Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY ~Dare to Submit~

Title: Dare to Submit
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #4
Release Date: September 8, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars

Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain? 
Dare to Submit launches the Dare to Love series into a whole new ball game. I've been utterly in love with this series from its start. It shows every bit of the things I love about Carly Phillips' books and heightens them. I am confident now in saying that this series is my favorite of hers, and I've read them all. 

Back to this book in particular- Dare to Submit was definitely a step outside the box from the rest of the books. It's sexier, and delved a bit deeper into the emotions, in my opinion. Decklan and Amanda are perfect for each other, except they just happened to be two individuals who were never looking for, or wanting a relationship. Decklan, hasn't had a long-term relationship, and is scared to for fear of losing someone close to him again. While, Amanda has let the hate and evil of her mother seep into her mind and scare her away from anyone who would be remotely interested in her. Obviously, these two have a lot healing, and trusting to do. And how best to do that, than to submit? 

While there is elements of BDSM in this book, the submission is much more than bodily. Amanda and Decklan have to submit their hearts and minds to each other as well. I loved their relationship. It was utterly seductive, and entrancing. Amanda submits to Decklan in a way they both crave, but outside of the bedroom, and sometimes inside as well, she holds her own. They can go from lighthearted to making a reader furiously blush in no time at all. This book is by far the sexiest one in the series. I am all for that route continuing to be followed. Of course, it's not all about the sex. The story and characters make this book. If they both weren't equally strong the sex wouldn't save it. But they are. These characters show more depth in these pages, than some people in real life. As for the story, well there's a whole lot more at play than just Amanda and Decklan's relationship. I have to say the class with which some of this subject matter was handled is phenomenal. Its brings to light a couple of very serious issues. I'll leave it to you to read about them, but I was blown away that an author could bring such relevant and important matters into play and up the ante across the board with this book. All in all, I highly recommend Dare to Submit. It's sure to be a favorite of mine for the year and I will be laying in wait for the next in the series. 

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Dare to Love
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #1
When it comes to family, Ian Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget. 

Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. 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. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)
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Title: Dare to Desire
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #2

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows 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. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love? 

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Title: Dare to Surrender
Author: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #3

Part of Invitation to Eden

After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.

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?
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Meet Carly:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.

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