DARE TO RESIST
A Wedding Dare novella
by Laura Kaye
Print Length: 136 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (May 12, 2014)
Galley provided by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…
Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.
When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.
Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.
Laura just never ceases to surprise me, and this novella certainly brings shock and awesome front and center when she makes the slow simmer of unrequited lust burst into an outright inferno of kink. That Kady and Colton have a long acquaintance and unbreakable friendly bond, even after an awkward encounter, makes the story even better and gives credence to the, well you’ll have to read to find out what it lends credence to but, think blazing inferno of desire.
That’s right, if you thought near sex in an elevator (HEARTS IN DARKNESS) was a surprise, DARE TO RESIST is pretty much going to blow your mind. Besides the perfect build-up to an amazing encounter and epiphany, the story itself about two computer geniuses is quite believable. She also includes the kind of obnoxious “Sheldon” character (BIG BANG THEORY), only with a criminal past that makes him somehow more annoying.
Laura’s phrasing always feels genuine, whether it’s a character’s internal monologue, a formal presentation, or banter. There’s the added fun of a book excerpt within the novella that feels unique. And the characters are surprisingly well-developed for such a short format.
The story has the kind of kink offered by Laura’s earlier erotic piece JUST GOTTA SAY, but written with less restraint.
In the interest of not writing a post longer than the book itself, I am merely going to say if you are looking for romantic, hot, short and spicy with just a smidge of sweet then this is perfect and it’s a must read for any one who liked HEARTS IN DARKNESS or JUST GOTTA SAY.At B&N Laura Kaye’s Book Page Laura on FB Laura on Twitter At Entangled