Book Review | I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

ISLABadass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?




Now this is how you do college romance! This was sexy, fun and flirty with a strong plot and a swoon worthy football player!

Delaney is my favorite type of heroine. She had the confidence to be true to herself and wasn’t afraid to look or dress differently from everyone else. I loved her sass as well as her moments of awkwardness when her inner geek peeked through.

This romance starts off as a texting relationship and all Delaney knows about him is that he is an athlete, though she has her suspicions. The banter was smart, fun and sexy. I love when there is such great chemistry even without a physical meet. Delaney is weary though because she has a bad history with athletes and is afraid to put her heart on the line again.

Maverick is the all star football player with the world at his feet, or so it seems. Talk about still waters run deep. He had a lot of issues that most people were not aware of and while he made questionable decisions, everything he did was to protect those he loved. The heart of this man made me melt into a puddle of goo. He was caring and compassionate and so completely selfless. This guy is the complete package.

I devoured this book in one day! So sexy, so fun and no over the top drama. We get an emotionally charged love story with amazing characters and a heartfelt story on top of all that. Highly recommended!

4.5 Stars
New Adult Romance
Heat Level: Mild to Moderate
POV: Dual


Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty, yet funny, New Adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher and elementary librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She loves unicorns, frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring sword-wielding females.





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