ARC Review: Karma by Carly Phillips

Posted May 4, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Karma by Carly Phillips
by Carly Phillips

4 Stars


Released: May 1, 2012
Series: Serendipity #3
Published by Berkley
Pages: 284
Format: ARC

So it’s official, Dare is my favorite Barron brother.  He always seemed like the most carefree of the three and then in the last book we find out something a bit dark in his past that has haunted him and has influenced the man he’s become and the things he’s had to experience and endure.  Guilt for things he really had no control over has been eating at him.  And in a roundabout way, the girl that he’s always had a crush on is at the center of that.  That would be Liza McKnight.Liza has been enabling her alcoholic brother her whole life and he continues to be an irresponsible mess.  Dare has to struggle with his hatred for her brother and his disapproval of how she handles him.  But there are secrets in Liza’s past as well and reasons why she does what she does.

Dare is such a straight up guy, so strong and just one of those guys that when he is in the room he undoubtedly draws your attention.  A few years younger than her, this sexy cop might be just what she needs to finally let herself go.  Their relationship had to overcome some pretty hard obstacles and it didn’t happen overnight, but I liked that they didn’t fight their attraction because of those things.  They gave in to it and explored it.

Liza on the other hand is a very strong heroine and I have to respect her for that.  She’s had to make some tough decisions in her life, dealth with parents that were not the most stellar.  It’s hard for her to BE loved.  But once Dare is in, he doesn’t hold back in showing her what it’s like to not be alone.  Of course, minus one minor mishap in which I might’ve wanted to bash his head.

Another thing I love about Ms. Phillips books is the fact that we always see more of the rest of the family.  The two couples in the previous books are still very much a part of this story, as well as Tess.
I am definitely looking forward to seeing more about the characters from this town in the upcoming spin-off series.

*ARC provided by publisher


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About 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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