Review: Dare to Love – Carly Phillips

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Review: Dare to Love – Carly PhillipsDare to Love by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #1
Published by CP Publishing on January 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 256



When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. 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. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)

If you’re looking for a steamy read, go pick up this little beauty for FREE on Amazon, B&N and iTunes!! I’m going to embarrass myself here and admit that this is my first Carly Phillips book. I’m now not only embarrassed, but sad. I’ve missed out on so much! Good thing we’ve got two more days this week of Carly and a book a week after that!!

So. About the story. Dare to Love is a fairly quick, sizzling read. I was done in one sitting. Truly couldn’t stop reading. Needed more. Ian is the eldest of the Dare children. He’s cautious with his women and his feelings. Closed off is probably a better term than cautious when it comes to letting himself feel anything other than control. Yeah. He’s a control freak. In most aspects of his life. Enter his half brother Alex’s best friend Riley. She took him by storm at his first glance and isn’t letting him go any time soon. We see major life changes in both main characters but I’m venturing on spoiler territory already, so I’ll just say, read the excerpt below and go grab the book. You really can’t say no since it’s FREE!

Excerpt:

Riley’s outburst popped the bubble of anger that had been surrounding Ian all day. She stood at the elevator, pounding at the button in a panic, and his anger, which should never have been directed at her, dissipated, replaced by concern.

“Riley.”

She ignored him.

The elevator door opened, and Ian bolted forward, grabbing her around the waist and yanking her back before she could step inside.

“Put me down!” She struggled, but he waited until the elevator door slid shut to do as she asked.

She spun to face him, fury on her expressive face.

“What the hell was that all about?” he asked.

“You tell me! I came here to check on you, and you treated me like persona non grata in front of your family.”

Yes, he had. He’d never been so angry or hurt, and it made no sense. Why the hell did he care if his half siblings showed up or not when he hadn’t wanted to invite them in the first place? He’d only done it to get Riley’s address and phone number, and when she’d bailed too, he’d taken it as her choosing Alex over him. Which clarified his blinding anger, to camouflage the hurt.

But none of that explained why she’d suddenly freaked—because that’s what she’d done. Yeah, he’d been an ass, but not enough for her to react that way. He knew she wouldn’t budge until he gave in first.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

Her eyes opened wide.

He was just as shocked by the words that came out of his mouth. Words he never used, because in his experience, they made him weak. With this woman, it seemed there was nothing he wouldn’t do or say.

Needing space, he stalked over to the wet bar in the living room and poured himself a drink. Pausing for a long sip as the liquor burned down his throat, he studied her, seeing her for the first time tonight.

She wore a white, strappy dress that clung to her generous curves, her curls falling over her shoulders and down her back. Now that he’d regained his sanity, he wanted nothing more than to grab hold of all that gorgeous hair, pull her hard against him, lose himself in her warm, wet body, and forget that he’d allowed his half brother to get to him. Make her forget that he’d treated her so badly, but that wouldn’t solve anything between them.

They’d both overreacted. He understood his own reactions, at least when it came to her. He still didn’t understand hers, and the mystery of Riley remained.