Dark, tangled, mesmerizing romantic suspense. A modern day twist on Bret Easton Ellis’s “Less Than Zero”, “If You Dare” gives new meaning to the phrase ‘the ties that bind’.
The whole tale reminds us that the evils of a big city can also run rampant in a small town, especially when rich high school kids with uninvolved parents are let loose in Rovers and Beemers. “If You Dare”, the third and final book in the Dare series from Shantel Tessier, unmasks the secrets of this dark and sordid romantic suspense.
The Dare Series
“I Dare You,” the first book in the Dare series, introduces the Great White Sharks, a wealthy version of a dangerous powerful gang. All are swim team members. All are wealthy. All are lethal. The herd of eight dwindles to five.
The dark romance between Austin and Cole fills the first two books in the Dare series. Dark mysteries unfold as the high school kids unleash their own brand of revenge on the evils in their town.
In “If You Dare,” the high school kids are now in college, in a new Texas town they don’t own. And someone from their past has decided to change the rules of the game.
At the core of this book, another dark, twisted romance unfolds. However,suspense leads the herd in this tale of sharks.
Through a bountiful number of flashbacks we remember the sordid details of the past. The lies are so rampant, the flashbacks help. I suspect the abundance of flashbacks means someone could read “If You Dare” and understand the depth of the story and be completely mesmerized and drawn in without reading the first two books. However, I wouldn’t recommend it.
In order to fully understand the depravity of Cole and Austin’s relationship, I would strongly recommend reading “I Dare You” first. “I Promise”, the second book, told from Cole’s POV, offers tantalizing insight into Cole’s tenebrious mind. If you’re not up for the deep dive, you can skip it. However, “I Dare You” is a must read prior to reading “If You Dare.”