Once Upon a Dare
by Jennifer Bonds
The first night was a dare. The second night was trouble…
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?
I love coming across debut authors and when they can tell a story like they've been writing for years? Even better! And let me tell you, Jennifer Bonds did not disappoint with her Brazen debut. Once Upon a Dare is quick, steamy, and has everything a forbidden office romance should have.
Olivia has been working really hard to get promoted to partner and hasn't had a date in years so when her BFF dares her to let go of the Ice Queen facade for one night and have smoking hot sex with a stranger, she begrudgingly accepts the challenge.
The last thing Cole expects on his first night in New York is to be seduced by the sexiest woman in the bar... But what guy would turn that offer down, am I right?! Surprisingly she bolts during the middle of the night and he's upset that he didn't get her number.
Well imagine both of their surprises when they show up for work and find out that Cole was given the promotion that Olivia worked so hard for. What follows is tons of bickering, sexual tension, and forbidden kisses in the office.
Once Upon a Dare would have easily been a five star read for me if not for the fact that Olivia's immaturity tended to get on my nerves. She was such a bitch to Cole most of the time, and while some of it was warranted, it definitely didn't endear her to me. Cole, on the other hand, was absolutely perfect!
Overall, it a was a great read that held my attention and left me wanting to read future books by Jennifer Bonds (perhaps Chloe will find her HEA?). If you're looking for a steamy forbidden office romance then you should definitely check out Once Upon a Dare.
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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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Once Upon a Dare through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.