The Dare | Review

☾ disclaimer

This book is an erotic novella, and features content that is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
If you are not 18 or older, please do not continue to read this review and do not purchase the book

☾ about the book

Title: The Dare
Author: Harley Laroux
Published: 2019
Format: ebook, novella
Pages: 124
Rating: ★★★★★
Smut Rating: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
Trigger Warning: ADULT CONTENT, for an extensive list, click here

☾ the synopsis

Jessica Martin is not a nice girl. Hot, popular, and a former cheerleader, she looks down her nose at everyone – especially Manson Reed, the “freak” she used to bully. When Jessica and Manson end up at the same Halloween party, Manson challenges her to a game of Drink or Dare, and Jessica can’t pass up a challenge. As the dares get increasingly sexual and degrading, Jessica is horrified to find herself enjoying Manson’s orders a little too much. When cocky Jessica loses the game, she becomes Manson’s slave for the night, and what ensues is a dark game of pleasure and pain, intense fetishes, hard punishments, and Jessica’s realization that she can’t get enough of Manson’s dark cruelty.

☾ the characters

Jessica Martin is your typical High School mean girl – the cheerleader that prides herself on her popularity and other people’s jealousy.
But she definitely also prides herself on being stubborn and wining every game, so when she encounters Manson – who challenges everything Jessica thought she was -it’s clear that Jessica’s mean girl behavior is really just a facade.
Manson Reed is your typical loner kid – the one that’s into some weird stuff, and the one that always gets bullied – or at least that’s what Jessica thought.
It turns out, much to her dismay, that Manson is quite popular as well and that he, unlike Jessica, knows what he wants.

☾ the world building

The book is set at a Halloween themed house party, and there are creepy themes that are reoccurent throughout the entire plot – such as Halloween decor, horror movies, and the occasional gothic clown.
For me personally this book took the Halloween themes a step further from where Halloween Haunt left of, so if you liked that one, you’ll like this one even more.

☾ what i liked about this book

Oh boi, if I had a dominant like him in my life, my life would be so much better.
He’s definitely the more developed character out of the two of them, and I liked how Harley took the time to build up his backstory using the butterfly knife and the history he shared with Jessica.
I also liked the way she described him as being slightly unsettling and giving off creepy vibes, it’s very small details that you only notice every once in a while.
I also thoroughly enjoyed how much sex there was in this book, and how every scene was different.
The epilogue to this one also hints at the fact that Manson and Jessica could be building arelationship, so I hope that one day, we’ll get a sequel!

☾ what i disliked about this book

I have told Harley this a couple times, but in addition to being a samhainophobe (so having a crippling fear of Halloween) I am also a coulrophobe, which means I have a fear of clowns as well.
I guess this was what made Jessica likeable to me, because she also doesn’t like clown at all.
Well, to get to the point, I am not the biggest fan of horror-clown-gang-bang content – even though I’m not even sure if you could call it that…

☾ should you read this book?

I personally think this is one of Harley’s best works, and even though it has themes that cause me some trouble, I’ve grown really attached to Manson and I think if you’re looking for a gateway into kinky bdsm erotica, this book is definitely where you should start.
I would however once again suggest that you definitely check the list of content warnings on the goodreads page before picking this up.

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