Saturday, October 30, 2010

Review: Love Me If You Dare by Carly Phillips

First line: As the elite of Manhattan sipped champagne and whispered in hush tones, Rafe Mancuso patted the Glock hidden beneath his tuxedo jacket.

From the back cover: When hostage negotiator Rafe Mancuso takes a bullet to save Sara Rios, his former partner, his actions make him a bona fide hero - and New York City's newest most eligible bachelor. Then Rafe admits that Sara is much more than just another woman he's rescued. Suddenly, a firestorm of gossip turns him into exactly what he doesn't want to be: the Bachelor Blog's newest hot topic. His only solution is to leave town and get himself out of the spotlight ... and sexy, jaded Sara out of his mind.

NYPD officer Sara Rios has Rafe to thank for saving her life, and Rafe to blame for the media chaos surrounding her. She wants to throw herself back into duty at full throttle, but until her injuries heal, she's on leave and in search of her rescuer. From the moment she finds Rafe and meets his large, boisterous family, she's hooked. But mutual attraction doesn't always mean happily-ever-after, and these two have a long way to go to find their fairy-tale ending...

My thoughts: This is the second in Carly Phillip's Most Eligible Bachelor series. It is a fresh love story with a mysterious plot. The book was fun, sexy, steamy, and a quick read - all of which I've come to expect from Carly Phillips. Love Me If You Dare is a story about what can happen if friends finally let down their guard and explore being more than just friends. The love story between Rafe and Sara, both NYPD officers who were at one time partners, is fun and heartwarming, with great chemistry. As in Kiss Me If You Can, an older relative is causing mischief, this time for Rafe. The situation with Rafe's Uncle Pirro and his Viagra side business was hysterical. I love that Love Me If You Dare has strong male characters - Rafe, his brother Nick, Uncle Pirro - who are devoted to their women and families.  I was very bummed when I came to the end of this story, as it leads the reader to believe that this is the last of the Most Eligible Bachelors series. Maybe if enough people complain that the series is ending, Carly Phillips will find a way to continue the series - we can always hope!!!

(I purchased this book.)


  1. I love how the book cover matches your blog :) Thanks for reviewing it. I've seen it around a lot lately and wondered. I haven't read any books by the author so maybe I'll start with the first in this series!

  2. Thank you for this review! I have seen the book at the store and was not sure. Also, I love your blog. I am visiting for the first time and love that I found someone who loves cozies as much as I do! :) Angie

  3. Mary - Carly Phillips is one of my favorite authors - her books are light and fun and sometimes quite steamy, if you know what I mean.

    Angie - thanks for visiting - I went to your site and am a new follower. Have you seen the Josi S. Kilpack culinary series - they are really fun and include great recipes!


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