Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…
Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.
When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’ssubmission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.
Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.
Dare to Resist is a novella intended to kick off the new Wedding Dare series. This is the story of how Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks ultimately give into the chemistry that has been brewing between them for years.
I’ve read my fair share of Laura Kaye books, and while I do enjoy them, there is something about the writing that makes them seem infinitely longer than they are. The first 50% of this short read just seemed to drag. Once I made it past the midpoint the story almost flew by. Maybe it’s because the two characters FINALLY got their heads out of their butts and decided to act on their feelings. Never-the-less, I was surprised when I looked down at the bottom of my kindle and saw that I was nearly finished with the story. The sex between Kady and Colton was hot – HAWT. That must have been what made it zip right by. Right?
Colton is Kady’s older brother’s best friend, so they’ve known each other for a while. Kady has had a thing for him since, forever. Three years ago the two had a run which almost resulted in full on sexy time. They were interrupted just before they had the chance, and as Colton snapped out of his lust induced fog, he blurted out what a mistake it was. Talk about a knife through the heart. Ouch. Fast forward three years and the two are competing for the same client. They both work in the fast paced world of computers doing whatever it is computer genius types do. Just as they’re about to make their way to the airport they are informed that the roads have washed out due to a major storm. How convenient. Now the two are forced to stay overnight in the same place. Wait. It gets better. Kady’s room ends up having a giant leak in the ceiling and the two are forced to room together. Isn’t that even more convenient? Yeah, I thought so. Now all that remains to be seen is how much will power the two have.
For the most part this story was pretty basic. Colton doesn’t feel like he’s good enough for Kady, while all Kady wants is Colton. The two would have saved a lot of time if they’d just talked to one another. Like really talked. If they had, they would have found out years that they are more or less a match made in heaven.
Dare to Resist is a sweet story with a kinky twist. The sex is hot, the characters are likeable, and it does its job in setting up future books. Bring on Kady and Colton’s wedding!
Damn she had a smart mouth on her. So many things he’d like to do to temporarily cure her of that. And now he knew she’d enjoy them, too. “Kady, I just meant—”
She huffed, stoking both the flames of his aggression and his arousal. “I got it.”
He fisted his hands. “No, you fucking don’t, because you won’t stop talking long enough for me to explain myself.”
She blanched. “Well, do it. What do you want to say?”
Here it was. Moment of truth time. Fucking finally. “Three years ago—”
“Colton, I don’t want to talk about ancient—”
He was on her in a flash. One hand over her mouth, the other cradling the back of her head so that he didn’t hurt her when he shoved her against the closet door. He held her there with the weight of his own body, his legs on the outsides of hers effectively boxing her in. “It’s not your turn to talk. Understand?”
Eyes wide, nostrils flaring, Kady searched his eyes and finally nodded. He could almost feel the questions rolling off of her.
“Three years ago,” he said again, arching a brow, “I pulled back from what we started for a couple of reasons. Same reasons why I pulled away again yesterday when I wanted to kiss you. But this book…this book makes me wonder if maybe one of those reasons isn’t as relevant as I originally thought.” He heaved a breath and leaned his forehead against hers, bringing them eye to eye. “The guy in your book? I’m that guy,” he said, putting it in terms he hoped she’d understand.
A shiver ran over her body. Against his chest, her nipples went hard.
Holy hell. Did his declaration just turn her on?
Her pupils were dilating. Right there was his answer. His cock went from hard to downright torture.
“You get what I’m saying?” he asked. A small nod. “I get off on being rough. Because I like and respect you, and because you’re my best friend’s little sister—”
Her brows furrowed.
He pressed his hand more firmly against her mouth and nailed her with a stare. “I get it. After our talk yesterday, that’s not how I see you. But it is how Tyler sees you. How he’ll always see you. Big brothers are genetically programmed to be protective of younger sisters no matter their age. Trust me. I know from firsthand experience. So I’ve backed off because I didn’t want to scare you or offend you with what I want, and I certainly didn’t want to piss Tyler off, either.”
Her fingers pulled softly at the hand covering her mouth, a gentle plea. He removed his hand immediately. “Can I say something now?” she asked quietly.
When had Kady Dresco ever asked for permission to speak around him? But he’d exerted a little dominance over her, and she’d responded with submissiveness. Probably wasn’t even aware she’d done it. A dark satisfaction heated his blood and further hardened his cock. “Go ahead.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
ABOUT THE WEDDING DARE SERIES:
When four bridesmaids dare one another to find lust—or maybe even love—at the destination wedding event of the year, the groomsmen don’t stand a chance. But little do the women know, the men are onto their game, and sparks will fly alongside the bouquet.
Four bridesmaids. Four groomsmen.
Four New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Long-carried torches, sizzling new attractions, and forbidden conquests will ensure a wedding never to be forgotten. Coming June 9!