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Berkley, Oct 2003, 6.99, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0425192768

San Francisco dancer Alyssa Preston arrives in Wilmette, Illinois for her best friend's wedding. However, the bride Mindy Bickham asks Alyssa to do her a favor. Following her former fiancé cheating on her just before the wedding, Mindy needs to know if her betrothed Tom stays faithful when strippers will be at the bachelor party hosted by his pal the best man Cooper Sinclair. Reluctantly Alyssa agrees and manages to join the striptease artists when one of the foursome went home ill.
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Alyssa puts on quite a show until Cooper stops her. Later Cooper and Alyssa make love, but she is gone by morning. At the reception, he figures out that the bride's maid Alyssa is the “Bambi” from last night who has made him forget about work for the first in eons. Alyssa flees to San Francisco and Cooper follows as he realizes that he loves his “Bambi”.

Any novel that has its two lead characters playing truth or dare is bound to be a lot of fun and that is the case with this book. The story line engages the audience though readers will agree with Alyssa that if Mindy has doubts about his faithfulness she should not marry him. Contemporary romance readers will find THE DARE is a pleasant story that entertains (no conscious implied reference to Joplin's The Entertainer) the audience from the moment Alyssa strips.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   did something slutty

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   entertainer


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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