Book: I Dare You
Series: The Hook Up #1
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release date: 29 April 2018
Main characters: Delaney Shaw, student and self-confessed nerd girl who’s nursing a broken heart. Maverick Monroe, big man on campus, football star wo has his heart set on Delaney.
Plot: Delaney Shaw is no-nonsense, moxie-filled and a card-carrying nerd. She’s also licking her wounds from finding her ex in bed with her arch-nemesis. Determined to focus on her studies and stay away from all athletes in future, she is puzzled and intrigued to receive a text from someone who seems to know her already, and who would like to know her in the biblical sense too!
Her curiosity is piqued – they banter back and forth easily, talking about anything and everything, but she’s not sure who the mystery texter could be. Meanwhile, in her real life, she’s still resolved to stay away from athletes despite the attentions of a certain footballer called Maverick Monroe. They may have shared a moment a long time ago, but no way is she making herself vulnerable to yet another player.
Mav Monroe has always had a thing for Delaney – he may have blown his first chance, but he’ll be damned if he makes the same mistake twice. Now she’s finally single, he launches a devastating charm offensive. Will she be able to withstand his advances, will she ever get to see the man beneath the swagger? Will Delaney ever be ready to risk her heart again for the chance of something special?
Why you should read it: This was a super sweet and funny story that ended far too quickly! The was banter, slow-burning romance and plenty of drama to boot. I adored the main characters – they were so cute together and their back stories were sad but didn’t dominate their present. There were plenty of sweet moments when both characters showed their vulnerability and became very well-drawn. I adored this book – what can I say? It was exactly what I wanted to read having come off a very intense and heavy book.
What you may not like: Muffin the baddie – we never get to find out what motivates her to be such a cow, but I suppose that’s not important – she just is. She’s a pantomime villain who will make you boo and hiss. Other than her, I didn’t find much to dislike, it’s a great read you can finish in one sitting (I did!) and it will make you feel good all over!
Rating: 4/5 for an entertaining and heartwarming tale. Can’t wait to see how this series will develop. Can I just mention that cover? Oh my Lord. The bar in covers these days is getting HIGH!