Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

dare to loveTitle: Dare to Love

Series: Dare to Love bk 1

Author: Carly Phillips

Genre: Contemporary

New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.

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.

Thoughts: So I posted a portion of this review on my personal Amazon account under reviews for this book, but as always I have to expand it some.

I’ve been a fan of Carly Phillips ever since I saw her on the Regis and Kelly show years ago. I’ve read every single one of here books, some more than others. With every book she’s gotten better and better. I didn’t think she could surpass the Serendipity’s Finest as my favorite of her series, and the hottest. But I was wrong. Dare to Love is her best book. It’s got a hot tortured hero, and heroine who doesn’t take his crap, and the sex is the hottest sex she’s ever written.

Ok now that I’m done gushing let me break it down for you.

No that will take to long, yes I just channeled Indigo Montoya there 🙂

When Ian’s brother tells him to stay the hell away from Riley he does, which then causes her some problems. So he does what he can to make up for it. This puts her in his world and causes all sorts problems for Ian because he wants her. It doesn’t take long however before he gives in to need/desire for her.

Riley has never been attracted to her best friend Alex, but five minutes in his older brother’s presence and she’s ready to drop her panties and do whatever he tells her. This causes her all sorts of issues, for one Alex hates him, for another he’s now her boss. It doesn’t take her long however to give in to her attraction.

Ok I’m just going to say this, this book is Carly’s HOTTEST book to date. Granted her books are pretty spicy normally but this one is OMFG HAWT!!!! And it’s awesome. The sexual tension between Ian and Riley is so hot I was afraid my kindle would catch on fire. Alas it didn’t thank goodness 🙂

Ian and Riley’s road to HEA isn’t smooth, but it’s one that see’s both of them overcome their personal demons and learn to let the other in. Not only do they have to traverse their own demons but also deal with family issues, the big one being the fact Ian’s dad chose his mistress and his kids with her over him and his siblings, and one of this kids is Riley’s best friend.

By the end of the book I was completely hooked on these siblings and I can’t wait to see what she does with this series.

If you are a fan of Carly’s you won’t want to miss this book. If you are new to Carly then this is the perfect place to start.

Grade A



  1. patoct

    I love Carly’s books and glad to see another series. Happy to see it got an “A” rating.

    Were the winners of the boxes of books chosen?

  2. Tommie Morris

    Only can enter ,if I have NEVER read a Carley Phillips Book!??? A new series >

  3. hotcha1



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