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Peek Inside If You Dare

Lily McIntire is in the creepiest mansion in town. Alone. At night. Because she’s an idiot—and can’t ignore a dare from her cocky and infuriatingly hot co-worker, Marcus Black. But she'll be damned if she's going to give him the satisfaction of winning. Marcus has had a thing for Lily for ages, and he has no intention of losing this bet. His plan? Scare her out of the house, and into his arms. Once there, scaring her turns into protecting her and soon after, into seducing her. And his plan is working...

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He’ll make her a bet she can’t refuse…

Lily McIntire is in the creepiest mansion in town. Alone. At night. Because she’s an idiot—and can’t ignore a dare from her cocky and infuriatingly hot co-worker, Marcus Black. But she’ll be damned if she’s going to give him the satisfaction of winning.

Marcus has had a thing for Lily for ages, and he has no intention of losing this bet. His plan? Scare her out of the house, and into his arms. Once there, scaring her turns into protecting her and soon after, into seducing her. And his plan is working…

Lily is having trouble relegating Marcus to the role of “asshat” as easily as before. He came to her rescue, and he’s actually funny. Charming. Sexy as sin on a stick. But Lily has a strict no-love-in-the-workplace rule, and even one night of the best sex ever won’t make her change her mind. So she’s calling everything off…

Surviving a night in the mansion might just be the easy part. Surviving Marcus’s increasingly convincing advances is going to take everything she has. Losing is not an option…
This title was previously published November 2013 on Flaunt as a novella but has been significantly revised and lots of yummy new scenes added to give readers a full-length category romance full of humor and sizzle.



"Jessica Lemmon knocks it out of the park!" ~NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753730
Release Date: Jul 21, 2015
Page Count: 188
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, bodyguard/protector, coworkers, one night stand

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By Leticia (jerseygirl) October 03, 2020

"'There are things happening here I don't understand.' The voice. The missing keys. The crash in the kitchen. And what had happened between them."

The horror movie, haunted-house fan in me is so happy right now!

Marcus and Lily work together. They share the same job, they're very competitive, and they ...more

By Christy August 12, 2015

I’ve read a couple of Jessica Lemmon’s books and loved them, so I was looking forward to reading If You Dare. It turned out to be such a good book! Really, it’s just flat out fun with a fantastic mix if feels.

Lily and Marcus are an absolute delight! They’ve worked together for two years and have a v ...more

By Mandy July 12, 2015

Lily and her co-worker Marcus make a bet. Marcus bets Lily that she can't stay a night in the haunted mansion in town. Lily is very competitive and not one to back away from a challenge so she accepts, even if she finds the idea of staying in the haunted house overnight terrifying. If she stays all ...more

By BookLover February 28, 2017

ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

I really enjoyed the story of Lily and Marcus. Marcus, with his sights set on a date with Lily, dares her to spend the night in a “haunted house”. This premise intrigued me and I was not disa ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

This was a fun and entertaining novella by author Jessica Lemmon who is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. If You Dare pits two co-workers together; he's made it know he'd like to date her, she turned him down because of a previous office r ...more

By Jessica August 14, 2015

A challenge has been issued ... well, BRING IT ON! :)

OK, so I'm not gonna lie and tell you that it wasn't kinda cheesy at first glance/read, but that could just be me and how I laugh at the whole haunted house thing .... but the story actually turned out to be not only fun, but witty with a litt ...more

By Kim July 21, 2015

A really enjoyable book. Marcus has fancied Lily for a long time- but she’s wary of relationships with work colleagues. There is still a lot of sexual tension between them and they keep challenging each other. He dares her to stay in a creepy mansion overnight in order to win tickets to Hawaii . She ...more

By Michelle July 30, 2015

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

If You Dare is a really fun, really cute feel good romance. Lily and Marcus have the most hilarious competitive relationship going on. I loved that the book was told in their dual narrative, so we could really get inside ...more

By Danielle July 09, 2015

I didn't know what I would expect from this book but I really fell in love with the story. Marcus asked out Lily in the past and she said no due to the fact her last work relationship didn't end so well. Ever since she said no they have been baiting one another and constantly pushing one another wit ...more

By Bette July 09, 2015

I thought this book was great when it was released as a shorter novella, now in it's expanded form, it is fantastic!! Clear concise writing makes this a fast paced read with characters that grab you from the start. The banter between Marcus and Lily is hilarious and makes their attraction for each o ...more

By Billie November 25, 2013

Thank you Entangled Publishing for providing me this ARC for an honest review!

“You’d have to stay the entire night,” he finally said.

Ha! She had him. “Done.”



“This Friday. The thirteenth.”


That's the dare that will put both Marcus Black and Lily Mcintyre into a scary (?!

By Suze July 30, 2015

Lily has to stay the night in a creepy old mansion in the middle of nowhere. She's alone in the dark and she's scared, all because of a bet. Her colleague Marcus has given her a dare, if she wins Lily can have his Hawaii trip and if he wins she has to accompany him to an important event. Of course M ...more

By Danielle July 16, 2015

As soon as I read the blurb for If You Dare I knew this one would be right up my alley and I was not disappointed. Lily and Marcus pulled me in and held me in their grasp until the very end... I devoured this book in one sitting because I just had to know how everything was going to play out.

This bo ...more

By Megan September 10, 2015

What started as a dare becomes one wild night of scares, laughs and fun on an air mattress. Lily has underestimated Marcus, put him in a category and left him there. But there is so much more to this sexy guy than she realised. As she slowly uncovers the real man underneath as a reader I got to, too ...more

By Angel July 14, 2015

**ARC provided by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

4.5 Stars

Originally published as a short story, If You Dare has transformed into an amazing full-length novel. Smooth writing and likeable characters fill the pages. This is another read that would be perfect ...more

By Michelle December 02, 2013

This story was so much fun and so much more than I expected. Ms. Lemmon wrote a novella packed full of heart-felt emotion, adventure, and sexy banter! Marcus and Lily were an absolute blast! ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) February 12, 2018

4.25 stars

I never posted my review of this, so here it is

My first foray into Entangled Publishing’s new Flaunt line was a roaring success! I loved this novella! It’s fun and sexy, and the setting, inside a haunted house, isn’t your typical romantic setting. Angry poltergeists causing mischief and ma ...more

By Jessica July 20, 2015

In 2013, Jessica Lemmon wrote, IF YOU DARE, a spooky novella where unrequited love and a bet was at the heart of the story. I really enjoyed it and my only big complaint was the length (I wanted more) because I wanted more of Marcus! Originally published by Entangled as part of their now defunct Fli ...more

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :) ***

Rating: 4.5/5

If You Dare was such a quick entertaining read that had me laughing and rooting for the characters as I read the book.

Their relationship started with a bet, and they were both ready to prove each other wrong. Lily McIntire has h ...more

By Melody September 12, 2015

Posted on What I'm Reading

Rating 4 1/2 Stars

Have you ever had a kid from the opposite sex pick on you at school, you go home tell your mother, and she would reply, "Oh sweetie, that just means he/she likes you." You think, "Dude mom, your crazy", instead you just smile and nod. Anyway, in Jessica Le ...more

By Asheley July 20, 2015

Lily McIntire has accepted a dare from co-worker Marcus Black: Spend the entire night in their town's local haunted mansion. If she can do it, Marcus will give up his recently-won trip to Hawaii. If she can't handle the entire night there, she has to go to a local dinner event with him - as his date ...more

By Monica July 12, 2015

One night of hearing voices, footsteps and clatter brings these two characters together and once they share one passionate night they can’t stop.

I didn’t get a chance to read the first release of this book but now that I have read this full length story I really liked it. I love Ms. Lemmon’s writing ...more

By Deanna July 20, 2015

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

If You Dare is a standalone contemporary romance by Jessica Lemmon. It may seem familiar because it was originally published in Entangled Publishing’s now defunct Flaunt line in November 2013 but has since been revised and expanded ...more

By Sue November 26, 2013

If You Dare by Jessica Lemmon will have your heart pounding and hoping all at the same time!

I admit I didn't fully read the blurb before reading If You Dare, because I love all of Jessica's books, so how could I not love this one too? Well, Jessica did not disappoint even though she takes us to a b ...more

By Gigi November 26, 2013

SHE'LL MAKE HIM A BET… Lily McIntire is sick of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she's a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can't refuse: One night in the abandoned and spoo ...more

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Jessica Lemmon

About the author

Jessica Lemmon

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers. You can learn more at: Twitter @lemmony

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