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If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon

He'll make her a bet she can't refuse...


Lily McIntire is in the creepiest mansion in town. Alone. At night. Because she's an idiot-and can't ignore a dare from her cocky and infuriatingly hot co-worker, Marcus Black. But she'll be damned if she's going to give him the satisfaction of winning.


Marcus has had a thing for Lily for ages, and he has no intention of losing this bet. His plan? Scare her out of the house, and into his arms. Once there, scaring her turns into protecting her and soon after, into seducing her. And his plan is working...


Lily is having trouble relegating Marcus to the role of "asshat" as easily as before. He came to her rescue, and he's actually funny. Charming. Sexy as sin on a stick. But Lily has a strict no-love-in-the-workplace rule, and even one night of the best sex ever won't make her change her mind.So she's calling everything off...


Surviving a night in the mansion might just be the easy part. Surviving Marcus's increasingly convincing advances is going to take everything she has. Losing is not an option...

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ISBN-13: 9781943336838
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 773,552
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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If You Dare 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marcus and Lily are both very competive and are about to find out there are things that go bump in the night. This book had me laughing and brought out my own fears of being haunted. But in a good way. I loved how Marcus would not let Lily run away from what was happening between them and kept challenging her. I loved how Lily took the once bitten twice shy to heart and had to find out for certain that Marcus was nothing like her ex in order to move forward. All in all it was a great story and it was woth the wait for me.
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niterayvyn More than 1 year ago
this was a very cute coworker romance. Lily and Marcus have a love hate relationship. throw in a dare and a haunted house with a trip on the line and youve got a fun story. the banter back and forth between them is great.
lunashimmer More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved loved this story! Lily and Marcus are smartmouthed rivals that you just know belong together. I laughed out loud at parts of this and was genuinely freaked out at other parts! The way Jessica Lemmon writes made it seem like I was there with Lily in the old creaky house, trying to be brave with her. Great story by a new-to-me author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this stand alone by Jessica!! I could sit and read anything she writes all day! The whole story idea was just refreshing! I see BIGthings for jessicas future!!! Excellent!! Traci south FL
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Lily McIntire has been dared by her co-worker, Marcus Black, to stay in a mansion which is supposedly haunted for a night. Her prize for doing so will be the holiday he won to Hawaii. With that as an incentive, she’s determined to win! He’s actually had a thing for Lily for two years but she turned him down when he asked her out. If she doesn’t stay all night then she owes him a date….. With such great rewards, she’s determined to succeed and he’s going to do his best to ensure he’ll win the bet and not lose his dream holiday - though he would also love to have the date with her, too, so total win win situation for him if he can get her to leave early! Lily is having to revise her assessment of Marcus, but who will win - or can love find a way to help them both be the winners? This is a humorous romance with plenty of spirit, surprises and sizzling attraction. The characters are well developed with plenty of angst, turmoil and confusion to make it an enthralling, entertaining read, great to get lost in! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Fiesty-great combo for a book ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** Lily and her coworker Marcus have made a bet that she couldn’t stay all night, alone, in a deserted house which is considered to be a haunted mansion. Lily couldn’t believe she let herself be talked into this dare but she wasn’t going to let Marcus win. Can we say competitive?? Lily is someone who is a go-getter, someone who has to win no matter what and she will sign up for everything and pushes herself to the edge. Some would call her extremely competitive at all costs –which I’m sure Lily would love the title. So, she knows if she stays all night long, she will win an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii that Marcus won at work-if she can’t make it thru the night, then she loses then Marcus wins and Lily will have to accompany him to the awards dinner as his date AND go without panties. Marcus has forever wanted Lily since the day he started working with Lily and when he asked her out once, she turned him down. Now here is his chance to win the bet and get the girl, if he can win the bet. This book had several twists and turns. The MC had a competitive streak but at the same time, they used humor to deflect how they were feeling. This was a good office romance and the MC had a good chemistry. There was spark between them which Lily tried to fight but couldn’t. The humor was fantastic and several times had me laughing so hard, I was in tears. Co-Workers who are crushing on each other? No way?! LOL Do they end up together, will Lily realize that she has the right man in her life? Will Marcus continue on letting Lily “risk” the haunted house/mansion in order to get her where he needs her, in his life? All I can say is I really enjoyed my reading of this story-If I had any gripes, if was this was a tad too short. Other than that, I really enjoyed the co-workers to lovers story. My rating: 4.3 stars ****
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This fun and sexy workplace romance is the story of Marcus and Lily. Since Lily started at the design firm, Marcus has been wanting a date with her, but at their first meeting she brushed him off (unbeknownst to him having already been through a work affair disaster) and since then they've stayed frenemies, always with a cool comeback or witty retort but never getting too close. When Marcus dares Lily to stay overnight in a supposedly haunted house with a trip to Hawaii that he's won on the line, she can't resist. But when that dare leads to a passionate encounter between them, one night won't be enough. Will Lily put the past behind her and chance a future with Marcus? I really loved this story! Lily comes across as a feisty, fun and intelligent woman. She's smart and talented and pulls her weight equally at her company. Though she went through a bitter experience with her last firm, she is older and wiser now and careful to keep the workplace free from emotional entanglements. But that doesn't stop her from lusting after Marcus from afar, though she'll never admit it to him. Marcus is a fun, friendly, and smart guy too. He respects Lily's work capabilities and enjoys their sparring, so much so that he can't resist daring her to do things, just to get her ire up. Putting up the trip to Hawaii for her to win ( and a date with him if he wins) is just another trick in his plan to get her to go out with him, even if he's not above cheating to win. The night in the haunted house is what starts off their affair and it's a steamy and seductive one. Marcus is a competent lover and makes sure that Lily understands what he can offer her. They were a really fun couple together, lots of laughs and sexy times between them. It's clear that Marcus really cares for Lily though and that it's not just about sex for him, and soon Lily feels the same. There is little angst in the story, an appearance by Lily's ex making up part of the conflict that is easily resolved. A super fun, sexy read and one of my favourites of this year! 5 stars!
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
If You Dare was such a quick entertaining read that had me laughing and rooting for the characters as I read the book. Their relationship started with a bet, and they were both ready to prove each other wrong. Lily McIntire has had her fair share of ups and downs, after ending a bad relationship and her job, she moves on to work for one of her friend's company in order to start again. Yet that doesn't end up going well after meeting one of her co-workers, Marcus Black. After winning a trip to Hawaii, Marcus and Lily go out to celebrate with their co-workers, but after having too many drink, Marcus bets Lily to stay the night at a well-known haunted mansion and he'll give her the tickets in return. What Lily didn't know was the Marcus had an ulterior plan behind the bet, and he was going to do whatever it takes to scare Lily right into his arms. Ever since Marcus has been working at the same company as Lily, he has a connection that he can't deny. He knows that Lily has something against dating a co-worker ever since he asked her out, but he is determined to win her over by offering his trip to Hawaii to her. But it only too them one night in the haunted house to realize that their connection is bigger than they thought, and maybe giving each other a chance might work, only by keeping this a secret. As the two of them start to reveal things about their lives, Lily starts to see Marcus in a different way and that is starting to scare her, especially when she might be falling in love with him. I really enjoyed reading If You Dare, it was fun and the characters are so competitive that they are willing to do whatever they can prove the other wrong. Marcus is charming and goofy, he was my favorite character in the story. Lily is all about work, and her past has gotten in the way for her to move on. Now that Marcus is willing to do anything to win her over, she has to decide if seconds chances are possible. The setting of the story was what attracted me to reading the book in the first place, not every story has a unique setting as this one and that made it that much more exciting and enjoyable to read. I have read other work by the author before and they do not disappoint. Her characters have fun personalities and it is easy to get into the story from the very start. The ending ties everything very well, I especially loved the epilogue. Overall, if you're looking for a fun and entertaining romantic story then I would highly recommend reading If You Dare. :) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. :)***
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great when it was released as a shorter novella, now in it's expanded form, it is fantastic!! Clear concise writing makes this a fast paced read with characters that grab you from the start. The banter between Marcus and Lily is hilarious and makes their attraction for each other very believable, and the chemistry, oh my!! This is one you don't want to miss! I highly recommend it.
alkire6 More than 1 year ago
HILARIOUS!!! exciting! fun! thrilling! I laughed and laughed even though there was the "scary" factor to it but LOVED IT! Marcus made my heart ache for him, wanting the girl of his dreams and never seeming to get there, but it all works out, in a great display! such a sweet, funny, trusting, protective man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Short but oh so sweet. Apprx 90 pages. The hero and heroine have fantastic chemistry. It was nice that the hero lusted after the heroine for a change. I'm so tired of the plain Jane heroine who's been in love with the hot playboy hero forever. It gets old. And I adored how playful they were towards the end. It just made me smile and I love that. Will read again.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh, I loved this novella--couldn't put it down! Even though it was of a shorter length, it was nearly perfect: an enemies to lovers troupe with a perfect blend of creepy storytelling and fun romance. Honestly, I couldn't find a single thing to criticize here--the one question I had at the end was answered in the epilogue ;) I am eagerly awaiting more from this author--novella or full-length novel! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
2.75 stars Lily is not thrilled to be fulfilling the dare her co-worker, Marcus, threw at her. But she is a determined woman and she will make the most of the situation. That is until some unusual, spooky things start happening inside the house. With her nerves prickling and her heart beating out of her chest, she will wait out the night inside the haunted mansion. Marcus has had a thing for Lily since they started working together. He admires her intelligence and her ambition. He knows that his behavior has not been the most welcoming for her to let down her guard around him, but he can't help himself - Lily arises feeling in him he can't control. He decides to spy on Lily while she's spending the night in that dreaded house. Yes, he dared her to do it, but his protective instinct won't let him be anywhere else while she's all alone in that house. I liked the concept behind the story, but there was something that felt off in its execution. I don't know if it was because I couldn't connect with Lily or if it was the insta-love aspect of the story. I liked Lily, but I didn't love her. There was something that kept me from relating to her and I just can't put my finger on it. On the other hand, I loved Marcus. With his sexiness and sense of humor, it was easy for me to connect with him. I enjoyed his voice and his alpha-male tendencies when it came to protecting Lily. It showed the side of him that cared deeply for her and I could not resist falling for him myself. Lily and Marcus chemistry was great, if a little lacking. I didn't jumped off the page for me as I expected it would. I did find their banter entertaining and their interactions interesting though. I think that their connection could have been explored more so that their pairing could have been more believable to me. All in all, an interesting read with some paranormal aspects thrown into the mix to round it all up. *I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion.
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Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
I love a story that manages to give me goosebumps and “aww” moments all at the same time, and If You Dare managed to do just that. I loved that the tables were turned in this one. Instead of girl-likes-boy-but-doesn’t-have-the-guts-to-tell-him, it was more like girl-thinks-boy’s-a-douche-and-shouldn’t-be-alive. With a male character that has been crushing on the female character for two years, this story had some interesting twists. When Marcus Black dares Lily McIntyre to stay in a haunted house for a whole night on Friday the 13th, she accepts, because if she wins, she gets a trip to Hawaii and if she loses, she has to go to an awards dinner with Marcus. But Marcus has other plans. For one he really cares about her, and having her lose the bet is a sure-fire way for him to get a date. When Marcus’s plans go awry, we find the characters stuck together in the haunted house. Throw in some weird sounds, a strange blackout, and a man who can make you feel safe, well, you can all guess where that leads. Then you put in a ghost or two and you are well-spooked, yet pleasantly romanced. This is a definite must-read.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Such a fun, sweet romantic mystery.  I loved Marcus in this book.  He comes across as kinda cocky in the beginning but has a heart of gold filled with love for Lily.  I enjoyed Lily as a character too.  She was strong and stood up for herself even when she was afraid.  Their bantering back and forth was pretty funny.  I had quite a few smiles.  I am not sure I would have stayed in that spooky mansion (still have creepy thoughts in my head), but it brought them together.  Their story was quick and spicy, with a mixture of love and mystery.  Very enjoyable.  They are a very cute couple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It had everything that I am looking for in a book, including a little scare! I liked the heroine immediately and could totally see why she would set herself up. The heroine is Lily McInture, who is tired of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—coworker, Marcus Black. Now initially, I wash't a big fan of Marcus because he kind of seemed like a jerk, but after reading more into the book, I get him and like him. This was a well written book that was sexy, spicy and scary! * Received ARC for an honest and unbiased review. *
BabelT More than 1 year ago
A daring title for a story that is all about courage. The courage you muster to face fear. The courage you need to open your heart. The kind of courage that stems from trust, challenge, and love. This novella sparked my interest from the premise of two co-workers who make a very unusual but provocative bet. Lily and Marcus have been taunting each other for a couple of years now. They are both designers in a company, but seem to be unable to get along. She is too uptight and unrelenting. He is too cocky and never tires of parading Bimbos on his arm. They just don't fit together. One night, though, everyone in the company is celebrating and, after too many drinks, the bet is on. If Lily can withstand the scariest nights of all, Friday 13th, alone in a haunted mansion, she will win a trip to Hawaii. If not, she will have to become one of those Bimbos she can't stand the sight of. Of course, that night will bring more surprises for this couple-in-the-making that they could have ever dreamt of.  Straight to the point, the story delivers effortlessly the very essence of paranormal romance. Well-defined characters who bring along their emotional baggage cross the boundaries of what they expect from each other and start a chain of events that will change how they feel and their future too. I think the story is well written, entertaining, and funny. It's fast enough to keep you on edge and slow enough to accept the developing feelings of Lily and Marcus as plausible. They find themselves in a daunting situation inside the haunted mansion but still find the opportunity to get closer. Perhaps that was a little bit unbelievable, but fear does get adrenaline pumping and when the body is in high alert, all functions scream for attention. I like the way the characters taunt each other, how they interact when they don't want their feeling to be too obvious. There is room for paranormal activities throughout the plot, and they add a pinch of action and tension that is welcome. Then comes the sexy part. Oh, yes, sizzling enough to make you forget where you are. There is love too. And let's face it, heat and fear are great, but romance is the cream in the cake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a fun and spooky read. I don't usually like short stories because they feel like something has been left out, but not with this one. This is a boy likes girl but thinks she doesn't like him so he is a jerk to her and vice versa story. As the story progresses we see that Marcus is actually a caring man and he would rather make love not war with Lily. It starts out with a dare from Marcus that is accepted by Lily and it ends with a ghost. The setting of a haunted house provides a different place for the romance to take place. I loved that Lily goes there and Marcus tries to scare her (just like in high school). When she catches him at it he talks his way in and ends up staying with her. They finally get together, but Lily still suspects that Marcus is playing games with her. She hurts his feelings with her lack of trust, but even through the hurt Marcus cares about her and doesn't want to see her hurt. The characters were likeable and I cared what happened with them. I would definitely recommend this story. (This review was written after reading an ARC from the publisher.) DonnaMarsh
PsiqueBezerra More than 1 year ago
I liked this plot, a dare is always such a fun story, but this novella bring the sweet and hot together, because Marcus is such a nice guy, but at the same time he has a crush in Lily for a long time, the only problem is his fame of a womanizer and she wants more from a guy, especially since he works with her. I agree is dangerous for these two to start a relationship, but that night in the creepy house made them realise things could be different between them. I really liked this story and the fun part for me was the epilogue. A chance to see the future is always nice.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon will have your heart pounding and hoping all at the same time!   I admit I didn't fully read the blurb before reading If You Dare, because I love all of Jessica's books, so how could I not love this one too?  Well, Jessica did not disappoint even though she takes us to a bit of a different place than her previous books!  If You Dare will have your heart pounding and hoping all at the same time!   Lily and Marcus have always been competetive at work.  Lily sees Marcus as a womanizer, someone to steer clear of.  Marcus has secretly lusted after Lily since he first laid eyes on her...not that he would ever admit that to her!  He figures any attention from her is better than none, even if it means they antagonize each other half the time.   When Lily loses a bet to Marcus, she has to stay all night in a house rumored to be haunted.  The prize if she makes it through the night?  The trip to Hawaii that Marcus won at work.  Marcus really wants that trip, but he also really wants Lily.  His plan to scare her out of the house backfires on him, and they end up in the house together.  Soon despite eerie happenings, the heater dying, and their lights dying, they create their own heat!  But someone or something doesn't want them there...and despite Lily's accusations that he's used her, that the events are Marcus's doing and the hurt that causes him, Marcus is determined to protect Lily and keep her safe.  But can they outsmart something that is determined and has nothing to lose?  And if they do will Lily finally take the chance on Marcus?   Fun, hot and sometimes down right scary, If You Dare will have you on the edge of your seat and hearing things in the night!  Jessica gives us a fast paced, humorous at times novella in If You Dare.  I really liked Lily and Marcus...Marcus on the inside is completely different than Marcus on the inside, if only Lily can see this.  Lily has a lot more spunk than Marcus gives her credit for...she is full of surprises!  The mix of romance, suspense and paranormal that Jessica gives us in If You Dare will give you chills and thrills!   I loved this novella and would recommend it to any romance reader who likes things hot and haunted!  
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
SHE'LL MAKE HIM A BET… Lily McIntire is sick of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she's a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can't refuse: One night in the abandoned and spooky Willow Mansion alone for his recent office win, a trip to Hawaii. HE CAN'T REFUSE… There's only one thing Marcus wants more than his upcoming vacation to Hawaii; it's to take his sexy coworker on a real date. Every time he's tried to get close to Lily, she's shut him down cold. Too bad the sexual tension has hit the boiling point. Now, he'll have to scare her out of the mansion if he has a prayer of taking her out any time soon. UNTIL ALL BETS ARE OFF… But in between trying to scare Lily out of her pants and get his hands into them, Marcus realizes there’s more to the mansion than either of them counted on. Suddenly, it’s not just he and Lily that are going "bump in the night". If they manage to survive the night and escape the mansion unscathed, can they survive each other in the light of day? Or will what happens at Willow Mansion stay at Willow Mansion? Review: What a great book, it was a little scary, a little fun and a little sexy. Marcus and Lily have been working together and secretly crushing on each other, though they hid it by picking on, competing with and just annoying each other. The competing and one-up-manship come to a head when they bet that Lily cannot spend the night in a known haunted house and if she wins she gets to take the trip Marcus won to Hawaii. I really enjoyed the dialog between the two main characters and their chemistry. I did not expect there to actually be ghosts in the house, I expected it to be the friends pushing them together. So I was pleasantly surprised with the climatic scenes in the house. A very enjoyable story and cannot wait to read more by Ms. Lemmon! 3.5 stars
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, If You Dare started out a bit slow for me but then when it completely flipped its tune and not only got sexy but scared the living day lights out of me... I was SO completely sold! The book is super adorable and yet super thrilling… total win! I absolutely loved getting to know Marcus and Lily and watching them slowly but surely come together. It was a nice change of pace to see the man pinning after the girl for so long, versus the girl pinning after the guy. It was a welcoming role reversal. Then throwing in the fun but sweet banter and a thrilling bet, and you get major sparks flying. This book surprised me in the best way because I was not expecting it to be as much as a  thriller as it was. When I think of Entangled's contemporary line, I usually think sexy fairy tales, with some kind of personal problems thrown in, but with If You Dare, you get a romantically thriller and it was brilliantly done. When the bells jingled from the top of the stairs... I literally got chills. So well done, I actually wanted to pee my pants at one point. If you're looking for a quick, sexy, and thrilling read… this is it! Definitely give it a shot!