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The Dare

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  47,675 ratings  ·  7,320 reviews
Jessica Martin is not a nice girl. As Prom Queen and Captain of the cheer squad, she'd ruled her school mercilessly, looking down her nose at everyone she deemed unworthy. The most unworthy of them all? The "freak," Manson Reed: her favorite victim.

But a lot changes after high school.

A freak like him never should have ended up at the same Halloween party as her. He never s
Kindle Edition, 107 pages
Published October 19th 2019
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Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i really hope miss girl gets some throat numbing spray because this would’ve been better if there weren’t any fucking clowns (iykyk)
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
One of the hottest stories I’ve ever read.
I didn’t even mind the clowns!

Short and super steamy! This story had parts that I was uncomfortable with, though I knew to expect them thanks to the disclaimer at the beginning. However, it was still a terrific story. The BDSM elements weren’t too out of the ordinary and were very sexy.

The clowns were not as odd as I thought they would be from reading other reviews. It was a Halloween party, so having clowns show up wasn’t so strange. The fact that the
myo (myonna reads)
everyone who gave it a bad rating acted like this book was just SOOO kinky and like it is but they were acting like it was some real terrible shit going on it and it wasn’t? if you read bully romances, reverse haram etc. then this is nothing worse than that so i also don’t get why this was banned because it wasn’t that bad? like i’ve seen worse books that definitely should be banned (sicko by amo jones i’m looking at you) idk it’s like normal stuff if you read erotica but just a tiny bit more ki ...more
ale ‧ ₊˚୨୧ ₊˚
i'm not gonna be friendly if u start to say mean things, just shut the fuck up and keep scrolling. literature is subjective, and if u can't get it, then why read it and say it? ...more
Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t gonna give this a rating because I didn’t want people to take this rating and compare it to other books I’ve rated 5 stars. They’re DIFFERENT.

I like the pacing, the tone in the book, how it progresses, so objectively in that sense, 5 stars for me. I had no issue with the writing, no matter how short the story was.

BUUUUTTT my review and rating is subjective. If this isn’t the kind of book for you, I don’t think you should even bother giving it a chance cause you’ll most likely give it a
persephone ☾
re-read update : turns out this is exactly who i am now 🤡 brb changing my rating because wow. Manson can degrade me anytime

(view spoiler)
Isabella. R
4 Promise Not to Tell Stars ⭐

Do yourself a favor and adhere to the author's warnings because The Dare is a delightfully twisted read which definitely pushes the boundaries!! Now you will either feel uncomfortable or you will be embracing this novella in all its narcissism. As for me, I may have cringed a time or two, but I can assure you it wasn't difficult to be become absorbed in this kinky little pleasure...

I wasn't really sure if it was normal to develop a crush on my nemesis.

Manson Reed and
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I'm not going to give this a star rating because I honestly really didn't enjoy this, but I think that has more to do with this not being the kink for me than the book being bad. I do think the writing was a little.. cheesy? But I think if you're into the public humiliation kink you will probably be able to look past that and just enjoy this for what it is.

TW: public humiliation, clowns, knife play
So, while this is absolutely not my cup to tea, I’ll admit I was interested. At first.

It stopped being funny right after I found out what Manson looked like. It’s not even hard to guess, starting with the name. Then it’s all black attire, buckles, cop hats and a white contact lens.

Basically this is a Marilyn Manson master/slave sex fantasy (with clowns) and I don’t see why one would keep that image in the book after recently finding out what kind of person that guy is in real life and how many
Crystal (Crystal_reads_)
Holy Smokes.

Holy smokes, I don’t know if my iPad was smoking or if I was. I wanted a cigarette after reading this novella. This novella was very well written
. The author differently can write about BDSM and fantastic story on top of it

10/28/20. A new update was added. Happy to re-read one of my favorites

Harley Laroux killed it with this update. Like hot Damn. 🥵 . I had a feeling she would outdo herself, and man did she. Mic drop, walk away, she blew it up. Again I wanted to have a cigarette (or
This fall i have been loving and adoring this author and all their stories (shout out to betty jo). But the reviews on this novella had me giggling but unable to not read it. I also read this at a perfect time seasonally, because it is set during the night of a halloween party!

This isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you like it – i think you'll really like it. And i feel like this author is doing a lot of the romance genre and just expressing your desires without shame. While also always pu
Jul 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just absolute pure smut. I literally read it in 2hrs. 4 stars ⭐️ Manson is hot af
Nov 03, 2021 rated it liked it
good for them
☆☆☆☆ | 70%

reread 14.6.21: oops i read it again

the way i read this in one sitting 🧍🏻

also manson is fucking elite😩😩
and here’s why:
❥ he commands so much fucking power but it’s actually hot it’s not all gross and ick like when alpha type possessive men do it, bc manson is so calm the whole time and he’s just sitting there with his condescending attitude and it’s 10/10 im screaming im obsessed
❥ he gives off dangerous vibes but he’s also so sweet like i literally can’t-
near the end when he asked her
Jul 21, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i would shove my head down a toilet and then plug a toaster into my brain whilst inserting a seven meter long sword into my heart instead of reading this shit again
Oct 31, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fucking loved this freak show of a book🤣
Was I cringing at times? Yes. Did my sheets get wet? Also yes.
If I could describe Manson in one sentence I’d say he is a sadistic but breedable dom.
He humiliated Jess and made her come so hard my legs were shaking reading it. And i loved every second of it.
Those damn clowns could be a new kink unlocked who knows. I don’t accept any criticism🤚🏻

And the fact it all happens at a halloween party, period🤧
Jade Violet
This was a really good read. The author didn't make any wrong turns and the story read quick, fluently and really kept me engaged. It deals with one night at a party where Jessica, Miss Popular from High School - you know the Prom Queen, Head Cheerleader that dated that quarterback - is home from college and goes to a friend's house for a mega party. All the 'in' crowd are there but she's surprised to find Manson there who was a misfit in the school and who she used to openly mock and partially ...more
Becca & The Books
Thie novella cemented Harley Laroux as being my favourite smut author alongside Katie Roberts!
zyth ༄ ‧₊˚
Mar 13, 2022 rated it did not like it
were the clowns really necessary? still wondering if she got a yeast infection from grinding on those dirty boots all night.
Valkyrie ✨
“How’s it feel to be a loser?”

Upon my second re-read in preparation for Losers: Vol 1, I’ve bumped my rating up to 5 stars. I’m fascinated by how much Laroux managed to convey in such a short novella and I found no flaws personally.

I love the fact that Jessica is such an unlikeable female character. I’m usually instantly drawn to those, because they represent rebellion against societal expectations women are pressured into or else. When a woman dares to play outside the limits of what’s acce
❤️ Nanda ❤️
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it


After an emotional book, I always seek for something quick, or funny or just insanely hot to read next...

Well... This book can easily reach the quick and hot status.
Everything happens during a Halloween party, but even if it's just a novela, we can have a bigger picture of what connected Manson & Jess in the past, and everything that led them to all the sexual tension in the present.

And you can talk about sexual tension!
Manson woke up a side of Jess, that not even herself knew that exi
[edit: 26/01/22 – the fact this book is in my university bookshop’s “horror” section, is a violation... and incredibly accurate].

I blinked rapidly. “I’m sorry, I must have misheard you. What?”
A slow, pleased smile spread across his face. “You heard me just fine, Jess. Crawl. Crawl into the kitchen, get my beer, and crawl back. And remember your goddamn manners.”

the way this made me laugh so much😭 Manson was so fucking awful to Jess... and i was living for it.

4.5 Filthy Dirty Stars..

Wow...this was hot AF, sexually explicit and extremely well written, Jessica takes on a dare from Manson, a boy she teased in high school after loosing a drinking game, she becomes his sex slave for the evening, and the once spoiled Jess is overwhelmed by the highly sexual feelings he evokes in her while he degrades and humiliates her, it arouses her even more.. so much more to this as the story unfolds, but you’ll have to read it for yourself..highly recommend if you li
jaime ⭐️
i’m glad they had fun but needed more clowns
benevolent bastard
milaisnotok ☁
Jul 13, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, short-stories
i saw a lot of people reading this so I tried it and now i have a question... WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? ...more
 Nayeli (hiatus)
⭐ 3.75 Stars ⭐

I've seen this book so many times around here, so I thought: "okay, let's give it a try!"
And well, I was curious, so I read it👀

This wasn't bad, I really liked it. It was short, quick, and steamy. Yeah, a little bit different for me (mostly that random clowns chapter😕), but I liked it.
This is not for everyone since it has some parts that may make you feel uncomfortable.

Btw: If you want to read this one, check out the trigger warnings first!!
mina reads™️
suddenly i love clowns

my full thoughts can be found here: https://youtu.be/-PadPNCZIZQ
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Harley is a writer of Dark Romance, Erotic Horror, and Erotica. She enjoys crafting steamy stories on the dark and kinky side, the creepier the better.

Harley lives in Washington with her husband and three cats. She loves horror films, dry red wines, and almost always has a candle lit. Most days she can be found at her desk drinking tea with at least one cat on her lap.

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