Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: THE DARE: The Chronicles of Katrina (Book One) by Karin Tabke

THE DARE: The Chronicles of Katrina (Book One) by Karin Tabke 
Author: Karin Tabke   
Source:  I received a copy from the author via Net Galley for an honest review.
Genre:  Erotica
Length: eNovella
Reviewed by:   Artemis           

THE DARE is a contemporary erotic romance with the signature Tabke hot cop. 


I dare you…

Dr. Katrina Winslow has always known who she is; an elite scientist, a certifiable genius and ultra-reserved when it comes to love and relationships. So when a simple game of truth or dare offers the cool doctor the opportunity to shed her lab coat and glasses and put on a pair of sexy stilettos, she accepts the dare. But will shedding her inhibitions fulfill her every desire and help her discover if she can be truly daring or will it cost her everything?

Two men, one a sexy stranger, and a night of no holds barred passion…

What would you dare to do?

THE DARE: The Chronicles of Katrina (Book One) by Karin Tabke

***Author’s Note: This is book one of a four part series.***

I really wanted to rate this novella 5 stars, but there were a few things that I just couldn’t let slip by.  So let’s get those out of the way. 

This novella is not Contemporary Erotic Romance.    It is Erotica.  There isn’t a HEA or HFN for the H/h in this story.  Yes, there is a hint of one to come, but it doesn’t end with one and that is where the confusion lies.  I’m not a professional by any means, but here are two references you can check out for yourselves:  QUERY TRACKER and RWA.

I’m a cheapskate.  For an enovella of 68 pages, the price of $2.99 is too deep for my pocketbook. Hell, I just bought five full length ebooks for 99¢!

Finally, if the slime-ball fuck-buddy can cum prepared for a spur-of-the-moment “dare” with the condition that said “dare” must use a condom.  Then he sure as hell should have stashed a trial size packet of lube in his pocket.  Using “juices” for any anal penetration is a big no-no; no matter how copious!

Whew! Now that I’ve gotten that over with…

I really did love this story.  Honest!  Cross my heart and all that jazz!

Katy is a wealthy, intelligent, and likeable woman who is involved with her work, charities and foundations:  A classic “lab rat”.  Unfortunately, when it comes to matters of the heart and bedroom, Katy is a bit naïve.  And that is where the trouble starts.  I couldn’t help but like Katy and her spunk.  Despite her “boyfriend” set-back, she’s determined not to make the same mistake again.

I knew there was something slimy about Evan from the beginning. Could feel it through my Nook – my fingers would slip when turning the page.  Still, his character is written so well, you love to hate him!  Plus, he does lead Katy in her “sex-education” exploration.

The Dare "Green Eyes" Simon  –   **sigh**  That is all.

If what happened in this room last night got out, her credibility amongst her peers would be gone.  Because everyone knew you could not have a genius IQ and fuck a stranger, and like it all while…..

Oh, who am I kidding!  I’ll dish out whatever is necessary for The Chronicles of Katrina (Book Two).  Especially since Ms. Tabke left us LIKE THAT!!!


  1. Woohoo! I might have to get this one and the three that follow. Sounds like an interesting story.

  2. Mary, I will admit that I'm a Karin "FanGurl". This lady can write! And I like every genre she writes in: erotic, historical and PNR. I can't say that about any other author that is on my auto-buy list.

    Although this isn't romance with the typical HEA, it is one H.O.T. read. For a novella, it is a very good story that keeps you involved and with strong characters.

    Yes, I'll be following these Chronicles.


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