Friday, November 22, 2013

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

Title: Dare to Love 
Author: Carly Phillips 
Series: Dare to Love, #1
Published: November 2013, Carly Phillips
Format: ARC e-copy, 204 pages  
Source: Publicist

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

My thoughts:  I have been a fan of Carly Phillips ever since hearing about her when Kelly Ripa choose her book, The Bachelor, to be book club pick. Since then, I have pretty much devoured every book Carly Phillips has written. And I have to say, after reading Dare to Love, that I feel Carly has definitely moved back to the steamy, hot love stories that I remember her for, maybe even going a bit steamier if that's possible!

There's just something about Ian Dare that won me over the instant he appeared in the book - he just might be my new book crush!!! Then's there's Riley. From the moment these two lay eyes on each other, it's not the love-at-first-sight that gets you so much as the passion that heats up between them. Of course, there are a few obstacles in the way - including Riley's best friend who happens to be Ian's estranged half-brother and the fact that both are quite stubborn. 

I love reading books where family dynamics play a central role, probably because I come from such a big family myself. No matter how much a family gets along, or doesn't, there are always issues that need to be worked out. Watching Ian figure out how to work with Alex when a situation arises is hopeful for their future, especially since Ian and Riley will end up together.

I loved this first installment in what I hope is going to be a long series, and considering there are eight Dare siblings, I'm hopeful there will be at least eight books - one for each of them! Next up is Alex, Ian's half-brother, and while he had a bit part in this book, I am looking forward to getting to know him better in his own book!

A few of us participating on the tour got to ask Carly Phillips some questions. We are all posting our own questions, so you need to visit all the blogs on tour to see the entire interview. My question was:

What's on your nightstand right now?
Mine by Katy Evans


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



  1. Oh I didn't realize she had a new book out! Going to have to look it up :)

  2. Thank you for revealing how many Dare we can look forward to another great long series from Carly!


  3. Thanks for participating and the opportunity to win one of these amazing prizes. I love this new book's excerpts and reviews I've been reading so far. Happy Holidays to everyone.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


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