Dare Me – book review

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Dare Me
by Cherry Adair, Jill Shalvis, and Julie Leto
Release Date:  March 1, 2005
Publisher:  Signet
Contemporary Romance – M/F
Compilation – 3 short stories by 3 different authors
Number of Pages:  372
Mass Market Paperback
Source: borrowed from Warren Public Library
Rating:  R
Read 10/14/16 to 10/24/16

This compilation of short stories has two stories by new-to-me authors and one by a favorite author of mine.  The final star rating on this book is an average of the three stories and rounded up. Here is my review of each story:

Playing for Keeps
Cherry Adair is an author I see floating around often but haven’t had a chance to read any of her books. I really enjoyed this short story. It started off strong and quick. The heroine, Danica, is in no way trained to “fight bad guys”, but rolls with the punches when she’s put in difficult situations. Her soon-to-be ex-husband Jon Raven is trained and is, in fact, the owner of a security firm. So when Dani is put in danger he is right there to help her out. The ending was a bit clustered for me, but since it’s a short story it’s not like there’s time to go into a bunch of explanations. I got to gist of what was happening and that was good enough for me. 3.5 stars

Nothing to Lose
This was a super-fast paced novella by Jill Shalvis. She is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and she did not disappoint. Warning: this story takes place all within 24 hours, so there is definite insta-romance. But it works! Jade is a much stronger heroine than she seems at the beginning. And Will is much softer hero than he had seemed. They are good together and bring out the best in each other. This story has heartbreak, suspense, violence, love, and steamy connections. It was great! 5 stars

Dare to Desire
I haven’t read or even heard of Julie Leto until this book. I enjoyed this book and it was a very quick read. Whether or not I would seek out her other books remains to be seen. I’m sure I’ll try at least one out if I have the time and chance. The anticipation of the romance was great, the end result wasn’t as great but was still good. 3 stars

Although this book as a whole took me more than a week to read, each story took me far less than a day to read. I just didn’t read them all in a row. Because these stories move so quickly this is a great book to read when you don’t have a lot of time but need an escape.

3.8888 average rounded up to…

4 stars

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 23 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 19 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago. Since that time I've been slowly trying to get our house in order and catching up on a lot of reading.
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