This was a fun read. If You Dare by Sandy Lowe is an erotic romance novel about two women who seem on the surface to be total opposites and completely incompatible. They meet at the Grumpy Goat Bar in their hometown of Sunshine Falls, a small town in New York State. In spite of Lauren West’s reputation as a “bad girl” and librarian Emma Prescott’s “good girl” persona, the two connect very quickly. They gradually realize when it comes to matters of the heart and their desires, they may not be that different after all.
This story is funny, erotic, and romantic. There is also some heartache in the tale, mostly involving the two women’s pasts, especially Lauren. It is mostly there to add conflict to the story. There is, of course, a lot of sexy times between these two. Some of them involve light BDSM elements. There is also some role play in the tale. I will state here that one of those role playing scenes involves Lauren and Emma pretending to have non-consensual sex. This is just a cautionary note for those who may have problems reading about that.
This is an excellently written erotic romance. I connected with Lauren and Emma immediately, and it’s easy to see their chemistry. I also believe that the Grumpy Goat is one of the best names for a bar ever. I can definitely recommend this novel to all who love a good romance with lots of steamy sex.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.