I purchased The Dare by Lauren Landish as part of my unlimited Kindle package for Amazon. Once I read the tag line of “Have you ever had one of those really bad days at work? You know, one where your hot boss catches you photocopying your backside in his office? No? Just me then?” I was intrigued and knew that this was going to be just the right kind of light reading that I was looking for.
The Dare follows the main characters Elle and Colton as they navigate a professional business partnership that is filled with sexual tension and dares. The banter between them is hilarious at times and they have a chemistry that jumps off the page. Elle uses the dares to follow her “you only live once” type of life motto however, she is much more reserved than she actually pretends to be. And Colton can be much more fun than the stiff, pretentious, and sometimes ogreish personality he shows in the board room.
Together in The Dare, Elle and Colton bring out the best and the worst in each other. They both had different things to prove to the others around them and occasionally found themselves in awkward positions to accomplish their goals…I mean, dares. And while I enjoyed reading it, there were sometimes when it felt like it was getting a little bit stuck for me. And I felt like what Elle and Colton were trying to prove to themselves and to the others around them was continuously hitting me over the head. I felt that it wasn’t really been shown to me through their actions but instead just explained over and over again to the point where it almost got cringe worthy at times.
Overall, The Dare was what I expected it to be. A relatively simplistic story filled with humor and sexy times. Unfortunately for me, the humor, the sexy times, and the actions of the characters did not always sit right with me as a reader. Rumor has it that the author is going to be writing a companion novel that involves Elle’s best friend Tiffany but, I think at this time I will also have to pass on that.
Rating: 2.5 Stars