**Dear family members, if you’re reading this I highly suggest you skip this review**
Title: The Dare: A Dark Erotic Novella
Author: Harley LaRoux
Publisher: Harley LaRoux
Read: November 2019
Rating: 5 Caffeinated Stars
Trigger Warnings: Humiliation Play, Fear Play, Pain Play
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.
This dark erotic novella is written in First Person POV and is about 30k words in length.
WARNING! This book contains intense fantasy scenes of hard kinks/edgeplay, graphic sex, and harsh language. It is intended only for an adult audience.
These are the kinks within: heavy erotic humiliation, heavy fearplay, heavy painplay, knifeplay, CNC play (with consent shown), boot worship, spanking, crying, blowjobs, clowns, spit, bondage, light public play, light bloodplay.
There is snow on the ground, so naturally, I am missing autumn. I figured it was time to write my review on Harley LaRoux’s The Dare (finally). I tend to read more romance, but I enjoy diving into the deep and sometimes dark subgenre of erotica every now and then. The Dare is one of those novellas that I will have to reread whenever I am missing that October feeling. I read this on Kindle Unlimited, but I know for a fact that I need to buy this book if I ever cancel my KU subscription. Trust me. This is worth the reread.
I loved everything about this book, but what I loved the most was the clear line of consent. It was obvious that safewords were present and that each character could make it stop or walk away. I love that no consent lines were blurred and that at no times did I question if things were going too far for the characters. The clear consent lines made all of the various kinks that much hotter. The fear & humiliation play worked exceptionally well together.
The chemistry between the characters was what made this book so hot I’m surprised my kindle didn’t catch fire. Everything single moment between Jessica & Manson was scorching. Their connection was everything I could want in an erotica, and honestly, it was believable from a real-life standpoint. I loved seeing the give and take, and I especially liked the bratty tendencies that Jessica had. Manson was an interesting character that knew how to get under Jessica’s skin, which made it so much fun to read. My only issue with this book is that it didn’t last long enough. I would LOVE a full-length novel featuring Jessica & Manson.
Obviously, you can tell that I loved this book. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who isn’t scared away by the content warnings. The Dare is hands down my favorite erotica, and well worth your time!
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