Monday, October 26, 2009

Review of Just Dare Me by Stephanie Bond

This is an older Blaze novel (2006) and the last of three in the mini-series 'Adrenaline Rush'. The first one was Just Try Me by Jill Shalvis and the second one Just Trust Me by Jacquie D'Alessandro. Those were really good and I gave both 5 stars, but this last one isn't as hot as the other two.

Cb89e3ba4ec84dac830777d1113e3211img Though the story is well written the sexscenes were not frequent enough for my taste. The first (and only) time the couple really made love to each other was towards page 200 (of 245). The heroine is a sweet, clumsy girl who takes charge of her life when she wants an important account. After reading an article she becomes more self-confident, while the hero turns into a bit of a bungler. It's all a bit to coincidental and I found it also unbelievable how she had 'the strength' to send him away each night when they were getting hot, while she had this huge crush on him for years and had turned into this self-confident woman who went after what she wanted. Why not go for him than? So no more than 2 stars for this Blaze novel. One of Stephanie Bond's other novels (She Did A Bad, Bad, Thing) is much, much better: I gave that 5 stars.

Synopsis of Just Dare Me

Adrenaline Rush-serie. Marketing exec Gabrielle Flannery isn't what you'd call the outdoorsy type. But after an embarrassing incident with a potted plant leaves Gabrielle revealing more leg than a Thanksgiving turkey, she decides it's time to reassert herself. Even if it means going head-to-head with marketing golden boy and the office Hottie McHot, Dell Kingston, over an outdoor gear account... That is, until Gabrielle and Dell find themselves competing against each other for the account at a wilderness survival weekend. Since he's in touch with the great outdoors, Dell figures that naturally extends to Gabrielle and those sexy legs of hers. But Gabrielle has a few tricks up her sleeve. And nothing stimulates a sexual appetite like a little fresh air, a tiny little tent and a whole lot of libido!

Harlequin Blaze, October 2006, read as e-book

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