Review: Once Upon a Dare by Jennifer Bonds

Posted 8 April, 2015 in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Once Upon a Dare by Jennifer BondsTitle: Once Upon a Dare
Series: Risky Business #1
Author: Jennifer Bonds
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Once Upon a Dare:

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 façade 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?
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My Review:

I wasn’t completely sure of my expectations going into this book. I loved the cover (I literally have never once ever disliked a Brazen Entangled cover…literally ever) and the blurb – books with characters in the marketing/advertising/PR industries always draw me in, for obvious reasons. But the title…I wasn’t a fan. In fact, I still don’t think it’s a great fit. I feel like the “Once upon a…” gives it a little bit of a fairy tale connotation, which is what kinda turned me off. I was glad the book was fairy tale-ish.

Let’s go over some of my favorite themes that appeared in this book:

  • Characters working in industries I’m interested in: check
  • One night stand that comes back to bite you in the morning: check
  • Office romance: check
  • Witty banter: check

Yeah, I probably would’ve loved this book by default. I’ll own up to the fact that I really wanted to like it, since it had so many ingredients I loved. I wanted the overall recipe to work, too.

But I didn’t need to force myself to like this book. At all.

The witty banter just rolls off that hypothetical tongue reading the words out loud in your brain. The conversations were great, and dialogue is so much more important to me than monologues in loving a book. The inner monologues may be stilted or brief or underdeveloped, but if the characters have great conversational chemistry, I’m happy.

And really, with two advertising pros experience in copywriting and writing headlines, how could the banter be anything but super witty? 😉

About Jennifer Bonds:

Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she’s not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

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