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Monday, July 2, 2012

If You Dare by Aliyah Burke

If You Dare by Aliyah Burke
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

When two people lost in their careers are thrown together, can passion kindle lost souls and ignite the flames of love?

Justin Kapp is on an Alaskan cruise when he meets a woman who gives the vacation an entirely new outlook. From the very beginning he knows she is something special. Something more.

Kathryn Maynard, a top divorce attorney in Virginia Beach, accepts a dare that puts her on an Alaskan cruise and rail package. She would rather be anywhere but there; however the arrival of a man she can’t take her eyes off of changes that. Changes her.

After the cruise, Justin finds his way back to Kathryn, wanting more time, more of everything Kathryn’s not ready to give. She’s not so sure she can take a chance. She’s already accepted one dare. Will her heart allow her to accept another?

Leya Greenwood, Kathyrn Maynard and Summer Carter are best friends who have decided they need to add a dimension to their lives. Instead of waiting for a man to fall into their laps, they decided to each take a trip, find a guy, have incredible sex and come back relaxed and ready to face their lives again. Leya had already gone to Bali and actually found her mister right, now it's Kathryn’s turn. Kathryn is a lawyer who did not have time for vacations or men, so on a whim Kat entered a contest and won the cruise. The mistake she made was telling Leya and Summer. After hearing that, both Summer and Leya insisted she take the trip and she had to send them a picture from her phone everyday to prove that she was actually on the cruise.

Against her better judgment, she ends up taking the cruise and being drawn to a fellow passenger, Justin Kapp. Justin was given the cruise as a gift from his sister for his birthday, it was either go or suffer through another matchmaking fiasco of his sister's. The attraction between them was instant, to the point of being some serious fantasy fuel for Kat.

Kat decided that it was now or never. She approached him and let him know that she wanted to be with him and the chemistry between the two characters went into overdrive. When they got together for the first time it made me sigh. There was so much heat between these two characters that the I could feel the passion. Justin is such an alpha male with his close cropped military hair and sunglasses, while Kat is a work-a-holic alpha female who just needed a reason to let go.

This is the second book in the Taken series which is written by three different authors, Aliyah Burke, Yvette Hines and Bridget Midway. Each writer took a character and wrote their story but kept true to the main theme. This book can be read as a stand alone but you'll get more enjoyment if you read all three, simply because the characters are important in all three of the books. The book was enjoyable and the sex was hot which makes for a really good read.

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