ARC Review: If You Dare by A.R. Torre

Posted November 9, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: If You Dare by A.R. Torre
If You Dare
by A.R. Torre

3.5 Stars


Released: November 10th 2015
Series: Deanna Madden #3
Published by Redhook / Hachette Book Group
Format: eARC

“I was shocked and shaken and have gone back and forth with my feelings on this installment.  The author really does keep the reader guessing with this one!”
~ Under the Covers

IF YOU DARE is the conclusion to the Deanna Madden saga.  A series I’ve enjoyed reading because it’s one of those that you can’t stop reading where the train-wreck is going.  Deanna Madden is just not right.  She is a bit psychotic and although we haven’t seen her in action much throughout this series, mostly she talks about it, this last installment is the one that hits too close to home for her.

I don’t want to give spoilers, as it is best experienced.  I will say that I doubted and I experienced a lot of “WTF!!!!” during this book.  I kept wondering if the author had really gone there, only to think in the back of my mind that there had to be a twist coming to salvage my faith in this series.

That being said, and although I wish the ending was different, IF YOU DARE stays true to character for Deanna and leaves us with the only possible outcome for her.  This is not a really a romance, so we don’t get an HEA.

I was shocked and shaken and have gone back and forth with my feelings on this installment.  The author really does keep the reader guessing with this one!  It was an enjoyable read and I was really excited to see the full cast of characters intertwined in this one.  Even finally meeting Dr. Derek!  The only thing that kept me from giving this a solid 4 stars was I felt there could’ve been a better wrap up of loose ends for a more satisfying finish.  It was kind of abrupt.

If you’ve been reading this series, this is a must read for the final conclusion.  But I think this series is best enjoyed by readers who don’t necessarily need their HEA.

Favorite quotes:

“If I made a list of difficult tasks, breaking out of a prison would top the list.”

“When I open my eyes, I am the girl I never wanted to be but have been for a long time.  I am the madness, the demon, the insanity.”

“I loved him.  No matter if it was twisted and deceitful and false, I loved him.  Without him, it’s all broken.”




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About A.R. Torre

A.R. Torre is a pseudonym of Alessandra Torre.


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Amy R

I have book 1 on my TBR pile but haven’t started this series.

Barb Hill-Kidd
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Book 1 is the ONLY book that I ever requested a refund for. I found the plot to have way too many holes and if you are going to write dark then I want it to be dark and not full of coincidences.

I know this series has fans but I am not one. I thought the review was interesting and fair plus you didn’t add an spoilers.


Thanks for the review francesca


I’ve got the first book which I’ll be reading this week…thanks for the review Francesca you definitely have me even more excited to get to this book!