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I Dare You

(The Hook Up #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  9,905 ratings  ·  1,070 reviews
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills kicks off a brand-new, sexy, heartfelt contemporary romance series with I DARE YOU!

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but "Badass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

His dare? Spend one night
254 pages
Published April 28th 2018
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Ilsa Madden-Mills
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills kicks off a brand-new, sexy, heartfelt contemporary romance series with I DARE YOU!

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random
Cristina | CristiinaReads
➳A college romance filled with broken down emotions that will drag you with want, and need for Maverick and Delaney in this highly anticipated release that did not disappoint...

➳When it comes down to college romances, Ilsa Madden-Mills has out-done herself in this highly anticipated novel, in which I have devoured instantly and I do not feel any shame about it. Maverick, a man who keeps his word, has waited so long to finally be with Delaney. While Delaney is in the process of mending her hear
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*****FOUR STARS*****
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I DARE YOU had the key elements that I love about sports romances-- a sexy and cocky Hero with brains and wit, and a sweet & silly Heroine. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to what’s to come in this new series.

Delaney Shaw may be considered a nerd with her passion for the movies “Star Wars” and “The Princess Bride” and her eclectic wardrobe, but early in her freshman year at Waylon University, she catches the eye of the m
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
On vacation so keeping reviews, a bit short(er).....

I dare you to read this one.

Overall I enjoyed this one. I liked watching Maverick and Delaney build their relationship. It starts as an attraction at a college freshman bonfire, Mav giving Delaney her first bonfire kiss, meaning, by ritual at this school, this is the guy you’ll always remember. After the kiss the book fast forward a couple years from that kiss, and the attraction is still there. After the kiss, they both go their separate way
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MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:

I DARE YOU: This is the first instalment in Ilsa Madden-Mills ‘The Hook Up’ Series. It’s spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives.’ In this we meet nerdy girl Delaney Shaw and football star Maverick Monroe.

“Legend says the first person you kiss at the party is the one you’ll never forget. It might be years later, and still their face is the one you dream about.”

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Straight away I’m pulled into the story of the first time these tw
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm really bummed with the last quarter of this. I felt like we barely tapped into these characters and they (especially the H) had so much going on that we only briefly addressed (if that) by the end. The book seemed to hit the fast-forward button and then just stop. I don't get why we couldn't experience those things that got skipped over -- especially their last year of college! I think it would've benefited the story SO much. It ended at 56% on my kindle app, and t
Dri ✰
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
★ 3 stars!! ★

Achei que a história se desenrola em um ritmo muito rápido e sem muita elaboração.
Terminei a leitura com a impressão de que não conheci devidamente os personagens. O que me deixou bem frustrada, pois havia um potencial, principalmente em torno do mocinho, no entanto, não foi devidamente explorado e sim abordado de maneira breve e superficial.
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OK, first of all - the blurb is weird. That is not really what happens. They met two years ago at a bonfire. Kissed for a second and then he disappeared back into the crowd. And Delaney got together with her now cheating ex. Maverick never forgot her, but she was with his teammate Alex. But now all bets are off. He wants her! And he starts by sending texts. She doesn't know who is behind those texts for half the book. But Maverick shows up in her
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3.5 Stars

I Dare You was a sweet college romance novel that will have you happy-sighing as you cuddle you Kindle. Delaney gave up dating football players after being cheated on by her ex, who plays for the college team. But then Maverick is there to show her that not all football players are are jerks that can't keep it in their pants. Add in the mystery texts daring her to push herself out of her comfort zone and she might just give dating a sports star another try.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
I loved I Dare You very much! I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it and I found it impossible to put it down. There were so many elements I loved in I Dare You, like their messages, the movie references, the emotions, the hot moments and the humor. The last few chapters were maybe a little too rushed, because it was about something that could affect their future. But I did adore that beautiful epilogue.

Maverick is a star at college. He plays football and he should help the team win everythin
Melanie (mells_view)
Enjoyable college sports romance read

Enjoyable college sports romance read. Popular jock, Maverick, and a sort of nerdy girl, Delaney, who have a sweet encounter during their freshman year, then end up reconnecting again in their junior year. There’s a bit of a secret text romance in this one. One of them has some home life issues and makes some poor choices. A teensy bit of angst thrown in to keep it interesting. It’s a quick and enjoyable read.

It kind of feels like the author could write more
May 25, 2018 marked it as dnf-trash-pile
DNF @26%. That airhead h did my head in and I couldn’t go on. Airheadedness I can handle, but the level of air in her head, coupled with her unculpable game playing ways, really killed my romance vibe
Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
It has been a while since I read a romance set in college and one featuring a football player made it even better.

Delaney first meets Maverick Monroe when she starts at college. She is out at a bonfire night with friends and it’s like one of those corny stories about eyes meeting across a crowded room, yadda yadda, yadda. When you can feel someone’s eyes on you and a connection you haven’t felt before? Okay, it doesn’t happen for everyone but it does happen.

‘You know that moment when everything
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Title: I Dare You (The Hook Up #1)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Publication Date: April 28, 2018


I Dare You is for us. This book for the nerdy girls, the girls who obsess over books and fandoms... Just from reading Ilsa Madden-Mill's dedication page, I knew I was going to love this book!
This book makes my spirit sing! This book makes it ok for me to geek out regarding Star Wars, baked goods but most of all, this book, make me feel like i'm not alone.

Delaney is
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
It was a good read. I skipped over a bunch of stuff, but that's more personal taste. It was kind of middle of the road for me, not wow and not bad. I give it 4 stars because I don't regret spending the money or the time. I liked both characters quite well. I think my expectations were different from what I actually got.

The cover attracted me (bad Starr! bad! never fall for covers!!). I'm not usually into jock books, tho I did enjoy a bunch of Susan Elizabeth Phillips hokey books once upon a time
Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews*
Nerd girls unite!! This one is for us!! 🦄

The Queen of New Adult romance strikes again! I Dare You is everything I’d hoped it would be! It’s funny, sexy, and has just the right amount of angst. The conflict kept me on edge. I was biting my nails and trying to alleviate the churn in my belly while simultaneously trying to figure out what would happen next. All good things!

Both main characters, He-Man and Buttercup, are fantastic characters. No those aren’t their real names, READ THE BOOK to find
Sophia Triad
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review pending
In this YA romance tale, Madden creates a fun, sweet, witty and addictive story with addictive banter and text paired with a hero’s heartwarming backstory.

Delaney Shaw is a shy college student who loves cats and Star Wars. She would have loved to have a nice Valentine’s Day date, but after dumping her cheating boyfriend she’s stuck watching a horror movie. Alone. Until she’s dared via text by a stranger. The more she interacts with the clever stranger the more she wants to know who he is, even t
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
2,5 Stars

I'm a little bit torn when it comes to this book.

First of all, the blurb's misleading. You don't get the story that's described.

The blurb says:

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.
There's no such dare in this story. That's okay for me but why does an author use a blurb that's so different from the book?

She knows she shouldn't, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine's Day?
Same wit
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ilsa Madden-Mills Fans, Romance
4 As True As Princess Bride Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
When I see Ilsa Madden-Mills has a new release, I know it will be a solid read for me. This was no exception. I Dare You had every element, touched all the bases and plus added just the right touch of sincerity for my romance loving heart.

Since this review is happening well after its release, there are many more descriptive reviews to see. What I will add is the enjoyment of the banter, texting and sweetness this had.

Maverick was not the pla
Bookgasms Book Blog
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly, ratula, missy
Christ on a cracker you guys, this book was completely irresistible to me. I read it in one sitting. I am a slow reader y'all, I don't read books in one sitting. But once I met Delaney and Maverick? No chance I was putting this book down. I was immediately smitten with them, and that didn't let up until the very last page.

Naw, let's be real. I'm still so super smitten. I am barely containing my inner flaily fangirl right now, basically.

I have a weird, but true love for text messaging as a relat
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, page-turner
I really liked this one! I love the nerdy Delaney! It was so fun!

It had funny moments, serious moments anf steamy moments..

It was a fabulous read that I would recommend to every one!
Claypot_Reads -  Michelle
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I gotta say Ilsa absolutely smashed it with this one.

I have a crush on Delaney. A major - want her to be my best friend kinda girl crush!!! She's everything I love in a female character. Funny, smart, feisty, kick a$$ loyal friend and she knows what she deserves. Her inner dialogue had me smiling and nodding throughout the book.

Then we have Maverick - can you say more than meets the eye. He's the big man on campus but he's waaaayyy more and it's when you get all his secrets you will fa
Karlie (cozyreadsandtea)
I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. I rated this 3 stars because for me it was just simple and easy. Nothing to emotional or sad or fun. Maverick was an okay character, likable but I wasn’t lusting over him at all. A little insta love which I’m not a fan of. I did like Raven and Ryker a lot more than the main characters though. Just kinda felt like I was skipping from scene to scene with no depth. On another note, I don’t like giving “bad” reviews, even though 3 stars is ...more
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
4.5 Stars

Now this is how you do college romance! This was sexy, fun and flirty with a strong plot and a swoon worthy football player!

Delaney is my favorite type of heroine. She had the confidence to be true to herself and wasn't afraid to look or dress differently from everyone else. I loved her sass as well as her moments of awkwardness when her inner geek peeked through.

This romance starts off as a texting relationship and all Delaney knows about him is that he is an athlete, though she has he
May 26, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 9%. I cannot get into this book and quite frankly I am tired of looking at it on my currently reading list.
I haven't been able to muster enough enthusiasm to stick with it.
Sayonara and goodbye. 👎
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maverick and Delaney were really cute with fun personalities!! ❤ ...more
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
2.5 stars


The story started out good but it was so rushed. It was half-assed. I said it.
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Pros about I Dare You:

About a football player who ISN'T a quarterback! Hooray!
While Mav had some player tendencies and had certainly hooked up a lot, he was totally focused on Delaney once she was single. His devotion is such a nice change from the typically college/NA romances where the guy is a douche for a while!
His devotion to his sister is amazing. Caring for someone with TBI is incredibly difficult yet Mav does it flawlessly.
Delaney is a 'nerd girl' and the book is filled with refe
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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She's best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances.

A former high school English teacher and elementary librarian, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

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