Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review: Dare Me by Rebecca Shea

Title: Dare Me
Author: Rebecca Shea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 28, 2016
Review Source: eARC
 
Five coworkers.

Four drinks.

Three glances.

Two fleeting smiles.

One dare.

A dare that will change my life.

That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.

My name is Saige Phillips.

I never walk away from a dare.

 Saige Phillips, at the age of thirteen, had everything she could have ever wanted. Other than living on her Uncle's farm (which she swore was only temporary), she had a loving family, the world at her feet, and a new puppy by the name of Murphy. One tragic night sets her life on a different track than she had planned, and it's everything she can do to keep her life moving forward. Ten years down the line, and Saige Phillips has made name for herself at the prestigious Jackson - Hamilton Aviation just by landing the one deal many of her coworkers were signing off on. A chance meeting in the elevator places her alongside the eligible bachelor, and owner, Holt Hamilton where he has nothing but good things to say to Saige. 

A night out with friends.

A dare that will change her life forever.

Holt Hamilton notices her. He notices her in every move she makes. Every piece of paper she signs. What is it about her that makes him weak in the knees? He knows all about Saige Phillips. The tragedy that struck her as a young girl. The fact that she took matters into her own hands on the deal that everybody all but wrote off on. But Holt Hamilton has a past of his own. One of which he doesn't let others see at all. His past, and secrets, will test his and Saige's relationship to the utmost outer edges only to be brought back in on a slight roller coaster ride of emotions.

I absolutely loved this book. The novel starts out with Saige's past - bitter, and quick. It shows that she hasn't bounced back from this tragedy at all, and that her life isn't what she thought it would turn out to be. I really enjoyed this novel, and it was a read that was engaging, and really took the reader by surprise. The classic game of truth or dare over drinks was a winner in my books! The characters were really well developed, and I really enjoyed Saige's braveness, and spunkiness. Pretty sure that Holt Hamilton would be on my list of book boyfriends for 2016. 

I think overall this book has everything a reader could want; a hot alpha-male who knows how to make his woman happy. A strong, independent heroine who gives, and gives, and gives. Great supporting characters who cheer on our heroine throughout the story. And a romance that will leave you wanting to devour the book in one sitting. A brilliant 5 Bars to Ms. Shea on a job well done!




Those fucking legs. 

They were the first thing I noticed when I met Saige. Her legs go on for miles. I thought I was hiring a midwestern farm girl; however, she is anything but. She's been a bit of a mystery to me—all of her social media accounts are locked down, and no online photos. She’s almost as good at being as invisible as I am, except I paid someone a lot of money to keep me off the Internet. I hired her sight unseen and only because of her last name. Thankfully, her credentials matched exactly what I was looking for, which made it easier on me and less likely for HR to question my motives.

And then I met her. Her and her long dark hair and those fucking endless legs. She left me speechless. Everything about her was nothing I had expected. Tall and lean. Dark and fair. Kind and ambitious. Mysterious and perfect. Exquisite. She is perfection. 

I stand outside Bar 51 and take a deep, cleansing breath. “What the fuck are you doing, Hamilton?” I run my hands through my hair. I cannot go out for drinks with her. I know I shouldn’t, but fuck if I could tell her no. 

“Mr. Hamilton?” The sound of my name pulls me from my thoughts, and I turn around to find Saige and our other employees huddled together. “You waiting on someone?” Isaiah Gutierrez asks me. I look past him to see Saige standing arm in arm with Rowan Hansen.

“Uh, no. Was just getting some fresh air before I head home.” I turn my attention back to Isaiah. “You guys headed out?”

“Yeah, it’s that time.” He gives a short laugh. His eyes are bloodshot and glossy.

“Well, I hope you all enjoyed your evening,” I tell Isaiah, but I turn my attention back to Saige as I shrug my suit coat on. 

The group of them begins to chat and laugh before they disperse. Saige gives me a small wave as she starts to walk away, her arm still looped through Rowan’s. Part of me wants to rip her away from him, and the other part of me is happy she’s found a friend that she can trust—a very gay friend, thankfully. 

Rowan helps her keep her balance as they walk down the street, and I smile as she giggles. I catch her look over her shoulder at me one last time before they turn the corner and disappear, but not before I memorize the look of want in her eyes.
 
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series(Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

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