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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Dare to Take" (CarlyPhillips) ★★★★


A one night stand.
A secret.
A mistake they tried to forget.

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare was just looking for a little fun, but his sister's best friend 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.

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

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 more ways than one.


"Dare to Take" is my first Dare story from the series by Carly Phillips. I was intrigued by the book description, it sounded right up my alley.  I liked our main characters - Ella and Tyler.  Tyler had a lot of making up to do but I thought he handled his groveling well.  Ella is an independent one that isn't used to having someone to lean on.  Tyler has to work for her trust and I enjoyed witnessing their blossoming relationship.  They are both what the other needs.  As long as they just feel and not think, they should work but, you know, the mind is never silent.  There is a sense of danger at the beginning of the book.  I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more as the story progressed.  To be honest, the level of danger never felt that high to warrant the safety protocols set in place.  However, those protocols did offer some fun and sexy scenes.  Ella and Tyler have history, both together and their own.  While it is talked about, it seemed to be resolved rather quickly - I was hoping for some more in depth scenes between the two, and not just in the bedroom.
 Ms. Phillips does a good job to bring the reader up to speed about the other characters and the background without it taking up too much of the story.  Not having read previous Dare books, I didn't know one character from another but never felt lost or out of the loop.  Overall, this is a quick read that flows nicely and offers some fun loving and little angst.  I am intrigued about the other members of the Dare family now and look forward to learning all about them.  (received copy for honest review). 



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