Ian 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.
Vanity Baker wanted Stack and with each day of seeing him around she started to fall for him. She made a plan to offer him a one night stand in hopes that he will want them be together longer. Her plan will work but there will be trouble that Vanity will find herself in the middle of with Stack.
Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan was a man who enjoyed woman and only for a short period. Though with Vanity he started thinking a longer period of time, but before they could really get started his dysfunctional family comes into the picture, and trouble follows.
Tough Love is the third book from the Ultimate series by Lori Foster. I loved this book. I seem to be a broken record with this series, but then Lori Foster is one of my favorite authors.
Vanity’s character was a carefree woman, but that was how she made herself appear. She was timid with relationships and she was vulnerable. I was horrified with what happened to Vanity’s family, it was so sad. I was happy that she was getting together with Stack because she should have someone to love, and Stack was that guy. I think the way she went about it to get his attention wasn’t the most honest but it really didn’t hurt anyone. Stack’s character was a good guy. He took care of his family and he hated liars, this fact will come back to be a problem between Stack and Vanity which was predictable. Though the outcome in the end was worth the problems.
I really liked Stack’s dysfunctional family. At first I thought that they were bad but they were the complete opposite. The sister needed toughing up but she was a good person, and she does get better at the end. The mother just wanted to make sure her children were happy. The trouble that comes after Stack and Vanity is related to Stack’s family. Things will quickly escalate for Vanity and Stack.
I am done with the series, that is until February. That will be when Armie’s story will be out. I can’t wait to read his story. His character has been outrageous and mysterious. There was something that happened in his past and I think I have an idea, then there is Rissy who will be the woman that will have Armie falling for. Well he already is, he’s just too afraid to take that chance.