Book Review: Dare to Hold by Carly Phillips

Dare To HoldTitle: Dare to Hold (Dare to Love, #4) by Carly Phillips

Publisher: CP Publishing

Publication Date: April 14th, 2015

Format: E-book, 292 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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 …


I’ve come to terms with the fact that Cary Phillips is a hit or miss author for me, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in this series Dare To Love, but I really enjoyed the second and third book in the series Dare to Desire & Dare To Touch but this book was a miss for me.
The issues that I have with this book are some of the ones I had with the first, the main female character Meg got on my nerves, and this persisted throughout the book. She’s someone that because of her past she has trust issues and she refused to accept anyone’s help because she believes that she wouldn’t be independent. I feel like there was hope for her in the beginning but for most of the book, I feel like she was waiting for Scott to leave her and the baby because she thinks that all men she chooses are bad. Scott was a character that I really did enjoy, he was sweet and would do anything he could to keep Meg safe. Scott never gave Meg a real reason to doubt him, sure he made a small mistake when he was telling her about his past, but instead of talking about her concerns she pulled back and waited for Scott to leave.
Scott was the highlight of this book for me, he was a character that we never really got introduced to, I feel like that’s something this series fails at, there are so many of the Dare siblings that are never introduced, and when it comes to the other side of the family, the only one we interact with was Alex. I was hoping that later books would go into them more, but I already know that they don’t. Regardless of this book being a let down for me, I’m a sucker for rockstar romance books so I’m excited to continue and hope that I’m not let down.

Three Half Stars


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