Blog Tour, Review & Teaser: I Dare You (The Hook Up #1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Posted May 7, 2018 by Kim in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, In Review / 0 Comments

I Dare You

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ilsa Madden-Mills’ latest, I Dare You! If new adult romance is your jam, you should definitely check this one out.

Blog Tour, Review & Teaser: I Dare You (The Hook Up #1) by Ilsa Madden-MillsI Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Series: The Hook Up #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 28, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 254 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but "Badass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn't, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine's Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret's out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney's sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review My Thoughts

I feel like it’s been ages since I read an Ilsa Madden-Mills book and that’s a shame since I tend to really enjoy her writing. When I saw she was releasing a new adult football romance, I knew I had to read it. I love me a good football book and the timing was perfect considering the NFL Draft was happening and that always makes me thirsty for football anyway I can get it. I Dare You was a sweet and sexy book that I finished in one sitting.

This book was fun and relatively fast-paced. I enjoyed the legend of the “first kiss” of freshman year and I liked following along as Delaney and Maverick got to know each other better. They had oodles of chemistry and I enjoyed the text message dares. (And the nerdy talk, of course.) It was also nice to have a new adult sports romance where the hero wasn’t a) a total dudebro douche manwhore and b) the quarterback. (Though I’m currently reading another book where the hero is ALSO not a quarterback, so maybe this is becoming more of a trend.) Regardless, it worked for me. Maverick brought the swoons and the sexy and I really enjoyed it.

There tends to be so much angst in new adult sometimes that it’s refreshing to find a book that DOES NOT have a ton of angst. That was I Dare You. It was totally happy-making and adorable.


You know that moment when everything stops and the next breath you take is the first one of the rest of your life? That’s what it feels like as Maverick Monroe stares at me with his piercing blue eyes. 

“Legend says the first person you kiss at the party is the one you’ll never forget. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.”

About Ilsa Madden-Mills

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She spends her days with two small kids, one neurotic cat, and one husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.

When she’s not crafting a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.

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