The Dare

da_thedareAuthor: Denise A. Agnew

Publisher: Loose ID

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: LId and Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: Mousy and just plain boring… 

Tired of self-denial and being cloistered by her father’s over-protectiveness, wealthy painter Isabella takes a vacation alone.

Tough and way too cocky… 

Police officer Luca Angello is self-confident, powerfully sexual, and on the trail of gang members attacking women.

Isabella thinks Luca is shallow and only out for a good time. Luca thinks Isabella needs some loosening up. When danger throws her into his arms, she discovers that he can reach her depths in ways she never could have imagined.

Fear brings them together, but will violence tear them apart?


Review: This book has all the elements that I love. Hot alpha man, woman longingly watching from behind the blinds…it’s like me, looking at a Michael Stokes book. Throw in a mean father who’s her boss and a stalker no one else believes her about and you’ve got this sexy novel in a nutshell.

Isabelle has been watching her sexy neighbor from the safety of her kitchen and backyard. He’s smoking hot–but she’s really unsure around men and has been taught never to trust them. She’s on vacation anyway and has no intention of getting involved with him, but he’s sure wonderful to watch. Yum! Unfortunately, her mind keeps getting pulled back to the reason she left her dad’s estate–the uneasy feeling she’s being watched and isn’t safe there.

One afternoon, Luca hears his pretty temporary neighbor fall in her backyard and rushes to help. In the ensuing conversation-flirtation, he tells her about the attacks that have been happening in the area. She’s very suspicious of him, so he brings her his police ID to prove his intentions are honest and to continue the flirtation they’d started on the backyard.

When she takes the bait and they fall into a tumultuous affair, where’s it leading? She’s on vacation and intends to go home soon; he’s not the kind who commits to a woman.

Before they can contemplate their future, Isabelle’s problems from home show up on her doorstep. While Luca’s been warning her to watch out for local gang violence, will he be able to protect her from the danger he’s unaware of? The malignant shadow that’s been menacing her at home has joined her…right next door.

Interesting, sexy read. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the connection to the characters that I’d hoped for, especially with the plot devices and character types seeming to be really up my alley.

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