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Peek Inside Dare to Resist

Colton Brooks is in hell. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with Kady Dresco, the object of his darkest fantasies, will require every ounce of his restraint. She’s his best friend’s brilliant little sister, not to mention his competition for a lucrative military security services contract. Craving her submission is not allowed. But as her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve, Colton’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off...or his heart closed.

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A 2015 Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Award of Merit recipient for outstanding literary fiction in the Romance Novella category.

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.


"Kaye did an amazing job with this. It's rare that I give a novella 5 stars but this one just hit every right note for me. If you're looking for a quick, steamy read...definitely pick up Dare To Resist - I know I'll be reading this one again someday soon!" --Fic Fare

"Tale of love, lust and wit that will have you wiping the steam off your e-reader! Her characters are so human, so competitive, and so right for each other! Ms. Kaye has set up the perfect scenario for love, lust, and revelations! I loved every page of this romance. Fun. Fast. Fabulous light reading." --Tome Tender

"From beginning to end I was glued to the pages and this short, sizzling story has only just further confirmed my love for the talented Laura Kaye." --Lisa, Goodreads

"...Dare to Resist is another superb indication to just how much story this author can pack into such a small amount of words!" --Claire Robinson, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622666089
Series: Wedding Dare, Book 0.5
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Page Count: 136
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: best friend's little sister, enemies to lovers

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By • Lisa • August 10, 2016


"Tell me you want me so deep I might never find my way back out again."


Laura Kaye certainly knows how to deliver a quality novella, her writing style is one that engages her audience and leaves her readers desperate for more. 'Dare to resist' is no exception this boo ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ August 03, 2016

4.5 Dirty Talk Overload stars

Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…

It's not often I'd rate a novella more than 4 stars. No really. It isn't. True story. The biggest reason is I always have a hard time connecting to the story and the characters in just a few pages ...more

By Flo August 16, 2015

5 can I get more of this STARS

“The guy in your book? I’m that guy.”

Here is a sentence I've been waiting my whole life to hear. Seriously. I am in a happy and stable relationship but I would lie if I said I wouldn't fall for that one. LOL. And I'm sure you my dear friends and followers, a ...more

By Catarina June 06, 2014

4 Hot Stars.

Kady had a thing for Colton all her life. The problem? He’s her older brother best friend and never saw in her nothing more than a little girl. Until one night changes it all and Colton leaves, not knowing how to deal with that, opening an awkwardness between them that they igore by end ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts September 23, 2020

4 Best Friend's Sister, One Time Taste, Lifetime Desire Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Laura Kaye has a sly, sassy sense of fun... who else would have a plot point be the inside nod to another author's book? There have been tons of references to the reading of romance books in other stories... it is comm

By Claire May 06, 2014

4 - "Sunshine" & "Monsoon" Stars!

Laura Kaye is in my top 5 ‘go-to’ authors when it comes to reaching for a book that I know I will enjoy. I discovered her awesomeness though a novella, and Dare to Resist is another superb indication to just how much story this author can pack into such a small amoun ...more

*****3.75 STARS*****

This was my very first Brazen novella and I really enjoyed it!
It had one of the themes I love in a good story.
Having a CRUSH on your older brother's best friend, and getting a chance at true love with him.

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Kady Dresco has been in love with Colton Brooks since she was a young g ...more

By Jen June 02, 2014

I loved this hot little novella. Kady was intelligent, sarcastic as hell and had all kinds of legitimate reasons for not trusting Colton. Yes, he was just trying to do the honorable thing by not doing aggressive and sexy things to his best friends sister, but he never considered girlfriend might lik ...more

By [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ April 29, 2014

4 stars

Kady and Colton. Brothers best friend story. Now both stuck in a hotel when the monsoon hits, will they be able to resist each other?

These two were really cute together. I loved their bickering in the first half. My issue with this novella was Colton, I wasnt entirely convinced of him. It ...more

By Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~ September 04, 2014

4.5 stars

Loved it!!! Come on, older brothers best friend, dirty talk, Laura Kaye, tick, tick, tick!!
Kady and Colton have known each other most of their lives. Kady being Tyler's younger sister and Colton bring his best friend. 3 years ago at a party things didn't end too well for them.
Now they both ...more

By Jen June 22, 2014

“Better hold on tight, cupcake.”

Colton was the only guy that Kady had ever wanted, but he was also the guy who denied her years later. He was also her brother's best friend. After a business trip and a rain storm they find themselves stuck together in a hotel room together. The sexual chemistry was ...more

By Kara August 05, 2016

4.5 stars.
This book was awesome. Laura Kaye ...brilliant in the delivery. I loved Colton in the bathroom - that part ROCKED.

*ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review.* ...more

By Janey June 09, 2014

ARC kindly received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..

4.5 Into the Dark stars

What a fantastic start to this new series..I totally devoured this book with no manners whatsoever!

Colton Brooks is an ex military man, now heading up his own military security services. The loyal, ...more

By Kim May 03, 2015

4 Stars

A wonderfully sweet story.
I really love that this novella is the kick start to a full consortium series, where each book in the series is written by a different author. I love when writers get together and collaborate - terrific things tend to happen when creative minds work in tandem.

Althoug ...more

By Maida January 10, 2019

I literally could not put it down, & I read it straight through in one sitting. This book is undoubtedly my favorite in the entire Wedding Dare series, & Laura Kaye has definitely made her way onto my personal list of favorite authors. (FYI: The only other NA/Contemporary authors on my "Favorite ...more

By ⚜️Trea June 30, 2016

This was a very short story that starts off the Wedding Dare series. The characters are well written and easy to connect to. While we don't get much about the setting, we do get a well conceived plot and most of a resolution to the story. This could be considered an erotic novella, but that part of ...more

By Dina May 12, 2014

4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 stars, because Colton made me consider doing the out-of-my-comfort-zone kinky stuff he loves - as long as he's the one doing it, of course!) ...more

By Nicola May 05, 2014

I loved this. And whilst novella's have a habit of leaving you wanting more, in this case it is perfect as Dare to Resist is the opening to a Brazen continuity series featuring some fabulous authors; Laura Kaye has left me giddy for what is to come.


Colton And Kady have the perfect chemistry and ther ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash May 12, 2014


By Dianne May 08, 2014

Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain, the beating of two hearts and watch the steam rise as the tension builds! Who would have thought the computer geek Kady and her brother’s best friend, Colton, another computer specialist would be vying for the same government contract and then get caught up ...more

By Christi May 15, 2014

My Review:
My all-time favorite trope...friends to lovers and I absolutely adored the way that this one played out. Colton is six years older than Kady and they basically grew up together since Colton is best friends with her brother. But somewhere along the way he began to see her as a woman...not g ...more

By S.M. June 17, 2014


I truly love Laura Kaye's romance stories and she sure knows how to deliver an awesome novella. In fact, one of my favourite novellas is her's -Hearts in Darkness. This novella is no different. It was the perfect recipe of best friend's sister, friendship, sexual chemistry, a ...more

By NinaReader June 17, 2014

I love this novella. It was endearing and it was hot. I love the story of a beautiful geek computer nerd heroine and a seemingly rigid guy that has to have it rough in his private life.
Kady was forbidden from Colton for several reasons. She was the younger sister of his friend, he never suspected t ...more

By Karen111 June 12, 2014

**3.5 Stars**

Although it turned from hot and steamy to sickly sweet, it was still enjoyable and quite well written. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it's a perfect novel to switch off your brain and wile away a rainy afternoon, as you'd expect from Brazen. ...more

By Jamie June 01, 2014

LOVED IT!!! ...more

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Laura Kaye

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense, including the RT Reviewers' Choice Award Winner for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014, Hard As You Can. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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