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Peek Inside Once Upon a Dare

On the eve of earning her dream promotion, all-work-and-no-play advertising guru Olivia Masterson receives an irresistible dare—ditch her frosty facade for a hot night with an even hotter stranger. Olivia’s worked her ass off to get where she is—why the hell not? Except she has no idea she's seducing the guy who stole her promotion, or that no matter how hard she tries to ice him out, Cole Bennett will do whatever it takes to permanently melt the ice queen...

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The first night was a dare. The second night was trouble…

Advertising guru Olivia Masterson is all work and no play. But on the eve of earning her dream promotion, her best friend dares her to drop her ice queen façade for one night and seduce a sexy stranger. Olivia’s worked her ass off to get where she is—why the hell not?

Cole Bennett never thought he’d run into his feisty one-night stand at the office, furious that he stole her promotion. No matter how hard she tries to ice him out, they can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves…or their clothes on.

Olivia’s talented—maybe even more than Cole—so when his dropped hints to the boss net her a promotion of her own, he’s ready to celebrate…until she accuses him of fueling office rumors that she slept her way to the top. She wants to earn her own way? Fine. So what the hell does a guy have to do to permanently melt an ice queen?

Praise

Review

Once Upon a Dare, by Jennifer Bonds, is a forbidden office romance that will leave you fanning yourself hours after you have finished reading it! - Mikki, A Bookish Escape
 
Once Upon a Dare is a fast, steamy read with likable characters and a fun storyline. You can't go wrong with this story. - Kassiah, Pretty Sassy Cool
 
Ms. Bonds did a terrific job integrating sass, steam, power, sexual tension, and romance. Overall, if you are looking for a steamy office romance then I highly suggest you read Once Upon A Dare. - Michelle, Four Chicks Flipping Pages

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752535
Series: Risky Business , Book 1
Release Date: Apr 7, 2015
Page Count: 236
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bet/dare/wager, coworkers, one night stand

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By Claire April 02, 2015

3.5 - "I knew you'd be a screamer." Stars!

I really enjoyed this easy going, entertaining romance from Jennifer Bonds. Set in the world of advertising the author offered a refreshing take on the romance genre. The first novel in the Risky Business series, and the first book I have read by this aut... ...more

By [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ March 19, 2015

4 stars

I know I've got a good book when I tried to fit in a few pages here and there around RL. While I did enjoy the banter and hot sex I didn't think either MCs stood out as memorable. Also the end: cringeworthy!

Following so many unfinished books lately this was perfect for me. It was fun sexy... ...more

By Sheila April 07, 2015

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It is a romance novel written to perfection, all other romances could be held to the standards of this one. It's my first book by Jennifer Bonds but it won't be the last.
Olivia is a professional, career... ...more

By Nicola March 22, 2015

If you’re partial to an easy-read steamy office romance Once Upon a Dare is that.

When Olivia Masterson’s best-friend dares her to have some fun before she gets her big promotion the following day, she does exactly that and proceeds to have a one-night-sex-filled-stand with Cole Bennett. He’s not... ...more

By Danielle April 17, 2015

I love coming across debut authors and when they can tell a story like they've been writing for years? Even better! And let me tell you, Jennifer Bonds did not disappoint with her Brazen debut. Once Upon a Dare is quick, steamy, and has everything a forbidden office romance should have.

Olivia has... ...more

By Veronica of V's Reads April 08, 2015

Olivia Michaelson thinks she's getting a promotion at her ad agency, and goes out for a drink with her bestie Chloe to celebrate. While there, Chloe dares Olivia to hit on a man, and have her first one night stand evah...

Cole Bennett has just returned to NYC to take a partnership at an ad agency.... ...more

By Alison May 06, 2016

3.5 stars

Really easy to read I got hooked straight away but about 80% in really started loose interested as the heroine was getting on my nerves. ...more

By Kim Reads April 08, 2015

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
by Kim

For the past five years, Olivia Masterson has been working her butt off at Pritchard and Associates. She has been so focused on proving that she's more than just a pretty face that she has gained the reputation of being the “Ice Queen”. Rumor has it... ...more

By Maria Rose April 03, 2016

This sexy office romance is the story of Olivia and Cole. Following a friend's dare, Olivia discovers that the man who rocked her world one night is the same man she's going to be working with at her advertising agency. In fact, he got the position she had been expecting to be promoted to! There'... ...more

By Michelle April 04, 2015

ARC provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review

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Once Upon A Dare by Jennifer Bonds was a quick, steamy and entertaining read. What started as a dare for Olivia Masterson to break her ice queen facade soon turned into a one night of unadulterated hot steamy sex with Cole Be... ...more

By Pretty Sassy Cool December 16, 2015

x stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

Ad exec Olivia Masterson is out with her happy-go-lucky BFF Chloe, preemptively celebrating Olivia's impending promotion. Chloe challenges Olivia to let loose and hook up with a guy, and despite Olivia's best intentions, she sees just the man... ...more

By Lee April 22, 2015

I loved the premise of this book, a dare, a one night stand between two feisty people who don't yet realise they are work colleagues and the resulting fallout when they realise they are.

Olivia was career driven, always needing to prove her ability to make it on her own merits. She gets the job do... ...more

By 2kasmom March 24, 2015

The story of Cole Bennett and Olivia Masterson starts with a simple dare from a friend who think Olivia should get out more. Cole and Olivia meet at a bar near their work and the sparks were flying before they even said the first hello.

Cole has come to be a partner at the company they both work f... ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

I really love romances that take place in a corporate environment with a smart and hard-working heroine establishing herself in a dog-eat-dog world. So when I read the synopsis of Once Upon a Dare by Jennifer Bonds, I just had to add it to my TBR list. What a great read! The story is a little far... ...more

By Irene April 09, 2015

3.5 stars

Once Upon a Dare was a fun, steamy and entertaining read.

The writing is well done and the chemistry between the characters is smoking!
Looking forward to reading more from Jennifer Bonds in the near future.

Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Brazen for the advance copy in exchange for my ho... ...more

By Eleanore April 08, 2015

Imagine that something for which you've worked and slaved almost your entire life, and have been all but guaranteed that you'll receive ... goes to someone else.

Now imagine that that "someone else" turns out to be the man with whom you had a flaming one-night stand, but only after a friend dared... ...more

By Mikki April 22, 2015

I love the Brazen collection from Entangled. I have discovered so many amazing authors because of the Brazen collection. When I was given the opportunity to receive an ARC of Once Upon a Dare I did not think about it twice before accepting it. I always love to discover knew authors and I am alway... ...more

By Rachel April 06, 2015

With this debut novel for the Brazen line I have found a new author to add to the keeper pile. I loved this book, it was a fun, flirty, hot read that will suck you in and keep you reading.

What would you do if the one night stand that you were dared into having, unexpectedly turns up in your boss’... ...more

By April April 07, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review***

This is a delightful read that is the story of how two advertising execs who find they are attracted to each other and how that attraction blows hot, hard and fast.

Advertising executive Olivia Masterson loves her job and is con... ...more

By Sophievalencia_ April 14, 2015

I enjoy reading a debut by an author because I feel like I'm in the know, on the brink of discovering a gem. And I have with this book. Jennifer Bonds is an exciting contemporary romance author to look out for. (She's also a published the Crossroads Academy series (YA) as JJ Bonds.) Once Upon a D... ...more

By Kassiah January 02, 2016

4 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

Ad exec Olivia Masterson is out with her happy-go-lucky BFF Chloe, preemptively celebrating Olivia's impending promotion. Chloe challenges Olivia to let loose and hook up with a guy, and despite Olivia's best intentions, she sees just the man... ...more

By Jen November 14, 2015

Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Once Upon a Dare is the first book in the Risky Business series from author Jennifer Bonds and is an office romance that begins with a dare that leads to a one-night stand that soon turns into something far more complicated professionally and p... ...more

By Jennifer April 07, 2015

This was my first Jennifer Bonds read and I really enjoyed her writing and the story line. It was a quick and sweet read that will leave you wanting more of Olivia and Cole!

Olivia is trying to make it in a mans world. Let's face it the stereotypes are still out there that some jobs are just for m... ...more

By Gigi April 07, 2015

Advertising guru Olivia Masterson is all work and no play. But on the eve of earning her dream promotion, her best friend dares her to drop her ice queen façade for one night and seduce a sexy stranger. Olivia’s worked her ass off to get where she is—why the hell not?

Cole Bennett never thought h... ...more

By Jackie April 19, 2015

Olivia lives a life dedicated to her work. Her life and world revolves around her career goals. So her love and sex life has been non-existent for a very long time. That is until her best friend dares her to hit on the hottest guy in the bar. Deciding she should at least try she jumps head long i... ...more

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Jennifer Bonds

About the author

Jennifer Bonds

Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy alphas, and a whole lot of mischief. When she's not writing or wrangling toddlers, Jennifer can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and a weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She's lucky enough to live with her very own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

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