Sunday, November 17, 2013


Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Dare to Love Blog Tour!
My stop includes a review, a special question to Carly, and the HUGE blog tour giveaway!
Dare to LoveSeries: Dare to Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carly Phillips
Publication Date: 11/18/13
Format: eARC
Pages: 270
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 stars
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. But after one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor, with her feminine curves and beguiling eyes and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her ... but does that include extending an olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of 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.

Passionate and Angsty. At first glance, those are the perfect words to describe Dare to Love. But not only is Dare to Love passionate and deliciously angsty, it is also a really powerful story about two people who are bound by the past, and find the strength -together- to move forward. To be free of everything that has held them back.

Dare to Love is the story of Riley Taylor and Ian Dare. Riley's best friend is Ian's estranged half-brother, Alex, and when the two meet, it is an instant connection they share. I'm not talking insta-love, I'm saying insta-passion, the very kind that strikes you from across the room, and will not let go. Their initial obstacle is Alex, who's only known Ian to be a womanizer, and does not want that for his best friend. In order to win Riley over, Ian and Alex must make nice. Due to some very heavy issues, this will not be easy. These are the very issues that drive Ian's need for control, another obstacle for the couple. Due to her own past, Riley is not having a man who wants to dominate her every move, though in the bedroom is a whole other ballgame. So here we have two passionate and headstrong people who want to be together, but must work through their issues, let down their boundaries, and see if they can make a go of being a couple. Together. Strong.

It has been quite a while since I've read a Carly Phillips book, and I have to say, it has been way too long. Phillips is maybe the first contemporary romance author I read as an adult (Chandler Brothers!) , and I was immediately reminded of why I loved them so much. Dare to Love had such a nice, fast pace and I found myself breezing through the story in a matter of a couple hours. Not only did I get a steamy and fun story, but a thoughtful one as well. Ian and Riley were not only inherently likable characters, but they equally experienced tremendous character growth, the kind of epiphanies and revelations that made me want to cheer Phillips.

Dare to Love is the first in the Dare to Love series. With the amount of Dare siblings and the dynamic personalities they all seem to have, this should be only the beginning in a great series. It seems that next up will be Alex Dare, and guys, I cannot wait to read his book. Carly Phillips has hooked me again.

Favorite Quotes:

  "I've dreamed about the way you might taste. Are you sweet, Riley?" he asked, his voice gruff and sexy.   ~eARC, 25%

  Please let me make you feel good. Her words had shredded his emotions, stripping him bare. She'd gotten into his head in a way no woman ever had. Because she cared. Not because he was wealthy and could give her gifts in return, not because she desired something from him, but because she wanted just him.    ~eARC, 46%

  Learning to accept things from others, from small items and gifts to larger, more significant offers, like a new job and a place to live, she was slowly bending. Giving up her hard-won and fought-for independence. And the scariest of all, coming to count on having Ian in her life.
  But she was also realizing that relying on others didn't make her made her human.   ~eARC, 74%

Purchase Dare to Love
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My Question to Carly Phillips...

Have you recently read a book you can recommend?

Oh wow. I read so many books … I can’t think of one in particular! That’s something you should know about me. I can read, love, and not remember later, LOL. That said, every Saturday on my Facebook Fan Page I list the books I’ve read during the week and readers share in return, so you can always find out. Of course I have to go back to my iPad/Kindle app to remember.J

First Place:
iPad Mini 16g - $299
Customized CP iPad Mini Case
Signed copies of: Dare to Love, Serendipity, Destiny, Karma, Perfect Fit, Perfect Fling, Perfect Together (no I don't have it yet), Cross My Heart, Sealed with a Kiss, Seduce Me
Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag
Dare to Love Mug
Carly Phillips T-shirt

2nd place:
Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag
Dare to Love Mug
Signed Copies: Dare to Love, Perfect Partners, Solitary Man, The Right Choice, Midnight Angel

3rd place:
Carly Phillips Canvas Tote Bag
Signed copies: Dare to Love, Lucky Charm, Lucky Streak, Lucky Break, Brazen

4th place:
Signed copies: Dare to Love, The Bachelor , The Playboy , The Heartbreaker

5th place:
Signed copies: Dare to Love, Kiss Me If You Can, Love Me If You Dare

About the author 
Carly Phillips
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy.

Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club.

Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold.

When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.

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  1. Oh man. This sounds perfect. I don't know about the cover, but the premise is awesome! This star-crossed lovers of sorts is totally up my alley and Im glad that everything works out for these two. I'm excited to know what you think.about Alex's book since he seems like a lovely lad. Gorgeous review, Andrea!

  2. I haven't heard of this book but it sounds really good. I love the sound of characters and their relationship. They are maybe too old for my liking, but I can deal with that. So happy you loved it. Great review, Andrea :)

  3. So what you are saying is that I should read this book and this author? lol. I will deff have to look into this one now. Great review!

  4. I love Carly's books! Awesome addition.

  5. Carly Phillips is always an Auto buy for me..

  6. Dare to Love sounds wonderful and I love that besides a wonderful romance it was about overcoming. Delightful, I am going to check out more on this author's other books since you have enjoyed her previous books. Delightful review Andrea :)

  7. So happy for you Carly...I have to say this is going to be an awesome series...Good luck with this new endeavor..every since Hot Summer Nights you have become an automatic buy book for me, love your books Carly...
    Thank you for this chance.....

  8. I've always enjoyed Carly's books.And can't wait to read Dare To Love.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  9. Their instant connection sounds great to me

  10. Looks like it has a little different twist on things. Nice.

  11. oh insta-passion, yes please. I can live with that over insta-love. This book sounds deep, they all sounds like very complex but great characters. Glad you enjoyed!

  12. Andrea,

    Thanks so much for posting your review of Dare to Love. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


  13. This sounds like the kind of adult contemporary romances that I enjoy. I haven't ever read anything by Carly Phillips although you're making me re-think my decision. I love books where the characters learn to let go of the past and move forward. Plus, it sounds sexy.
    I'll be looking more into this. Lovely review, Andrea.

  14. Congrats to Carly on her first Indie book! Sounds like it is a winner!


  15. The giveaway won't work because the required entry link doesn't go anywhere. :( Apparently it's worked for some, but it didn't work for me. Which makes me sad cause that's an AMAZING giveaway!

    Insta-passion, huh? Sounds great!

  16. I really like the sound of this one, Andrea. I like the idea of Ian and Riley having to work through some tough issues but becoming stronger together. I also like a series where the characters are all related. :) I've never read Carly Phillips but I'll be sure to pick up Dare to Love. Thanks for the thoughtful review!

  17. Great Review Andrea! This sounds like such a great story! I love when an author can make a story fun, steamy, and thoughtful all at the same time! I've never read a book by this author, but now you have me curious about the Chandler Brothers and this series :)

  18. Can't wait to read this book, enjoy all Carly's books.

  19. Sounds like I would like this. Thanks for the review.

  20. I love all of Carly's work, but even if I was living on Mars and didn't know her as an author your review would have made me buy the book!

  21. Wonderful review. Though I haven't read much by her, I really like Carly Phillips. Looking forward to this one.

  22. thank for the great gift and if i win i blog on them all over


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