Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review ~ ONCE UPON A DARE by Jennifer Bonds

Once Upon a Dare (Risky Business, #1)
by: Jennifer Bonds
Series: Risky Business
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled:Brazen

The first night was a dare. The second night was trouble…

Advertising guru Olivia Masterson is all work and no play. But on the eve of earning her dream promotion, her best friend dares her to drop her ice queen fa├žade for one night and seduce a sexy stranger. Olivia’s worked her ass off to get where she is—why the hell not?

Cole Bennett never thought he’d run into his feisty one-night stand at the office, furious that he stole her promotion. No matter how hard she tries to ice him out, they can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves…or their clothes on.

Olivia's talented—maybe even more than Cole—so when his dropped hints to the boss net her a promotion of her own, he’s ready to celebrate...until she accuses him of fueling office rumors that she slept her way to the top. She wants to earn her own way? Fine. So what the hell does a guy have to do to permanently melt an ice queen?

For the past five years, Olivia Masterson has been working her butt off at Pritchard and Associates.  She has been so focused on proving that she's more than just a pretty face that she has gained the reputation of being the “Ice Queen”.  Rumor has it that Olivia is finally going to make partner.  In order to celebrate the upcoming event, she and her friend Chloe go out to celebrate. Chloe ends up daring Olivia to pick up a guy in the bar and have a sexual escapade with him.  After a wonderful mind blowing night, Olivia sneaks out, never to see the guy again.

To her surprise, not only does Olivia not get the job, but she loses it to Cole Bennett, the man she had the one night stand with.  Now to be fair, the two had never met each other and Cole had no idea Olivia even wanted the job.  But Olivia blamed him all the same for taking her job.

Set in the competitive world of advertising with the forbidden office romance as the trope, Once Upon a Dare was a hot and fun read.  I really liked Jennifer Bonds' writing style.  There’s no question I will read her again.  I wanted to turn the page to see what was going to happen next. Olivia was so hot and cold. “I want you.  I don't want you.”  The back and forth was really irritating.  Once Olivia got herself together, the book got better for me.  Cole is actually the kind of guy I usually fall for, but surprisingly, I didn’t fall in love with him.  He’s been hurt by love before and has his sweet, tender moments, with a little cockiness included in the mix.  The two actually are really good together.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Jennifer has in store for this series.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 3.5

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