International sexpert Tracey Cox gives you 30 fascinating tales of real women's fantasies that have been turned into erotic realities in Dare: What Happens When Fantasies Come True. What would happen if you turned your secret desires into a reality?
"You can read Dare on two different levels. Focus on the 'fantasy' part and it's glossy, solo-sex inspiring erotica, switch to the 'reality' and it turns into a thoroughly entertaining read that's both funny and car-crash fascinating!" - Tracey Cox
Tracey Cox is an international sex, body language and relationships expert. Well-known for her TV shows, columns and books on these fascinating topics, she has also dedicated over a decade to exploring female desire.
Dare invites you to discover 30 real life accounts of what real women fantasise about and what drives them to turn their erotic dreams into real life sex acts. From sex with millionaires and escorts, multiple partners in one single day or joining the mile high club, Dare has a sexy story to suit your every mood.
- Author: Tracey Cox
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Tracey Cox - Dare: What Happens When Fantasies Come True 8 out of 10 (5 reviews) Write your own review
Realistic Stories Galore!
Reviewed: 08 September 2014 by Little Lady, a Straight Going Steady Female
I've never bought an erotic book before, although I have read erotic stories online before. So when LH sent me this to review I was rather excited, and I won't lie, I thought it would take me agggges to review this as I'm such a slow reader! However it didn't take me that long at all to read, which I was glad about.
This book is really good and I was surprised about the layout of the book and how real the stories were, all written by real people (mostly women).
Each story/chapter of this book is set out as the fantasy, the decision and the reality, and I won't lie, half the time the reality never lives up to the fantasy, which in my opinion is good, as let's face it, when our fantasies are acted out they're never as we expect and certainly don't work out the way we imagine nine times out of ten.
I loved how the stories in this book were all written out by normal people just like me and you, which makes it that little bit more real, instead of just some fantasy stories made up by a writer.
What was really good about this book is that I could sit and read it aloud with my OH and it did give us a few ideas of some fantasies we can re-enact and even got us talking about some sexual fantasies that we both have and would like to try out.
It has made me want to buy another erotic book in the future to read with my OH, as like I mentioned, it was enjoyable and something different!
I would definitely recommend this book to any individuals, or couples who are new to reading erotica and fancy giving it a go!
- How it was all based on real stories and events.
- That there weren't some stories tailored to my fantasies.
- Bottom line
- A great book to read for anyone wishing to start reading erotica.
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Truth v Dare
Reviewed: 12 June 2013 by KinkyFuckery, a Straight Going Steady Female
Another great book from Tracey Cox.
Her latest book is a great insight to why we fantasise, what we dare to dream in our heads before acting it out in reality, what effect it has, and does fantasy really become reality?
This book has 30 short stories, my favourite being 'I've been having a hot affair for five years'.
Each story is written in 3 parts: ehe Fantasy, what we imagine it would be like to experience, is usually the perfect scenario; the Decision - where the story switches from fantasy to realit,y why the woman decided to act out the fantasy. and Reality, what actually happens.
What is different from all the other the erotic books out there since 50 Shades of Grey hit the bookshelves, this gives you a true insight of what real woman have experienced in real life but with the added fantasy if you like to live in the dream world too.
This book can be split in two levels of reading. You can have the naughty read by just reading the fantasy or you can have a little giggle be amused and also entertain by the decision and reality parts too.
Since 50 Shades people have been looking to explore their sexual desires and I have seen this alot on LH forum. 'How do you go about introducing your partner in to x y or z ?' has been a question that has been raised a lot and yet again Tracey Cox has provided a chapter or two to give you guidance on how to go about this with handy hints and tips in 'Head to bed: Fancy making your dream come true'. This is really handy for couples who don't know how to approach or bring up this subject that you would like to explore more in the bedroom.
This book could easily be read by both men and woman, to give an insight of what reality is really like and also it may help the men understand the fantasies us woman have.
Nice added touch in the book is Tracey Cox thanks Richard Longhurst and Neal Slateford who work at LH who produce her product range.
- Easy to read and greater understanding of Fantasy v Reality.
- Bottom line
- Very good insight into fantasies with great couple advice.
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What happens when fantasies come true?
Reviewed: 18 September 2014 by capricorn13, a Straight Married Female
In this book, bestselling author and sexpert Tracey Cox compiles the erotic fantasies of 30 real women and tells us what happened when they dared to turn their fantasy into reality.
The self contained stories range in length from just 4 pages to 16 pages but typically they are about 10 pages long; this makes the book perfect to pick up and put down when you have limited time. However, while the cover picture is tasteful the text makes it clear what the book contains so you may not want to read it on the bus to work. I read it while on holiday.
Each story is written in three parts: The Fantasy - the idealised scenario; The Decision - when the woman decides to act out the fantasy and The Reality - what actually happened.
Some of the fantasies are very detailed and quite “hot” while others are slightly more pedestrian. The decision section is generally the shortest, sometimes just a couple of paragraphs, and in some cases gives us an insight into why the particular woman decided to act out her dream while in others it tells us how she went about setting it up. A few of the reality stories are quite humorous, some poignant and some are just plain disastrous; few live up to the fantasy for either the protagonist or the reader.
Did I enjoy the book? Some of the individual fantasies just didn’t do anything for me and as erotica and I found the woman’s attitude in one of the realities rather distasteful, but there was plenty to hold my attention. I certainly found it interesting, especially the introduction and the final chapters, “Head to Bed” and “What does your fantasy say about you?”
I think the real weakness of this book is it is not totally sure of its target audience; is it a “raunchy read” or a more intellectual social study? On balance, I might have preferred the latter as there are better written, more entertaining erotic stories out there.
Although far from a representative cross section of society, I have to admire these women; they were first of all brave enough to reveal their secret desires, second take steps to make them real and third accept the consequences.
However, having read this book my fantasies will remain just that: an idealised version of me - younger, thinner, more athletic, more outgoing and more adventurous - playing out erotic scenarios in my head.
- The variety of stories. That the stories were real.
- I felt it fell between 2 genres
- Bottom line
- Not always erotic and not fiction, more thought provoking and interesting.
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Tracey did try her best, but
Reviewed: 22 June 2013 by HappilyExperimenting, a Straight Going Steady Female
Tracey Cox's new book is about fantasies - why we have them, who's most likely to have the schoolgirl fantasy and what happens when these fantasies leave the privacy of our own minds. The book is 293 pages long and the size of a modest paperback. It has a pretty decent front cover and unless someone knew who Tracey Cox was, they wouldn't suspect the book to be erotic. There are three sections to every story - the fantasy, the decision and the reality.
The Fantasy - This is where the woman (and it's always the woman, there are no male fantasies in here. It would be nice to have a male version of the book soon, Tracey!) describes her fantasy. It might be seducing a young man, or having a threesome, but the fantasy sections explore several themes and they are always stylised - I imagine them like anime cartoons where the woman is in control and always orgasms first. There is normally a lot of foreplay and it's all very romanticised. Each fantasy is obviously fictional and probably not as long as some people would like, but you can't please everyone.
The Decision - This part will tell you about her decision to put her fantasy into reality, a bit on her background and why she has decided to move from "Head to Bed". The Decision helps us gain an insight into the real woman's mind who decided to do this - and they are women like us, with normal, everyday jobs. This section helps you get some perspective on the individual.
The Reality - This section is good for a laugh, I had a few giggles but there were a few awkward moments when I wasn't sure what to think. Sure, these are real women who have had these experiences but what do you think when your husband stops in the middle of oral sex to ask if you want a glass of wine? There are a few "oops" moments and a few soul-crushing ones too.
The problem I'm having with this book is that I've always viewed Tracey as a sexpert rather than an erotic novelist. The stories just aren't long enough and don't have a good amount of detail to keep the stories erotic. Tracey seems like she is sharing experiences around afternoon tea rather than a drunken party. This book is not an erotic novel, it's more information that we already have from Supersex, SuperHotSex and Sextasy. It tries to help women into convincing their partners into trying new things they normally wouldn't by sharing other women's experiences in novel form.
To get to the point, I'll say this in the nicest albeit bluntest way possible - this is an educational book for women to normalise fantasies and strengthen relationships. It is not an erotic novella, it is an informative read much like Tracey's other books. I don't think I once got aroused. Saying that though, it has sparked ideas for many of my own fantasies. I do like the idea of some of the fantasies in this book and it was a very good read, especially the psychological explanations at the end, but I think most men won't want to read this - it is generally aimed at women and the majority of readers will be women. Sad fact is, this isn't sexually gripping for me and I saw it more as a textbook of information than an orgasm-inducing set of stories.
On the plus side, I did like most of the stories although Tracey does focus on the more acceptable side of sex. Strap-ons, threesomes and anal sex are some of the topics covered but there is nothing on domination, pet play, transexuals or watersports despite these being common fantasies nowadays. I would like to see a wider range of fantasies next time, more for men! I did enjoy this book, just not in the way I thought I would. Inspiring, but not sexy reading. Sorry Tracey.
- The information about fantasies, the ideas it gave me.
- Aimed mainly at women, similar to other books, not arousing.
- Bottom line
- An educational book trying to be an erotic novel.
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To dare or not to dare
Reviewed: 09 September 2014 by delilahxx, a Straight Single Female
I was really excited to get this book. I thought it would be a great turn on to read other people's fantasies. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations at all.
There is a small chapter at the front called 'Why Do We Fantasise', which I found quite interesting to read, although a bit short. Then in the front of the book it has a list of all the fantasies that were carried out by the women, 30 in all. I really liked this as you can pick and choose which ones to read rather than read it in order.
I excitedly turned to one that caught my eye called 'I bedded the man of my dreams and it turned into a nightmare'. Reading the fantasy, I realised one important thing. Our fantasies are very unique to us - two women may have the same fantasy, but the scenario can differ wildly. The fantasy didn't turn me on at all, and in fact most of them in the book didn't. The ones that did turn me one only did a little bit, certainly not the big turn on I was expecting.
The next part of the story is called 'The Decision'. This is where you learn a bit about the women who wrote the fantasy, and how and why she decided to make the fantasy come true. This part I found quite interesting, to see a little of what makes the woman tick.
The final part of the stories are called 'The Reality', where the woman make the fantasy come true. This was the most disappointing part of the book, as they were all nothing like the fantasy. Most of the stories were a big turn-off for me, a real disappointment.
At the back there are a couple more chapters, one about if you want to make your fantasy come true, which could be helpful for people thinking about it and aren't sure. The final chapter explains what different fantasies say about you. I found this quite interesting, but a bit more like common sense than anything else.
Sadly, overall I am not a fan of this book. Maybe I'm just hard to please! So would I recommend it to others? Well, I was really looking forward to it and didn't like it, but others may. So really the only thing to do is buy it yourself to find out!
- Not a lot to be honest.
- It was mostly a big turn-off.
- Bottom line
- A book of 30 fantasies that others might like, sadly I didn't.
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