Monday, July 23, 2018

Dare Me Once by Shelly Alexander

Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other… or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I enjoyed this excursion to Angel Fire Falls. It was everything I wanted in a book. A little mystery, an overprotective dad, and a resort that needs a lot of help to keep it afloat, it was a perfect Saturday afternoon read.

Lily is at the resort because she doesn't think she get a better job – especially if she uses her real name. Changing her last name to Barns is her effort at starting over, to get away from the scandal that has rocked her family.

Trace doesn't care who his father has hired to run the resort – he doesn't believe some outsider knows what's best for the hotel or his family. Surprisingly, his son takes to Lily and Trace has to re-evaluate his opinion about Lily.

I think the author did a wonderful job of telling a story about how a family learns to raise a child who has been diagnosed with Asperger's – a form of autism. Trace's devotion to his son is palpable and the way he explains it to Lily is something we can all take and use in our day-to-day lives.

This is the first book in a new series, and I think it definitely promises some fun reads ahead. There is an element of world building, but in an organic and relaxed way.

Having worked in hospitality myself, I am always interested in how a hotel/resort is used in the furtherance of a romance. Here, Shelly Alexander does an excellent job of finding plenty of opportunities and fun events to weave into the story of Trace and Lily and very importantly, his son Ben. From the very first incognito meeting at the airport, to the mercy dash to the vets, we get a sense of the chemistry between these two characters, and it is delightful seeing how they cannot avoid succumbing to the pull. Both of them have issues which make them wary, and concerned for each other's best interests, but luckily the attraction and a dose of honesty help resolve the issues eventually.

Mr. Remington Senior struck gold when he hired Lily, as she not only restores the resort to its former glory, but brings a new lease on life to his eldest son. Who will come along for his two other sons? I am guessing we will find out in future books!

Shelly Alexander’s first published novel was a 2014 Golden Heart finalist. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in numerous categories, including contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, and romantic comedy. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels... and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dare Me Once (Angel Fire Falls #1) by Shelly Alexander to read and review.

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