I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills | Book Review

I Dare YouThe Hook Up, #1Ilsa Madden-MillsRomance, Sports Romance, College RomanceApril 28th, 2018Paperback254 Pages
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. Curious. 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? I DARE YOU is a full-length stand-alone novel. For a limited time, when you buy or download the book in KU, you’ll also receive an extended excerpt of her #1 Amazon romance Dirty English!

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A college romance filled with broken down emotions that will drag you with want, and need for Maverick and Delaney in this highly anticipated release that did not disappoint…


➳When it comes down to college romances, Ilsa Madden Mills has out-done herself in this highly anticipated novel, in which I have devoured instantly and I do not feel any shame about it. Maverick, a man who keeps his word, has waited so long to finally be with Delaney. While Delaney is in the process of mending her heart from her previous heart-break with her cheating ex-boyfriend, Mav is there to comfort her in an unexpected way that I find rather endearing. Being the captain of the football team, and having the sights of all NFL scouts on him, he needs to do everything he can to make it into the big leagues for the sake of his sister, and soon to find out, for the sake of having a future with Delaney.

➳Delaney, junior college student trying to live her life and focus on her future without any distractions, she ends up encountering upon Maverick in a very strong way that has never let her forget their first time together at a freshmen party. To her, after being in a cheating relationship with a football player, she decides to not be with another one ever again. Maverick has of course consider this as a challenge, one that he will not back down from making him determined to show Delaney that he is not some “spoiled, bratty, jock” that everyone stereotypes him as. He has gone through the worst that life has given him, and is trying to move on from the past and start a better future for himself and his family. When sparks fly, Mav and Del become a couple that is truly worth reading.

25451210 ➳Tables are turned when an unexpected surprise is revealed in which features Maverick. His whole idea of creating a better future for his sister and Delaney brings him to a situation where HIS football career would be in danger. As time passes, Maverick soon realizes that Raven, his sister, and Delaney are far more important than any of the actions he is causing towards himself. I found this rather romantic in a sense that Delaney is a strong individual who fights for him and Raven. Ilsa wrote this romance novel, one that I am HONESTLY surprised to love as her previous novels have not been my favorites. But this one for sure has surpass that opinion.

ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review…

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills:

Wall Street JournalNew York Times, and USA Todaybest-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, heartfelt 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.

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