Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #3
Release Date: July 15, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars!!
Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.
A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?
Not if he had his way.
Back at the police station, outside in the rain, it’d been all he could do not to reach out and swipe his hands over her responsive nipples, feel her tremble beneath his touch, and get rid of the ridiculous distance between them. He might not know her well, but he’d always felt they’d connected. The physical attraction was obvious. She was all woman, supple curves, her breasts full and lush, and she possessed one hell of an ass. His cock twitched with the desire he’d felt from the moment he’d first seen her on Daltry’s arm.
But things ran deeper. They’d shared banter and flirting during opportune moments when he’d caught her alone. He’d had glimpses of the intelligent, witty woman she was when not with that pompous ass. But not until today had he really seen beyond the exterior beauty to the depth beneath. Those sexy blonde curls that bounced wildly around her face were a proud testament to the fiercely independent woman she desperately wanted to be.
The woman he intended to help her find.
It wouldn’t be easy. Isabelle needed gentling. Understanding. Patience. Not his best traits, but when it came to her, he’d already exercised plenty. He’d bided his time, knowing Daltry would fuck up sooner or later. The balls that made him a crack financial investor also imbued an arrogance that would be his downfall. And it had been.
It was Gabe’s good fortune that Daltry’s screw-up had landed Isabelle at his brother’s police station. Seeing her there had given him insight he wouldn’t have had otherwise. In Isabelle, he saw an intriguing combination of weary life experience and innocent ingenue. It was the innocence the most primitive part of him wanted to conquer, to possess. Since he'd begun running his father's empire at the age of twenty-one, the same age he'd been drafted into surrogate parenthood to his sister, he had always gotten what he wanted.
And Gabe wanted Isabelle.
So let's get this part out of the way.. the ONLY thing I did not like about this book was it's length. I wanted more Gabe and Isabelle! They are such a powerhouse couple. I could feel their emotions and connection pouring off the pages. Dare to Surrender is a book I like to categorize as sexy goodness. The heat level is up there, and the book in its entirety is just amazing. In true Dare to Love fashion, this addition to the series gave me another reason to continue reading this steamy saga.
Ms. Phillips continues to impress me with this series. I've been a reader of her's for several years, and have read almost her entire catalog of works. To me, the Dare to Love series brings her writing to another level. I devoured this book in all of one Saturday afternoon. I don't know how to describe what this book made me feel- I wanted more, but I was also completely content with the ending. Does that make sense? I loved it so much I wanted more. I know, I'm being greedy. I just loved it SO much!
So what exactly did I love about it? For one, the strength both characters showed. Gabe in his ability to let Isabelle go when she needed space. And Isabelle being able to swallow her doubt and take her first step back to land of the living . Secondly, their development throughout the book. They've book been hurt in the past and they're gun shy about relationships. From beginning to end the transformation I saw in Gabe and Isabelle made my heart melt. Last, but certainly not least, their complete acceptance for each other. Despite their misgivings, the didn't run from the love they felt. They realized it was a love worth pursuing and made it work. All in all, this book was fantastic. The seduction, the love, the laughter. Gave me the warm fuzzies! I simply cannot wait for the next book in the series :)
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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The Dare To Love series by Carly Phillips
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.
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.