I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@ilsamaddenmills)

I Dare You is the first book in a new series by Ilsa Madden-Mills. I love sports romances, and I devoured this one quite quickly! I'll be eager to return to this world... there are a few characters that I'd love to see more of!
I Dare You
Title: I Dare You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: The Hook Up #1
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Published: April 26th 2018

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but "Badass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn't, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine's Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret's out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney's sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

If Ilsa Madden-Mills puts out a book, there is a fair chance I'm going to read it! So it was a no brainer that I picked up I Dare You and met Maverick and Delaney. And what a hoot these two turned out to be! They were both so amusing to read about, and from the epilogue I just wanted them to get together.

I liked that Delaney was a nerdy type of girl, with confidence and a little sass. In the beginning she was a bit sad due to her break up, but with anonymous texts and a growing relationship with Maverick, I could see the fun girl that Delaney could be. It was nice to see her stand up for herself too, she wasn't the kind of girl to cower behind a guy.

Maverick was the kind of guy that oozed confidence and was willing to chase after what he wanted. I liked the way he constantly flirted with Delaney and pushed her buttons. The more time they spent together I knew they would make it. Like every love story, there were hurdles that they had to work through, that had me hoping they were strong enough to make it!

I really enjoyed being in this world and meeting both of these characters. Maverick's life wasn't as easy as he portrayed it to be, as he juggled his home life and the career he was working on. He kept secrets that could ultimately destroy what he was building with Delaney. She was a patient girl though and managed to get to the bottom of everything and I was glad she took the initiative.

The thing that annoyed me though, I was expecting it to be a longish book, then things wrapped up quickly and at 56% it was the end of the story... then twenty chapters of another book. But regardless, I still loved Maverick and Delaney's story!

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

This swoon runs together today... the initial meet up! So sweet!

“Legend says the first person you kiss at the party is the one you’ll never forget. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.”
“Sounds like hocus-pocus.”
He lifts that mesmerizing left eyebrow. “I like to believe in legends—after all, I am one.”
I smirk. “Probably a game made up by some frat-boy-slash-jock wanting to kiss all the girls.”
He pauses for a moment as if thinking, and then he steps in closer, so close that I can see the varying shades of blue around his pupils. “May I?”
My heart does somersaults.
“May you what?” I ask, my voice low, but I know what he wants. My body is already leaning toward him, wanting it too.
“This.” He kisses me, an almost imperceptible touch as he brushes his full lips against mine. The contact of our mouths is electric, sparks of fire skating along my skin.

Kindle Page 7

And then...

“What was that?” I ask, my voice breathless.
“That’s your first kiss of the bonfire. Now you’ll never forget me.”
And then, before I can think of a reply, he’s gone.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Ilsa Madden-MillsWall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty, yet funny, New Adult college romances. 

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

Other reviews featuring Ilsa Madden-Mills
English series
Briarcrest Academy series
Very Wicked Things #2 
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