Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dare Me by Lexxie Couper

Title:  Dare Me
Author: Lexxie Couper
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Rob & Emily
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: e-book

Publisher: Samhain

Links to Purchase:

Sexual Intensity: erotic

This book was provided to me by the author in return for an honest review.

STOP: If you have not read Triple Dare and plan to read it (my review book from yesterday,) DO NOT READ any further as you will see spoilers from the end of that book!!!

Story Overview:
Defying death is the ultimate dare. Defying love? Well, that’s just stupid.
Red Hot Weekend Story
Back-to-back medical degrees took Emily Knox right where she planned to be: treating patients in an alternative cancer clinic. But nothing prepared her for a cocky, cheeky Aussie who strode into her life and dared her to cure him. She told herself it was his challenge she couldn’t resist—not his daredevil charm.
Eight months later, Rob’s out of danger…and Emily’s in trouble. She’s in deep, too deep. Worse, Rob has left the clinic against doctor’s orders. There’s nothing for it but to follow him across eleven thousand miles of land and sea to give him what for—as his doctor, of course.
Rob never expected to survive the brain tumor. Nor did he expect to fall head over heels for his very proper, very English oncologist. The problem? Her Hippocratic Oath hangs between them, keeping her just out of reach. Now, with “cured” on his medical chart and his duty as best man for his best mate calling, he takes off for home to start getting his old life back.
Trouble is, while the good doctor cured his cancer, she seems to have inflicted him with something else—desire he just can’t shake.
Warning: Rob Thorton is addictive. Also, there’s scorching passion, undeniable lust, soul-shattering desire, heartbreaking angst, explosive sex and of course, Australian sarcasm. Did you really expect anything else?

My Review:
If you plan to read these books, hopefully you have heeded my advice above. There are huge spoilers here for Triple Dare, the book that precedes this one. In that book, Rob came clean with his best friend Joe that he had a terminal, inoperable form of brain cancer. This book takes place ten months after that book. He has spent the last 8 months in Italy under the care of Emily, an alternative medical oncologist and now he is in remission. As a result, he has flown to Australia to be in Joe & Anna's wedding, against his doctors advice.

Emily has been fighting her attraction to Rob for months. As his doctor, she can't get involved, but the night that she declares him in remission and takes herself off his case as his doctor, they share a single, mind-blowing, scorching kiss. As she chases him to Australia to make sure that he doesn't overdo, she continually asks herself just what exactly she is doing. She knows that she is lying to herself as to her reasons for going.

Rob, on the other hand, is lying to himself about very different things, such as the fact that his life has been forever altered by the fact that he has had brain cancer. Despite an incredible attraction to Emily, he is fighting his own demons about her as his doctor. He wants to live life to the fullest without the threat of cancer hanging continually over his head.

As you can see, this is a book dealing with some incredibly tough emotional issues. But in the midst of all that is a scorching hot book, full of sexual tension and angst. I really liked the way that Lexxie intertwined the themes so brilliantly within this book. It makes for a really full and satisfying read within what is really just a novella. It's incredibly done.

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