Mousy and just plain boring…
Tired of self-denial and being cloistered by her father’s overprotectiveness, wealthy painter Isabella takes a vacation alone.
Tough and way too cocky…
Police officer Luca Angello is self-confident, powerfully sexual, and on the trail of gang members attacking women.
Isabella thinks Luca is shallow and only out for a good time. Luca thinks Isabella needs some loosening up. When danger throws her into his arms, she discovers that he can reach her depths in ways she never could have imagined.
Fear brings them together, but will violence tear them apart?
Bella has been staying at her family’s vacation home in Colorado to get away from her father’s overbearing nature. She is a doormat – too naïve and vulnerable for someone whose life is in danger. Luca is on vacation from the police force. He decides to spend that time fixing up his rental and gives Bella an eyeful while in his kitchen. Bella things he is grade A, alpha male, sex on a stick and imagines what it will be like in his arms (and bed), but danger brings them together and he becomes her personal body guard and promises to keep her safe.
The Dare is full of suspense and steamy love scenes. I really enjoyed the first half of the book a lot. However, the story fell a little flat for me after Bella and Luca’s first love scene. What a sexy, steamy, scene it was! After that, the suspense part of the storyline was rushed and didn’t keep my interest. But, the banter and push/pull between Bella and Luca was enough to keep me reading. I enjoyed how down home he was, even if he was arrogant and full of himself, against her polished, proper, girly self. I also enjoyed the fact that Luca became her muse when she started painting him. Her art captured her true feelings for him in a way that her heart couldn’t explain. Overall, this was just an ok story with some hot sex.
The Dare is the first book I’ve read by Denise Agnew and while I may read another book by her this book just did not do it for me. I was a bit confused from the very first page and things were not explained very well, which is why I had to re-read the chapter again before moving on.
The main characters Bella and Luca are temporary neighbors – Bella on vacation in hopes of getting back her inspiration to paint again and Luca is on vacation from being a police officer/detective. The instant attraction between these two leaves you wanting more of the love story but falls short. Over the course of a couple of days Bella and Luca have fallen in love while they encounter a random shooting by local gangs and the possible threat of a stalker. Luca vows to protect Bella and succeeds in the end.
This romantic/suspense story was more romance than suspense and I wish that it had not been so rushed at the beginning, middle and especially the end. I was left wanting more to Bella and Luca story which ended rather quickly in the last chapter.