Meet Maya Hope. Double-dipped in cocoa with brick-house curves, she's a lover of jazz, a political poet, and a sociologist. Her best friend and roommate, Athena Jackson, is her opposite in every way -- a petite ex-cheerleader who's always blaring rap, grinding out rhymes, and ready to take the next man home. When Maya is forced to pinch-hit in an audition and bust Athena's rhymes, she finds herself on an undercover escapade in the wild world of hip-hop as the raw, sexy, roughneck Jezebel. After striking a deal with her own personal devil, Maya sets off on the tempting roller-coaster ride of a lifetime -- finding music, more fun than she's ever had, and even a man or two...but not without consequences. Brimming with electric sensuality, Dare is an unforgettable, envelope-pushing odyssey of two gutsy women playing by their own rules.
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I received this book from a gift exchange at work. I was skeptical because I live in NYC and ride the subway where frankly I see young African Americans reading books with ridiculous titles and plots. When I realized the Dare was set in the world of hip hop, I was doubly turned off. However, as a passionate reader I will give almost anything a 15 page chance. Fifteen pages in, I was hooked. What a really interesting human story! For some reason, I noticed that the book wears the tag of erotica. That is definitely a misleading label. Dare was a fun and thoughtfully written contemporary story. There was one or two sex scenes in 350 plus pages-- hardly erotica. Abiola Abrams is also a poetic writer. I actually ended up ordering copies of Dare myself and giving them as holiday gifts. I tend to shy away from doing reviews, but I really enjoyed this book. Dare is not about hip hop, it is about a 30 something year old woman in her second coming of age, and it was fascinating that the author considers this a modern retelling of Faust or The Wizard of Oz. There are affirmations worked into the story. Book club questions too! Well done!