Book Reviews

Book Review: Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips

Dare To DesireTitle: Dare To Desire (Dare to Love, #2) by Carly Phillips

Publisher: CP Publishing

Publication Date: April 10, 2014

Format: E-book, 230 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary. Romance


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?


     I had some mixed feelings about book one in this series, but I enjoyed this one so much more. Unlike book one I liked our main characters from the very beginning, Alex was a jerk when he was first with Madison but now that his career is over and now that he’s not in the constant spotlight things really fall into perspective for him. He realized that he wants a relationship with Madison and the acknowledges that when they were first together he didn’t treat her right and when he get’s a second chance with her, he does everything he can to make up for it. Also when it came to Madison  I found that when it came to her trust issues they didn’t get on my nerves because I feel that over time she worked on overcoming them, even though it was hard at times.

    Sadly one of my biggest issues that I had with book one was that there weren’t any breaks before the point of view switched between the two main characters. In the end of the book I liked that Madison didn’t doubt Alex in a situation where most would have, I feel like this really showed her development throughout the book. I wish that everything had worked out with Franny, but in a way I’m glad that it didn’t because I feel that it makes it more realistic, because in real life things don’t always work out fair.

After book one, I was hesitant continue book after giving this one a chance I’m very glad I was continued because this one I enjoyed so much more and now I’m excited to continue on in the series.

Four Stars


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