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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
I Dare You to Try It is a contemporary romantic novel written by Elie Jerome. The gentleman worked several jobs to help his younger brother, Gabriel, finish his schooling. Since their parents died, the gentleman took it upon himself as his responsibility to take care of his brother. One of his jobs was as a security guard with Team Undercover, an agency that provided such services to nightclubs in Manhattan. His first Friday night gig was covering for a security guard who was on vacation. The Flow was a bar and restaurant that had a large dance area and was open until 4 a.m. It was a popular venue that drew large crowds on Friday nights, and the bouncers had to be aware of the capacity limits at all times. The gentleman was polite and efficient as he checked the IDs of the patrons and kept control over any rowdiness. He was working alongside Antoine Perez, an outgoing and friendly guy, who wondered at the gentleman's stiffness and reticence, especially when it came to the female patrons. The gentleman’s interest was held, sometime later that night, by three women who were walking past The Flow, after having spent the evening at another club. The youngest one stopped and asked him to hug her mom who was visiting the city for the first time. As he considered her and her request, he could see in the other women's faces their hopes that he would honor her request, and he did.
Elie Jerome's contemporary romantic novel, I Dare You to Try It, is a well-written and compelling tale about love, friendship, and romance in the big city. The gentleman and Laurie's impromptu meeting outside The Flow is charming and feels straight out of a fairy tale romance. This effect is heightened as she sets the gentleman a quest to find her within a week’s time. But the course of true love, as many fairy tale romances show, rarely runs true and smoothly, especially when there are jealous and scheming people pretending to be friends and giving the worst possible advice. Jerome's plot is inspired, and his characters are well-defined and believable. While the two main characters are deftly portrayed, Jerome's supporting cast, especially Gabriel, the gentleman's brother, and Carlette, Laurie's mother, and her friend, Anne, are also marvelous characters given life and dimension by this perceptive and thoughtful author. I Dare You to Try It is highly recommended.