New York Times Best-selling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family…siblings shaped by a father's secrets and betrayal.
Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her…and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he'd rather forget.
Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men - until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all-out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she's stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But Riley's past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian's dominance might just cost her everything.
©2013 Karen Drogin (P)2014 Karen Drogin
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Ian is a dirty man. He likes control and he likes to play with Riley. He is also possessive of her time and attention and demands everything from her. He wants her to rely on him instead of her best friend Alex, Ian's half brother, and this is the biggest source of their trouble. Riley comes from an abusive background and Alex has proven himself to be the one she can trust. If Riley can’t find a way to trust Ian the way she does with Alex then their relationship isn't going to go far.
As a couple, they were well matched in stubbornness and complexity but this was a very average listen for me. It just didn't have that special Vroooom, that heart pulling feeling that a lot of these heavy sexy romance books have. I just couldn't connect with this book and won't bother with the rest of this series.
DARE TO LOVE isn't your standard fluffy shallow contemporary romance! This storyline was filled with complex charters, unique plot twists, and great dialogue. I really appreciated the familial connections woven within this story. I enjoyed that it had a nice balance of heated sexual encounters and actual storyline. For me, this was the hottest Carly Phillips book by far! I felt the author did an amazing job squeezing so much storyline in such a short book.
At it's core this is a story about strong characters overcoming great obstacles. I absolutely adored Riley. She's smart, driven, and full of heart. With her tragic childhood full of abuse, I was so happy to see her find happiness as an adult. And Ian is a swoon-worthy, Alpha male, with sensitivity just lying under the surface. After learning about his history, I completely understood where he was coming from. He was unwilling to lead the type of life that his father had. Learning that made me love him even more. I felt that their romance came on some what quickly, but their connection was steamy from their first meeting. I think that these two complemented each other very well, even though these two have such different backgrounds. These two are quite a pair. Ian would push Riley, and she would push right back at him.
I also enjoyed getting to know Ian's family. I can't wait until Alex gets his time in the spotlight. There is nothing like a cocky, sexy athlete. I love that this series centers around the Dare extended family. These siblings might have come from broken homes, but I really enjoyed their journey in the book. And how could you not love Ian's mother! She is such a strong role model for her children.
As always, Sophie Eastlake really delivered in this book. She has the perfect sultry voice to pull off this seductive audiobook. There are a few female narrators out there that can do male voices, as well as Sophie. I think she did a fantastic job with Ian. She captured his sexy, authoritative tone exquisitely. Her inflection and dictation are outstanding. And she really brought the story to life for me.
This book was a smart and sexy read. I enjoyed the cleaver dialogue and extremely interesting characters. It was a great audiobook to lose myself in for a couple hours. DARE TO LOVE sets up the rest of the series very well. I can't wait to read more about Ian's siblings and step-siblings! This was a very quick read for me, and I can't wait to get my hands on DARE TO DESIRE. This is a must read for those looking for a fast-paced, steamy romance!
***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***
Love books. Can get lost in them and spend hours there.
Wonderful story. Can't wait to start the next story. This author will hold your attention very well written a must read
I love to read and I'm happy that I get to follow along with a audiobooks
What mad this book Dare To Love enjoyable is that I got to read and listen to the audio and her how the narrator was telling the story.
Everything. I love every minute of it. And I couldn't get enough. And I was on the end of my seat when I was reading Dare To Love.
Sophie Eastlake bring out the best when I was going along with her narrating the Dare To Love book by Carly Phillips. And I never got lost.
What the book said hehehe Dare To Love duh. I would nit change a thing.
Just see what you like about this book. And enjoy reading Dare To Love like I did.
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3.5 out of 5 Licks
Don't think less of me but this was my first Carly Phillips book and I am so glad I to popped my cherry! I can also confirm that it will definitely not be my last. I generally only listen to audio books while I am at work or while commuting to and from work, but I couldn't stop listening to this one. Once I started it I couldn't stop. I love stories involving large families because that usually means lots more to come in the series and we all know I'm a series whore. Ian stormed his way into Riley's life and all but forced her to go on dinner dates with him, but he managed to stay pretty likable throughout that whole process. Being such a dominant man is was really no surprise that he made an ass of himself a few times and came dangerously close to losing Riley, but it was her insecurities that wound up coming between them. While in the end I warmed up to Riley she annoyed me there for a bit. Her past left her just as untrusting as Ian was but she seemed to have a much harder time moving forward. In the end they of course wind up happy, but it was definitely not a smooth path for the two of them. I'm excited to read more in this series. Alex's story is next but I hope Olivia's is soon! I'm dying to hear more about what's going on with her and Dylan.
With Sophie as narrator, I would definitely try another another book with her as narrator. Her impressive vocal talent is really remarkable and it totally made the book that much more enjoyable. You go girl!
I may, but the overly hot sex scenes are really not my forte. But I will see how the next one goes.
Ian is my favourite character in the book but I loved the depiction of Riley's persona by Sophie. Her dramatics were so evocative and really well done. All in all, it's difficult to choose between them as they are both favorites.
This is a really compelling story about two people who are bound by past experiences, and find the comfort and strength in each other, to move forward. To be free of everything that has held them back.
I'm not in to very graphic sexual content, so it was off putting, to some extent. However it was a great listening experience as Sophie Eastlake is a great narrator. Thanks for your vibrant story telling as the story line was very insightful of the nuances of past experiences that colour and form present behaviour patterns.
Looking forward to your other books.
I got this book for a very good price using whispersync. I must say that I got my money's worth. The book would have been worth my credit as well. I am looking forward to book #2
The relationship between the two main characters, who both had their own flaws was interesting. The outlying characters really added depth to the story, and sets the reader up to follow up this book with their stories as well.
Probably the book Heartbreaker because both characters had previous issues that kept them hesitating to accept their feelings for the other.
She had a smooth voice and relaxing performance, really enjoyable.
It was when Ian left her at the hospital.
Enjoyed the book, I think the series will be worth listening to in the future. I'm looking forward to Alex and Madison's story.
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