21st read: The Dare

If you’re blood related to me, you might want to skip this one. We’re heading into some sexy NSFW territory!

This novella was recommended to me by Jana and I’m so grateful. I’ll keep a close eye on what she’s reading, she truly has great taste.

I’m a kinky person, but I struggle with kinky books.

Some authors give poor content warnings or misrepresent the communities I engage with. My mother no doubt remembers my lectures about the unsafe practices she tried to replicate after reading 50 Shades of Grey (Pornographic BDSM material should not be used as an instructional manual. Research non-fiction, if you wish to incorporate these practices in your real life safely.)

Other authors don’t go far enough for me. I’m a thrill-seeker and love to read about twisted, toxic romance. My tolerance for violence is quite high. I read fiction to have experiences I cannot have safely in real life. I want them to go too far.

It’s a fine balance & Harley Laroux strikes it perfectly.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


The Dare


Harley Laroux








Novella, Romance, Smut, BDSM


Warning: This erotica contains scenes and elements that may be disturbing to some readers. Please review the full content warning below.

Jessica Martin is not a nice girl.

As Prom Queen and Captain of the cheer squad, she’d ruled her school mercilessly, looking down her nose at everyone she deemed unworthy. The most unworthy of them all? The “freak,” Manson Reed: her favorite victim.

But a lot changes after high school.

A freak like him never should have ended up at the same Halloween party as her. He never should have been able to beat her at a game of Drink or Dare. He never should have been able to humiliate her in front of everyone. Losing the game means taking the dare: a dare to serve Manson for the entire night as his slave. It’s a dare that Jessica’s pride – and curiosity – won’t allow her to refuse. What ensues is a dark game of pleasure and pain, fear and desire.

Is it only a game?
Only revenge?
Only a dare?
Or is it something more?

This book contains intense fantasy scenes of hard kinks/edgeplay, graphic sex, and harsh language. It is intended only for an adult audience. […] The activities depicted therein are dangerous and are not meant to be an example of realistic BDSM. Reader discretion is advised.

Kinks/Fetishes within: erotic humiliation, fearplay, painplay, knifeplay, consensual non-consent (CNC), orgasm denial, boot worship, spanking, crying, blowjobs, clowns, group sexual activities, spit, bondage, public play, bloodplay.


27 jan 2023


27 jan 2023



Writing Quality:















ALRIGHT. My heart is still pounding from this memory of this book. I don’t remember the last time I’ve felt this flustered while reading. Where to start?

Mason and his friends (Jason, Vincent & Lucas) are amazing & I adore them. They reminded me of some high school friends (especially Jesse, my first love & one of my closest friends) and I didn’t like how everyone at the party spoke about them. I love goths.

I love men who wears makeup. I love men who are loyal & trustworthy.

Jessica often made me laugh by being too stereotypical. I don’t think people like that truly exist… do they? I struggled to take her seriously, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying myself. At times, it made me want to punish her with them.

I loved reverse harems as a teenager, but I haven’t found a good one in forever. It felt good to rediscover and remember that love.

I devoured this book in an afternoon, then I began complaining about the length…and google granted my wish: this is the prequel to a series. Immediately acquired them on kindle, so I could read without delay.

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