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Dare Me Once

(Angel Fire Falls #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  955 ratings  ·  138 reviews

Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 284 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Ahhh, the webs we weave because of the sins of our father, because when the truth comes out, it can be heartbreaking…Scarlett has packed her Gucci bags, created a new identity and taken a job far from the nightmares of her past. Maybe she can rebuild her life on the small island of Angel Fire Falls at a family-run resort getaway. Lily Barns is born, determined, talented, and with a heart of gold.

Trace has a full plate, no time for the frivolities of love or romance. A single dad raising a young
3.75 stars.🌟🌟🌟
Nice and also kind of cutesy small town romance. Well written and easy-flowing read.
I really liked Lily, a strong heroine and no pushover. She really did have a good moral compass, acting with integrity- even though she has this really big secret that she feels compelled to hide from everybody in Angel Fire Falls.
Trace was fine as the single father managing a kid with Asperger's but somehow his personality never really came across that much in reading this book for me unlike Lily
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice light read, with good strong main characters, whose chemistry is clear. Lily has integrity and strength. Trace was good as a character, and is a single dad to a child of Aspergers, but I did feel he could have been given more layers.

Trace's son Ben was a lovely addition to the story, as were the ducks!

We also have a horrid ex-wife/mother in the form of Ben's mum.

A nice bit of entertainment.
Heather andrews
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved a flirty Trace, "he followed her into the bathroom, where she swiped on mascara. He placed a hand on her hip. “Yes, I’ve seen every inch of you, and I gotta say . . . you’ve got some prime real estate under that towel.” Sometimes Lily has to get a little physical, "he nipped at her bottom lip. “Those shorts are very persuasive.” She pinched him. “Ouch.” He flinched. She pinched him again. “Ouch.” He laughed. “I take it back.” I liked this book, I fell in love with Trace.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great start to a new series. I really liked the story. Lily is hiding and what better place to escape her checkered past, through no fault of her own, than changing her name and moving to the Pacific Northwest. Moving to an island and using her skills in hotel management, bringing this family resort into this century should be an easy putt for her. Were in not for Trace the oldest of the Remington brothers and single dad to a young boy with Aspergers. Trace meets Lily in the airport although he ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first book in a new series, and I think it definitely promises some fun reads ahead. There is an element of world building, but in an organic and relaxed way.

Having worked in hospitality myself I am always interested in how a hotel/resort is used in the furtherance of a romance. Here Shelly Alexander does an excellent job of finding plenty of opportunities and fun events to weave into the story of Trace and
Yvonne Cruz
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I am fairly new to this author, and when given the opportunity to read this book, I took it.
While it’s the story about the oldest Remington son, Trace and Lily (Scarlett) the new hire, it’s really much more than that.
It’s a story of how the actions of our parents, affect us. In this case, Lily, a talented hospitality manager has to escapes the sins of her father, and even change her name, in order to get a job as far away from home. Trace and his brothers have left their lucrative professions a
Isha Coleman
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Moving forward is never as easy as looking back. The key is to take the wisdom gained and use it to find what makes you happy. Dare Me Once, can be summed up in one sentence. Don't sweat the small stuff. In a world full of negativity, it's easy to forget to look on the bright side, but it's the memories we make and the people we hold dear that can brighten up the darkest day. Alexander uses a father's love and the innocence of a special child to remind us that the worst moment is just a stepping ...more
Kathy Rouchelle
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her life fell apart quickly and in a harsh way leaving her no choice but to take her profession, change her name and leave her home for a small island resort in the hopes of rebuilding her life, at least until the sins of her father would die down and not effect her anymore. With that, Lily Barnes was born and Scarlett Devereaux was placed in a box and pushed to the back of her mind. The place was remote and with any luck, her past would not find her at Angel Fire Falls.

This is a wonderfully wr
Susan McClintock
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Lily Devereaux’s life is coming apart. Her father is in prison for bilking investors out of millions, her mother is in a drunken denial, the press is dogging her and her fiancé fires and dumps her since he only wanted to marry her because of her family’s reputation. She decides to to reinvent herself as Lily Barnes (her beloved grandmother’s name), and take a job as hospitality director at the Remington Angel Fire Island resort. Trace Remington and his brothers have all come home to hel ...more
Kim Vanravenswaay
I loved Lily and Trace's story. It sets the scene perfectly for this series. I can't wait for the next book.
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
4.5 Hearts.

4.5 Hearts

Dare Me Once is the first book in Shelly’s new, Angel Fire Falls series. I loved her last two series’ so I just had to have this book. I love being introduced to new characters. It’s like finding new friends within the pages.

Lily needed a new start. Away from the drama her life had become. So, she found a job on the other side of the country where nobody would be looking for her. No, she wasn’t on the run from the law but she was tired of the people following her around in
Joanne Mountford
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
JoandIsalovebooks Life Lesson #1
Don’t think about reading this book just do it. You won’t regret it.

Lily Barns had many life lessons, I took this journey with Lily, Trace Remington and young Ben Remington. There is one word that instantly pops into my head while trying to sum up this beautiful story, heart-warming. It was quite simply a soul-stirring read.

Lily left her past behind to start a new life. A life that wouldn’t involve criminal Father’s, alcoholic Mothers, overbearing reporters, and
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Anna Green of behalf of KindleFriendsForever

This is the first book in the series featuring a hot pilot and a young woman who is trying to start a new life incognito, a fun contemporary romance that can be read as a standalone.

Trace Remington is a single dad to eight year old Ben who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Trace is the eldest of three brothers who all came back to the island to help out their elderly father run their family holiday resort. With an ex wife who didn’t w
When I first grabbed this book, I expected to just read it and hustle along the the next book in the series, since I had an ARC for it. I'm actually really lucky that I read it before that ARC, because this was a story that shouldn't be missed!

First and foremost, I was extremely impressed with the fact that the author decided to have Trace's son be on the Autism Spectrum with his Asperger's Syndrome. The son's special needs status was handled very tastefully and was done in such a way as to teac
I quite enjoyed this book about Lily (real name Scarlett), whose life has taken a turn for the worst after her father is jailed for fraud and her fiance dumps and fires her. She lies on her application at The Remington, a resort on a secluded island, and gets the job as the new Hospitality Manager.

The Remington is owned by the Remington family and Trace is one of the brothers who have returned home to help their father with the resort. He is a pilot, but after his now 8 year old son was diagnos
Bette Hansen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a truly enjoyable book. I loved the Remingtons and the little resort island they run. The writing was very descriptive and made me want to schedule my next vacation there. The characters are amazing especially Trace Remington. He's such a devoted father and I don't think there is anything sexier than that. Lily Barns has just been hired as the resorts hospitality manager. The Remington's may not know exactly who she is and hopefully they'll never find out. She just needs a quiet place to la ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A chance to rebuild her life after the mishap that had happened to her, that was Scarlett Devereaux's new mission in hopes of a better future. Now called Lily Barns, she found solace in one remote place, wishing for anonymity, safety and solitude. With ducks and wheel cycles, a charming smile and charismatic attitude, Lily's life became so much better.

Especially after meeting and dealing with Trace Remington and his son with special needs, Ben. OMG.. Trace is soooo swoon-worthy! I don't know ab
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read other books by Shelly Alexander and was eager to read this new series starter when I saw it on NetGalley.

I found it very hard to put this book down. I was eager to find out how the story was going to evolve with Trace and Lily. I also enjoyed reading about a child with high functioning autism since I am also a special education teacher. Megan got what she deserved by getting let go from the Aut
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I enjoyed this excursion to Angel Fire Falls. It was everything I wanted in a book. A little mystery, an over protective dad and resort that needs a lot of help to keep it afloat, it was a perfect Saturday afternoon read.

Lily is at the resort because she doesn't think she get a better job - especially if she uses her real name. Changing her last name to Barns is her effort at starting over, to get away from the scandal that
Danielle from Short and Sassy
This was a cute story about finding love when you are at your lowest point. Scarlett Devereaux is starting over. New job, new place to live, new everything.

There she meets single dad, Trace Remington. His family owns the hotel she is working for. He is devoted to his son and isn't looking for romance. She has been burned by loved and family, she is looking to start over.

This was a sweet story about love, family and an adorable son who stole my heart! Oh and those ducks!!
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The chemistry between the two main characters Lily and Trace was great. I don't usually like to read books with kids in them, (personal preference) but Traces son Ben is a fabulous part of this book. Shelly wrote this story with such depth and understanding that it was truly hard not too feel as though you are part of the book. I would recommend this book to everyone. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I hated that the book had to end but I am looking forward to the ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

Nice story. I give it 3,75 stars.
It was well written but I didn't have good connection with MCs. I didn't feel it at all.
I liked the heroine, she was strong and had her own mind, wasn't a doormat.
The H was meh, normal I think. He wasn't man ho, he had a kid with Asperger and he was trying to give him better life.
No cheating, no OP
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!
What a fabulous start to this new series.
It is a heartwarming, sexy, funny,
& emotional story. Lily Barnes is starting a new chapter in her life, in a small town, Angel Fire Falls. The only life she's ever known has been turned completely upside down by a family scandal. Because of it, Lily is leaving everything behind. Avoiding the hate mail & death threats. Keeping her secrets to herself.
Trace Remington is not happy that his father has hired a new Hospitality manage
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great kick of to a series I am looking forward to!

When Scarlett Devereaux’s life completely falls apart thanks to dear old dad she assumes a new name and heads to the opposite coast. Lily Barns is ready to reinvent herself on Angel Fire Falls as a hospitality manager at a resort, but she wasn't planning on running into the son she is competing with for the cash scrapped funds the resort needs to expand and grow.

Trace Remington has his hands full with a special needs son, a crazy ex, and a busin
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fired and dumped by her fiance, who was her boss, Lily Barns was on a mission to build a new life for herself, and escape the fallout from her father's swindling. She takes a job at a resort in Angel Fire Falls, a small town. Lily has secrets.

Trace Remington, is the oldest of three brothers, and a single father of eight year old Ben, who has special needs. Trace moved back to Angel Fire Falls to give his son a stable home environment. Along with his brothers and father, he helps run Remington re
Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
Dare Me Once is my first book I have read by Shelly Alexander. I was in for a surprise. I did not expect to be falling for these characters hard. Granted at the beginning I had my reservations about Trace, but in the end, he turned my heart into mush. Lily was ready to start a new life. I believe things happened for a reason. And for that I knew Lily was at the right place at the right time! Dare Me Once was an enjoyable read. I laughed, I snorted, and had a hate/love relationship with the story ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Shelly Alexander is a new to me author and I must say, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This was a very enjoyable story that kept me engaged right from the start. I adored the connection between Lily and Ben. What a doll! Trace's entire family was a hoot. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Stacey Broadbent
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Shelly Alexander for a while now and it seems there’s nothing she can’t do. Every story is so different, but they all have one thing in common - they capture my attention and make me fall in love with the characters.

I adored Lily and her knack for problem solving. I love how independent and determined she is. I love that she isn’t afraid to jump on a bike to get things done. And I love that she has a soft spot for ducks.

And then there’s Trace. Insert dreamy sigh here. Trace
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlett Deveraeux is a woman scorned...sort of. Her father is in prison for embezzlement of FEMA funds after Hurricane Katrina and her fiance' dumped and then fired her from her job at a prestigious hotel. Now, she has assumed a new identity, using her middle name and mother's maiden name...introducing: Lily Barnes, new hospitality manager of The Remington Resort on Angel Fire Falls island! Single father and pilot, Trace Remington, co-owns The Remington with his father and brothers and is not p ...more
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Shelly Alexander was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, a 2019 RITA® finalist, and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in several categories.

Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I

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