Synopsis: A romantic game of chicken—and they’re both too stubborn to flinch.
Lucy Fairchild, lawyer and heiress to the Fairchild fortune, has just had the worst day of her life. Her father has found the perfect man for her to marry. Yes, she’s thirty and single, but that doesn’t give her father the right to run her life. She’ll choose her own husband—someday.
Jake Dalton is struggling to make his fledgling construction company a success. Ever mindful of his father’s derogatory comments that he’d never amount to anything, he’s spent his entire life trying to prove he’s not a failure.
From their first meeting on a construction site, verbal sparks fly. Their argument escalates into a dare for a date—and the game is on. Lucy thinks Jake is the perfect fake boyfriend to parade around in the hopes of getting her father off her back. Jake is amused by the chance to annoy both Lucy and her dad—he doesn’t intend to take the dating thing seriously.
But the heart is a fickle thing, and not above playing dirty. In their quest to prove something—to each other, or maybe to themselves—they find themselves building a case…for love.
And suddenly all the rules have changed.
My Thoughts: Jaci Burton is a new-to-me author. I picked up a few (well, actually three) of her ebooks awhile ago and have been anxious to read them. Dare to Love was the first that I tried. Honestly, I enjoyed it so much I could not stop reading it. So much so, I was almost late for work yesterday because of it (note to self: you really have to stop reading in the bathroom on workdays!).
Lucy and Jake are a great pairing. Sparks flew from their first meeting and just continued from there. I love the concept that their romance started on a dare ~ Jake dared Lucy to go out with him and she surprised them both by saying yes. The banter continued from their first date, to the forming of their friendship, and to everything else after that. I thought this was a great story and I’m so glad that I chose this as my introduction to Jaci Burton’s storytelling. She has a great writing style and the story just flowed.
Verdict: The story was Very Good. I’m glad I have two more of Jaci’s books in my TBR pile. I look forward to reading them soon!
PS ~ I really want a trampoline now.