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Book Review: Dare To Love by Carly Phillips

Dare To LoveTitle: Dare To Love (Dare To Love, #1) by Carly Phillips

Publisher: CP Publishing

Publication Date: January 10th,  2014

Format: E-Book, 256 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


New York Times Bestselling 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.


     I first discovered this book when I was looking up the audio narrator Sophie Eastlake for another series and I discovered that she also did the audiobooks for this series as well. One of the first things I noticed about this book was that it tended to change POV between the two main characters Riley and Ian without warning out much of a break, you could be reading from Riley’s POV and then in the next paragraph, it would be Ian’s and that annoyed me quite a bit.
In the beginning of the story I actually wasn’t the biggest fan of either of the main characters, I feel that Ian was pretty arrogant towards other and for no real reason, he reminded me of Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey a little bit. Riley, I found to be annoying when she wouldn’t let anyone help her, even in the smallest way, and when she did accept the help I found her to act a little ungrateful, I just really found that her pride got on my nerves quite a bit, especially in the end. Towards the end, I feel Ian redeemed himself because he did his best to change even when it was difficult.
The story was overall very interesting, and I did enjoy the ending, I liked that when they hinted at the next couple for book two it was similar as the introduction of Riley and Ian at the beginning. This left me really intrigued and I can’t wait to explore both sides of the Dare family.

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