Friday, 6 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #271
Just Dare Me... - Stephanie Bond
Mills & Boon Blaze
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2008
From the back cover:
"Marketing exec Gabrielle Flannery isn't what you'd call the outdoorsy type. But after an embarrassing incident with a potted plant leaves Gabrielle revealing more leg than a Thanksgiving turkey, she decides it's time to reassert herself. Even if it means going head-to-head with marketing golden boy and the office Hottie McHot, Dell Kingston, over an outdoor gear account...
That is, until Gabrielle and Dell find themselves competing against each other for the account at a wilderness survival weekend. Since he's in touch with the great outdoors, Dell figures that naturally extends to Gabrielle and those sexy legs of hers.... But Gabrielle has a few tricks up her sleeve. And nothing stimulates a sexual appetite like a little fresh air, a tiny little tent and a whole lot of libido!"
This is one I have had on my shelf for ages, I really like the cover and sound of this one.
The heroine Gabby is tired of not being taken seriously at the advertising firm she works for, and decides to make herself more assertive and go after an account she is desperate for. The hero Dell, a somewhat golden boy of the firm, also wants the account. Their boss decides that they should compete against each other at the wilderness survival weekend run by the company whose account the want. Dell knows that small, delicate Gabby doesn't stand a chance especially against him as he spends most of his free time doing this kind of outdoor activities. Yet there is something about Gabby that he finds totally alluring, and makes him feel a little protective. As the competition gets underway it seems Dell's overconfidence made him underestimate Gabby and she does surprisingly well. Gabby knows she is pushing herself to the limit but desperately wants to prove herself. What surprises both of them is how close they become and the undeniable attraction between them. Dell realises he wants more with Gabby but it is either the account or her, as neither of them want to give in.
This is a brilliantly entertaining book, with and interesting and fun plot. The situations the hero and heroine are involved in are wonderfully written, I was totally absorbed. The heroine is the star of this book; I loved her quirks and her will to push herself to get what she wants. The hero constantly getting knocked down from his arrogance and overconfidence is hilarious and so very entertaining to read.
I enjoyed this book up until the last quarter, and then it just lost it's way. The hero stabs the heroine in the back in such an awful way and then makes it seem like he is being a saint when he decides to step aside, it just ends up sounding incredibly patronising. I desperately wanted to heroine to fight back, but disappointingly, she didn't
A fantastic book, up to a point...