Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review Tour: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips
Date of Publication: May 3, 2016

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 WAS 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 years later, 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 her . . . in more ways than one.

Tyler and Ella have history. One that isn't exactly pretty. A misunderstanding of sorts. Tyler took her virginity then told her it was all a mistake.

But when years pass and Tyler's sister begs him to rescue her friend who is stuck on an island due weather and an unfortunate event, they find themselves a lot closer then they'd like.

Tyler sets out to make things right but still manages to stumble along the way. Can Ella finally see what's right in front of her and have a relationship with Tyler? Or will her hesitations keep them from being something more?

If you love hot alphas who love control, and are a sucker for a second chance romance then this book is for you. I give it 4.5 stars. Tyler Dare does not disappoint.

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips offers mystery, romance, and an alpha male who takes charge and won’t allow anything to happen to the woman he loves. With a great blend of suspense, action, and love, the author has created a great story that is a must read.

Ella fell in love with Tyler, her best friend’s brother, years ago, and when she was 18 she got drunk and slipped into his room. Afterwards, things did not end well between them. In fact, the next morning he ran away. Since then, they have been acting civilized and cordial to each other, both wanting to forget that night. Except now, someone is after Ella and Tyler has been sent by his sister to help, and the past can no longer be ignored.

Tyler was shaken the night he slept with Ella, and even he thought about how cowardly he looked when he ran away. He always wanted to apologize, but never did and now this might be his chance, but seeing her again, being around her, feelings he never thought he possessed are stirred up inside him. If he can keep the bad guys from getting her, he may have to admit he feels something for her other than friendship.

I loved this story because it had a little dash of everything mixed into the middle of a romance. Well balance, nothing seemed out of place or too much, and it made for an interesting must read. 4 stars. One click on this today!!

Dare To Take was another great book in the Dare To Love series. This is a series of standalones but I do recommend reading them all.. As the characters from the other stories do appear in this book. I would give this book a 4 stars and highly recommend to others. This was Tyler and Ella's Story and oh what and adventure they had... And the sexy scenes were smoking hot!

Tyler and Ella have known each other for years because Ella is Tyler's sister bestfriend.... One night of passion when she was eighteen and he was twenty three sets off a whirlwind of emotions.. And years of hurt.. But when Ella finds herself in a bad situation and Tyler comes to her rescue will there old passion re ignite or will the memories of the hurt keep them apart???

Get to one clicking and find out what happens!! You don't wanna miss the next series coming out from this great author The Billionaire Bad Boys.. And Kaden is up first in Going Down Easy.. Can't wait!!!

After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

The sun shone overhead, the temperature neared ninety, and the humidity was hair-curlingly high on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, making it hard to believe a hurricane was coming soon. Ella Shaw glanced up at the blue sky, knowing it wouldn't remain pristine for long.

The calm before the storm.

She pulled her hair into a high ponytail and headed out of her hotel, determined to hit the local gift shop she'd caught sight of on her way to the photo shoot yesterday. She'd seen long, draping, blue-beaded necklaces from the storefront window, but she hadn't had time to stop. Her boss was a stickler for getting the right shot in the exact light, and they'd worked well past dark. By the time they'd wrapped for the day, the store had been closed.

As an assistant for Angie Crighton, a fashion designer based in Miami, Ella was responsible for the little details involved in a photo shoot. And though Angie, the photographer, and models had left the island this morning, Ella had stayed to make sure the shooting site was clean, the hotel pleased enough to allow them back another time. And if she were honest with herself, she liked the downtime after the craziness of a photo shoot, the rushing around of the crew, the bossiness of some of the models and, of course, of Angie herself.

Ella appreciated the fact that she had time to souvenir shop for her best friend, Avery Dare. How ironic was it that the two girls from very different worlds had met at all? But they had. And it was Avery who'd introduced Ella to the finer things in life, leading her to seek out a job with an haute-couture designer. Whereas Avery came from a wealthy family, Ella had been raised firmly middle class, but the two girls had bonded instantly. They'd even shared an apartment until recently, when her best friend had moved in with her rock star boyfriend, Grey Kingston.

Yep, two different worlds, even now, Ella thought wryly. But their friendship was solid. Which reminded her, she needed to let Avery know she might not make it back to the States tomorrow as planned.

When Ella had heard about the storm changing course, she'd tried to book an earlier flight out, without success. She shivered at the possibility of being stranded here alone during a hurricane and knew Avery would like the news even less. Her best friend suffered from severe anxiety, and Ella didn't like to make her worry.

She'd just buy Avery an extra gift to make up for it, she thought, walking into the shop. She immediately headed to the turquoise-blue beads she'd seen through the window. The shopkeeper claimed they were Larimar beads. Even if they were fake, the beads, popular in the Caribbean, were said to have healing powers. Ella purchased two dozen, a mix of bracelets and necklaces, so she could share with the children at the cancer treatment center where she and Avery volunteered.

Avery had been nine, Ella ten years old when they'd met at a Miami hospital, both donating bone marrow, both there at the behest of a parent. Neither of them really understanding what was happening. All Ella had known was that she was doing a favor for her father, helping the stepmother Ella didn't like all that much to begin with. Even at a young age, Ella had been a good judge of character, a better one than her father, obviously, because shortly after Janice had gotten well, she'd left Ella's dad. And both her father and Ella's life had gone downhill from there. Ella shook off the thoughts of her past before she could go deeper and darker, and focused on the pretty jewelry.

She spent some time choosing a thick turquoise bracelet for Avery and a similar one for herself before paying for everything and waiting for the shopkeeper to wrap things up.

Bag in hand, she started back to the hotel, cutting through side streets and looking into the windows of the stores, soaking up the culture along the cobblestone streets before heading back to Miami tomorrow. At least, she still hoped she'd be home. Knowing she couldn't change the outcome, she pushed her worrisome thoughts aside. She'd deal with the situation as it came.

Sweat dampened her neck from the humidity of the island, and she contemplated taking a cab back to the hotel. She reached into her straw bag and pulled out her cell phone to make the call, when, without warning, she felt a hard jerk on her purse.

"What the—?" She spun around, but whomever wanted her purse was quicker.

She barely caught a glimpse of a tall guy with dark hair as he yanked harder, nearly pulling her shoulder out of its socket before slamming her against the nearby building with his other hand.

Her head hit the concrete wall, and spots immediately appeared behind her eyes from the impact. As she struggled not to pass out, the man grabbed her purse, along with her cell phone that had fallen to the ground.

She opened her mouth to scream, but nothing came out. Her legs collapsed beneath her, and she fell to the ground, her head smacking the sidewalk before everything went black.