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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book over the weekend and found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's a story of an office romance between Dell and Gabrielle, two marketing account managers who vie for the same major sporting good account. To decide who will get the account (and to make sure HR doesn't think the boss is favoring Dell), they spend a long weekend competing in a survival wilderness contest where the winner gets the account. At first it appears to be a very uneven competition that favors Dell, but Gabrielle is determined. The author really does her magic here, and it becomes a very entertaining story of wits vs. brawn. And will vs. luck. And privileged vs. unprivileged. It was a fun read, and not at all predictable. And it was sexy too. Dell and Gabby make a great couple. I much prefer romance novels where the sex scenes include passion, (instead of sex just for the sake of having sex), and this book delivers that very well. The ending could have been a bit stronger, but it really didn't take away from how much I enjoyed it. As Blaze books go, this one was great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An important marketing account is up for grabs and junior marketing agent Gabby is going to go all out to snag it, even if it means competing against iron-man & resident office hottie Dell in a outdoor weekend challenge. Nevermind that she's not an outdoors type and he the king of extreme sports. Whats she lacks in experience is made up in knowledge of her gear and she may just give Dell a run for the account and his heart.

WOW! Who knew a harlequin could be so good! I generally read full length novels of the decidedly more-serious-romance type, but this was a very satisfying mini-read. Some serious sexual tension in this one with lots of sparks flying all over the place. The 'competition' part was the best and it was a hoot to read when the heroine scored points. The romance was jut right too, sort-of teased you all throughout till near the end -which was *steamy*!

Overall a fun and pleasurable read. No brain required with some good romantic fluff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Gabriella Flannery is a junior account exec at a prominent marketing firm who just can't seem to get a break. Always overlooked for the big accounts, she gets stuck with the smaller, almost embarrassing ones. It doesn't help that she has a tendency to let clumsiness get in the way, which has caused many humiliating situations at work. When a losing battle with a potted tree does Gabriella in at a farewell party for one of the employees, she decides it is time to take control and do something about her place in the firm.

Gabriella wants the CEG account, a company selling outdoor gear, more than anything but unfortunately for her, company playboy Dell Kingston thinks the account should be his. Now they must compete in a wilderness survival weekend. Whoever wins the competition hosted by CEG will be given the account. Dell thinks it's a shoo-in that he'll win but if Gabriella has her way, no one will beat her. Until Dell starts to realize there is more to Gabriella than he ever realized and begins to think about winning the account and Gabriella. Who will win this showdown?

I've never read anything by Stephanie Bond before but Just Dare Me has me intrigued enough that I may go out seeking more books by this author. Especially if the humor found here is typical of Bond's work. This book is also much tamer than most Blaze books I read which I greatly appreciated. This left more room for humor and character development. There is one rather long involved scene, but that's pretty much it on the sex side of things. The primary focus here is the sexual tension, rather than the act itself.

I found myself chuckling to myself several times as I listened to Just Dare Me. Gabriella is so determined to win this account that she goes all out. We see her various attempts to prepare for the wilderness weekend which gives a light mood. Who can resist the techniques she employed involving her dog, a baseball cap, and a photograph? Trust me, you'll understand when you read it and will probably laugh as well.

Even more humor is abundant on the trip itself, when we see cocky Dell think he has it all in the bag, only to be shown up time and again by Gabriella's preparation and intelligence. Gabriella has what it takes to come out on top in this war and watching her and Dell battle it out is quite enjoyable. Of course, we know too, when these two finally get together, fireworks will ensue!

Take some time to experience Just Dare Me for yourself. Go ahead, I dare you. Sorry, I couldn't resist the play on words...

© Kelley A. Hartsell, February 2008. All rights reserved.
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on August 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My thinking over this book is little weird..While I was reading it,I was very into it so I thought I would rate it really high..But when I finished it and made a mental scrolling back, I realised it's not that amazing..

The story is different from others..I liked the fact that the characters changed much..Gabrielle turned into a sexy confident siren,while Dell realised that he is not happy and turned into a monogamous guy deeply in love with Gabby..I liked the changes..
However,what I think didn't work out so well is the beginning of the book.The duo's personalities were out of place..She is soo shy while he is soo arrogant..And the falling off the tree...

While it was well written,I just think the starting point was a little off and thus brought the whole book down with it..
But I can say that I enjoyed it,anyhow..
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on September 10, 2014
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Gabrielle is about to be overlooked for a much deserved promotion when she reads an article in a magazine challenging her to go for the dream. What is the worst that can happen if you fail? A great 'feel good' novel by Stephanie Bond.
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on January 17, 2013
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I love Stephanie Bond her books are silly but make me happy ! I liked her ones with a little mystery to them. She makes me laugh and always a happy ending which just makes you feel good!
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on May 24, 2014
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Far too much sexual description with a weak sub-plot. Original theme was good, but no real development once the story began. Just more of the same stuff happening over and over.
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on July 21, 2013
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Stephanie Bond always writes with humor and mystery. Haven't found a bad book yet. When I see her name I snatch up that book right away.
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on November 17, 2011
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This was a fast, fun read. The heroine transforms into a vixen 'overnight', but I think the lead up to the transformation is plausible.
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on March 26, 2013
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I loved this book. I have read several books by Stephanie Bond, and this was my favorite! I think this would make a great movie.
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