Dare You and Dare Me
by KL Shandwick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Dare You Synopsis
What would you do if a stranger deliberately kissed you?
What if that stranger was younger, hotter than hell and your husband had already traded you in for a much younger model?
Now what if his smoking hot kiss served as the ultimate payback for you being wronged… would you welcome it then?
Seeking sanctuary from a rainstorm inside a wine bar alone Billie Collier’s haven quickly became her hell when of all the places in New York City her soon-to-be ex-husband was also already in there, with his tall pretty homewrecker.
When another rain-soaked refugee swept inside dressed in a high dollar suit he does so with fear in his eyes. Drenched, Sawyer Wild breathed raggedly as he shrugged himself out of his jacket and quickly planted himself in the last empty chair in the wine bar—the one directly across from Billie.
Forced together by circumstance she seeks solace in Sawyer’s flirty banter which strokes her neglected ego, and as time passes and wine loosens her tongue she confesses Logan’s presence and her current humiliation.
Although relative strangers, he quickly relates to Billie’s desperate need to save face and with her curious husband approaching can Billie find her courage to trust and dare Sawyer when he offers her a chance to get even?
Dare Me Synopsis
When Sawyer Wild dared a stranger to ask him to kiss her, he had no idea that kiss would leave its mark.
With her estranged husband looking on, a normally shy Billie Collier, the gorgeous older, soon-to-be divorcee, shocked herself and complied.
Leaving the wine bar alone, Sawyer felt they had unfinished business when the memory of their all-to-brief, blistering chemistry had left him with an ache he’d been unable to shake.
Ten months later, a second chance to know Billie unexpectedly fell into his hands and he grabbed it.
Love, be it a slow burn or hard and fast, usually happens when it is least expected. Sawyer accepted love is love and was confident he could smooth most of the bumps on the road. After all, the path to true love never runs smooth. However, in Billie’s case accepting that she was enough took a little longer to achieve.
Meet the Author
Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy. She loves creating new characters and story lines. Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation of her stories, and each character has his or her own voice. She doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside in the UK, and writes full-time.
Book One- Dare You *5 Stars*Dare You is my first read from K.L. Shandwick and I really enjoyed it! These characters had so many likable qualities about them and I was sucked in from beginning to end. Billie’s life has always revolved around her husband and her son, until things change and she is ultimately betrayed by the man she has vowed to spend her days with. She is traded in for a younger woman and left to pick up the pieces of her life.
What kind of story would it be if there wasn’t a twist though right? Life always happens and she winds up crossing paths with her ex and his new beau. At that moment fate decides to drop her a handsome, well dressed man in the form of Sawyer. He defends her honor when her ex approaches and realizes he really likes Billie and wants to see her again. She decides she won’t be seeing him.
After that meeting, they don’t see each other for a year until their paths cross again and sparks fly. Will Billie finally open her heart to Sawyer and give him a chance? Will she get out of her own head so she can find happiness again?
These two characters were so intense in their feelings about themselves and one another and it was a pleasure to read about them. I love how strong Billie becomes even though she’s been broken in the past. I love that her vulnerabilities are shown and that she starts to conquer them.
This book was written so well and I can’t wait until I read the second installment.Book Two- Dare Me * 5 Stars *Sawyer makes me freakin’ swoon!! K.L. Shandwick picks this story up right where Dare You leaves off. This one is entirely in Sawyer’s POV and I am in freaking love! This man is so amazing. He has the patience of a saint, he controls his temper even when I could understand him loosing it and he is genuinely a good man.
Billie has been through so much and she just can’t believe that she has Sawyer. There are of course many emotions going on throughout the story and this one shows you real life can really hit you hard sometimes, but that it is possible to move on and move upwards even when it doesn’t feel like it can or will happen. There are so many real life issues from divorce, to custody battles, to feeling completely and utterly broken. K.L. Shandwick does a beautiful job of piecing together our heroine while keeping it honest. There are many light hearted moments throughout this story and of course some steamy moments. This book was so good! I highly suggest this duet.