#RollBackWeek Review: Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips

Posted August 10, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

#RollBackWeek Review: Dare to Desire by Carly Phillips
Dare to Desire
by Carly Phillips

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 10th 2014
Series: Dare to Love #2
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
Pages: 230
Format: Audiobook
 

“Fun, light hearted and sexy, usually with a bit of a brooding alpha hero and a strong willed, independent heroine.  DARE TO DESIRE has exactly that!”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve been playing catch up on this series for Roll Back Week and as you probably have been able to tell in the past, I’m a fan of Carly Phillips’s writing style.  It’s exactly what I look for in a contemporary romance.  Fun, light hearted and sexy, usually with a bit of a brooding alpha hero and a strong willed, independent heroine.

DARE TO DESIRE has exactly that!  This is Alex’s story, whom we met in book one as the best friend of the heroine.  He’s lived his life to the fullest of his quarterback playboy abilities, and never thought he would be settling down.  That is until one woman made a bigger impact than he thought would be possible.

After an injury that ends his sports career as he knows it, Alex has to rethink everything about his future and where his life is going.  And when Madison comes across his path again for a project they must do together, he knows he wants to hold on to what they had and explore it further.

Madison has a lot of issues to get over, being in the foster system she’s grown up feeling she’s not good enough for love.  That she can’t trust people to care for her and be there for her.  I found her problems got to be a bit much for me, and her confidence should’ve been growing a bit more.  I’m not sure how I can believe she won’t crumble again after their HEA.  But I get it, the media focus on a star athlete can be a lot to deal with for a normal person and maybe she just needed time to come to grips with it.

Alex was completely adorable though.  Perfect swoon worthy, sweet and sexy, sports hero.  He’s just old enough that he’s had his fame and has played the field.  He knows that the relationships around him need to be strengthened and it’s time for him to grow up.  That includes the woman in his life, as well as his hang ups with his brother Ian.

This book has a pretty well rounded story for the low page count.  We get plenty of romance, plenty of family and friendship bonds, and an overall good story.  I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I think it was missing a little something extra to make it special.  Not quite sure what to put my finger on.  Still a nice story and I’m ready for the next!

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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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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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I’ve got this on my tbr pile…thanks for the review Francesca

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I usually go to her when I need a light, quick read that can be a bit sexy

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Exactly!

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I have been a fan of Carly Phillips – loved the Serendipity, Bachelor Blog, and Hot Zone Series. I haven’t gotten started on this new series, because I am primarily a print book reader & I think these are all trade size & not at Target or Walmart. Also, it appeared to be erotica. Am I wrong about that?

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True, I believe these you would have to order online for the print and yes trade size. I don’t think I would classify them as erotic romance, though. I’ve read a lot of her other series as you mentioned, and I find that the sex (amount, description, etc) can be quite similar to her Serendipity series. So I still put them under contemporary romance. Some of the stories have a bit of extremely light BDSM and that may be what’s tipping some people over to erotic romance. But I would say they are in line with her old work.