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Jennifer L. Yes, you should read it. After the kiss, they both go their separate ways with no contact, except glances here and there. So can a DARE bring these two together for maybe good? This is a sweet read, a little angst, lots of fun banter, with alot of sexy football players and throw in some baseball players too, makes this an enjoyable read that I recommend to all you sports lovers. View all 28 comments. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.

On Delaney's freshman year at Waylon University, out of her element at a bonfire party where all the greek gods and jocks seemed to be, she's completely out of her element but she's trying to push herself to enjoy new things. At this very party she meets a guy, she doesn't know his name, or anything about him really, but she leaves with her first kiss and knowing exactly who he is. The contact of our mouths is electric, sparks of fire skating along my skin. It would be exactly two years before she ever got to kiss him again. She started dating a football player named Alex, Maverick never forgot her, since the bonfire night he'd always had a wee bit of a crush on her, but she was with his team mate now and he'd missed his chance.


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Now we see Delaney recovering from a shattered heart after she walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her, and from this point onwards she's sworn off jocks indefinitely. She's placed them all in the cheaters basket. Sitting at home on valentines day her only company her cat Han Solo, a bottle of vodka, popcorn and a horror movie she gets a text from an unknown number. Hey, sexy. I'm glad I have a library card because I was checking you out today.

Do you have a Band-Aid? Because I scraped my knee falling for you. A few more pick up lines, a few more text messages back wards and forwards. Hey, look, I'm sorry. This isn't the person with the horrible pick up lines and offer of sex who first texted you. Those messages were from my asshole friend who took my phone and texted you without my knowledge. I have it back now so we're cool right? So who are you?

I'm a badass athlete So you play a sport here at Waylon? Yes Which sport? I've sworn off football for the moment. Lets keep that a secret, but if you need a name, you can call me He-Man. She has no idea who the guy is that she's texting, but at the same time when this is occurring Maverick seems to show up at the same time. Put two and two together and now that Delaney is single Maverick is going to finally make her his. The only person who knew what he was up to was his room mate, a secret neither could afford to let out.

He is a rollercoaster, dangerous and exhilarating; my brain is telling me to jump off and save myself, but my heart yearns to ride it to the end to see if I live or die. I am so glad I one clicked this back on release day, gladder still that I found time to read it,I devoured this, a slow burn that had me in it's hooks. It did take me a while to get into, the title is a wee bit misleading I thought we'd see more dares but other than those minor details I ended up really enjoying this and can not wait to read the next book.

View all 18 comments. Apr 29, NMmomof4 rated it liked it Shelves: kindle-unlimited , college , artist-mc , unlikely-couple , famous-wealthy-popular , friends-to-lovers , safe , separation-without-other-partners , athlete , star. I felt like we barely tapped into these characters and they especially the H had so much going on that we only briefly addressed if that by the end. The book seemed to hit the fast-forward button and then just stop.

I don't get why we couldn't experience those things that got skipped over -- especially their last year of college! I think it would've benefited the story SO much. When I was looking into this book I couldn't find a page count, so it's my bad for still giving it a shot.

I know my preferences, and I know that I don't personally enjoy short books. I also know that lots of my fellow readers don't mind and actually enjoy the shorter books -- so, hey! They meet and kiss at a bonfire freshman year, but reunite junior year when Delaney has broken up with her boyfriend. Delaney is receiving random texts by some guy and has dubbed as "He-man" and she is having some fun encounters with Maverick in her class.

She secretly hopes that they are one in the same but isn't sure. Maverick has some family drama going on and is stretched too thin, but he had been waiting for years for Delaney to be single and isn't going to let the opportunity to pursue her slip away. There are some big secrets, some sexy times, some funny and cute moments Overall Pace of Story: Good until the last quarter ish where it felt really rushed. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well otherwise. Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings. H rating: 3. I liked him, but I did want him to communicate better with the h.

I liked her. She was a lovable nerd. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. I would call this a HFN ending view spoiler [he proposes "a few" years later hide spoiler ]. View all 4 comments. Apr 28, Hanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: new-adult.

I loved I Dare You very much! I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it and I found it impossible to put it down. There were so many elements I loved in I Dare You, like their messages, the movie references, the emotions, the hot moments and the humor. The last few chapters were maybe a little too rushed, because it was about something that could affect their future. But I did adore that beautiful epilogue. Maverick is a star at college. He plays football and he should help the team win everythin I loved I Dare You very much!

He plays football and he should help the team win everything. His goal is to go pro after college and he works hard for it. I fell in love with Maverick harder and harder the more the book progressed. Maverick is sporty, caring, strong, smart and protective. He is so much more than a football player and I loved getting to know everything about him. I also loved how he changed for Delaney. Maverick liked Delaney from the moment he met her.

He has never forgotten her all those years and he wants a chance with her now. Delaney is a wonderful woman. She is kindhearted, smart, feisty, independent, passionate and loving. Delaney discovered that her ex- boyfriend cheated on her and that really hurt her. Delaney is a not-popular geek, so she never expected Maverick to be interested in her. Delaney eventually gives him a chance and she likes being with him. It took some time before Delaney and Maverick became a couple, but that was understandable.

They had their reasons. When they were together, they had to fight for their relationship but it only made them stronger. I loved Delaney and Maverick together, as kind-of-friends and as a couple. I was rooting for them from the start. Delaney and Maverick always belonged together. View all 7 comments. Apr 28, Sabrina rated it really liked it Shelves: college-new-adult-romance , sports-jocks-fighters , arc-edelweiss-netgalley.

Delaney gave up dating football players after being cheated on by her ex, who plays for the college team. But then Maverick is there to show her that not all football players are are jerks that can't keep it in their pants.


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  • Add in the mystery texts daring her to push herself out of her comfort zone and she might just give dating a sports star another try. I thought this was a cute story of a nerdy college girl and the football star of the school. I liked both Delaney and Maverick and thought their personalities were the perfect blend. It intrigued me that it was so easy to assume they would have nothing in common but as they got to know each other you saw that wasn't really the case at all. The 3. And also the fact that I weirdly felt a little cheated out of the whole mystery texts dare thing.

    When I read the blurb I assumed those dares were a big part of the story but in all reality they weren't. And there were really only like two or three dares. It's weird complaint but still something that I thought was odd. Overall, I thought this book was a great light NA romance. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that wanted a fun college romance to read about. I'm not too sure what's going to come next for this series but I can't wait to find out. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. View all 5 comments. Enjoyable college sports romance read Enjoyable college sports romance read.

    Popular jock, Maverick, and a sort of nerdy girl, Delaney, who have a sweet encounter during their freshman year, then end up reconnecting again in their junior year. One of them has some home life issues and makes some poor choices. A teensy bit of angst thrown in to keep it interesting. It kind of feels like the author could write more Enjoyable college sports romance read Enjoyable college sports romance read.

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    Not sure about Alex or Skye yet I know some people lose their minds about that, but regardless it felt like a complete story with all the fixings. Plus there are cute recipes from the story listed at the end. View 1 comment. May 25, JewelsyGoolsy added it. Airheadedness I can handle, but the level of air in her head, coupled with her unculpable game playing ways, really killed my romance vibe.

    Apr 22, Jemima rated it really liked it.


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    • This book for the nerdy girls, the girls who obsess over books and fandoms This book makes my spirit sing! This book makes it ok for me to geek out regarding Star Wars, baked goods but most of all, this book, make me feel like i'm not alone. Delaney is our soul sister! She is so quirky, fun and weird yet SO Freaking lovable! Delaney is fierce, witty and loyal.

      I can't express how much I loved Delaney's character! Maverick is true to his name: he is independent, unorthodox, direct and so hard working! He is hot, cocky and a true example of a badass athlete but beneath all that facade, he is caring and endearingly sweet. Ilsa Madden-Mills has now become one of my one-click authors. I Dare You is definitely going to be a book that I know I will read time and again.

      Delaney and Maverick are characters that resonates fun yet inspirational qualities. Delaney has left a lasting impression on me with her love for all thing Geek Galore, her daring ability and her panache for giving fun weird names to animals I am with her on that. I don't know if some would take offense with this but I did this with the greatest intention at heart: I named my three puppies all brothers, mind you , Osama, Obama and Hitler.

      I thought they could get along and be the complete opposites of their namesake and gel together. They hated each other! And I don't know why I didn't think things through with their names because I couldn't find them one evening So,there I was screaming "Osama! Where are you?!

      Come Home! Thank you neighbours for laughing at me and not helping me search for them lol I admit that the star of the book for me is Delaney She is my soul sister! I Dare You is such a fun book! It's filled with humour, wit, a whole lot of hotness and all around charm! I highly recommend this book! For more It has been a while since I read a romance set in college and one featuring a football player made it even better.

      Delaney first meets Maverick Monroe when she starts at college.

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      Sure he is good looking, a bit cocky, slightly arrogant but he is exactly the kind of guy who would most likely break your heart. She plans to steer clear of guys like that. Maverick has always had a bit of a crush on Delaney, ever since that night two years ago at the bonfire. He has had no shortage of company in that time but Delaney is not like the football groupies, she is naturally beautiful and a really sweet girl.

      He knows there is a connection there and he needs to know if she feels it to. Every decision Maverick makes is with his family in mind, even if it means putting his own chance of being drafted into the NFL at risk. For so long he has been carrying his burdens alone but Delaney seems to be burrowing under his skin and keeping secrets from her could ruin everything they have. I really enjoyed this, not too much angst, and very easy to read in one sitting.

      Apr 29, Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it. May 01, Dali rated it it was amazing Shelves: series , tortured-hero , standalone , published , arc-read , sports , contemporary-romance. Delaney Shaw is a shy college student who loves cats and Star Wars. Can Delaney get over her football player dread?

      I Dare you is a wonderful read. Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable what then? It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right.

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      The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. One literally never saw them except in the guise of prisoners, and even as prisoners one never got more than a momentary glimpse of them.

      Nor did one know what became of them, apart from the few who were hanged as war-criminals: the others simply vanished, presumably into forced-labour camps. It had no caption, and represented simply the monstrous figure of a Eurasian soldier, three or four metres high, striding forward with expressionless Mongolian face and enormous boots, a submachine gun pointed from his hip.

      From whatever angle you looked at the poster, the muzzle of the gun, magnified by the foreshortening, seemed to be pointed straight at you. The thing had been plastered on every blank space on every wall, even outnumbering the portraits of Big Brother. The proles, normally apathetic about the war, were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism. But you could not have pure love or pure lust nowadays. No emotion was pure, because everything was mixed up with fear and hatred.

      She believed, for instance, having learnt it at school, that the Party had invented aeroplanes. In his own schooldays, Winston remembered, in the late fifties, it was only the helicopter that the Party claimed to have invented; a dozen years later, when Julia was at school, it was already claiming the aeroplane; one generation more, and it would be claiming the steam engine. And when he told her that aeroplanes had been in existence before he was born and long before the Revolution, the fact struck her as totally uninteresting. After all, what did it matter who had invented aeroplanes?

      They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally. The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc.

      And even technological progress only happens when its products can in some way be used for the diminution of human liberty. In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards. The fields are cultivated with horse-ploughs while books are written by machinery. But in matters of vital importance—meaning, in effect, war and police espionage—the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated.

      The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. He is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories, and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party. The discontents produced by his bare, unsatisfying life are deliberately turned outwards and dissipated by such devices as the Two Minutes Hate, and the speculations which might possibly induce a sceptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline.

      It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. But stupidity is not enough.

      Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts.

      Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this.

      The alteration of the past is necessary for two reasons, one of which is subsidiary and, so to speak, precautionary. The subsidiary reason is that the Party member, like the proletarian, tolerates present-day conditions partly because he has no standards of comparison. He must be cut off from the past, just as he must be cut off from foreign countries, because it is necessary for him to believe that he is better off than his ancestors and that the average level of material comfort is constantly rising.

      But by far the more important reason for the readjustment of the past is the need to safeguard the infallibility of the Party. It is not merely that speeches, statistics, and records of every kind must be constantly brought up to date in order to show that the predictions of the Party were in all cases right.

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      It is also that no change in doctrine or in political alignment can ever be admitted. If, for example, Eurasia or Eastasia whichever it may be is the enemy today, then that country must always have been the enemy. And if the facts say otherwise then the facts must be altered. Thus history is continuously rewritten.

      This day-to-day falsification of the past, carried out by the Ministry of Truth, is as necessary to the stability of the regime as the work of repression and espionage carried out by the Ministry of Love. The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc.

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