Monday, May 30, 2016

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

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 more ways than one.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Such a sweet romance, I really enjoyed it!

Ella Shaw has been in love with her best friend’s brother, Tyler Dare, forever. When Ella was 18, she got drunk and snuck into Tyler’s room when he was home for Christmas from the army, giving him her virginity. Since that fateful night, Tyler has avoided Ella like the plague. Now, years later, Ella is on an exotic island for a photo-shoot when she’s mugged and all her identification is stolen. There’s an impending hurricane and Ella’s best friend, not knowing about Tyler having broken Ella’s heart, is extremely worried about Ella, so she sends Tyler to rescue her. From the moment the two see one another again the attraction is strong and sparks begin to fly. When the troubles from the island follow Ella home, Tyler assigns himself as her official bodyguard. Will Ella get over the heartbreak that Tyler put her through?

I loved Ella’s character, she’s such a strong woman and I admired her fighting for the confidence it took to be with Tyler again. This is a sweet read and I look forward to more from Carly Phillips and this series!

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I can't believe that this is the last of the "Dare to Love" series and it ends with a sweet romance between the Ella, Avery's best friend and Tyler Dare, the love 'em and leave 'em Dare sibling.

We learn early on that Ella had a crush on Tyler long ago, and during a night of night of partying, they had a one-time interlude that left Ella feeling like a loser in the love department and Tyler feeling as though he took advantage of Avery's best friend.

Flash forward to now, and Ella has been mugged in a foreign country and Avery begs Tyler to go and get her. Once Tyler sees Ella laying in the hospital bed, he realizes that pushing her away has done nothing to dampen his feelings for her. Ella doesn't want to Tyler to like her; she's been disappointed by all the men in life, including Tyler. She'd rather be alone than to have a man like Tyler feel sorry for her and be with her out of pity.

Getting to the bottom of the trust issues between them is something that both Ella and Tyler must work at in order to be free of the past and learn to live for the future.

I hope that we see more of the Dare family in some form or fashion in the future.

I have REALLY, really enjoyed all of these books – and am really sad that this is the last in the series...although there is hope that we might just meet them again. If you have not read the others yet, then I really do recommend that you start at the beginning and get the full story – sure this is excellent in its own right, but there are so many nuances that you will otherwise miss. I am writing the review assuming you have read the others.

This is such an easy read, I am not sure I even moved as I rushed my way through it, wanting to know everything...and yet at the same time having that sinking feeling that it would end more quickly if I didn't take a break, and desperately wanting it to last and last. Such a dilemma!

We know these characters, we know much of their trials, dramas, failures, and career paths; and more recently, their romantic successes. Well, all of them except Tyler. He harbours so much guilt and angst that he is denying himself the pleasure that he so clearly sees his siblings enjoy. When a hurricane puts him in the path of Ella – probably the one that he feels most guilty about of all, the deck seems stacked. As they fall into an unlikely truce, and maybe so much more, they both need to clear the issues of the past and be ready for a future. Watching them get there is a joy and a frustration, and of course there is the fact that all of Tyler's family also have an opinion! They are a delightful couple, and the chemistry jumps off the page. Be prepared to chuckle, to frown, and to smile, wide and with your eyes.

Thank you Ms. Phillips – this series is absolutely in my series to reread list, and I can't wait to see what you are serving up next!

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly’s career spans over a decade and a half with various New York publishing houses, and she is now an Indie author who runs her own business and loves every exciting minute of her publishing journey. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dare to Take (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips to read and review.

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