Welcome to the Blog Tour for Dare Me Again by Shelly Alexander! Very delighted I can be part of the tour and share with you all a great excerpt.
Next to sharing that excerpt I also got some teasers, and of course information on the book/author.
Making dreams come true is a red-hot challenge for two stubborn hearts risking it all on a second chance…
Hot-wired and restless, financial wizard Elliott Remington doesn’t turn down a dare. This time it’s to coordinate a service-dog boot camp for veterans at his family’s resort. Success means a one-way ticket to the West Coast to pursue his dream career. But it comes with a hitch: teaming up with his ex, who vanished on him ten years ago with nothing more than a kiss-off note.
As fiery as her hair and as stubborn as her name, Rebel Tate did what she had to do—for Elliott’s sake and her own. A dog whisperer with a keen sense of survival, she’s lived a tough life. Here she is, back in Angel Fire Falls, doing what she loves, next to a man she’s never forgotten. While the flame between them still smolders, neither is ready to get burned.
For Elliott, trusting Rebel is a gamble. For Rebel, sharing the secrets that sent her running is a risk. Now, while finishing a job that could define both their futures, two hearts are about to collide—and a second chance at true romance could be the greatest dare of all.
Elliott didn’t know she’d been hired as the new dog trainer. “What do you want?” he asked.
Right. This wasn’t going to be awkward. Not in the least. “I’m here for the boot camp.” Rebel chose her words carefully, the heat of his stare licking over her like fire.
Rem pulled on the leash, and she released enough slack for him to sit flush against Elliott, who immediately stepped away. Rem followed. Instead of taking another step back, Elliott focused on the dog, like he was really seeing the service vest for the first time.
His eyes widened.
“You’re staying here? To train your dog?” His head snapped up, his voice a mixture of shock and disbelief.
“No,” Rebel responded. “Well, yes. I’m the new tr—”
A horn beeped and a white Jeep appeared, coming from the lane she knew led to the residential cottages where members of the family lived. The Jeep pulled around the drive and parked.
A young boy jumped out of the passenger seat and lumbered toward the duck. “Waddles!”
It didn’t seem to startle the duck at all. In fact, the duck waddled in the boy’s direction as fast and furious as his legs would carry him. The boy scooped him up into a hug, and the duck settled against the kid’s chest like they were long-lost pals.
Rebel had never seen anything like it, except with therapy dogs. But a therapy duck?
It was incredible. And totally awesome.
“Hi, Uncle Elliott,” the boy half yelled. Then he skipped all the way into the game room.
So one of the Remington brothers had a kid.
A pretty woman with light-brown hair, about Rebel’s age, climbed out of the driver’s seat and hurried over with an iPad in her hand. When she got close enough, Rebel recognized her from their video calls. “Rebel Tate?” Lily offered a friendly wave as she approached.
“Yes.” Rebel glanced at Elliott.
His hard body grew even more stiff, tension rolling off him. Rem whined and pressed into Elliott, who seemed to grow confused at the dog’s attention.
Rebel tightened her grip on the leash to prevent a replay of the dog-and-hottie show she’d just witnessed.
“Ms. McGill just called me from the ferry terminal and said you were on your way.” Lily stopped within arm’s reach and held out her hand.
Rebel shook it. “I hope it’s okay that I came early. I’m excited about the camp and wanted extra time to prepare.” They didn’t need to know the extra prep time was for her to get her bearings before the inevitable confrontation.
She glanced at Elliott’s scowling face. Definitely an epic fail.
“It’s perfectly fine. I see you two have met.” Lily shifted her friendly expression to Elliott. “Rebel is the expert dog whisperer we’ve hired for the boot camp.”
Elliott’s scowl deepened like he was in physical pain.
Rebel stared down at a blade of grass like it was the most fascinating shade of green she’d ever seen. Besides Elliott’s ridiculously beautiful eyes, of course.
Rem whined. Stepped toward Rebel, then back to Elliott like he couldn’t decide who was the most stressed.
Lily’s expression blanked, and she gave them both a confused look. “What’s going on?”
When Elliott didn’t offer a response, Rebel spoke up. “Elliott and I already know each other. I grew up on the island.”
“Oh. Well, welcome back, then.” Lily gave both of them an uncertain smile. “Small world, isn’t it?”
Elliott shrugged. “Not really all that small. It’s big enough for a person to run away and hide. For years.”
That one stung.
“Look, I—” Didn’t want to let you go. Didn’t want to drag you down. She definitely didn’t want to bring up their history right then and there. She lifted her chin. “I’m here to work, and I guarantee I’ll do a great job with the camp.”
“Great!” Lily obviously thought that settled it. “The sponsor put together profiles for each veteran.” She tapped on the screen of her iPad. “I’m forwarding those to you as we speak. Why don’t I show you to your room, then you can spend the rest of the day getting reacquainted with the Remington, since you weren’t scheduled to start until tomorrow.”
Rebel said.At the same time Elliott said, “Not happening.”
That awkward pause was back, and Rebel cleared her throat. “I agreed to work with you, Lily. Whatever you want is fine with me.”
“Actually.” The nearly undetectable hesitation in Lily’s voice made the hair on Rebel’s arms prickle. “You’ll be working with Elliott while you’re here. He’ll be in charge of the boot camp.”
And the situation just skyrocketed from awkward to downright nightmarish.