Dare to Take

Dare to TakeTyler Dare wanted to do his job but when his sister ask him to help Ella he has no choice but to say yes. For years Tyler tried to put distance between him and Ella but now he is wondering if he should close that distance.

Ella Shaw had wanted Tyler as long as she remembered, but he had broken her heart. Ella will be cautious when she lets Tyler back into her life. She tries to keep things light between them but she will not be able to control how her heart feels.

Dare to Take is the sixth book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I really liked this story. This series is very fast paced and easy to read which for me is because of these characters.

Tyler’s character takes everything onto himself. He doesn’t ask for help even though he really needs it. I liked that Tyler will finally get it and he will be changing. Ella’s character was a girl who felt like she was worthless. She had come from little and because of disappointments in her life it left her self-esteem very low. This effected her but it didn’t consume her. Though when it came to a relationship with Tyler it made her wary, but he will also help show Ella that she is a strong woman. I will say that it will be Ella who takes that final step, which I liked.

The chemistry between Tyler and Ella is of course explosive. I wanted them together but I wanted Tyler to stop being scared and running from what he wanted. Every time he ran from Ella he hurt her that much more.

So, the father, Robert Dare, really disappointed me. This is a spoiler alert. If you don’t want to know what Robert Dare did stop reading now. I had thought Robert Dare made progress with getting along with Avery but in this book Tyler will find his father with another woman. So Robert Dare is now cheating on his present wife, Savannah. You also learn that Tyler had learned about his father’s cheating with Savannah when he was 14 and was told by his father to keep quiet. His father obviously wants Tyler to do the same. Now I don’t know if he would be the best person to confess to Savannah, a part of me doesn’t want him to since Savannah was the one who helped break up his family. In the book Tyler will tell his mother but nothing gets resolved. I suppose that it will in the next books.

I am looking forward to reading the next book and finding out which sibling will be written about next.

Dare to Seduce

Dare to SeduceMax has wanted Lucy for years and he will finally make a move at her brothers wedding. Max knows that he will be able to seduce Lucy and he will do what he can to hold on to her, to show her that they belonged together.

Lucy has wanted Max for years but she closed her heart for him when he had married another. She will find herself then taking a chance when Max pushes for more.

Dare to Seduce is the third book to the series NY Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I liked the book.

Lucy’s character was like her brothers in regards to being very guarded and damaged from their past. I felt that Lucy was even more so because of her age. Lucy drew away from people to protect herself from further hurt. I liked that she gave a chance to finding something with Max even though she wasn’t completely committed. Max’s character was another dominant man. I thought with how Max was acting this book would be going towards the darker side of BSMD but it didn’t. Well Max was probably rougher than all the men though I was okay with that as it was not in the whole book. I liked that Phillips focused on Max and Lucy who yes had that chemistry but they were also damaged due to their past.

Carly Phillips next book to the Dare to Love series is out but before I read that book I am moving on to a couple other authors, then coming back to the book.

Dare to Submit

Dare to SubmitDecklan wanted no relationship which is what he found. Though he will be distracted by one woman that he wanted to have a night with. Decklan will force himself to stay away because he knew that he would want more, but he will go against his gut feeling and get Amanda.

Amanda had been looking for something at the club but she had little luck. Then she will see Decklan and know he would be the one to satisfy her. Amanda knew the moment she had him she would want more which made her wary. Though before Amanda knew it a relationship had started to form, but she knew it could not last.

Dare to Submit is the second book to the series NY Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. Well as I noted on the first book that the series would go towards dom and sub, and in this one it happened. I was happy to read that again it wasn’t to hurt each other. I guess its a lighter version of it and I was happy for that. I actually really did like the story. I thought the plot was more towards the characters which I liked. Phillips got into their past which I found interesting as the past shaped who they were. Well asides from the interesting characters there was a lot of sex, and I mean a lot. I was kind of wondering for a while if that was all there was going to be, but as I said Phillips creates an interesting plot with her characters.

So Decklan’s character is without a dom and he likes control. He doesn’t want a relationship which would leave to more. He doesn’t want to feel emotionally for any of the woman he has sex with. Though Decklan will take a chance when he goes after her. His past is tragic with his parents dying in a car accident which leaves him vulnerable as he is out of control. He takes control when he is a dom and it is intense. Amanda’s character is without doubt a sub. She is craving for someone to control her and she finds that with Decklan though her life is complicated. First of all she is a mess with insecurities that will make you very angry at her mother’s treatment of Amanda. That treatment really did a number on Amanda. For Amanda, she doesn’t want a relationship. Decklan and Amanda would be perfect for each other as neither want a relationship but as they are very compatible, they want more from each other. The reason for Amanda not being able to have a relationship made sense but it was an unfair situation.

For the couple to find happiness with each other there is a lot they have to work through, and it will happen. Of course there will be a big unexpected problem that happens that threw me at the end. Phillips throws in a little action and danger towards the end.

I am reading the third and I think final book from the New York Dare’s.

Dare to Surrender

Dare to SurrenderGabriel had wanted Isabella the moment he saw her but he did not take her because she was in a relationship. With her free Gabe will do what he can to entice Isabella to him.

Isabella had to get out of her relationship and she was able to but she soon found that she had no where to go. Isabella will be rescued by Gabe, the only man that had her feeling more. She wanted to take a chance with Gabe but she had to fix herself first.

Dare to Surrender is the first book to the NY Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. I had finished the other series, well I finished all the books that were available to read, and decided I wanted more. So after reading several other books I am back with the author and I will have to say that this was really good. I think that this series will be more steamy than the other, although the others were very steamy. My thinking is because of the titles, Dare to Surrender, Dare to Submit, and Dare to Seduce. Well after reading this book I would say that the books will more than likely go into the route of dominant and submissive. I will be okay with that but I really don’t want to read about the characters really hurting each other because they feel pleasure in that.

Well like I said above this verges on the dom and sub but it wasn’t that bad. Gabe’s character liked control and it seemed that Isabella like to be submissive even if she didn’t really know it. What I liked about the book was Gabe did not force anything on Isabella. He made it all her decision, well he will be persuasive but ultimately it is her decision. Isabella’s character had lost herself in her previous relationship. I liked that she finds herself again which made her more confident. She gets her job back and little by little she is the person she had been before.

I am reading the second book next.

Dare to Rock

Dare to RockGrey Kingston had wanted fame and fortune and he got that but now he wanted more. He wanted the girl he had left behind. Grey knew that he had to prove to Avery that they could make it which was hard when his manager and a stalker were making trouble for them.

Avery Dare had loved Grey since high school but knew that she never wanted his lifestyle. With Grey back she has hope but she will be hesitant to trust him. Though Avery will have more to deal with especially when reporters are bringing up her father’s past.

Dare to Rock is the fifth book to Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. I really loved this book.

Avery’s character was fantastic. She is a bubbly and confident woman when she does her job but on the inside she is still scared and a girl who has panic attacks. I thought how her attacks started was so sad and I hated that it was coming back because of the reporters. Though Avery is strong and she will get through the trouble. Grey’s character was not the cliche rocker which I liked. He cared about his work and wanted what was best for his band mates. I liked that Grey had to work hard to win back Avery.

The problem that occurs are the threats that Avery receives because of some crazy fan of Grey’s. The woman is psychotic and it shows in her behavior. I thought that James gives a good twist on how this woman was so successful with her threats.

Spoiler Alert: I have made mention that I really disliked the father and the way he doesn’t inquire about Avery especially when she is threatened really pissed me off. He tells her that he is annoyed that because of her antics his past is coming back out. Though Avery will finally get through to her father. She gives him a speech that I was hoping one of the kids would give, that let him know how hurtful he has been to them. From how the father was acting towards the end I think there is a chance he will be there for all of his kids.

I am taking a very quick break for the next book but will be back. I will also be reading about the New York Dare’s in the series NY Dare to Love.

Dare to Hold

Dare to HoldScott was bored with his job and wanted something more. He will find that with his brother’s security firm. He will use these connections to help protect Meg. He will do anything to protect her as he was falling for her.

Meg was single and going to be a mother. She was not looking for any guy to spend time with but when it came to Scott she could not say no. She will let him help especially when her ex starts to show he is serious about threatening her and her unborn baby.

Dare to Hold is the fourth book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I really liked this book.

Meg’s character I wasn’t sure I would like when I had read the third book but she had not been a bad person, just someone who was needy. In this book she is stronger, well she has to be since she is going to be a mother. I liked that Meg was trying hard but she is human and help is sometimes needed. I liked that she didn’t go to Dylan, instead Scott was helping. Scott’s character is a cop well soon to be ex-cop to work in his brothers security firm. Scott is a man that likes to push his control and is dominant, very much like his older brother Ian. Though he would never hurt a woman. I think he just liked having things go his way. Though it was good he was like that because that would help Meg with her ex.

The problem in this book was Meg’s ex who had been abusive. You really end up hating Mike but everything he does, he does to himself.

I am reading the fifth book next.

Dare to Touch

Dare to TouchOlivia loves her job though it can be difficult with handling the players. Her life will get more complicated when Dylan will show his interest as he starts to pursue her. Olivia will have to take a chance with Dylan but before she can be happy she has to get over her past.

Dylan wanted Olivia and knew that he had to take a chance. He will pursue her relentlessly and will finally get her to be with him. She will want a a fling but he will want more and will not stop till he gets Olivia to realize that she wants that too.

Dare to Touch is the third book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I really liked this book.

Olivia’s character felt real. She looked to be a confident woman on the outside but she was a mess on the inside. She was insecure, had trust issues, and had a sad tragedy. I wanted her to find that love which would make her feel loved. It was clear that it was Dylan but before she could be happy she had to get over her past. Dylan’s character I liked. He was pushy but he was pushy to get Olivia. He wanted her more for just one night.

There will be a problem with Dylan’s friend Meg. They are just friends but Olivia will feel those old insecurities. I liked that Meg will not be a problem in fact she will be a main character in the next book.

So I am really disappointed in Olivia’s father. You already know that is not the best father but it feels like he doesn’t even try with his kids, in particular the ones he had with Emma. Maybe he will try harder but it feels too late.

I am reading the fourth book next.

Dare to Desire

Dare to DesireAlex loved the game of football and was devastated when his career as a quarterback in the NFL was over. Alex will wonder what his next move was going to be and he will be surprised when his older half brother Ian helps him out. He will be even more surprised that he would be working with Madison who was the only woman he had wanted back in his life.

Madison loved her work but was going in a new direction and was excited to be making a difference. She will be less than thrilled that Alex has joined her team. She had been hurt when he broke things off and she was determined not to give him another shot. Though Madison will find herself giving in as Alex will show that he is not the same man that had broken her heart.

Dare to Desire is the second book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I liked this book, I thought this was a good followup from the first book.

So Alex’s character before the accident was a good guy but he was used to the good life that went along with the career. Then when he does have his accident Alex changes into a better man. I liked the change in Alex because it gave him a chance for happiness. With Madison’s character I wanted her to be able to find someone to love and to get past that hurt she had since she was a young girl. It was so sad with what happened when she was a kid. Though Madison will find a foster home where the foster parents will love her like their own, but that will be jeopardized when her foster brother makes trouble although that happens in the present day.

Alex and Madison will have problems in their relationship. It is mostly Madison who does not feel comfortable with the fame that Alex had when in the spotlight. You will want to hit Alex’s agent who will do something underhandedly which creates a potential problem between the two characters.

I will be reading the third book next.

Dare to Love

Dare to LoveIan Dare is the big brother of his siblings and the owner of an NFL team. He was a player but when he sees Riley something will change. Instead of wanting all woman he will only want Riley but he doesn’t know if he can open his heart to her.

Riley Taylor loved her job but will find herself jobless that is until Ian hires her. She knows it could cause tension but she will soon find that she loves the job and loves being close to Ian. Though when her past comes back to haunt her there will be problems between her and Ian.

Dare to Love is the first book to the series Dare to Love by Carly Phillips. I really liked this story. I was swept into the story especially when you find out that Ian and his siblings have half siblings. Their father had a completely different family at the same time. I was drawn into this strange family dynamic.

The character of Ian was the strong older sibling of both sets of family. His heart was hardened because of his father and he liked control. I thought that Phillips wrote his character well with how he interacted with Riley and when she wrote the scene with Ian extending an olive branch to his half siblings my heart ached for him when he was rejected. So Riley’s character had her own troubled past but she survived and she had made something for herself. She is guarded and will only let those in she trust completely. I liked that she was able to let Ian in and let herself find someone to love. I also loved it when she stood up to Ian. She wasn’t a pushover which was her mother’s fatal trait.

Ian’s father pissed me off with him having another family at the same time. I had instantly disliked him. I started to like him more as the story went on but still thought what he did was pretty shitty. Though Riley’s father tops Ian’s by a long shot. He is a very bad man that makes the situation very difficult for Riley.

So the Dare to Love series has nine books to it. Each story will feature one of the siblings and I am looking forward to reading their stories. I am reading Dare to Desire next.

Legend of Jane

Hot Summer NightsLuanne needed money fast after a disastrous boyfriend bled her dry of her funds. She found a way by dressing in a crazy outfit and creating a video blog called Legend of Jane. Her blog will get her doing crazy things and with one incident with cow tipping will lead her to a man that will like all of her.

Legend of Jane is part of the Bluebonnet series by Jessica Clare. It is another novella which is 2.5 in the series. The novella was cute. It wasn’t anything mind blowing or amazing but it was cute.

Luanne was wacky with the things that she was doing for her video blog, but her method was right. People want to see outrage and strange things online. I liked that she wasn’t exactly like that in her normal day. Jane was only her job. Then there is Hank who is the officer that doesn’t put one foot out of line. Now I thought that the romance was a little forced but again that happens in novellas.

There were three other stories which I did read. Though I went into this book just for Jessica Clare’s story.