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Wedding Dare Series
Dare to Resist (a Wedding Dare novella) (Entangled Brazen) - Laura Kaye
Falling for the Groomsman (a Wedding Dare Novel) (Entangled Brazen) - Diane Alberts
Baiting the Maid of Honor - Tessa Bailey
Seducing the Bridesmaid (a Wedding Dare Novel) (Entangled Brazen) - Katee Robert
Best Man with Benefits - Samanthe Beck

I like character driven stories with substance and deep emotion as a rule. Give me 250-300 pages of tension and/or heart-pounding drama and I'm a happy girl.  But sometimes I need a break from that so just want a story with some easy romance and steam between the hero and heroine.

 

The Wedding Dare series hit the spot! Each book is a quick novella length story by authors I know and love. Some I liked more than others, but overall, a very enjoyable series that you can read back-to-back on a rainy Saturday (like me) or while sitting on the beach.  

 

 

The series starts with Kady and Colton in Dare to Resist who have known each other the better part of their lives.  Kady is Colton's best friend's little sister.  While Kady has been nursing a crush on Colton since childhood, Colton is very much attracted to Kady, but he's been very careful to keep his distance since Kady's come of age because 1) thou shalt not touch his best friend's sister, 2) there's a 6 year age difference between them and 3) Colton's sexual tastes aren't on the agenda for good girls like Kady.  But one night 3 years ago, Colton's resolve slipped and he and Kady shared a very hot moment that neither have been able to forget since.  

 

Kady and Colton get stranded together and have to share a room which makes it impossible for them to resist their attraction to each other.  Although this book is on the shorter side, there's great banter and humor in addition to the hot sexy time.  The drama factor is pretty low but when things do get murky between them, they talk it out like mature adults.  There's a HFN ending here, but we know where this is going as it's Kady and Colton's destination wedding that brings together their friends for the next 4 books of the Wedding Dare series.  4.5 stars

 

At Kady's bachelorette party, her bridesmaids dare each other to bag a groomsman while at the resort for the week prior to the wedding...Let the fun begin!

 

Falling for the Groomsman - 4 stars

Eight years ago Tyler (Kady's big brother) and Christine (Kady's sorority sister) shared a hot night in Mexico when Christine lost her virginity to Tyler, who ran scared afterward never calling or seeing Christine again until they are in the same resort for Kady and Colton's wedding. Understandably Christine is angry, but she's never gotten over Tyler and the chemistry between them is still explosive.  I enjoy a good second chance love story.  My only criticism here was that Christine was so wishy-washy.  One minute she's climbing Tyler like a tree, then the next she's telling him she doesn't want him.  

 

Baiting the Maid of Honor - 3.5 stars

This is a perfect opposites-attract love story.  Julie is a people-pleasing party planner and Reed is a quintessential brooding, dirty-talking, alpha male we've all come to enjoy from Tessa Bailey. Despite their differences, these two have instant chemistry.  Julie doesn't want to be attracted to Reed, but she can't deny that she wants to let go of the good girl for a while and just enjoy what he has to offer. The chemistry jumped right off the page for me, but I needed some more pages/chapters to really buy that these two could live happily ever after following the week's events.  

 

Seducing the Bridesmaid - 3 stars

Here we have another opposites-attract love story.  Regan is a hard as nails, ambitious, and very successful.  She's set her sights on hooking up with the best man, Logan, who is the type of man she sees herself with long term.  Unfortunately, Regan and Logan have absolutely nothing in common and most of all, he's set his sights elsewhere.  Brock has made it known that he's interested in Regan but she keeps telling him that his laid back (i.e., lazy according to Regan), rich boy ways are not in her plan.  That doesn't stop them from hooking up multiple times though.  I didn't like Regan, which took this book down a couple of notches for me.  I have no problem with strong heroines who are in charge of their sexuality so that wasn't the issue.  I didn't like Regan because she's using Brock for the better part of this book and she makes no bones about it.  She constantly insults him and makes the fact that he was born into an affluent family on par with him having committed a crime.  And I had no respect for Brock because he let her treat him badly the whole time.  When Regan realizes that 1) Logan and she have nothing in common and 2) Brock isn't as hapless and lazy as she thought he was, then he's suddenly worthy of her affection.  It all works out, but these two characters just didn't sit well with me so it was hard to feel the love.

 

Best Man with Benefits - 4.5 stars 

Perfect end and my favorite of the series.  Logan is a workaholic, CEO who hasn't had a vacation in years since his company has grown exponentially. He's determined to not let his unrelenting workload stop him from standing up at his best friend's wedding,  Sophie (Colton's baby sister) is shy and introverted but she's made a lot of changes of late to step out of her shell so she takes the dare with the other ladies to bag herself a groomsman too.  Logan hasn't seen Sophie since his and Colton's college graduation when she was only about 13 years old or so.  When Logan sees a shapely derriere in a pair of skinny jeans at the hotel desk, he immediately starts having dirty thoughts. The last person he expected to be the owner of that perfect bum was Sophie.  They spend time together in and out of bed over the week and things are great until Sophie finds out Logan made a promise to Colton to babysit her so she wouldn't just hang in her room alone the entire week. I can't find anything I didn't like about this book, except that I would have liked it to be longer.

 

Lastly, I found out that Logan has 2 brothers who are mentioned briefly here and have their own stories that I plan on reading in the future.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2014-06-15 05:42
4 full moons - "Falling for the Groomsman" by Diane Alberts
Falling for the Groomsman (a Wedding Dare Novel) (Entangled Brazen) - Diane Alberts

I am really loving this Wedding Dare series so far, and I love that this series is introducing me to new authors to check out.  First off, if you want to read this series, I would highly recommend reading Laura Kaye’s prequel to the series, Dare to Resist.  You get to read Colton and Kady’s book, and then the rest of the series goes into the maid of honor/bridesmaids/best man/groomsmen getting their stories.  You can read Falling for the Groomsman first, but you will miss an opportunity on learning about the Bride and Groom….and believe me don’t miss out on them.  =)

Diane Alberts, also known as Jen McLaughlin has a very unique writing style, and I loved how she had Christine and Tyler get a chance of actually being together.   Although, these two were hard to love at times, let’s just say…Tyler started off on the wrong foot with me due to him running away after taking Christine’s virginity 8 years ago.  8 YEARS AGO…and Christine had every right to be mad at him.  I was mad at him for her.  (virtual slap to Tyler because he deserved it)  She was young at the time and it broke my heart, how her life story was told in the story.  She was going through a lot when she hooked up with Tyler and well…Tyler just left.  Stupid jerk!  He grew on me though, after he told his side on why he did it.  He’s still stubborn and a jerk, but he definitely won me over after a while….especially at the end of the book.

Christine and Tyler end up meeting up with each other after the 8 years thanks to Kady and Colton’s wedding…but Christine doesn’t want to really hook up with Tyler.  How can she resist him though?  The best parts of the book were the heated moments between the two when they did get together.  Let’s just say Kady got hurt, but in her eyes in a good way.  And how Tyler took care of Kady…what a sweetheart…but he did tend to be overbearing at times.  Geez!  He’s a doctor, so I’ll give him an excuse on that overbearing nature.

I loved the nicknames they gave each other.  Dr. McAss ( and there were several others that Christine gave him ) and Patient McClumsy.  Yup! These two were a riot together.  I think that is why they grew on me because they were definitely immature at times, but they made the story funny and uplifting at times.  Because believe me  the drama between these two was definitely brought up so many times.   I wanted to slap both of them when it was brought up.

The ending was the best part of the story because how Diane got these two finally together.  She didn’t make it easy for the two…but when it ended…let’s just say it was epic.  Tyler did a great job at the ending.  =)

I give this book 4 full moons, and recommend it readers out there that enjoy stories of characters falling away from each other and coming back together later on.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/06/14/review-falling-for-the-groomsman-by-diane-alberts
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review 2014-05-16 16:07
4 full moons - "Dare to Resist" by Laura Kaye
Dare to Resist (a Wedding Dare novella) (Entangled Brazen) - Laura Kaye

Dare to Resist is the prequel to the Wedding Dare series, and Laura Kaye did an amazing job on starting off the series with how the Bride and Groom end up together…finally.  Yup…I said finally because these two were stubborn at first.  One more than the other.

Dare to Resist is a short novella that can be read in one day or even less, depending if you have free time to read it.  I had to keep stopping due to other obligations, but once I was done Laura Kaye left me wanting the next book from the next author.

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks have known each other FOREVER, due to Colton being best friends with Kady’s brother.  Kady has had a crush on him for a long time, but Colton is torn between hooking up with Kady or strangling her due to her personality (she is his best friend’s little sister).  He doesn’t want to ever hurt Kady and he feels she could do better.  Colton has no clue what the real Kady is like though, even when he’s known her forever.  When they are forced to stay in the same room together at a motel during a monsoon…he will definitely find out more about Kady he had no idea about.

I could go on and on telling you the story, but not going to happen.  =)  No spoilers here.

Laura does an amazing job on having me adore both characters in Dare to Resist.  Kady is one female who has her head on her shoulders and for someone working in the field she does, she knows how to handle working in a male-dominant field.  The opening scene in the book had me rooting for her.

Colton is one sexy dominant male who knows what he likes in the bedroom.  Can I also say…I fell for even harder when he was described wearing his glasses after taking his contacts out.  Girls…geeks/nerds are where it is.  Colton is your intelligent, sexy alpha guy who will definitely fall for in Dare to Resist.  His reaction of what he found out about Kady though had me a little upset.  Don’t get upset, mister…and don’t get Kady upset.  But…I can see why he reacted the way he did.  He wasn’t expecting it.  Never underestimate the sweet girl….ever.  =)

The minute that Kady and Colton stop all the sexual tension between them…let’s just say prepare for a cold shower after wards. These two have pent up sexual tension from years ago. What happens after all those years of tension?  Yup…you can guess it.  =)  Their scenes together are going to be HOT!

I loved being introduced to the couple that plays a part in the Wedding Dare series…how the bridesmaids of the couple’s wedding party is going to have their own books.  I look forward to reading the rest of the series from each of the other authors.  Although, you don’t get introduced to the couple’s friends/family in this book…it only makes it more exciting to find out what the other authors are going to do in their books.

I give this book 4 full moons and highly recommend it to Contemporary romance readers out there.

Oh and let me say….I adore Kady and Colton’s jobs.  Yes…another book that has computer jobs involved.  I’m a computer geek, so when characters work in the IT field…I’m in HEAVEN!  =)

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/05/16/blog-tour-dare-to-resist-by-laura-kaye-arc-reviewexcerpt-giveaway
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