Daring to Wish
By: Tracey Rogers
What happens when you dare to wish?
In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It’s a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.
Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve’s “victim” in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he’s perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.
With Eve, Lucas thinks he’s found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve’s sexy wish list, he can’t keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.
Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she’s having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true...is it? She can’t shake the niggling suspicion that something’s not quite right.
Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex.
It started with a list –
Eve Ward wanted to do something out of her comfort zone before she hits 30, so she made a list of things she wouldn’t be caught doing. It was supposedly a secret, until she kissed adrenaline junkie and uberHOT Lucas Riley over a dare set by her friends. She didn’t want to know her name, it defeats the purpose of the other thing she wanted on the list – sex with a stranger.
When Lucas found the list, it gave him the perfect excuse to finally say goodbye to his old life and get the reprieve he wanted before he settled into his new life and get into his good-boy-shoes. He didn’t mean to peek, nor to deviate from the supposedly one-night-stand they were supposed to be having. So the next day, he went back to her and started to give her the time of her life by ticking all those things from the list one adrenaline moment to the other.
She had so much hang-ups and baggage – after a failed relationship, her self-confidence plummeted and having this stranger bringing out the best in her was something she needed the most. She was having the grand time of her life in and out of bed. But as the adrenaline starts to calm down from her system, she starts to wonder how can this man possibly know all she wanted to do?
I like Lucas for being for persuasive, I think would have remained just a list if he haven’t seen it. Eve needed all the push she can get to finally live her life. But she needed more than all those activities to finally find herself. Will she be able to risk her heart again for a stranger or will she allow her past to destroy her present?
This book – is a total adrenaline rush! I love the thrill and excitement of every activity they do together. It was a short, sweet, steamy read that will make you want to swallow your fear and jump into love.
★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★
Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.
“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.
Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.
If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.
Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.
“Hmm...” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”
“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.
Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”
“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.
“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.
“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”
“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.
“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”
“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.
He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”
Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”
“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”
A devourer of books from an early age, I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to leave.
I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.
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