Dare to Desire was a sweet and steamy romance.
After a career ending injury, notorious playboy, Alex Dare’s football dream was put to an end.
Now faced with having to rebuild, he gets offered an opportunity to work for the rival team only…he’d have to work closely with the woman he nearly had fallen for and broken her heart right after.
Madison Evans knows what it’s like to come from nothing. Abandoned by her parents when she was young and living from foster home to foster home, Madison feels the all too familiar burn of rejection after being dumped by Alex.
When fate brings them together again and she is forced to work alongside with him and old feelings resurface, she decides to close off all feelings and emotions for him. But Alex isn’t having it. He wants Madison and wants to make things right between them. Determined to win her trust again, he tries endlessly to prove that he is not the man that he once was.
Sounds simple right? Not!
What will happen when an opportunity of a lifetime endangers everything that they’ve built? And when a trying upheaval threatens to tear apart every bit of thread of family that Madison has ever had, will she be succumbed to another heartbreak?
Will Alex break through Madison’s defenses and break her out of her fears to be open to love? Or, will is their love just not meant to be?
My thoughts: Over all, a fast and easy read. There were times where I thought “meh..” but in the grand scheme it was enjoyable.
I will admit that I have not read book one, Dare to Love , since I thought that these two books would not intermingle but I was wrong. They do. You don’t absolutely have to read book one to dive into book two though. It can be read as a standalone. But it’s just better that you do since Ian and Riley do make appearances in Dare to Desire. After all, Ian is Alex’s half brother.
I really can’t wait for the next book in the series due out in July, Dare to Surrender , which focuses on Alex’s cousin, Gabe!
Originally, I had been hoping for book three to be on Alex and Ian's half brother, Jason, but there's always book four!
And well, by the snippet given in Dare to Desire about Dare to Surrender it has already intrigued my interest. Hehe.
But for now, anyway, I’m probably going to backtrack and read Dare to Love since I’m now curious as to how Riley and Ian’s relationship started out! Hehe.
A lovely read!
*I was provided with an ARC by Rockstar PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
-Overall : 8.5
-Plot : 8.5
-Writing : 8.5
-Characters : 8.5
-Cover : 8.5
ExcerptWithout replying, Ian opened the door. They stepped into the room, and Alex laid eyes on the one woman he hadn’t been expecting to see. The same woman who’d haunted his dreams and sidetracked him from many of his nightmares. Madison faced him head on. Her shoulders drawn back, golden-blonde hair pulled away from her face, she didn’t back down from his stare. She wore a pair of black slacks that hugged her curves and a white silky-looking top that clung to her generous breasts. And those unusually blue eyes frosted over at the sight of him. “Alex, I believe you know Madison Evans.” Blindsided — and his half brother knew it — Alex strode up to her. He inhaled her familiar fruity scent, which only served as a reminder of the hot times he’d spent breathing her in as his cock moved inside her body. Her effect on him was potent, and even the most common expressions failed him. “Alex,” she said, her cool tone bringing his head out of the desire-filled fog he’d found himself in. “Hey, Angel,” he said, using the endearment he’d started calling her during their brief time together. Another sign he’d had it bad, whether he’d wanted to admit it or not. Her head whipped up, her eyes narrowing and settling on Ian. “This won’t work.” She turned to go. Alex still had excellent reflexes, and he grabbed her arm before she could stride past him. She glared. He didn’t look away, determined to win this battle of wills. This potential job, which had interested him on an intellectual and emotional level initially, suddenly felt even more important, and she was the reason. “We need to talk,” he insisted. “I have nothing to say.” “Ian’s proposition said otherwise.” Madison looked over his shoulder in search of Ian and frowned. “Well, the traitor is gone. No big surprise there.” Smart man, Alex thought. “If I let you go, will you stay long enough to discuss this position Ian and Riley want me to take?” She let out a frustrated puff of air. He took that as a yes and released her. “Us working together is not a good idea, and somewhere in that thick head of yours, you know that.” “Because we slept together? More than a couple of times?” She set her jaw. “That was a mistake.” Ouch. That hurt, he thought, and filed away the why to deal with later. “I want to know more about this training program and what my role in it would be.” “Why? You can’t possibly be interested.” “It sounds more like you don’t want me to be interested.” She rolled her shoulders back even farther, stiffening her posture. “You’re right. I don’t. This is a serious project that could help a lot of people and have far-reaching positive repercussions for years to come. I need a partner willing to go all in. And let’s face it, I’ve seen your staying power. It’s nonexistent.”
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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 ...Follow Carly on the web: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | email | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads