Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The entire Dare to Love series including Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love #8) by Carly Phillips

Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love Book #8) by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: November 17, 2015


This book can be read as a standalone!
Max Savage has had a thing for Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember but he values his long standing friendship with her brothers too much to cross the line. When Lucy shows up at an engagement party on the arm of another man, Max doesn't like the changes he sees in her.
It's now or never. Max can think of one way to convince Lucy she's with the wrong guy. He'll dare to seduce her...

My Thoughts…

Their love was one they both felt for a long time, yet they could not, would not, and did not act on it.   Then life got in the way….

Lucy is a tough lady.    She loved Max forever then he went and broke her heart by marrying another woman.    She never got over that and the Max came flying back into her life.   Both guns blazing, his heart wide open, and not willing to take no as an answer.    

I felt like there was a lot more that could be told in this story.   There were gaps of time Max and Lucy did not interact and I wanted them to.  The time they spent together was amazing and sizzling.   I could not wait for more of their ah-ha moments to happen.    It definitely was destiny for them to get together and I am glad that they did as adults, not letting lust and feelings get them in trouble when they were younger.      I also appreciated how Lucy’s brothers did not get in the way of their relationship.   They were willing to step in if they had to but understood that this was something between Lucy and Max.   

I recommend this entire series.   It is steamy, sexy, and wonderful. 

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Dare to Love (Dare to Love #1) by Carly Phillips
Published January 10,2014 by CP Publishing

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. 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.

My Thoughts…

I had mixed feelings about Ian.  It was definitely a love hate relationship.    There were times I felt like he was being too tough on his “other” family, yet I could understand why he could not just welcome them with open arms.   I hate to think how I would react if I found out my father had a whole family that was kept a secret.    The one thing I loved from the beginning was Ian’s reaction to Riley.    There was never any doubt that these two belonged together.  

Riley was interesting.   The fact that she was best friends with Alex, Ian’s half brother, and that she was considered part of the other family made her intriguing.    The attraction was there, the feelings were there, but I kept wondering if they could bridge the other family gap.    It couldn’t be easy, love never is.   Luckily, Riley is an adult.   She doesn’t give in to the pettiness between the brothers and doesn’t let it get between them, or at least not much.  

This is the first book in the Dare to Love series.  I was lucky enough to get to read them in order and LOVE them.   Check out my thoughts on the rest of this series.  

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Dare to Desire ( Dare to Love #2) 
Published April 10, 2014 by CP Publishing
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.

Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand 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. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?

My Thoughts…

Alex had it all, until he didn’t.    He went from a star football player living a big life with everything he wanted being thrown at his feet to living a depressed lonely life.    Then he met Madison and let her go.   Now he wants her back.    The second time around won’t be as easy as the first time.   Alex has a lot to prove.   

I felt bad for Alex.    Whether a big star or a little no one when your world is turned upside down it is hard to get it righted.      He had worked hard to get the life he had and wasn’t sure what to do now that he could not live that life.    The upside…. Ian, his half brother, offered him a job.   It was a small bridge to bring together two sides of the family together.    I enjoyed watching him have to work to get his life right and make some tough decisions.

Madison… oh Madison.   What a tough life she had.   Growing up in foster homes, falling for Alex and then him not doing right by her…. then getting her dream job bringing Alex back into her life.    I love that she made him work.  She didn’t just give in to him and fall back into his life.  She calls him on his issues and lets him into her life.

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Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love #3)  
Published July 15, 2015 by CP Publishing
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?

My Thoughts…

Izzy had a rough life.    She had parents who gave her no attention and went straight into a relationship with a man who is despicable.    No wonder she was extra cautious and quick to run from Gabe.   I felt like Izzy was a weak character that became strong.    She figured out how to stand on her own two feet, how to accomplish the career that she wanted, and how to be a woman with a strong alpha man that she loves. 

Gabe knows what he wants and has no problems going after it.    With Izzy he had to figure out how to step back, let her figure out what she wanted without the pressure from him, and hope that he was what she ended up wanting.      What I loved was that once he set his sights on Izzy he never let her out.    He kept her safe, protected, and loved even when she didn’t know that is what she wanted. 

This is a short sexy book.   I felt like at times the story was rushed.    There were some things that could have been told more of.    I still loved reading it.  I devoured it quickly.  I cannot wait for the rest of this series.  

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Dare to Submit (Dare to Love #4) 
Published September 8, 2014 by CP Publishing
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?

My Thoughts…

I am not much of a BDSM reader thus I was comprehensive when I picked up this book, but I had to keep reading this series.     Decklan and Amanda are the next Dare family members story to be shared.   

Decklan always has control.    When Amanda comes to his BDSM club he is instantly attracted to her.  Unknown to him Amanda has had eyes from him also.   After their first night together they both realize that one night will not be enough.  

I struggle with all of Amanda’s insecurities.   She stayed inside herself way too much and could not work through her past.  I am still not convinced that she has worked through it.  The good news is she now has Decklan on her side so his strength will get her through.    

As with the rest of this series, I could not put this book down.    There were some points that I skimmed and  some points I re-read just because they were so amazing.  Check out this series.  I am anxious to keep reading.

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 Dare to Touch (Dare to Love #5)  
Published January 11, 2015 by CP Publishing

Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is explosive--their feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for reasons he still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.

Unwilling to let something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia ever since. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens in paradise is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and fear, will Dylan still want the forever he’s been pushing for?

My Thoughts…

Olivia Dare from the first family of Dares has kept relationships in the no-no category.  Then she met and started working with Dylan.   The feelings were there, the sparks were flying,    and she fought it tooth and nail.   Olivia is dealing with the abandonment of her father, he was there sometimes but not when it counted.    She also has a history that she needs to share with Dylan if she wants the relationship to work.   

Dylan is not willing to let Olivia go.   He pushes, he pulls, he tugs at her heart, and he lets her have space when she needs it.    He is not willing to let go of a good thing.    He knows her history, but not all of it.   He also knows that he has to share his history.    

Carly Phillips has written a series of books perfect for those who want a happily ever after.   The stories are fast paced, erotic, and devourable.   There is a common theme of hurt, lost loves, family ties, and looking for new love.   The male characters are strong males with dominate personalities in the bedroom and out.   This is a series that can be read one book at a time, yet are much better read in order.   

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Dare to Hold (Dare to Love #6) 
Published April 14, 2015 by CP Publishing
Some women always get it right. Kindergarten teacher, Meg Thompson, on the other hand, consistently makes the wrong decisions — and she is currently single, pregnant and alone. Meg is determined to make changes in her life, to be a better mother than her own had been. No revolving door of men. No man, period. Just a single-minded focus on her baby. Her resolution would be easier to keep if not for hot cop, Scott Dare. He insinuates himself in her life, making Meg want to believe in happily ever after, even if history has taught her to know better. 

When Scott Dare hears Meg’s friends are determined she have a night of hot sex, before her life changes forever, he decides that man must be him. Their one night is mind blowing and life altering. And Scott, a man already burned by his ex-wife, finds himself all in anyway. While protecting Meg from her violent ex and becoming part of her increasingly complicated life, he’s falling hard and he can’t seem to find distance. Not when their bodies respond to each other with such heated intensity and he’s drawn to her unique combination of strength and vulnerability.

But Meg’s future is one Scott has accepted he’ll never have, even if his growing feelings say otherwise … 

My Thoughts…

This is my favorite so far in this series.   Meg is not a Dare but she is Dylan’s (Olivia’s husband) ex.    She has also got the attention of Scott Dare, Olivia’s brother.    Meg is pregnant, that doesn’t sound like a perfect girlfriend but it is for Scott.   Not because she is pregnant, but because he just cannot stop thinking about her and wanting to protect her.   The protection is part of The Dare Family, every man in the family protects his woman except for the father.   

Scott is the dream Dare man for me.  He is sweet, protective, and patient.    He is not a push over, but he knows when Meg needs space and is willing to give it to her.     When he does wrong he realizes it and works to make it right.     I didn’t love Meg.  I felt like she was too needy, too quick to jump to conclusions, and I didn’t like her hanging onto Dylan.  I know that Dylan is her ex and has been there for after their relationship ended.    I liked that Scott took over Dylan’s spot in her life.   He was there no matter what was happening, no matter where she was, and no matter who was causing her problems.   

This is another great book in the Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips.   I recommend checking them all out.   

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Dare to Rock (Dare to Love #7) 
Published August 4, 2015

Avery Dare lives a quiet life in Miami as an online fashion/makeup video blogger. She has good friends, a close, large family and if her love life is lacking, she likes it that way. But when she receives an invitation to one of her ex's concerts along with an invitation to meet him back stage, she decides to take the risk… and comes face to face with the reality of his rock star lifestyle - the press, the crowds, and the half naked groupies.

At eighteen, Grey Kingston left everything he knew and loved behind to seek fame and fortune as a rock star, and he found it as the lead guitarist and singer for the band, Tangled Royal. Fans adore him, women throw themselves at him, and he can afford everything he couldn’t growing up. Yet at the height of his career, he’s ready to walk away and return home to a simpler life… and the woman he left behind, if he can convince her to give him another chance.

Except moving on isn’t as easy as Grey would like. When Avery is threatened by a stalker, it becomes evident Grey’s fans not only don’t want him to retire, they don’t want Avery in his life either. And Avery isn’t sure she wants the pressures that are part of Grey’s life… but she doesn’t want to lose him again, either. Can their recently renewed love survive the fallout?

But Meg’s future is one Scott has accepted he’ll never have, even if his growing feelings say otherwise …

My Thoughts…

Avery is a great character.    She is strong and faithful not only to Grey, but to her siblings and friends also.    Even when doubt starts to set in on her she knows that she has to handle and come to terms with whatever is going on.  It would have been easier to run away, hide, and never come out again she manages to continue to her life her way.    

Grey is, of course, the best character in the book.   He is hot, sexy, and alpha male in the best way possible.     He is not the cocky musician that a lot of other authors portray them as.   What turned me on the most is just the fact that he stood by Avery.   It didn’t matter what was happening in her life or who was telling him to back off he just stayed there, by her side.    
While the sex scenes are crazy hot, they were tasteful.   There were some dirty words, but they were exchanged in the heat of the moment, not taken to be foul.    The love between Avery and Grey was evident in everything they did.  

I was not ready for this story to end.  I wanted more.     There could have been more about the stalker.   I wanted to know what happen to Simon.    Her brothers and sister each have their own book, but I could have handled more about them also.   

I recommend this series.  I know that I will be checking out the rest of this series.   

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. 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 out more about Carly at

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