- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1508503842
- ISBN-13: 978-1508503842
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
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- #232277 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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Take Me If You Dare by Nina Crespo
Book One of the Birthday Dare series
Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Copy bought from Amazon
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
One decadent dare, one steamy night…
It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.
Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.
Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.
What I Liked:
This novella was okay for me - I liked it, but didn't love it! As it is a novella, it is quite short, but that wasn't really an issue. This book was all kinds of steamy, especially the first encounter, but things kind of fizzled after that first encounter. Nevertheless, it was a decent novella (lol "decent"), and I liked it!
Jasmine is dared by her friend to have a steamy night with a stranger, while on a business trip. She doesn't expect to find a delicious-looking soldier who saves her in the bar from cliche pick-up lines from other men. Jasmine follows through with the dare... with Ethan. Ethan and Jasmine think it's a one-night thing, until they both find out that they're working in the same firm! Jasmine has been reassigned to the security that Ethan works for... and neither of them can deny their simmering attraction now that they see each other every day.
The first scene in the bar is so perfectly executed! I was hooked. And I love how Jasmine decides to be bold and go with Ethan to have that one-night stand... that encounter was super hawt. The chemistry between these two is practically alive. There are other steamy scenes in the book, but this initial one is the best one. I personally think the chemistry wilted a tiny bit after that explosive scene after the bar - part of the reason why this book got a middle-of-the-road rating.
I liked Ethan a lot! I felt bad for him, not necessarily Jasmine. I didn't hate or like Jasmine. But I liked Ethan. I wanted to hug him! Also soldiers are all kinds of hot. But Ethan is a nice guy, in my opinion.
The story is pretty interesting, but like I keep saying, the romance and chemistry fizzles a bit after the first scene - and so does the plot, kind of. But that's okay, this is a novella and it was short, so it didn't drag or anything!
What I Did Not Like:
Like I said above - I thought both the story and the romance and chemistry fizzled a bit after the first hawt scene after the bar. Ethan and Jasmine are super steamy together! Especially in that first scene (the one-night stand). After that, there are more steamy scenes, but not quite as steamy. And then the story - I just wasn't invested in the work story! It was kind of boring to me. I wanted more Ethan and Jasmine.
The other thing was, I didn't even really like Jasmine? I didn't hate her but didn't like her. She was definitely annoying after the one-night stand, and I felt bad for Ethan. Girl needs an attitude check! Though I can kind of see where she is coming from. If any of that made sense.
Would I Recommend It:
Ehh, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this one, but if you have it, OR if it's free, I would see read it! But it's short (it's a novella) and it's not the best Brazen book I've read, so I wouldn't fall over myself trying to get to this one if I were someone else. I've been on a Brazen craze all week (as you can see) so I wanted to read as many as possible, including this one)!
3 stars. Not too bad! I'm glad I read this novella, and I wouldn't mind reading more from this author. This particular novella wasn't my favorite thing ever, but I'll look out for more of Crespo's Brazen and romance novels!
The ending sucked big time for me. Lots of unfinished business.
Jaz and her BFF dare each other to do crazy things on their birthdays. Jaz's dare is to pick up a hottie while she's in Miami and have a one night stand. Only it doesn't go so well and then hot Ethan rescues her from pick up line hell. She's still reeling from a nasty breakup from a cheating fiance and Ethan's in a line of work that he thinks should not involve relationships.
This story is basically about what happens when the one-night stand turns into a two-week relationship and then maybe something more permanent, but we don't really know because there isn't a proper HEA.
I liked the tension and how they're both not ready to take a risk because they both have issues. I liked the sexiness. But what happens next? I feel like there's another book after this one about daring to make the long distance relationship work.
I love the dare idea between Jasmine and her best friend Tab. I love the way it worked out for Ethan and Jasmine and I look forward to reading Tab’s book next.
The two lead characters are not looking for long distance love. She had her heart broke and has vowed to never be vulnerable again. He has a dangerous job and has vowed to never fall in love and cause someone to feel loss.
This is a story that shows that you don't always know what is best for you.