Dare to Take by Carly Phillips….ARC Review

Dare to Take is out TODAY!

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She was off limits,
But he couldn’t resist.

There are just some guys you don’t touch–even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother’s best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can’t resist. After all, she’s wanted him for years…

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare is just looking for a little fun, but his best friend’s sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible.

Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It’s his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he’s never forgotten that he’s coming after her . . . in more ways than one.


My Review:

Dare to Take is the sixth installment in author Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love series and I hate to admit it but this is the first book in the series I’ve read *runs and ducks for cover*.  I know, I know, I really need to read the rest of them now because I totally loved this book and am dying to know the entire Dare family.

Tyler and Ella have a bit of a long history, with a few bumps in the road that led them to where they are today.  A drunken night of lost virginity and regrets years earlier has tainted the friendship they once had…but it never tainted the attraction and hidden feelings they both shared for each other.  Fast forward to the present day where time had passed, but those feelings never faded and when Ella needs help, Tyler has to be the one to be her knight in shining armor.  Of course, the forced close proximity wasn’t exactly what they wanted, having successfully avoided each other for quite some time, but oh boy, was it just what the doctor ordered and turned out to be exactly what they needed.  And I loved it!

I seriously love a good friends to lovers to enemies to lovers story and Ms. Phillips knocked it out of the park with Tyler and Ella.  I loved getting to see Tyler’s protective side in the very beginning and then getting to see his sexy sweet side with Ella.  And let me just say, his sexy side is sexy with a capital ‘S’! I loved Ella as well and he reluctance to open up her old wounds but also wanting to give it a chance.  Give Tyler a chance.  They were so great together and the heat burned up the pages.  There was also a bit of mystery in this story and it added an element of danger and suspense that I really enjoyed.  It had Tyler’s alpha side out in full effect and oh my, was that hot to see.

I also loved the interaction between Tyler, his family, and Ella, who had been a close family friend for a good portion of their lives.  It’s a big loving and loyal clan with a lot of characters I really am dying to read more about…rest assured I’ll be heading to scoop up the entire backlist as soon as I finish typing this review!

If you’re looking for a sexy, intense, emotional, and suspenseful romance, this is a book for you.  And seeing as though it’s the first in the series I’ve read, it can totally be read as a standalone (but I’m sure you’ll be like me and dying to read the other Dare’s!).  Thank you, Ms. Phillips, for a fantastic read!


Four-and-a-Half Loves

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About the author:

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. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites …

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