She was off limits...
But he couldn't resist.
There are just some guys you don't touch - even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother's best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can't resist. After all, she's wanted him for years.
On leave from the army, Tyler Dare is just looking for a little fun, but his best friend's sister is off limits. Yet, unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible.
Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her, in more ways than one.
©2016 Karen Drogin (P)2016 Karen Drogin
Carly Phillips is a name I've seen around for a while now, and it wasn't until recently that I started getting really curious about her work. She's pretty prolific and I had issues trying to decide where to start, so maybe it was a bit of fate intervening when the Audavoxx request came through. Dare to Take is book six in the Dare to Love series, HOWEVER it can be read as a standalone and doesn't relay on knowledge of the previous books. There is a small spoiler fact for the previous novels, but I'd go so far as to say it only made me want to read them more.
Our story focuses on Ella Shaw and Tyler Dare, who had a rather humiliating and painful experience together years ago and have spent much of their time trying to avoid each other..though for different reasons. Both are caring, independent, and a little distant thanks to bad experiences in their pasts and the way these two just clicked made the chemistry between them undeniable, and I'm really pleased with the way their relationship progressed. So often when the main characters are faced with issues and problems, the issues are pushed aside or magically cured by a quick rendezvous between the sheets...and I was so terrified that it was going to go that route, but it really doesn't. Ella and Tyler have a lot of growing to do on their own, and they both take the time to do that without the other around. It's just as much about their individual journeys as it is about their journey together. And let's not forget the amazing unit that is the Dare family. I really love romance novels where there is a large, loving, and close family involved...where there is no pressure to be anyone other than you, and add in a great support network for both main characters to relay on. We even have a taste of romantic suspense added in, and even though I figured it out kind of quickly it was a nice little touch.
The narration by Sophie Eastlake is phenomenal! She manages to capture that easy going feeling of the novel without ever loosing the emotion that really makes this story pop.She does some pretty solid voice work, especially when it comes to the Dare brothers. I've already added her to my list of narrators to keep an eye out for, and I'm pleased to see she handles all the Dare books.
If you're looking for a book to read in your downtime while curled up under a blanket or enjoying the sunshine outside, then Dare to Take is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It's a heartfelt romance with plenty of character growth and steam, and despite being book six in the series it does a great job of being accessible.
Heat Rating: 3.5/5
Narrator Performance: 4.5/5
I LOVE TYLER!!!!!
DARE TO TAKE is a second chance love story. When Ella Shaw was 18 she "offered" herself to her best friend Avery's (DARE TO ROCKS's, book 5 in the series, female protag) older brother while he was on leave from the army over Christmas. While that night started with pleasure it ended in heartache. In the years following they did the best to avoid each other. Unfortunately however 9 years later Ella gets violently mugged while working in St. Lucia leaving her in the hospital with a concussion. The hospital refused to discharge her until they were assured that there would be someone to look after her. On top of that a hurricane was headed towards the island and she no longer had her ID or passport so she was stuck. Upon hearing all this from her BFF, Avery, knowing that her brother Tyler had the right connections to bring Ella home, begged him to do just that. Having managed to avoid really talking to Ella since the fateful night that they had shared years ago the last thing Tyler wanted to do was get involved in the situation but what was he to do? It's not like he could leave her stranded.
As soon as I started listening to this book I was pulled right into the story. That can be chalked up to two things; Carly Phillips' story telling and Sophie Eastlake's performance. I think that Ella's and Tyler's backstory was something that anybody could understand. We've all done something stupid while we were drunk. I also enjoyed each of their individual backstories. There were moments where I identified with Ella in particular.
I have to say that my favorite character in this book was Tyler. I absolutely loved him! His determination to make things right with Ella was admirable. There were times where I shook my head at his self recriminations because they were mostly unfounded. However on the flip side of that I loved that he was trying to be so self aware. He really tried to rectify what he thought were his past mistakes.
Ella too had a past that she needed to overcome. She had an extremely hard childhood and it held her back in many ways. Not to mention what that night with Tyler did to her self esteem. Again I must say that there were a few instances where I could put myself in her shoes. Especially with the twist in her storyline at the end. Watching the personal growth that she went through in the book made me proud of her.
The thing that I liked least about this book was the predictability. Yes Contemporary Romance tends to be unsurprising but by the 5th chapter I'd identified the bad guy. It bugged me that Tyler and Ella didn't figure it out sooner.
As far as the heat level goes DARE TO TAKE took me by surprise. In fact it boarders the line between Contemporary Romance and Contemporary Erotic Romance IMO. The sex scenes were nice and spicy. Not only were they hot bu Phillips did a great job of making each one different in some way. The sexual attraction between Tyler and Ella caused lots of steam!
DARE TO TAKE has solid, engaging writing, hot intimate times and wonderfully developed characters for the reader to care about. It's a keeper and it definitely won't be the last Carly Phillips book that I read.
About The Narrator...
Quite often it takes me a little bit to get into an audiobook. Every narrator is different and it can take time to get used to them. Nevertheless I found that getting used to Sophie Eastlake was no problem at all. From the start I was able to slip into the story as if I was reading it myself. Her pace and pitch were spectacular and basically everything was spot on from my point of view. Her voice is really pleasant to listen to. I particularly liked Tyler's voice. It made my insides all tingly. Eastlake is undoubtedly a top notch narrator!
* I received this audio in exchange for an honest review.
I was gifted this audio book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Tyler knew that he had made a mistake years ago and now this was his way to fix it. Ella was trying to forget the past and move forward, but Tyler always seemed to be there. He is determined to be her protector. Tyler is determined to figure out who attacked Ella and to bring them to justice.
Since I hadn't read the who series from the start, this was a nice introduction. I enjoyed getting learning who the characters were and their functions. This was a fantastic story about how two people could reconnect so many years ago after drifting so far apart. I think I will love the whole series and start at the beginning. The book was well written and the narrator was very engaging. The author has a way to pull you into the story and fall in love with the characters. Looking forward to checking out the other books by this author also. it is wonderful these two could maybe get their happy ending they are both looking to find. Lindsey, reviewer for Mommy's Naughty Playground
Did not read the print version only on audio
The Dare Series
Avery and Gray from Dare To Rock
The whole book moved me!
Yes sorry to see the series end, but will definitely be reading more of Carly Phillips.
Say something about yourself!
Tyler Dare is tasked to go save his sister (Avery's) best friend Ella on a island that is being hit by a hurricane. The problem is their history that they share that no one knows about. Plus there are strange things that keep happening to Ella.
Can Ella and Tyler help each other work through there past and family history and history together to possibly have a chance together. These two are great together.
This is the final installment of Carly Phillips Dare family and it is again shows her great style where she brings all the family members in and keeps you wanting more. It's like saying goodbye to a family member.
The narration of the story kept you listening to the story never wanting to put it down. Sophie Eastlake again has made me want to buy more from her.
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