Dare to Hold (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips-Review and Book Tour
Dare To Hold
Dare to Love #6
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 14, 2015
Some women always get it right. Kindergarten teacher, Meg Thompson, on the other hand, consistently makes the wrong decisions — and she is currently single, pregnant and alone. Meg is determined to make changes in her life, to be a better mother than her own had been. No revolving door of men. No man, period. Just a single-minded focus on her baby. Her resolution would be easier to keep if not for hot cop, Scott Dare. He insinuates himself in her life, making Meg want to believe in happily ever after, even if history has taught her to know better.
When Scott Dare hears Meg’s friends are determined she have a night of hot sex, before her life changes forever, he decides that man must be him. Their one night is mind blowing and life altering. And Scott, a man already burned by his ex-wife, finds himself all in anyway. While protecting Meg from her violent ex and becoming part of her increasingly complicated life, he’s falling hard and he can’t seem to find distance. Not when their bodies respond to each other with such heated intensity and he’s drawn to her unique combination of strength and vulnerability.
But Meg’s future is one Scott has accepted he’ll never have, even if his growing feelings say otherwise …
REVIEW: DARE TO HOLD is the sixth installment in Carly Phillips’ adult, contemporary Dare to Love romance series focusing on the Dare family siblings and half-siblings. This is police officer Scott Dare, and kindergarten teacher Meg Thompson’s storyline.
SOME BACKGROUND: Patriarch Robert Dare kept secret a second family from his first wife and children. Each storyline will focus on one of the Dare siblings; the relationship between the two families of adult children; and a father who is trying to amend for the sins of the past.
Told from alternating third person points of view, DARE TO HOLD follows the building relationship between Meg and Scott. Meg finds herself in a difficult position-single, pregnant, and an abusive ex bent on destroying her life and the child she now carries. Enter Scott Dare, an over protective, alpha male who will claim Meg as his own-but first he must stop the threat against Meg and her unborn child.
Meg has a habit of falling for the wrong type of men-bad boys with attitude and in this Meg believes she has stumbled back into the same pattern with the likes of Officer Scott Dare. Scott wants to prove to Meg that she is not the sum of her past but their one-night stand leads Meg to believe that old habits die hard. When Meg’s ex becomes more aggressive, Scott takes Meg under his protection, and in doing so, will begin to fall in love when it is the last thing he wants to do.
The likeable, engaging and colorful secondary and supporting characters include some of Meg’s fellow coworkers at school; Olivia and Dylan ( Dare to Touch 5) ): Ian and Riley (Dare to Love 1); Tyler Dare-the owner of Double Down Security, as well as a number of other Dare siblings. Meg’s ex Mike, as well as his long suffering parents Lydia and Walter play an important role in Meg’s future choices.
DARE TO HOLD is an intoxicating and enjoyable storyline; a building romance between two broken people whose past controls the present. There are moments of drama, heartbreak, seduction, romance and love resulting in a happily ever after for another Dare sibling and the woman he loves. Carly Phillips’s Dare to Love series is addicting – she will capture your imagination and your heart.
Copy supplied by Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
SERIES SPOTLIGHT and REVIEWS
DARE TO LOVE
(Dare to Love #1)
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: January 10, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
REVIEW: DARE TO LOVE is the first installment in Carly Phillips’s adult, contemporary Dare to Love erotic romance series focusing on the Dare family of siblings and half siblings. This is CEO business entrepreneur Ian Dare and Riley Taylor’s storyline.
Told from alternating third person perspectives, the premise of the storyline is the building relationship between Ian Dare and Riley Taylor but also introduces the eight Dare siblings-all children of Robert Dare who kept secret a second family from his first wife and children. Each storyline will focus on one of the Dare siblings; the relationship between the two families of adult children; and a father who is trying to amend for the sins of the past.
Riley Taylor’s best friend is Alex Dare-the half brother of millionaire businessman Ian Dare and Riley’s potential new boss. When Alex discovers that Riley is currently involved with his older brother, old wounds continue to bleed as past transgressions and painful family history come full circle. Alex does not want Riley dating his brother, and Ian does not want Riley running back to Alex every time something goes wrong. When Riley’s past becomes her present, Riley’s issues of trust continue to pull her in another direction knowing that Ian will be hurt in the process.
The relationship between Riley and Ian is quick to develop; an insta lust/love storyline where our leading couple immediately connect with one another at first sight. From their introduction at a Robert Dare’s birthday celebration, Ian and Riley have felt the attraction but working for Ian Dare meant keeping secret their relationship from staff and employees. When Ian oversteps his authority with Riley’s immediate superior, Riley knows that, like her, Ian has issues of trust and control. There is plenty of push and pull, and fear of rejection. The many $ex scenes are erotic and hot; Ian is an alpha and dominant male, and likes to play around in the bedroom, the office and the shower.
The reader is briefly introduced to all the Dare siblings but much of the supporting role comes through with Alex Dare-a professional football player, whose love for Riley is that of a brother, but once could have been something more-there is a definite family history with issues of control. Riley’s step-mother is her rock and support, while Alex takes on the role of big brother and protector. The Dare family patriarch-Robert Dare-tries to make amends with his eldest son; and Ian’s mother tells a different side of the story of what happened so many years before.
Carly Phillips DARE series is about family, issues of trust, and falling in love. There are moments of heartbreak and betrayal; pain and anguish; and the revelation that the children cannot atone for the sins of the father. DARE TO LOVE is a quick read; a romantic but predictable storyline with a happily ever after for Ian and Riley. If you like a steamy sex with your romance then DARE TO LOVE is the perfect place to start.
DARE TO DESIRE
Dare to Love #2
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: April 10, 2014
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.
Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.
But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?
DARE TO SURRENDER
(Dare to Love 3)
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: July 15, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK:
After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.
Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.
A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?
REVIEW: DARE TO SURRENDER is the third installment in Carly Phillips adult, contemporary Date to Love erotic romance series focusing on the Dare family of cousins and siblings. This is hotel and nightclub owner Gabriel Dare and former designer Isabelle Masters’s storyline. Each story in the Dare to Love series can be read as a stand alone. There is also cross over with the ‘Invitation to Eden’ series focusing on an exclusive island club called Eden- where all of your fantasies really do come true.
Told from alternating first person (Isabelle) and close third person (Gabriel) points of view, the premise follows Gabriel and Isabelle’s building relationship. When Isabelle fled her abusive and cheating boyfriend, she found herself under arrest and in custody for grand theft auto. Her ex had contacted the local police and Decklan Dare was the presiding officer upon Isabelle’s arrest. When his brother Gabriel appears, reminding his brother about a prior engagement, Isabelle recognizes Gabriel from their previous encounters through their mutual membership at the local country club and her ex boyfriend’s connections. Gabriel offers his place as temporary shelter for Isabelle, hoping that she will consider it a permanent move.
There is a prior connection between our leading couple, and in this the sexual relationship is quick to build. Gabriel is a man who likes control in his life and in his bedroom-with a little bit (not too much) of bondage and discipline on the side. When Isabelle’s ex returns to make trouble, she knows it is time to leave and strike out on her own. Isabelle needs time to figure out who and what she wants to be, and in this, Gabriel finds himself needing and wanting Isabelle more than ever before. The $ex scenes are fun and intimate.
The secondary and supporting characters include Gabriel’s brother Decklan, and their sister Lucy who offers Isabelle a chance to help with the opening and design of the latest Club Eden. The cross over finds Lucy and Isabelle on an island vacation where Gabriel ensures that his time allows for he and Isabelle to rekindle their relationship.
DARE TO SURRENDER takes a detour from the original Dare family of siblings. Gabriel, Decklan and Lucy are the cousins-children of Robert Dare’s deceased brother-and in this the series expands to incorporate a larger number of family members and potential stories.
DARE TO SURRENDER is a fast paced, romantic and sexy storyline. There are moments of uncertainty in the wake of past histories, but our couple endeavor to push forward hoping for the happily ever after they both want and deserve. Carly Phillips does an amazing job cohesively blending two series together that makes for an enjoyable and well-rounded read.
DARE TO SUBMIT
Dare to Love #4
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: September 8, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK: Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?
DARE TO TOUCH
Dare to Love #5
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: January 11, 2015
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is explosive–their feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for reasons he still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.
Unwilling to let something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia ever since. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens in paradise is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and fear, will Dylan still want the forever he’s been pushing for?
REVIEW: DARE TO TOUCH is the fifth installment in Carly Phillips contemporary adult Dare to Love erotic romance series focusing on the Dare family. This is Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes storyline-a friends to lovers trope that finds Olivia reluctant to lose her heart-once again.
Told from third person point of view, the storyline follows Olivia and Dylan’s building relationship as they work together towards a common goal. As the Pro Bowl approaches, our couple find themselves trying desperately to keep one of their players from falling off the grid but influence from outside family members find the all star player succumbing to family demands.
Olivia is one of the original Dare siblings first introduced in Dare To Love-the daughter of Robert Dare who had kept secret a second family from his first wife and children, and a man who continues to disappoint his now adult kids. With a past mired in loss and betrayal, Olivia is unwilling to suffer through any more heartbreak but soon finds herself falling in love with Dylan Rhodes.
Dylan’s family history is shrouded in secrets and abandonment, and he fully understands Olivia’s need to protect her heart, but Olivia’s history of heartbreak and family loss finds our heroine unsure about a future with Dylan or any man who is looking for a family and more.
The prior relationship between our couple has already been established, first introduced in Dare to Love book 1. Their sexual chemistry is palpable; their attraction to one another mutual and addicting. Dylan and Olivia have danced around one another but the time has come for Dylan to claim Olivia as his own. The numerous $ex scenes are passionate, intimate and compelling-again, with a little bit of kink on the side.
The secondary and supporting characters include Ian and Riley (Dare to Love #1); Olivia’s brother Scott; Dylan’s ex girlfriend; as well as Dylan’s sister and her family . Several of the Dare siblings and cousins make a cameo appearance lending familiarity and continuity to the storyline.
DARE TO TOUCH brings the focus of the series back to the original Dare siblings with Olivia and Dylan’s story. Carly Phillips keeps the reader’s attention with the ensemble cast of characters for whom we want nothing more than a happily ever after. Carly’s storyline’s are fast paced, erotic, alluring and inviting. She will ‘dare’ you to keep reading-one love story at a time.
Copy supplied by Netgalley.
Reviews by Sandy
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites …