Once Upon a Dare
a Risky Business novel
by Jennifer Bonds
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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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.
First off, let me feed my coverwhoring ways - isn't this cover sexy! I love it!!
Little known fact about me, I used to work in advertising and marketing for a national grocer... so when I saw that this was about someone who works in advertising I was soooooo intrigued! Now what Olivia and Cole do is far outside of what I did for my company, but I really loved the setting the story is in.
Ok, as you can see I didn't fall in love with this book, but it was good. What I liked about it far outweighs what I didn't like. Bonds' writing is top notch. The characters are fluid and well done. The flow of the story is good and the content is great. The story itself is well done. What I didn't like was Olivia... I didn't get her and I didn't connect with her. I couldn't understand why she did what she did through the story. Towards the end I started to get it, but at that point I didn't feel invested in her. Cole on the otherhand, for some reason, I liked and felt invested in, but not enough so to get to the gotta have it gotta finish it feeling while reading.
To sum it up - good story, great writing, characters didn't do it for me.