Review: Take Me If You Dare by Nina Crespo

Review: Take Me If You Dare by Nina CrespoPublished on June 30, 2014
Published by Brazen, Entangled
Source: Entangled

Copy for review provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.

One decadent dare, one steamy night…

It’s been a year since Jasmine Stewart dumped her cheating ex, so when her best friend dares her to have a one-night stand during a business trip to Miami, Jasmine is all in. But just as she hits her cheesy-come-ons limit, a wickedly hot former soldier comes to her rescue.

Security specialist Ethan Worth’s instincts tell him the gorgeous woman at the bar is trouble. After a sexy dance and even sexier kiss, he knows she is. But when their scintillating night leads to more, the possibility of another long distance relationship sends Jasmine running for the door.

Until the unthinkable happens. Jasmine’s company assigns her to Bode-Wynn, the military security firm where Ethan works. Forced back together, the undeniable heat between them flares to life. But sex is all it can ever be, because taking it further goes against everything Jasmine wants…and everything Ethan fears.

So this was a fun one.  Novella length and I wanted MORE!  I adored Ethan.  Jasmine…well she is another female character that kind of frustrated me.  There is the back and forth.  The whole, I’ve been hurt before, so I’m going to hold you at arms length.  I’ll admit, she has some pretty heavy baggage to deal with- her ex cheated on her during a long distance relationship.  Although Jasmine’s…relationship or whatever starts with an intended one night stand with Ethan, in the back of her mind she knows being with Ethan would involve a long distance relationship at times.  So, I can understand why she would be hesitant to give into her feelings for Ethan.  I think maybe, personally, I’m just a bit over the whole, I’ve got issues/going back forth trope.

Ms. Crespo is a new author to me and I really enjoyed her writing style and even though this is a Brazen (which usually tends to have a pretty heavy physical relationship component) she did a really great job of developing Jasmine and Ethan’s relationship/connection OUTSIDE of the bedroom.  I was a little sad by the ending, I’m a sucker for a prologue and I always want to know how a couple is doing 6 months or so down the road.  Especially since Jasmine and Ethan will be in a long distance relationship at times.  That is a hot button issue for her…how is she handling it?  (But’s that just me….wanting more, more, more 😉 If I didn’t like the book or care about the couple, I would not want to know more.  I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more from this author

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About Nina Crespo

Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, kick boxing, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing. Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel. Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. This wellspring of inspiration allows Nina to create sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales, which she hopes will feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

Current must haves include cupcakes with frosting and lots of sprinkles, and red wine chocolate blends.