Those looking for an empowering yet sexy story will find exactly that with Daring to Wish by Tracey Rogers. Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book along with my impressions of it. Learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour and be sure to fill out the form for your chance to win a GC!
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.
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.”
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Those looking for a romantic, fun, and flirty story with likable characters will find all that and more in this steamy and uplifting read. For most of her life Eve has done everything to make others happy while forgetting about herself. She's allowed herself to be walked on time and again until the day she dumps her controlling ex and makes a list that sets her on the path to freeing her soul and building the self-esteem that's been crushed by so many around her. This list leads to a sexy stranger who goes out of his way to fulfill each and every wish in a steamy and surprisingly heartwarming journey to a HEA.
I saw much of myself in Eve and was rooting for her every step of the way. It was delightful seeing her gain confidence under the watchful guidance of Lucas. She became bolder and sexier in her new skin and it was like watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon. She was a true to life character that was immensely likable and had me completely engrossed with her outcome. Lucas was equally delightful, and super sexy too. He was the epitome of heroic as he did and sad everything a woman wants to hear from her man. He's always been seen as a playboy but his interactions with Eve show a more serious and caring individual. He was supportive of Eve's emotional growth and I fell even more in love with him because of it. That's not to say he's perfect, as he has some baggage of his own, but in his dealings with Eve he's perfect.
This was a quick read with surprising emotional depth. It was steamy at times yet fun, flirty, and ultimately inspiring. This is the kind of read that is uplifting yet entertaining and has me wanting to read more from this author.
My rating for this is an A.
*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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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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