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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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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 let loose 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?


"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!" --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." --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." --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 author ...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 an ...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-dr ...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 pa ...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 be ...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. He ...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 th ...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's n ...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 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 Becky January 09, 2019

Hot, sexy and sweet. Once Upon a Dare is a fantastic read. Sometimes dares are worth taking. Olivia is a lovely strong woman who doesn't want a mans help to get ahead. Cole is strong headed and goes after what he wants. Even when Cole comes off a bit strong he is so totally swoon worthy. Olivia know ...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 to ...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 done ...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 for. ...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-fe ...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 hones ...more

By Whispers From December 05, 2018

Olivia is in advertising and the night before she’s supposed to find out if she’s made partner, she goes out with her friend Chloe. Olivia is known as the Ice Queen, all work and no play, so when Olivia dares her to have a one night stand with a stranger, she goes for it. Cole is back in New York af ...more

By Stacy December 06, 2018

What do you do after you find out that the one night stand who gave you the hottest night of your life takes your promotion. Then you are tasked to work with him and he is now your boss?

Olivia is a very hard worker and deserves the promotion. The weekend before the reveal her friend takes her out an ...more

By Sandy July 18, 2017

Cole and Olivia discovered how good they could be together on a dare, but working under the arrogant Cole could prove more than a match for advertising guru, Olivia. He's already stolen the promotion she's worked years for, but she won't let him win the war.

The perfect example of how working relatio ...more

By Becky December 13, 2018

Once Upon a Date is a steamy workplace romance. The one night stand that got away turns up the next day. Fighting list and egos takes up almost as much time as their day jobs.

It's naughty fun. Once Upon a Dare was a great way to immerse myself in a workplace romance with out the drama of real life. ...more

By Katie March 13, 2018

More like 3.5 stars... cute, light-hearted, easy read. They had good chemistry, but there was a lot of telling rather than showing... I think she overreacted a bit at the end with the big conflict, and his apology was CHEESE-TASTIC, but, still cute. Loved the epilogue! Adorable. ...more

By Jeannine June 26, 2019

Well this is all kinds of hot and steamy. Olivia and Cole were oozing sexual tension and chemistry all over the place. It certainly wasn’t a horrible way to spend an afternoon reading about these two love birds. Yeah, there’s some good stuff in here. I enjoyed it! ...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 always l ...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’s o ...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 consid ...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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