Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pat's Review: Dare Me Once

Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander
Publisher: Montlake Romance (July 17, 2018)
Series: Angel Fire Falls, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Pat's Review:

This contemporary romance is funny, sexy, and heartwarming at the same time. It’s the first in a series and what a way to start.

The Remington brothers -- Trace, Spence, and Elliott -- had all grown up in Angel Fire Falls, a beautiful island in the northwest. Their family owned The Remington, a vacation retreat and resort. After living solo lives they all returned to the family business, and Trace brought along a son, Ben, whose Mom left Trace and Ben for better opportunities. Ben has Asberger Syndrome, but is very high functioning. The Remington is falling in disrepair and needs a facelift, among other things. Lawrence, the owner / their father, has begun plans to change that by hiring a hospitality manager.

Lily Barnes is that person. She has changed her appearance and name to disappear for a while to recover from a broken engagement and her father being jailed for embezzlement. She’s looking forward to the peace and quiet of the small island and doing the work she loves. She misses her connection, so arrives on the island with no one knowing she’s there. Bound and determined to fix this on her own, she borrows an adult tricycle to get her and her luggage to the Remington. But she wasn’t counting on a huge storm getting in her way, not to mention the orphaned ducks she has to save. She is rescued by Trace in a Jeep, and has to do some convincing about the ducks. Meanwhile Trace is admiring how Lily looks with her clothes plastered to her skin.

The characters are delightful. Charlie, the baker, is a cousin, and becomes a great friend to Lily. The whole atmosphere is friendly and very family oriented, and the building relationship between Trace and Lily is very sexy. Ben becomes immediately comfortable with Lily and she values his feelings. They work together to keep the ducks safe and happy!

This is such a fun read, and I can’t wait for the next in the series.


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Source: NetGalley eARC

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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