Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY ~Dare to Love by Carly Phillips~

Title: Dare to Love
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #1
Release Date: November 17, 2013

My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
If you've seen goodreads shelf or my actual bookshelf you know that I am a massive Carly Phillips fan. And dare I say it, this is one of her best books to date! I know it's hard to fathom, she has such an impressive repertoire but, Dare to Love is at least in my top 2. There was not one thing that I did not love about this book. I am a huge sucker for big families and watching the cold, impenetrable sibling fall head over heels. Which is exactly what happened to Ian Dare. Just his luck he ends up falling for his estranged half-brother's best friend... did you follow that? Well Riley, the aforementioned best friend of Alex (the estranged half-brother), falls in lust just as quickly as Ian. With a simple look at one another they're just about done for. But the complications of Alex's involvement prevent Ian and Riley from pursuing their relationship any further. Back in the real world Riley's job is at risk and when she tries to pull a Hail Mary with Ian's help, he's too busy to pull through. But, that doesn't stop him from making up for it in tenfold.

"She reached out a hesitant hand, placing her palm over his heart. In that instant, he accepted that she owned him."

What starts out as a helping hand quickly turns into a sinful, heated tryst between Ian and Riley. And there are surprises behind each door for the couple. They deal with more than a normal couple does in the typical getting to know you stage. And those twists and turns will test the strength of their relationship like nothing else can. I will say this, Dare to Love is, in my opinion, the steamiest novel Carly Phillips has ever written. She delves deeper into Ian and Riley's relationship. From their trust issues, to their demand for more than just vanilla sex. I don't know how to explain it other than, everything you would want to see in a book with this synopsis, you get it. There are plenty of family moments, funny moments, serious moments, sexy moments. It was basically my recipe for a perfect book. Riley and Ian are both characters that I could relate to and empathize with but, also presented the complexity that I love my characters to have. These two had to work for their relationship. It didn't come easy, there were many obstacles along the way but that's what made this book utterly captivating.

"You either trust me or you don't. You either instinctively come to me first or there is no us. On that, I can't compromise."

I was absolutely blown away by Dare to Love. Once again, Ms. Phillips has completely outdone herself.
Truthfully, I don't see how any of the other siblings can top Ian and Riley's book but, I hope and look forward to being wrong :) I promise you, you won't regret picking up this book. And it will definitely be making my 2013 favorites list at the end of the year. So, stop reading me blather on about how fantastic it is and go get a copy for yourself! Also Ms. Phillips was kind enough to answer one of my favorite questions to ask authors-
Well now I feel like I need Alex's, yesterday :) thank you Carly for answering my question! And to my readers: make sure to comment below about how excited you are for this book!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for and honest review*
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Meet Carly:
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy.

Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club.

Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold.

When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.

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  1. Sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and happy holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for being on the Dare to Love tour.

    I'm so very happy you enjoyed Dare to Love - top 2? That's fantastic!


  3. Thank you for the head's up on Alex's book...I'm so excited as I love sport romance books!


  4. Thanks for the opportunity. Looking forward to reading about Ian in Dare to Love.
    Looks like another winner for Carly. :) Happy Holidays everyone.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com