.
I really enjoyed this, not too much angst, and very easy to read in one sitting.
IT'S LIVE EARLY!!!! ☺☺☺
🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈 🏈
OK, first of all - the blurb is weird. That is not really what happens. They met two years ago at a bonfire. Kissed for a second and then he disappeared back into the crowd. And Delaney got together with her now cheating ex. Maverick never forgot her, but she was with his teammate Alex. But now all bets are off. He wants her! And he starts by sending texts. She doesn't know who is behind those texts for half the book. But Maverick shows up in her life all the time too!
They would be perfect together - both have had hard moments in their lives. Maverick still has to fight hard for things to be ok in his personal and professional life.
And of course poor Delaney swore off football players!
But she can't resist Mav's charm forever!
Such an adorable & funny story.
It wasn't anything new or mega exciting. I've read a million sexy and funny sports romances. And even lots of those had a cute nerdy girl. BUT - I love those books!!!! I love football romances. And this one was so sweet and funny and sexy and moving ... I loved Maverick and Delaney!
Even though I have NOTHING in common with Delaney - I hate cats & Star Wars and I've never seen The Princess Bride!!! ☺ But we both love sexy football players! ☺
And we can all agree that we hate Muffin!! Why is there always one of those mega b*tches in every college romance!?
I really enjoyed reading this book - I finished it in one day!
I would've loved a bit more epilogue or just a bit more of them after the happy end. It felt a tiny bit rushed at the end. But it was totally ok the way it ended!
Also, the cover - while mega sexy, it's not really Maverick. We don't have any football for most of the book, so he never runs around like that and... it's just not Mav.
Can't wait to get Ryker's story next!!!
I DARE YOU was such an adorable & funny & moving college football romance!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own MAVERICK - this one is MINE!
➳A college romance filled with broken down emotions that will drag you with want, and need for Maverick and Delaney in this highly anticipated release that did not disappoint...
➳When it comes down to college romances, Ilsa Madden-Mills has out-done herself in this highly anticipated novel, in which I have devoured instantly and I do not feel any shame about it. Maverick, a man who keeps his word, has waited so long to finally be with Delaney. While Delaney is in the process of mending her heart from her previous heart-break with her cheating ex-boyfriend, Mav is there to comfort her in an unexpected way that I find rather endearing. Being the captain of the football team, and having the sights of all NFL scouts on him, he needs to do everything he can to make it into the big leagues for the sake of his sister, and soon to find out, for the sake of having a future with Delaney.
➳Delaney, junior college student trying to live her life and focus on her future without any distractions, she ends up encountering upon Maverick in a very strong way that has never let her forget their first time together at a freshmen party. To her, after being in a cheating relationship with a football player, she decides to not be with another one ever again. Maverick has of course consider this as a challenge, one that he will not back down from making him determined to show Delaney that he is not some "spoiled, bratty, jock" that everyone stereotypes him as. He has gone through the worst that life has given him, and is trying to move on from the past and start a better future for himself and his family. When sparks fly, Mav and Del become a couple that is truly worth reading.
➳Tables are turned when an unexpected surprise is revealed in which features Maverick. His whole idea of creating a better future for his sister and Delaney brings him to a situation where HIS football career would be in danger. As time passes, Maverick soon realizes that Raven, his sister, and Delaney are far more important than any of the actions he is causing towards himself. I found this rather romantic in a sense that Delaney is a strong individual who fights for him and Raven. Ilsa wrote this romance novel, one that I am HONESTLY surprised to love as her previous novels have not been my favorites. But this one for sure has surpass that opinion.
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Overall Opinion: I'm really bummed with the last quarter of this. I felt like we barely tapped into these characters and they (especially the H) had so much going on that we only briefly addressed (if that) by the end. The book seemed to hit the fast-forward button and then just stop. I don't get why we couldn't experience those things that got skipped over -- especially their last year of college! I think it would've benefited the story SO much. It ended at 56% on my kindle app, and those of you that follow my reviews know that I HATE THAT!! When I was looking into this book I couldn't find a page count, so it's my bad for still giving it a shot. I know my preferences, and I know that I don't personally enjoy short books. I also know that lots of my fellow readers don't mind and actually enjoy the shorter books -- so, hey! This one might work well for you 😘
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Delaney and Maverick's story. They meet and kiss at a bonfire freshman year, but reunite junior year when Delaney has broken up with her boyfriend. Delaney is receiving random texts by some guy and has dubbed as "He-man" and she is having some fun encounters with Maverick in her class. She secretly hopes that they are one in the same but isn't sure. Maverick has some family drama going on and is stretched too thin, but he had been waiting for years for Delaney to be single and isn't going to let the opportunity to pursue her slip away. There are some big secrets, some sexy times, some funny and cute moments...and they get a HFN ending.
POV: This alternated between Delaney and Maverick's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good until the last quarter ish where it felt really rushed. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well otherwise.
Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.
H rating: 3.5 stars. Maverick. I liked him, but I did want him to communicate better with the h.
h rating: 4 stars. Delaney. I liked her. She was a lovable nerd.
Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed
Push/Pull: Yes [spoilers removed]
Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.
Descriptive sex: Yes
OW/OM drama: Yes, but not in the usual way [spoilers removed]
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Separation: Yes [spoilers removed]
Possible Triggers: Yes [spoilers removed]
Closure: This had not nearly enough closure for me and what felt like an abrupt ending. I would call this a HFN ending [spoilers removed].
Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers